Team Canada 2013

Bart Van Haaren
AGE : 21
TRADE : Joinery
SCHOOL : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EMPLOYER : Ponoka Cabinet Makers
HOMETOWN : Ponoka, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Bart enjoys staying busy and usually has multiple projects on the go, from woodworking to working on his truck. He describes himself as hard working and eager to learn. He has been involved in woodworking since 2006 when he took his first class in this subject and was encouraged by his teacher to pursue this as a career path. Bart has just completed his apprenticeship through NAIT and has also received support from the Government of Canada through incentive grants. He strives to one day own his own business and to never stop learning. His advice for young people is to choose a career that you are passionate about and to research the options that are available to you. He looks forward to competing at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 to advance further in his trade and improve his existing skills. He also looks forward to meeting new people and traveling to new places.

Bo Chiasson
AGE : 15
TRADE : Mobile Robotics
SCHOOL : Yorkton Regional High School
HOMETOWN : Yorkton, SK

BIOGRAPHY:
Bo describes himself as being very determined and always tries his very best to achieve his goals. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his friends. He chose the field of robotics because he enjoys seeing how a blue print can turn into the real thing. He also enjoys building things with his hands and problem solving. His dad inspired him to pursue robotics. As his school instructor, his dad has motivated him to always reach for his full potential and also to join the school’s club which eventually lead him to compete in competitions. Bo recommends to youth to choose a career path that will make them happy. ‘If you are interested in the trades, you should definitely try to get involved with Skills Canada competitions as it is a great way to try out a trade’. He is looking forward to participating at the WorldSkills Competition to gain some exposure to robotics and also to determine a more specific career path as robotics has many disciplines within it.

Cody Malloch
AGE : 20
TRADE : Carpentry
SCHOOL : Algonquin College
EMPLOYER : Malloch Construction
HOMETOWN : Perth, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Cody, a third-year apprentice at Algonquin College, is currently working as a Carpenter for Malloch Construction. His dad is the owner of this construction company and introduced him to this trade. Cody hopes to one day own a successful business himself. He feels that a career in construction is a very rewarding job and the information you learn on the job is useful in everyday life. He got involved in competitions through his teacher at his school who selected him to participate. In his free time, Cody enjoys hunting, fishing and playing hockey. He describes himself as a friendly, hard-working and determined person who also possesses good problem-solving skills. The WorldSkills Competition represents to him a great opportunity to challenge himself and show others what he is capable of accomplishing. He is grateful for the support and encouragement that his family and friends have provided him with.

David Da Costa
AGE : 23
TRADE : Mechatronics
SCHOOL : Humber College
EMPLOYER : Canada’s Wonderland
HOMETOWN : Thornhill, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
David is currently entering his last year in the Electromechanical Engineering Technology program at Humber College and is completing a co-op as a Mechatronics Technician at Canada’s Wonderland. His career goal is to work in a research and development role, creating new and exciting robotic/mechatronic technologies. David describes himself as a passionate, curious, energetic and adventurous person. He encourages others to never settle for a career you are not truly proud of, even if you have to try out a few different options before you figure out what you love doing. David is grateful to have the opportunity to compete at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and represent Canada. This has been his goal since he started competing at competitions; which he heard about through his Program Director at his school. He believes his best asset is his desire for continual learning and growth and is grateful to the many people that have inspired him over the years, including his teachers, mentors, family and friends.

David Gagnon
AGE : 20
TRADE: Electrical installations
SCHOOL : Centre intégré de formation
EMPLOYER : FL Électrique
HOMETOWN : Eastman, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
David recently graduated from the Centre intégré de formation and is currently working for FL Électrique in Quebec City. Because he was unsure of what career to follow, David did some research and discovered the electrician’s trade. He took his chances and found that it was a good choice for him. His career goal is to complete his 8,000 hours as an apprentice electrician and then one day to own his own company. He is looking forward to participating in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. He wants to achieve his full potential and make the most of this experience. He sees his best quality as his perseverance, and his greatest inspiration is his teacher/trainer, who told him about these competitions and has been supporting him since the adventure started. “I believe that it is largely thanks to him that I have gotten this far.”

