Team Canada 2015

Luc Morin
Team Leader

BIOGRAPHY :
Luc Morin’s first experience with the WorldSkills Competition was as a floor supervisor at WorldSkills Montréal 1999. He then took on the role of Team Leader, supporting WorldSkills Team Canada competitors around the world – in Seoul, Korea in 2001, St-Gallen, Switzerland in 2003, Shizuoka, Japan in 2007, Calgary in 2009, London, England in 2011 and Leipzig, Germany in 2013. Originally from Grand Falls, Morin is also the Executive Director of Skills Canada New Brunswick. Morin is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton.

Isabelle Collin
Team Leader

BIOGRAPHY :
Isabelle Collin, from New Brunswick, is 26 years old. She has been working in the beauty therapy industry for seven years. Having started her journey as a WorldSkills Team Canada competitor in 2009, at the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Collin quickly rose through the ranks, participating in the WorldSkills Youth Forum in Jamaica the following year and then acting as a trainer at WorldSkills London 2011. Two years ago, she was a translator at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 and acted as facilitator for the WorldSkills Champion Forum in Switzerland in 2014. Collin has no plans to stop her journey on the competition circuit. “It challenges me and keeps me up to date,” she says. “It brings the best out of me.”

Guillaume Houde
Team Leader

BIOGRAPHY :
Guillaume Houde returns for his second WorldSkills Competition as Team Leader. He supported WorldSkills Team Canada 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition. Houde knows what it is like to be a competitor on the international competition floor. He was a WorldSkills Team Canada 2007 competitor at WorldSkills Schizuoka 2007, in Japan. Houde is proud to share his experiences and wisdom with WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in São Paulo. “My participation in the competitions allows me to continually develop in the field of industrial electronics,” he says. Houde holds a DEC in Electrical Engineering.

ZACHARY LAROSE
AGE : 18
TRADE : Mobile Robotics
HOMETOWN : Hearst, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY :
Zachary Larose from Hearst, Ontario, joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in the area of robotics. “I have always been interested in the fabrication and assembly of pieces and I also have extensive knowledge of information technology therefore robotics was the perfect fit for me” says Zachary. He currently attends the École secondaire catholique de Hearst and plans on pursuing his post secondary studies in the trades.

MARC-ANTOINE BETTEZ
AGE : 21
TRADE : Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
HOMETOWN : Hebertville, Québec

BIOGRAPHY :
Marc-Antoine Bettez, from Hebertville, Québec, joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in the area of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – a field his family knows well. “My father is a refrigeration and air conditioner mechanic so he got me interested in it,” says Bettez. “It is complex and allows me to cross over to many other trades like electricity, mechanics, programming, welding, and more.” He currently works at Réfrigération Nordic, where he stretches his skills into all of these areas.

KASSANDRA BILODEAU
AGE : 20
TRADE : Car Painting
HOMETOWN : St-Sylvestre, Québec

BIOGRAPHY :
Kassandra Bilodeau of St-Sylvestre, Québec, is a 20-year-old devoted to painting cars. “I chose this discipline simply because it is a trade that I am passionate about,” she says. “I love cars and I love painting so I chose a career that united these two passions.” Having been around car demolitions since the age of 16, Bilodeau hopes to own her own garage in the future. Right now, Bilodeau’s goal is to learn as many different painting techniques as possible.

JUSTIN DAMBITIS
AGE : 21
TRADE : Autobody Repair 
HOMETOWN : Calgary, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY :
Justin Dambitis is from Calgary. He attended the South Alberta Institute of Technology. At 21 he enjoys the challenge of Domestic and Import Auto Body Repair because each day brings, “a new problem to solve...body damage can never be recreated twice.” Looking down the road ahead, the entrepreneur inside is driving Justin towards owning his own body repair shop. When he’s not cutting, fitting and welding metal components in the garage, Dambitis unplugs and takes in the great outdoors.

