Team Canada Shines at Worldskills London 2011

21 Canadian Champions win 4 Medals and 17 Medallions of Excellence

LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct. 11, 2011 /CNW/ – After the completion of four days of international competition, Team Canada proudly took the podium at the closing ceremony of WorldSkills London 2011 on Sunday night to receive official recognition for their outstanding performance. Made up of 30 male and 4 female competitors ranging in age from 17 to 22, Team Canada took an impressive 4 Medals and 17 Medallions of Excellence -. Team Canada’s Jonathan Sinke won the ‘Best of Nation’ award having received top marks amongst his Canadian peers.

According to Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, WorldSkills London 2011 marks Canada’s best overall performance for medallions from any WorldSkills Competition. At the 2009 WorldSkills Competition held in Calgary, Canada won thirteen medallions of excellence.

“Preparing for WorldSkills London 2011 has been an intensive two-year training process for the 34 young competitors who make up Team Canada,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada. “We are exceptionally grateful for their enthusiasm and hard work and congratulate them on their excellent overall performance. With ongoing support from the Government of Canada, industry leaders and educators, these talented young people represent a bright future for Canada’s skilled trade and technology workforce, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

WorldSkills London 2011 represents Canada’s eleventh participation in WorldSkills, an international Competition which takes place every two years and brings together the world’s brightest in skilled trades and technology.  This year’s Competition brought together more than 1000 competitors from 51 Member countries/regions who participated in team and individual competitions. Team Canada, one of the largest delegations Canada has ever sent to WorldSkills, competed in 32 of the 45 skills categories.

TEAM CANADA RESULTS FROM WORLDSKILLS LONDON 2011

Medal Winners

Name Trade Award Home Province / Region
Jonathan Sinke Cabinetmaking BRONZE ON
Jenica Bubar Beauty Therapy BRONZE NB
Aaron Hebb Car Painting BRONZE NS
Ryan Gomes Aircraft Maintenance BRONZE ON

Medallions of Excellence Winners (Point Scores over 500)

Name Trade Award Home Province / Region
Thierry Lecours and Gabriel Thérien Mechatronics Medallion of Excellence QC
Michael A. Christensen Mechanical Engineering Design – CAD Medallion of Excellence BC
Steven Heidel IT – Software Solutions for Businesses Medallion of Excellence SK
Mikael Hudon Welding Medallion of Excellence QC
Nigel Renschler Autobody Repair Medallion of Excellence AB
Timothy Twa Electrical Installations Medallion of Excellence AB
Nicolas Richard Bricklaying Medallion of Excellence QC
Benjamin Church and Adrian Schut Mobile Robotics Medallion of Excellence ON
Kaylyn Mack Ladies’ – Mens’ Hairdressing Medallion of Excellence SK
Marie-Ève Lazure Confectionery – Pastry Cook Medallion of Excellence QC
Claude Côté Automobile Technology Medallion of Excellence QC
Antoine Corriveau Cooking Medallion of Excellence QC
Hubert Gravel Restaurant Service Medallion of Excellence QC
Sean Donnan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Medallion of Excellence AB
Guillaume Parent IT Network Systems Administration Medallion of Excellence QC
Andrew Power Graphic Design Technology Medallion of Excellence NL

More information on WorldSkills London2011, including complete international results, is available at:  www.media.worldskills.org.

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. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada’s future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills/Compétences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International. For more information visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.

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SOURCE Skills/Competences Canada

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