Denis Godin
AGE : 21
TRADE : Mechanical Engineering Design CAD
SCHOOL : University of Alberta
EMPLOYER : Quantum Machine Works
HOMETOWN : Whitehorse, YT

BIOGRAPHY:
Denis is currently completing his degree in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta. He intends to pursue a career in Industrial Design, conceptualizing and bringing consumer products to market. He decided to study Mechanical Engineering Design CAD as he believes it is an excellent way of securing employment and it is also an invaluable tool for any Industrial Designer. The advice he would like to share with youth is to start early. He got involved with Skills Clubs when he was just 11, in order to satisfy his desire to someday be an inventor. This led him to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition at the age of 15 where he won gold and is now looking forward to participating at the international level at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. This Competition represents a chance to compete with some of the best tradespeople in the world and hopefully bring home gold.

Dominic Nadeau
AGE : 21
TRADE : CNC Milling
SCHOOL : C.F.P. de l’Envolée de Montmagny
EMPLOYER : DK-SPEC
HOMETOWN : Saint-Pamphile, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Dominic describes himself as someone who is calm, patient and hard working. In his spare time he likes to be outdoors, participating in such activities as fishing and hunting. He has just completed his course at C.F.P. de l’Envolée de Montmagny where he studied machining techniques. He then took two specializations: one in machining on computer numerical control machines tools and the other in mould making. He is presently working as a CNC machinist for DK-SPEC. He is happy to be participating in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 because it will give him an opportunity to travel to a new country, make new acquaintances, have new experiences and of course, he hopes to bring back a medal! He discovered this trade through his uncle. Dominic was unsure of what career to pursue and his uncle, who was taking a machinist course at the time, suggested he consider that trade. Dominic spent a day at the training centre as a student and decided this was the field for him. His teacher told him about the competitions and Dominic decided to become involved.

Dominique Mercier
AGE : 19
TRADE : Hairdressing
SCHOOL : Centre de formation professionnelle de Limoilou
EMPLOYER : BLU coiffure & esthétique
HOMETOWN : L’Ancienne-Lorette, Québec

BIOGRAPHY:
Dominique, who describes herself as sociable, imaginative and persevering, has always had a talent for artistic creation. For over 10 years, she has been practising dance and for the last three years, she has been a coach and choreographer for a dance troupe. However her true passion is hairdressing. She works as a hairdresser for BLU coiffure & esthétique in Quebec City. She is also studying at the Centre de Formation Professionnelle de Limoilou. During her first hairdressing session, she attended a presentation by a former competitor who inspired her to become involved in the competitions. She considers her participation in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 an honour and an opportunity to see what her trade is like in other countries. She considers her perseverance her best asset for the Competition. Dominique thanks her family, friends, teachers and management of the Centre de Formation Professionnelle for all of their encouragement and support for this adventure.

Donna Lu
AGE : 18
TRADE : Fashion Technology
SCHOOL  : Eric Hamber Secondary School/Simon Fraser University
EMPLOYER : Pfaff Sewing Centre of Vancouver Ltd.
HOMETOWN : Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Donna became interested in fashion technology in grade eight when she took her first course in textiles. Her teacher encouraged her to get involved with competitions as it would be a great opportunity to challenge herself and to further develop her clothing construction and design skills. Donna is a part-time student at Eric Hamber Secondary School and a part-time student at Simon Fraser University. She also currently works at the Pfaff Sewing Centre of Vancouver Ltd. Donna is a hard-working, determined and ambitious person who loves to stay busy with different projects and enjoys learning new things. She chose to pursue a career in trades as it is a hands-on training and this is how she learns best. She believes that having passion for your career turns work into play and that is why she pursued a career that she loves and looks forward to doing every day. She is honored to be representing Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and is looking forward to this unique challenge and the future opportunities it will bring.

Dustin Sherrard
AGE : 21
TRADE : Cabinetmaking
SCHOOL : Conestoga College
EMPLOYER : K&E Woodcraft
HOMETOWN : Englehart, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Dustin, who grew up in Englehart, a small town in Ontario, describes himself as an energetic person. He got involved with competitions when he was in grade 10, through his high school. He chose woodworking because it is something he loves doing and is skilled at. He is currently working at K&E Woodcraft; a small custom cabinet shop in Kitchener, Ontario. Dustin is a recent graduate from the Woodworking Technician program at Conestoga College and plans on working in a cabinet shop for the next year or so but ultimately would like to study in engineering one day. His advice to youth is to always do your research in the career path you are thinking of pursuing and speak to people who are working in that field to get a better sense of what that career entails. Dustin describes the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Competition as a once in a lifetime opportunity that will allow him to improve his skills in cabinetmaking. He feels that his perfectionism is a quality that will help him excel at this Competition.