RYLAN DEKOK
AGE : 20
TRADE : Cabinetry
HOMETOWN : Picture Butte, AB

BIOGRAPHY :
“I always thought I would become an architect,” says WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 member Rylan Dekok. “Until I started woodworking.” Inspired by several co-workers, he decided to jump into the competition circuit, starting in high school, pushing through to regionals, provincials and nationals. The 20-year-old, from the southern Alberta town of Picture Butte, says he will continue working with his hands in Cabinetry. “It is a very rewarding career,” he says. “I hope to one day open a custom cabinetry and furniture shop.” Dekok currently works at Premiere Woodworking.

TREVOR FANDRICK
AGE : 20
TRADE : CNC Turning
HOMETOWN : Edmonton, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY :
Having toyed with machining in high school, Trevor Fandrick quickly learned that he loves creating intricate parts from raw materials. He credits his shop teacher, Darren Roth, for setting him down what he calls, “an incredible journey.” With Roth as a mentor, this competitor was able to gain extra edge in his discipline. Now 20 years old, Fandrick continues to learn the machinist trade. “My career goal is to never stop learning new advancements,” he says. He holds true to continuous learning as his strategy to win the competition in São Paulo. “Whether you’re in the competition or training you’re always going to have to keep learning,” he says. “Continuously learning will give you the advantage over others.”

JACOB FLUKER
AGE : 21
TRADE : Electrical Installations
HOMETOWN : Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY :
Jacob Fluker, from Fort Saskatchewan, always knew a trade was an obvious first step in his career path. Now 21, he praises his discipline of Electrical Installations for providing opportunities and opening up doors. He offers this advice to others seeking a career in skilled trades and technologies, “with all the government support and the rapid progression of the industry, it is an undeniably sound profession to be in.” Fluker not only has a passion for studying the electrical field, he enjoys learning about other countries. He has travelled to ten different countries over the last three years.

MAXIME GAUVREAU
AGE : 19
TRADE : Carpentry
HOMETOWN : Terrebonne, Québec

BIOGRAPHY  :
The Terrebonne hometowner, Maxime Gauvreau, trained as a carpenter in Montréal. He is grateful for his professor’s support during his skills development. “He saw great potential in me,” says Gavreau. At 19 years old, he now works at Goyer & Lanouette. Looking ahead, Gavreau would, “eventually…like to start my own business.” Gauvreau notes that he is colour blind, which contributed to him failing some essential examinations. “It could have stopped me from pushing forward in this field,” he says. But, it didn’t. Gauvreau will go on to compete in São Paulo this August in Carpentry.

RYAN GREEN
AGE : 21
TRADE : Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
HOMETOWN : Bowmanville, ON

BIOGRAPHY :
“Big equipment has always had my attention,” says Ryan Green from Bowmanville, Ontario. “I have always liked working with my hands and been interested in fixing things.” Green was first inspired to compete at the WorldSkills Competition back in grade 10 when he witnessed the competition at the provincial level. Thinking about it for a few years, that day stuck with him. “It made me want to try at the college level.” Now 21, he joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in the area of Heavy Vehicle Maintenance.

CARSON GUSTAFSON
AGE : 21
TRADE : Mechanical Engineering Design CAD
HOMETOWN : Lloydminster, SK

BIOGRAPHY :
Carson Gustafson is from Lloyminster, Saskatchewan. “I discovered in junior high that I loved drafting and design,” says Gustafson. So, he enrolled at Saskatchewan Polytechnic to pursue studies in Mechanical Engineering Design. “It felt like the most practical application of my talents,” he says. What skills-set does it take to enter this professional path? Thinking and document use are at the top of his list. “Thinking is instrumental to the modeling process, as there is never just one exact solution…it’s an infinitely variable puzzle that requires quick judgment, analysis and time management,” he says. Gustafson knows it also takes hard work to get to the Team Canada level of the competition. “My parents…worked hard their entire lives…and through their commitment and dedication I’ve learned and inherited many of their traits that I feel make me a better person and competitor.”

KAITLYN HOILES
AGE : 19
TRADE : Beauty Therapy
HOMETOWN : Kingston, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY :
The need to feed her creativity in esthetics led Kingston’s Kaitlyn Hoiles to attend St. Lawrence College. Now 19 years old, Hoiles is a Beauty Therapist – a trade she says demands a strong command of six essential skills (Oral Communication, Working with Others, Continuous Learning, Reading Text, Writing and Thinking). Of those, she notes that Oral Communications is paramount. “You need to be able to understand and communicate effectively with people to ensure good working relationships and client experiences,” says Hoiles. And, the client needs to, “understand the service and home care techniques for their own knowledge and safety.” As a member of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015, Hoiles seeks to not only achieve the title of World Champion, but looks to gain more experience and exposure in São Paulo.

