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WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 Achieves Excellence at 44th WorldSkills Competition, in Abu Dhabi

WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 awarded with 1 Medal and 13 Medallions of Excellence

Ottawa, ON – October 20th, 2017 – Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technology, today announced that WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 has been presented with 1 Medal as well as 13 Medallions of Excellence at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. Canada’s Best of Nation Award was presented to Avery Bird (Toronto, Ontario) and Theodor Willert (Etobicoke, Ontario) for their performance in Mechatronics. The complete list of the medals and recognition presented to WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 for their performance at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 is provided below and available online at skillscompetencescanada.com.

The WorldSkills Competition, held every two years, is the largest vocational, education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry standards. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 took place October 15 – 18, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, in United Arab Emirates and recorded over 100,000 visitors. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 was the largest event in the 67-year history of WorldSkills with approximately 1,300 competitors from 59 Member countries and regions from around the globe. This represents Canada’s 14th participation in a WorldSkills Competition.

“We are very proud of the 31 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 for their outstanding performance at the 44th WorldSkills Competition,” said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada. “The determination, hard work and skills that these talented young individuals have demonstrated is truly remarkable. We look forward to seeing them prosper in their careers as they join Canada’s skilled trade and technology workforce.”

WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 is made up of 31 young skills champions, including 22 males and 9 females, ranging in age from 16-24, from across the country. This talented group participated in 28 out of 51 skill areas relating to the following six sectors: Construction and Building Technology, Creative Arts and Fashion, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Social and Personal Services and Transportation and Logistics. To read their biographies and follow their journeys, go to skillscompetencescanada.com.

The next WorldSkills Competition is scheduled to take place August 29 – September 3, 2019 in Kazan, Russia. For more information on WorldSkills Kazan 2019 visit www.worldskills2019.com.


Avery Bird and Theodor Willert
Bronze Medal
Toronto, Ontario and Etobicoke, Ontario

Ryan Matsuba
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Medallion of Excellence
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Brock Chiasson and Sean Furber
Mobile Robotics
Medallion of Excellence
Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Kyla Henry
Graphic Design Technology
Medallion of Excellence
Regina, Saskatchewan

Jun Zheng
Web Design and Development
Medallion of Excellence
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Scott Dombowsky-Oneski
Medallion of Excellence
Rocky View, Alberta

Aaron Taves
Automobile Technology
Medallion of Excellence
Camrose, Alberta

Victoria Hislop
Medallion of Excellence
Calgary, Alberta

Andrew Christensen
Medallion of Excellence
Revelstoke, British Columbia

Alexandre Sidorchuk
Aircraft Maintenance
Medallion of Excellence
Calgary, Alberta

Gabriel Leblanc
Fashion Technology
Medallion of Excellence
Montréal, Québec

Tanner Tendler
Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
Medallion of Excellence
Medicine Hat, Alberta

Deanna Reynolds
Industrial Mechanics Millright
Medallion of Excellence
Okotoks, Alberta

Kevin Couderc-Dubois
IT Network Systems Administration
Medallion of Excellence
Boisbriand, Québec

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. For information on Skills Canada’s programs and competitions visit www.skillscanada.com.

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