Dylan Pereira
AGE : 19
TRADE : Aircraft Maintenance
SCHOOL : Red River College, Stevenson campus
EMPLOYER : Airport St. Andrews
HOMETOWN : Winnipeg, MB

BIOGRAPHY:
Dylan, a full-time student at Red River College, is currently working at the St-Andrews Airport. He chose to pursue a career in aircraft maintenance engineering as he enjoys working with his hands as well as with engines and figuring out mechanical problems. He strives to one day become a great aircraft maintenance engineer. He considers himself to be hard working, motivated and humble. He is excited to participate at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition as this will allow him to gain knowledge and experience in his trade as well as to push himself to be the best he can be. He got involved with competitions through his instructor who signed him up and trained him. He has also received a lot of support from his family and his trainer who have given him the tools to succeed and have been there with him every step of the way.

Bart Van Haaren
AGE : 21
TRADE : Joinery
SCHOOL : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EMPLOYER : Ponoka Cabinet Makers
HOMETOWN : Ponoka, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Bart enjoys staying busy and usually has multiple projects on the go, from woodworking to working on his truck. He describes himself as hard working and eager to learn. He has been involved in woodworking since 2006 when he took his first class in this subject and was encouraged by his teacher to pursue this as a career path. Bart has just completed his apprenticeship through NAIT and has also received support from the Government of Canada through incentive grants. He strives to one day own his own business and to never stop learning. His advice for young people is to choose a career that you are passionate about and to research the options that are available to you. He looks forward to competing at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 to advance further in his trade and improve his existing skills. He also looks forward to meeting new people and traveling to new places.

Isabelle Bélanger
AGE : 19
TRADE : Graphic Design
SCHOOL : Centre des Bâtisseurs – Sector Beauceville
EMPLOYER : Conception Imagix
HOMETOWN : Saint-Côme-Linière, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Isabelle will represent Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 in the graphic design competition. She became interested in participating in competitions in high school when one of her teachers spoke to her about a former student, Caroline Faucher, who had competed in WorldSkills Helsinki 2005 and had won the gold medal. This story inspired Isabelle to become involved. When she started her DEP, she decided that she too wanted to reach the international level to prove to herself that she can succeed at this unbelievable challenge! She believes her best asset for the Competition will be the fact that she remains calm in stressful situations and can persevere through difficult ones. She is presently working for Conception Imagix and one day would like to teach at the school at which she studied.

Jack Van Den Broek
AGE : 19
TRADE : Landscape Gardening
SCHOOL : Olds College
EMPLOYER : Solterra Landscape
HOMETOWN : Lethbridge, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Jack, an outgoing and hardworking person, likes to spend his leisure time outdoors, playing sports such as golfing and skiing. He chose to pursue landscape gardening as a career because this allows him to be outdoors and to stay active. He got involved in competi- tions through his employer who suggested he should compete. He has just graduated from Olds College and currently works as an apprentice for Solterra Landscape, in Lethbridge, Alberta. As far back as he can remem- ber, he has always enjoyed working with irrigation and helping with the landscape around the yard. Jack aspires to own his own company in the future. He is excited to be representing Canada at the upcoming WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany and is striving to win the gold medal, with his partner Justin Schipper. He believes his greatest asset for this Competi- tion is his attention to detail. His advice to others when choosing a career path is to go for what you love.

Jacob Bell
AGE : 21
TRADE : Bricklaying
SCHOOL : Red River College
HOMETOWN : Winnipeg, Manitoba

BIOGRAPHY:
Jacob Bell is currently working as a full-time commercial bricklayer for Euro-Can Enterprises Ltd., in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He chose to pursue a career in the skilled trades as the demand for workers in this field is high and it is financially lucrative. It was his instructor at Red River College, where he completed his apprenticeship, who encouraged him to get involved with Skills Canada Competitions. Jacob describes himself as hard working, independent and goal driven. He will be representing Canada at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany, in the bricklaying competition. He feels that his best assets for this Competition are his superior time management and problem-solving skills. His greatest inspiration is his dad as he has taught him to have a strong work ethic. He is also grateful to government and industry partners for their financial support. Jacob is happy to have this opportunity and hopes to come back from Germany with a medal!