KENDRICK HOWE
AGE : 20
TRADE : Plumbing and Heating
HOMETOWN: Monarch, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY :
Kendrick Howe is from Monarch, Alberta. Originally, Howe trained in cabinet making, competing regionally four times and participating in provincials three times in this discipline. When he entered college, he decided to switch paths and take on Plumbing and Heating. The numeracy skills he continues to develop along the way keeps him on his toes. After all, the measurements come down to a sharp eye and mathematics. Now, at 20 years old, Howe owns a heating and plumbing company and continues to compete. “My goal is to make my business thrive,” he says. Ask Howe who inspires him to push forward in his career and he will likely tell you Bill Gates. “He built an empire out of ideas,” he says.

ROXANNE KANAK
AGE : 21
TRADE: Graphic Design Technology
HOMETOWN : Quill Lake, Saskatchewan

BIOGRAPHY :
Roxanne Kanak is competing in the discipline of Graphic Design Technology. With her training from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, she now works at Wow Factor Media with six locations in Canada. Her love for graphic design was sparked in high-school with hands-on experience. “I was a part of the yearbook committee, which involved taking photos and designing page layouts,” says Kanak. “I loved doing it and would spend countless hours making sure it looked just right.” Coming from a town with a population of 400, Kanak now looks to work at large advertising firms. She is busy working, learning and training for São Paulo while running a small photography company on the side lines.

PETER LAUSER
AGE : 22
TRADE : Industrial Mechanics Millwright
HOMETOWN : Calgary, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY :
Peter Lauser, from Calgary, loves working with his hands. His grandmother, who serves as his inspiration for choosing the trades, used to tell him, “there is gold in your hands.” A motivating statement to which Lauser responds, “well, I want to see just how much.” Trained as a Mechanical Millwright, he knows he landed the right trade. “It was the closest to Mechanical Engineering…which is the field I have studied in,” says Lauser. At 22, he strives to obtain his Red Seal ticket and return to school to learn even more. “Because my field is so broad, there is always more to learn.” When he is not honing his skills in his trade, Lauser is a classical music enthusiast.

WILLIAM LEBEL
AGE : 21
TRADE : Network Systems Administration
HOMETOWN : Québec City, Québec

BIOGRAPHY :
William Lebel has been building his skills and passion for Network Systems Administration for years. He was immersed in the PROTIC program in high school. “This is where I started to learn how to program,” says Lebel. With that knowledge base, he entered cégep and instantly discovered he wanted to choose the management side of networks as a career. At 21, he is already doing what he loves with the Ministère de l’Énergie et Ressources naturelles du Québec. When Lebel is not sitting at the computer, he’s throwing stones down the curling sheet. Lebel is a competitive curler.

RYAN LEEDHAM
AGE : 20
TRADE : Aircraft Maintenance
HOMETOWN : Brookfield, NS

BIOGRAPHY :
Ryan Leedham from Brookfield, Nova Scotia, loves planes. He also admits to being, “mechanically inclined.” Leedham combined his passion and skills to study Aircraft Maintenance at the NSCC Aviation Institute. Having a broad knowledge of the nine essential skills, he stakes document use as the most vital in his field. “With such a highly regulated industry… every part of the tasks carried out is done to a written standard,” he says. “Navigating, reading and interpreting the many documents required has the same importance as the finished product.” The 20-year-old says he wants to, “get my Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license and gain as much experience on different aircraft types as I can.” It should come as no surprise that Leedham has a private pilot’s license.

GABRIEL LÉVESQUE
AGE  : 20
TRADE : Landscape Gardening
HOMETOWN : XXX

BIOGRAPHY :
Gabriel Lévesque studied landscape gardening at École professionnelle de Saint-Hyacinthe casavant in Saint-Hyacinthe. Being independent and getting creative in an outdoor environment draws Lévesque to this field. He wants to gain more experience and hopes to one day own a landscape gardening company. “I’d like to share my passion with clients,” he says. Lévesque has some words of wisdom for others wanting to enter this trade. “Being proud of what you do is key to success,” he says. “And, have a lot of fun doing it.”

