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 2012 WorldSkills Americas Competition was held from November 12th to 18th, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Parque Anhembi Exhibition Centre. There was over 800 competitors from WSA’s 31 member countries/regions who attended the Competition.
The six skills categories represented were:
- Transportation and logistics
- Construction and building technology
- Manufacturing and engineering technology
- Information and communication technology
- Creative arts and fashion
- Social and personal services
Skills/Compétences Canada joined WorldSkills Americas as a member organization in 2010 and sent a WorldSkills Americas Canadian Team of 15 Canadian Competitors along with their trainers to the 2012 Competition.
Skills/Compétences Canada elected individuals from each province and territory who had competed 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 was Canada’s 2nd time participating at the WorldSkills Americas Competition, but the first time we sent a delegation to compete.
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