Jayden Leister
AGE : 17
TRADE : Mobile Robotics
SCHOOL : Yorkton Regional High School
HOMETOWN : Yorkton, SK

BIOGRAPHY:
Jayden, a math and science enthusiast, is part of a team of two who will be representing Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, in the Mobile Robotics category. Jayden describes himself as a social person and likes working with others to achieve a common goal. He chose to enroll himself in a robotics program because he enjoys problem solving and working with technology. Three years ago, his teacher who is now his trainer, brought the Skills competitions to his attention and encouraged him to participate. Jayden is currently studying at Yorkton Regional High School in Saskatchewan and plans on going to University to study in the field of electronics/electrical engineering. He is looking forward to participating at the WorldSkills Competition as this will allow him to gain experience in the field of mobile robotics and hopefully lead to career opportunities down the road. He is grateful to his parents who have always been his greatest supporters and have inspired him to continuously take on new challenges.

Jean-Sébastien Simard
AGE : 19
TRADE : Plumbing and Heating
SCHOOL : École des métiers de la construction de Montréal
EMPLOYER : Groupe Paquette
HOMETOWN : Terrebonne, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Jean-Sébastien describes himself as a relaxed person who handles stress well. He believes that it is this quality that will help him be successful at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. He cannot wait for the Competition to begin and believes it will be a truly unique and enriching experience. He became involved with the competitions through one of his teachers who convinced him to compete. He decided to pursue a career in plumbing because several members of his family work in this field and he really likes this trade. His hobbies include camping and listening to music; his favourite group is the Beatles. He is currently working as a first year apprentice for Groupe Paquette. Jean-Sébastien would like eventually to become a plumbing foreman and is considering going back to school in the future to study in mechanical engineering.

Jean-Philippe Desbiens
AGE : 20
TRADE  : IT Network Systems Administration
SCHOOL : Rosemont College
EMPLOYER : Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
HOMETOWN : Terrebonne, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Jean-Philippe is a resident of Terrebonne, Quebec and will represent Canada in the IT Network Systems Administration competition at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. From the time he was young, Jean- Philippe has been excited by technology and he likes the fact that things happen so quickly in this field. It is this aspect that keeps him motivated and it is why he chose to pursue a career in this field. Jean Philippe recently completed his studies in network management at the Collège de Rosemont and will now begin his bachelor’s degree in IT engineering at the École de Technologie Supérieure. Eventually, he would like to start his own technology consulting company. In his spare time, he likes to cycle, travel and cook. Jean Philippe describes himself as a leader who likes challenges. He has been involved in the competitions since 2008 when he was a student at the Centre de Formation Professionnelle des Riverains. He is proud to represent Canada in the 42nd WorldSkills Competition. He plans to prove that his country is an IT leader and he is also looking forward to acquiring new knowledge and contacts.

Jessica Lapointe
AGE : 21
TRADE : Web Design
SCHOOL : Cégep de Chicoutimi / University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
EMPLOYER : Cuttyfruty / Mapgears
HOMETOWN : Chicoutimi, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Jessica, who loves computer science, web design, programming and graphic design, will represent Canada in the web design competition at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. She started her own business in 2005 creating fonts (cuttyfruty.com) and is also working for a web mapping company called Mapgears. Her career goal is to have a dynamic job where she can work on several different projects. She recommends that anyone looking for a career try it out first. It was by trying different things that Jessica found what really excited her. What she likes most about her work is seeing the final product. By competing in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, she is looking forward to a new challenge while enjoying a new experience. She believes that her ability to learn quickly will be her best asset. Jessica is currently studying computer science at UQAC in Quebec City and became involved in the competitions through the Cégep de Chicoutimi.

Joanie Arsenault
AGE : 21
TRADE : Beauty Therapy
SCHOOL : Pavillon de l’Argile Joliette
EMPLOYER : Éclat naturelle / Vita Beauté Distribution
HOMETOWN : L’Assomption, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Joanie describes herself as a dynamic, happy, social person. She is a self employed worker for her aesthetics institute, Éclat naturelle and for Vita Beauté Distribution. She is also a representative for Ora Cosmétique and Phyt Action. She really enjoys working in the beauty therapy field because it is a very rewarding trade and her clients are always in a good mood. Her greatest inspiration was her teacher because she is passionate about her trade and always motivated. She is also the one who pushed Joanie to enter the competitions. Joanie is sure that her participation in the 42nd WorldSkills Competition will offer her an unforgettable experience charged with strong emotions that she can share with others experiencing the same thing. She believes that it is her passion that will lead her to success!