BRANDON LIANG
AGE : 18
TRADE  : Automobile Technology
HOMETOWN  : Camrose, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY :
Camrose, Alberta’s Brandon Liang has always had a passion for cars. While he had his sights set on a career in engineering, his high school automotive teacher took notice of his talent working with cars and pushed him to compete in a Skills Canada regional competition. “We walked away from our first competition with a gold medal,” says Liang. “From then on, I was hooked.” At the WorldSkills Canadian Trials in January 2015, Liang was joined by seven other Albertans. Now, he is going full speed ahead for the title of World Champion in São Paulo this August. At 18 years of age, Liang is employed by Lamb Ford, where he fulfills his love of fixing vehicles.

WINSTON LORD
AGE : 20
TRADE : Electronics
HOMETOWN : Mississauga, ON

BIOGRAPHY :
Winston Lord, from Mississauga, has what he calls a “fixation” with electronics. But his obsession is not the only reason he entered the field of Electronics Engineering. “From what I have found, trade jobs are more stable in a changing economy,” says Lord. Ask him what essential skill he is honing to prepare for the WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo and he’ll tell you it is document use. “Being able to interpret various types of documents and make use of all the information is not an easy task,” he says. “To add to this, being able to do this quickly and effectively is where many people fall short which is why I’m focusing so much on it.”

TYLER MAGRI
AGE : 20
TRADE : CNC Milling
HOMETOWN : Innisfil, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY :
Tyler Magri from Innisfil, Ontario, knows that CNC machining technology evolves quickly. “If I was not using continuous learning as a skill in my training, I would immediately fall behind,” he says. Magri makes it a priority to stay on top of what he calls, “a staggering amount of different ways to machine a part.” He started getting interested in the trade in high school. Under the mentorship of Nick Stefano, the school’s manufacturing teacher, Magri, learned the basics of the manufacturing industry, welding, and manual and CNC machining. “It didn’t take long for me to gravitate towards CNC machining…Stefano had encouraged and helped me every step of the way to get to where I am today.” While he might not boast about it, Magri held a title of highest overall grade at Georgian College. What’s next for Magri? “Become an apprentice and get my license,” he says.

MAXIME MARINEAU
AGE : 19
TRADE : Mobile Robotics
HOMETOWN : Hearst, ON

BIOGRAPHY :
Maxime Marineau is one of two competitors from the town of Hearst, in the heart of Northern Ontario. Like his teammate, he too is at the top of his game in Robotics. Marineau chose the trade for the diversity of skills he gains from it. “Robotics taught me about each and every trade and increased my abilities in design.” This is just the beginning for the 19-year-old Martineau. “My career goals are to begin as an Industrial Electrician, continue my studies and pursue my career as an Electrical Engineer.”

KARINE OUELLET
AGE : 20
TRADE : Confectioner/Pastry Cook
HOMETOWN : Québec City, QC

BIOGRAPHY :
Karine Ouellet was inspired to enter the trade of Confectioner/Pastry Cook as a child when she would watch her mother at work. “My mother was a baker…she passed her skills and love of the discipline to me,” says Ouellet. “I took some classes when I was young and was instantly bumped up to courses for kids five years my senior because I learned so quickly which made me realize this job was for me.” Ouellet studied pastry cooking at the École Hotêliere de la Capitale. She currently works at the Château Laurier. “For me, being where I am now is what I dreamed about,” she says. “Working with others as a team is an essential skill I leverage for the competition.”

JESSICA PRUNEAU
AGE : 21
TRADE : Hairdressing / Coiffure
HOMETOWN  : Québec City, QC

BIOGRAPHY :
Jessica Pruneau, from Québec, joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in the discipline of hairdressing. “I first started competing to experience the thrill of the competition,” she says. “I didn’t expect then that I would make it to the international competition.” She credits a community of support that helped her attain this level. “A lot of people inspired me during my journey, including former competitors...coaches and team members,” she says. Pruneau has always known that a skilled trade would jumpstart her career. “It allows me to get moving on my career faster,” she says. “I chose this trade for the artistic aspect.” Brush in hand, Pruneau aims for the title of World Champion in Brazil this summer.

