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Axalta Sponsors Skills Canada National Car Painting Competition

June 29, 2015
By Business Wire News

AJAX, Ontario

Axalta Coating Systems was proud to be the sponsor of Skills Canada National Car Painting Competition that was recently held in Saskatoon. More than 500 high school and post-secondary student competitors in over 40 different skilled trades competed in the competition organized by Skills/Compétences Canada. The car painting competition was for both secondary and post-secondary provincial champions.

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Left to right: Axalta's Tom Flaman, Gord Wry and Gerry Silbernagel at Skills Canada National Car Pai ...

Left to right: Axalta’s Tom Flaman, Gord Wry and Gerry Silbernagel at Skills Canada National Car Painting event in Saskatoon. Photo courtesy of Leanne Jefferies, CCIF Skills Program

“Axalta is committed to a strong refinish industry in Canada and being part of developing the people and skills required for the industry’s future is an important part of our commitment,” said Brent Jamieson, Axalta’s Canada Country Manager.

Axalta provided the Cromax® Pro paint system for the car painting competition. The brand received great reviews on the speed and ease of application. Axalta’s trainer, Gord Wry and technical specialists, Tom Flaman and Gerry Silbernagel served as mentors and judges.

“This is the Olympics of trades and hosts the best from each of the provincial competitions,” said Wry. “We are privileged to work with these students and recognize the hours and commitment it has taken each of the competitors to get here.”

The event attracted 10,000 student spectators. The popularity of the event helps to bring awareness to the refinish industry.

About Axalta Coating Systems

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the over 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in more than 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

About Skills/Compétences Canada

Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. For information on Skills Canada’s programs and competitions visit

About the Skills Canada National Competition

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. This year, the competition was open to the public May 28-29, 2015 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The event tests the best and brightest students from across the country who will be measured against exacting industry standards in the skilled trades. The event provides competitors with an opportunity to further develop their skills through hands-on competition with their peers, and the distinction of being named the nation’s best in their chosen field. The competition brings together representatives from industry, government and educators along with more than 5000 visiting students who will take part in interactive Try-A-Trade® and technology activities. The competition features over 40 skilled trade competitions ranging from carpentry and mobile robotics to welding, aircraft maintenance and fashion design. Through these competitions, Skills/Compétences Canada seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers. For more information visit:

Axalta Coating Systems
Lori Fleming, +1 905-301-1793