Johnathan Black
AGE : 19
TRADE : Electronics
SCHOOL : Conestoga College
HOMETOWN : Chesley, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Jonathan, a student at Conestoga College, in Kitchener, Ontario is currently studying in computer engineering. He chose a career in this field because he likes hands-on work and enjoys working with computers and electronics. He describes himself as hard working and attentive to detail. His hobbies include playing video games, programming and robotics. He got involved with Skills competitions through one of his college professors who suggested that he should participate in a competition. He feels that WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will be a great opportunity to gain experience, test his skills against others and meet new and interesting people. He is looking forward to this exciting challenge and also to expanding his knowledge in his trade. He feels that his best asset is his knowledge of computers, audio equipment and electronics.

Jordy Bartman
AGE : 20
TRADE : Autobody Repair
SCHOOL : Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
EMPLOYER : Brooks Collision
HOMETOWN : Duchess, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Jordy is currently working as an apprentice autobody technician at Brooks Collision and is studying at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He initially got involved in competitions through his high school. He chose to pursue this career path because of his love of vehicles and the fact that he enjoys hands-on work. Jordy has been exposed to the trades since a very young age, as his father is a welder, his uncle a heavy-duty mechanic and his grandfather a jack-of-all- trades. Through their support and mentorship, he was able to gain a vast knowledge and further develop his skills. When he is not working on a vehicle, Jordy enjoys getting around on his dirt bike or skidoo. He is looking forward to participating at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and hopes to gain further knowledge in his trade and see another part of the world.

Justin Schipper
AGE : 20
TRADE : Landscape Gardening
SCHOOL : Olds College
EMPLOYER : Nitro Construction
HOMETOWN : Monarch, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Justin, a 20-year-old landscaping enthusiast from Monarch, Alberta, will be representing Canada in Landscape Gardening, at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, along with his partner Jack Van Den Broek. Justin is looking forward to participating at the Competition as this will allow him the opportunity to learn different types of landscaping practices which will help him broaden his knowledge in this field. He believes his greatest asset is the fact that he is hardworking. He currently works for Nitro Construction as an apprentice and chose to pursue the field of landscape gardening because he enjoys working outdoors and many of his family members work in landscaping. He aspires to one day have his own landscaping company. He got involved with competitions through his College and credits his trainer for being his greatest source of inspiration because of his constant support in helping him to succeed.

Luc Boudreau
AGE : 20
TRADE : CNC Turning
S
CHOOL : CCNB Bathurst College
EMPLOYER : Excell-Pro
HOMETOWN : Dieppe, NB

BIOGRAPHY:
Luc enjoys outdoor activities and spends his leisure time hunting, mountain biking and fishing. He currently works for Excell Pro as a machinist and hopes to one day have his own company. He became involved in the competitions through his professor at Collège CCNB Bathhurst, who suggested he compete. Luc will represent Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, in Germany, in the CNC turning competition. He hopes to gain work experience and, of course, to win! He suggests that young people choose a career that they like and that they not decide simply on the basis of salary because money does not mean happiness.

Marissa Halter
AGE : 20
TRADE : Print Media Technology
SCHOOL : Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic
HOMETOWN : North Battleford, SK

BIOGRAPHY:
Marissa, a passionate and hard working individual, is always striving to be the best that she can be. Her love for computers and creating designs are what have lead her to pursue a career in the field of print media technology. Her career goals are to become a graphic designer or a press operator. She is currently pursuing this through her studies at SAIT Polytechnic where she is working towards her diploma in graphic communications and print technology. She got involved with competitions through her institution as her press class teacher approached her about competing. Through her participation at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition, she hopes to gain hands on experience, industry contacts and as much knowledge as she can obtain. She also hopes to have fun, get the chance to explore Germany and meet other young people who are as dedicated to their trade as she is. “I am excited and honoured for the opportunity to represent Canada and I will give it everything to get myself on that podium and bring back a medal!”

