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Strong Performance for Team Canada at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 awarded with 5 Medals and 10 Medallions of Excellence

Ottawa, ON – August 17th, 2015Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades, today announced that Team Canada has been presented with 5 Medals (2 Silver and 3 Bronze) as well as 10 Medallions for Excellence at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. Canada’s Best of Nation Award was presented to Sébastien Rémillard from Quebec City for his performance in Cooking. The complete list of the medals and recognition presented to Team Canada for their performance at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 is provided below and posted online at skillscompetencescanada.com.

WorldSkills is the largest international competition of its kind, showcasing the best in skilled trades and technologies training. The event occurs every two years and provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The competitors are selected from WorldSkills’ Member countries and regions and represent the best of their peers. Skills Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International.

“We are very proud of Team Canada’s performance at WorldSkills 2015, especially in light of the growing number of Member Countries,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada. “The dedication, training and skills that these talented young individuals have demonstrated is truly remarkable and will help propel them forward as they pursue careers in Canada’s skilled trade and technology workforce.”

WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 is made up of 29 young skills champions from across the country. This talented group participated in 27 out of 50 team and/or individual skill areas relating to trades, technologies, and service-oriented careers. Biographies and background information on WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 is available at skillscompetencescanada.com.

About WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 represents the largest in the 65-year history of WorldSkills with 1,189 registered Competitors from 59 WorldSkills Member countries and regions. This year’s event, which took place from August 11 – 16, 2015 at Anhembi Park, in São Paulo, Brazil, recorded 1,144 registered experts, 301 registered interpreters and 800 volunteers. As many as 200,000 spectators, public policymakers, employers, teachers, trainers, technical experts and government officials from around the world attended. The next WorldSkills Competition is scheduled to take place from October 14 – 19, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. For more information on WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 visit www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com.



WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Competitor Name Skill Category WorldSkills Medal or Award Hometown, Province/Territory
Ryan Leedham Aircraft Maintenance Silver Medal Brookfield, NS
Sébastien Rémillard Cooking Silver Medal and Best of Nation Quebec City, QC
Marc-Antoine Bettez Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Bronze Medal Hebertville, QC
Ryan Green Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Bronze Medal Bowmanville, ON
Zachary Larose & Maxime Marineau Mobile Robotics Bronze Medal Hearst, ON
Jacob Fluker Electrical Installation Medallion of Excellence Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Kendrick Howe Plumbing and Heating Medallion of Excellence Monarch, AB
Roxanne Kanak Graphic Design Technology Medallion of Excellence Quill Lake, SK
William Lebel IT Network Systems Administration Medallion of Excellence Québec City, QC
Brandon Liang Automobile Technology Medallion of Excellence Camrose, AB
Karine Ouellet Pâtisserie and Confectionery Medallion of Excellence Québec City, QC
Jessica Pruneau Hairdressing Medallion of Excellence Québec City, QC
Patricia Roque Fashion Technology Medallion of Excellence Vancouver, BC
Gabriel Santerre Web Design Medallion of Excellence Mascouche region, QC
Tommy St-Martin Welding Medallion of Excellence Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, QC

 Note – Medallion of Excellence winners received point scores over 500


About Skills Canada

Skills 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 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 Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills. For more information, visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.

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Photo caption: WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 arrives at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo for the WorldSkills 2015 Closing Ceremonies on August 16th. Photo credit Skills/Compétences Canada.


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Caroline McGrath

For Skills/Compétences Canada



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