SÉBASTIEN RÉMILLARD
AGE : 19
TRADE : Cooking
HOMETOWN : Québec City, QC

BIOGRAPHY :
Sébastien Rémillard is trained in the Culinary Arts. Born in Winnipeg, he now lives in Québec where he is training full-time for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. Rémillard is continually inspired by the pure artistry that can be created in the kitchen. “It is my passion,” he says. He has always found his comfort zone in the kitchen. “My best memories are the smells coming from the kitchen on Christmas day…I helped from time to time, making more messes than anything…I just haven’t stopped.” Rémillard wants to continue competing, eventually going to Bocuse d’Or, and further refining his skills by accepting apprenticeships throughout Europe in three Michelin-starred restaurants under some of the world’s greatest chefs. “My goal is to be the best I can be,” he says.

PATRICIA ROQUE
AGE : 17
TRADE : Fashion Technology
HOMETOWN : Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY :
Patricia Roque, from Vancouver, is one of the youngest members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015. At 17 she has paved her career path in Fashion Technology. “It is something I’ve enjoyed doing for a few years,” says Roque. Now she brings her skills and talents to São Paulo. “I have to be able to apply what I’ve learned and use it to my advantage during the competition,” she says. Roque looks to the success and experience of WorldSkills alumni, Donna Lu, for inspiration. “She is someone I constantly look up to because not only has she competed at WorldSkills but she is willing to put herself out there,” she says. As Roque progresses with her skills training, she hopes to inspire others to land their dream careers.

BRENNAN ROY-BERTIN
AGE : 21
TRADE  : Industrial Control
HOMETOWN  : Edmonton, AB

BIOGRAPHY :
Brennan Roy-Bertin from Edmonton, Alberta, attended the Northern Institute of Technology to study and train in Industrial Control. His interest in the trade was sparked when he was 17 years old, and moved from Ontario to Alberta to start an apprenticeship in the Diamond Mines. He enjoys the tremendous amount of learning that goes into sharpening his skills. He boasts that he has taken 39 Siemens courses. Roy-Bertin is currently employed by Aecom. “I’d like to move up in a company and make a difference within the organization,” he says. When he’s not driving his career forward, he straps up his hockey skates and clicks on his skis.

GABRIEL SANTERRE
AGE : 20
TRADE  : Web Design
HOMETOWN : Mascouche region, QC

BIOGRAPHY :
Web Programmer Gabriel Santerre comes from the Mascouche region of Québec. At a young age, Santerre knew programming would lead him to a career in Information Technology. Continually learning about new technologies hitting the market keeps Santerre interested. He appreciates the need to network, both offline and online, to stay on top of the technology. “The community of like-minded enthusiasts is vast,” says Santerre. “We all learn from one another, exchanging globally, by internet.” Santerre hopes to play a role in shaping how we communicate and interact.

TOMMY ST-MARTIN
AGE : 19
TRADE : Welding
HOMETOWN : Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, QC

BIOGRAPHY :
19-year-old Tommy St-Martin comes from Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Québec. After his experience at cégep, St-Martin chose welding as an outlet for his creativity. “I have a lot of dexterity and I just love manual work,” he says. What gets him going in welding are the learning possibilities. Looking ahead, St-Martin would like to start a company he can shape for the next generation behind him. When he’s not training in welding, St-Martin trains with weights.

GABRIEL TESSIER
AGE : 21
TRADE : Landscape Gardening
HOMETOWN : Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

BIOGRAPHY :
Gabriel Tessier attended École professional de Saint-Hyacinthe, close to his hometown of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Garden Landscaping is his niche and his love. “It uses both my physical and mental aptitudes,” he says. “Being satisfied in my job makes me proud of what I do.” Right now, Tessier is focusing on his training and the competition. He admits to having a competitive side. “I have always been involved in competitive sport,” he says. “I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to be in a competition again, this time in a career I am passionate about.”