Maxime Fortin
AGE : 21
TRADE : Cooking
SCHOOL : École Hôtelière de la Capitale
EMPLOYER : Restaurant Panache
HOMETOWN : Quebec, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Maxime has recently completed his diploma in professional studies (DEP) in cooking at the École Hôtelière de la Capitale and hopes one day to own a restaurant on the U.S. west coast in the Los Angeles/San Diego area. During the summer, he worked at the Restaurant La Tanière in Quebec City, which specializes in molecular cooking and he is now working at Panache restaurant, located in Old Quebec. He chose the culinary field because he has always been interested in cooking. He likes watching television shows on this topic and preparing meals. He became involved in the competitions through one of the chefs at the École Hôtelière who asked if he would be interested. Knowing Antoine Corriveau, a member of Team Canada 2011 in cooking, he had an idea of what this Competition might mean for his future and immediately said yes. In his spare time, Maxime likes to play sports including golf and loves music; he plays guitar and piano. He cannot wait to represent Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and hopes to bring back a medal!

Maxime Renaud
AGE : 20
TRADE : Restaurant Service
SCHOOL : Fierbourg, centre de formation professionnelle
EMPLOYER : Pub De La Chapelle
HOMETOWN : Saint-Tite des Caps, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Maxime currently works at the Pub De La Chapelle, a restaurant in Quebec City, where he is a waiter. He will represent Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, in Germany, in the restaurant service Competition. Since his professor first offered him the opportunity to compete in his first competition his goal has been to make it to the WorldSkills Competition. Initially, his motivation was largely to see Germany and have a good trip but now he realizes the importance of the Competition for the future of his career. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and hiking in the forest. He is also a lover of music and history. Maxime’s advice to young people is to get professional training because this makes all the difference when entering the workforce. His greatest inspiration is Pierre Luc Côté, who won the gold medal in restaurant service at WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

Mélodie Perez-Mousseau
AGE : 19
TRADE : Confectioner/Pastry Cook
SCHOOL : CFP Jacques-Rousseau
HOMETOWN : Lavaltrie, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Mélodie has always been drawn to the con- fectioner/pastry cook trade and was approached by one of the chefs at her training school to participate in a competition. She hopes one day to work in a famous restaurant or prestigious hotel so she can eventually teach her trade and share her passion with others. Mélodie recently completed her training at CFP Jacques-Rousseau and is now working in a shop in Lon- gueuil that makes chocolates. WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 represents an oppor- tunity to put into practice everything she learned during her training and will have a big impact on her personal and professional development. Mélodie describes herself as being full of energy and always ready for a new chal- lenge! She believes that her best asset for the Competition will be her perseverance. A number of people have inspired her over the years to develop her full potential including Marie-Ève Lazure, who won the Medallion of Excellence at WorldSkills London 2011, in the pastry competition, as well as Stéphane Leroux and Christophe Michalak, two world renown chefs.

Michael Scheideman
AGE : 21
TRADE : Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
SCHOOL : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EMPLOYER : Albright Refrigeration
HOMETOWN : Grande Prairie, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Michael chose to pursue a career in the trades as he realized the demand for skilled workers. He chose refrigeration and air conditioning in particular because he enjoys the variety of the work in this field. It can take you anywhere from skyscrapers and houses, to trucks, trains and heavy equipment. His current career goal is to obtain a journeyman certificate in refrigeration and air conditioning. Michael describes himself as hard working and a good problem-solver, and believes his strongest asset is his ability to work well under pressure. He got involved with competitions when he heard about this opportunity from one of his teachers, in his first year of technical training. He feels these competitions are a great way for young skilled labourers to gain skills and experience. Michael is very grateful that he is given the chance to compete at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013. He is currently employed at Albright Refrigera- tion and has been working there for the past four years as an apprentice. He is also attending technical training at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), in Edmonton.

Nic Kitt
AGE : 19
TRADE : Welding
SCHOOL : Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
EMPLOYER : Dynacorp Fabricators
HOMETOWN : Okotoks, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Nic, a 19-year-old welding student at SAIT, is currently a second-year apprentice welder/fitter at Dynacorp Fabrications, in Okotoks, Alberta. Nic knew he wanted to pursue a career in welding from a young age, having watched his father work in this field. He hopes to one day get a journeyman ticket in welding as well as heavy-duty mechanics and eventually start his own business. He enjoys working in trades because it is hands on type of work and it is a good way to earn a decent living. Nic has been involved in competitions since he was in grade 10, through Foothills Composite High School. His welding teacher was the one who inspired him to push himself and further develop his skills. He is looking to refine his skills in welding at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and hopes to land in the top three and stand on the podium with a medal in hand.

