WorldSkills Americas 2012

WorldSkills Americas (WSA) is a non-governmental organization, not for profit, and has as its main objective to provide and promote the highest standards of training in vocational education, by the means of exchange between North America, Central America and Caribbean and South America countries, involving governments, industries, commerce and vocational education and training organizations/institutions.

Every two years, the WorldSkills Americas with the cooperation of its member countries/regions, organizes a competition focused on vocational training. The first competition was held in 2010, in Rio de Janeiro. The WorldSkills Americas operates in conjunction with WorldSkills International.

The next WorldSkills Americas Competition will be held from November 12th to 18th, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Parque Anhembi Exhibition Centre. There will be over 800 competitors from WSA’s 31 member countries/regions who will be attending the Competition. This is one of the biggest Vocational Education Competitions in the world. It will show the potential and value of Vocational Training within the Americas.

The six skills categories represented will be:

  • Transportation and logistics
  • Construction and building technology
  • Manufacturing and engineering technology
  • Information and communication technology
  • Creative arts and fashion
  • Social and personal services


NOVEMBER 9th, 2012
Technical Delegates and Experts arrival
NOVEMBER 11th, 2012
Team Leaders, Competitors, Technical Observers and Official Observers arrival
NOVEMBER 12th, 2012
Opening Ceremony
NOVEMBER 13th, 2012
Orientation – for Competitors: verify and test tools, machines and equipment
NOVEMBER 14th – 17TH, 2012
NOVEMBER 18th, 2012
Closing Ceremony
NOVEMBER 19th, 2012
Departure of Teams
Skills/Compétences Canada joined WorldSkills Americas as a member organization in 2010 and will be sending a WorldSkills Americas Canadian Team of 15 Canadian Competitors along with their trainers to this year’s Competition.

Skills/Compétences Canada has selected individuals from each province and territory who have participated at the 2012 Skills Canada National Competition to participate in this special event.

  • 04 Mechatronics – David Da Costa – Thornhill, Ontario and Zachary Piskun – Brampton, Ontario
  • 05 Mechanical CADD – David Lister – Whitehorse, Yukon
  • 06 CNC Turning – Luc Boudreau – Dieppe, New Brunswick
  • 15 Plumbing – Colin Miller – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • 16 Electronics – Hudson Schier – Vernon, British Columbia
  • 19 Industrial Control – Derrick MacDonald – Stratford, Prince Edward Island
  • 24 Cabinetmaking – Justin Bennett – Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 29 Hairdressing – Shelly Nichol – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
  • 32 Pastry Chef – Melinda Patrice Burke – Shad Bay, Nova Scotia
  • 34 Cooking – Peter Keith – Edmonton, Alberta
  • 35 Restaurant Service – Brittany Ross – Brandon, Manitoba
  • 40 Graphic Design – Sarah Rochefort Higgins – Ste-Clotilde, Quebec
  • 93 Mobile Robotics – Jayden Leister and Bo Chiasson – Yorkton, Saskatchewan

This is Canada’s 2nd time participating at the WorldSkills Americas Competition, but the first time we are sending a delegation to compete.

This year’s Team Leaders are Luc Morin, Executive Director for Skills Canada New Brunswick and Natalie Morin, Project Manager at Skills/Compétences Canada.

Here are the medalists from the Canadian Team:

Gold Medal
Mechatronics – David Da Costa and Zachary Piskun – Thornhill, ON
Cooking – Peter Keith – Edmonton, Alberta
Baking – Melinda Patrice Burke – Shad Bay, Nova Scotia Mobile
Robotics – Bo Chiasson and Jayden Leister – Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Restaurant Service – Brittney Ross – Brandon, Manitoba

Silver Medal
Industrial Control – Derrick MacDonald – Stratford, Prince Edward Island
Graphic Design – Sarah Rochefort Higgins – Ste-Clotilde, Quebec

Bronze Medal:
Mechanical CADD – David Lister – Whitehorse, Yukon
Cabinetmaking – Justin Bennett – Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

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