Team Canada 2009 is selected!



    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The count down to the 40th WorldSkills
Competition has begun. Skills/Compétences Canada, Canada's Member organization
to WorldSkills International, has selected Team Canada 2009. From
September 1-7, 2009, 37 young Canadians will travel to Calgary, Alberta, to
compete in the competition of their life.
    Over the span of four days, Canada's top students and apprentices in
skilled trades and technologies will compete in an Olympic-style event against
more than 900 young people from 50 regions/countries for gold, silver and
bronze medals in their respective areas of expertise.
    "We are already very proud of these individuals", says Shaun Thorson,
Executive Director of Skills/Compétences Canada. "They have proven themselves
by advancing from competitions at the high school or post-secondary level
through regional, provincial/territorial and the national competitions to be
selected as a member of Team Canada. They will now begin training with
technical experts from industry and education in preparation for the challenge
ahead. We are looking forward to great performances from them at the
WorldSkills Competition in a little less than a year from now."
    This will be Canada's tenth participation in the international event
which takes place every two years and showcases the world's top trade and
technology talent. Team Canada members will compete in 34 competition areas.
    In the most recent WorldSkills Competition in Shizuoka, Japan in November
2007, Canada received six medals and eight international standards. Also, the
cooking Team Canada member, Nicolas Drouin, won the Albert Vidal award for the
highest score of any competitor in the 42 hosted contest areas.

    Please see below the list of the 2009 Team Canada members

    
                               Team Canada 2009

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    Name                    Trade                          City and Province
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    Andrew Marcolin         Mechatronics                   Wallaceburg, ON
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    Jamie Feenstra          Mechatronics                   Wyoming, ON
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    Germain-Samuel Sauvé    Mechanical Engineering CADD    Boisbriand, QC
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    Guillaume Grenier       CNC Turning                    Lévis, QC
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    Karl Loos               CNC Milling                    Whitehorse, YK
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    Stacy DuBois            IT/Software Applications       Ottawa, ON
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    Marc-Olivier Bélanger   Welding                        Mirabel, QC
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    Devon DeBoer            Autobody Repair                Calgary, AB
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    Brad Chyz               Sheet Metal Work               Calgary, AB
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    Brian Martin            Plumbing                       Guelph, ON
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    Jud Tofflemire          Industrial Electronics         St. Jacobs, ON
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    Jason Valdron           Web Design                     Madran, NB
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    Craig Spady             Electrical Installation        Red Deer, AB
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    Steven Dingwall         Industrial Control             Calgary, AB
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    Kevin Jeanson           Bricklaying                    Saint-Bernard-de-
                                                           Michaudville, QC
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    Jonathan Arbour         Cabinetmaking                  Aubert-Gallion, QC
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    Travis Wieler           Joinery                        Grunthal, MB
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    Scott Blair             Carpentry                      Westport, ON
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    Samuel Chabot           Ladies/Mens Hairdressing       Québec, QC
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    Isabelle Collin         Beauty Therapy                 Dieppe, NB
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    Daisy Liang             Fashion Technology             Vancouver, BC
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    Caitlin Mayo            Confectioner/Pastry Cook       Surrey, BC
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    Dan Van Holst           Automobile Technology          Waterloo, ON
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    Sébastien Laframboise   Cooking                        Québec, QC
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    Pierre-Luc Côté         Restaurant Service             Saint-Apollinaire,
                                                           QC
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    Caroline Tanguay        Landscape Gardening            Armagh, QC
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    Hugo Parent             Landscape Gardening            Shannon, QC
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    Mathieu Boily           Refrigeration                  St-Georges, QC
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    Matthew Chadder         IT PC/Network Support          Millarville, AB
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    David Boivin            Graphic Design Technology      Québec, QC
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    Brian Everts            Aircraft Maintenance           Maple Ridge, BC
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    Pavlo Tovaryanskyy      Robotics                       Winnipeg, MB
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    Myles Robinson          Robotics                       Winnipeg, MB
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    Daniel Green            Car Painting                   Drumheller, AB
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    Simon Beauchamp         Printing                       Lachine, QC
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    Elisa Paquet-Lessard    Floristry                      Québec, QC
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    Tiffany Vandermey       Painting and Decorating        Calgary, AB
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For further information:

For further information: visit www.skillscanada.com; and for assistance
in generating a story contact the Skills/Compétences Canada National
Secretariat: Cynthia Faubert, Marketing and Communications Officer, (819)
771-7545 x 4, Toll Free: 1-877-754-5226 x 4, cynthiaf@skillscanada.com


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