Nolan Spak
AGE : 21
TRADE : Sheet Metal Technology
SCHOOL : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EMPLOYER : Always Plumbing and Heating
HOMETOWN : Morinville, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Nolan takes pride in everything he does and once he takes on a project he sees it all the way through. He decided to choose a career in the trades because he knew it would bring him great job security and also a sense of accomplishment from building something with his own hands. He stumbled upon sheet metal work purely by chance and decided to try it. Nolan found that he loved it and hopes that one day he can open his own custom sheet metal shop. He is studying at NAIT and was informed about competitions by his teacher there. He is currently working as a full time metal sheet worker at Always Plumbing and Heating while completing his apprenticeship. He has many hobbies such as hunting and loves doing outdoor activities. ‘I would definitively suggest to youth to go see the competitions to get a taste of what a career in trades entails and what you can expect. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions”. He feels that attending the 42nd WorldSkills Competition is a testament to all the hard work he has done and hopes to bring home the gold and make his country proud!

Tyler Hore
AGE : 20
TRADE : Car Painting
SCHOOL : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EMPLOYER : Cascade Collision Services HOMETOWN : Hinton, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Tyler who comes from the small town of Hinton, in Alberta, will be competing in the car painting category at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, in Germany. He has always enjoyed working on cars and he now paints them for a living. He works as an apprentice head painter at Cascade Collision Services in Hinton and is studying at NAIT. Tyler hopes to own and run a body and paint shop in the future. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as camping. He is taking part in the 42nd WorldSkills Competition because he loves what he does and wants to progress in this trade and reach his full potential. Through this experience, he is hoping to gain exposure and knowledge. He describes his best assets as being his confidence and devotion. Tyler is grateful for his employer who has provided him with inspiration and support throughout the years. He believes he would not be where he is today if it weren’t for him and his journeyman which has taught him valuable skills.

Tyler Kenyon
AGE : 20
TRADE : Automobile Technology
SCHOOL : Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EMPLOYER : J&E Motors Ltd.
HOMETOWN : Millet, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Tyler who currently works as an apprentice automotive service technician for J&E Motors, his dad’s company, grew up around cars and so it was a natural decision to pursue this as a career. He got involved with competitions through NAIT, who selected him to participate based on the fact that he obtained the top grade in his class. Tyler’s goal is to become even faster at diagnosing problems on vehicles. Tyler is excited to have been chosen to represent his country at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition and hopes to gain additional knowledge in his trade. He believes his strongest asset is that he is a good problem-solver as this is an important quality to have for this particular trade. He is very eager to meet other competitors from around the world and have the opportunity to compete against the best.

Zack Hartle
AGE : 21
TRADE : Industrial Control
SCHOOL : Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic
EMPLOYER: Canem Systems Ltd.
HOMETOWN : Calgary, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Zack enjoys playing sports, doing outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, and spending time with his friends. He is currently a journeyman commercial electrician with Canem Systems. He chose this field because he wanted to do something that he could be proud of and that he loves doing. Also, he enjoys learning how things work and seeing the progress from beginning to end of a project. He is looking forward to competing at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, as he believes this will be an amazing opportunity for his career and a life-changing experience. He is grateful for the support that he has received from government and industry partners as competing would not have been possible without them. “My best assets for this Competition are that I love to learn and I am not happy unless I know I’ve done the best I possibly could”. He got involved with competitions through his school.

Zachary Piskun
AGE : 22
TRADE : Mechatronics
SCHOOL : Humber School of Applied Technology
EMPLOYER : Rollstamp Manufacturing
HOMETOWN : Brampton, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Zachary, an automation technician at RollStamp Manufacturing, always believed in the following saying “find something you love and you will never work a day in your life”. During his spare time, he can be found at the hockey rink or on the squash court. His friends and family describe him as a fairly calm and relaxed person. Zachary is proud to be representing Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and looks forward to doing this alongside his partner David Da Costa, who he describes as his biggest source of inspiration. He is also grateful for the support he has received from his family and advisors. He initially got involved with competitions through his program coordinator Neal Mohammed who selected him to participate in a competition. Zachary’s ultimate career goal is to become a lead PLC programmer or a consultant for automation.