Canada's Top Talent Set to Compete at World's Biggest Skills Event in Abu Dhabi

OTTAWA, March 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The 31 official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 recently gathered at the Fairmont Château Montebello, in Montebello, Québec to participate in team-building activities and mental preparation exercises as part of their training for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

The WorldSkills Competition, held every two years, is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world that truly reflects global industry standards. This event will host 60 WorldSkills Member countries and regions, over 1,000 experts, and approximately 100,000 spectators including educational, government and industry leaders. The competition represents the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technology.

The WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 competitors represent several regions across Canada, and were the top medalists at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) held in Moncton, New Brunswick. Following SCNC, they completed their final qualification during the WorldSkills Canadian Trials, meeting pre-established Canadian standards in their respective sectors. At WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, they will compete with more than 1,300 competitors for a chance to be named world champion.

Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) would like to congratulate these competitors and wish them well at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017: "The WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 competitors are the most talented youth in this country in the skilled trade and technology sectors," says Shaun Thorson, CEO of SCC. "They are tomorrow's workforce and will contribute to Canada's vibrant economy, ensuring its future prosperity in the global job market."

The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be held October 14-19, 2017, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

For more information on WorldSkills Team Canada 2017, check out the Twitter conversation at #WSTC2017 and on SCC's Facebook page. Follow their journey to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 and read their biographies at For more information on WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, visit:

SCC is pleased to introduce the official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2017:



Skill Area


Avery Bird


Brighton, ON

Theodor Steven Willert


Toronto, ON

David Lister

Mechanical Engineering CAD

Whitehorse, YT

Jonathan Adair

CNC Turning

Barrie, ON

Silas Meeches

CNC Milling

Winnipeg, MB

Andrew Christensen


Kamloops, BC

Vyolaine Dujmovic

Autobody Repair

Montreal, QC

Alexandre Sidorchuk

Aircraft Maintenance

Calgary, AB

Justin Reed Fisher

Plumbing and Heating

Lethbridge, AB

Judson Evan Thomas Foster


Comox, BC

Jun Zheng

Web Design and Development

Saskatoon, SK

Daniel Nelson

Electrical Installations

Regina, SK

Ryley LaFrance

Industrial Control

Edmonton, AB

Pierre-Olivier Desmarais


Montreal, QC

Brock Chiasson

Mobile Robotics

Yorkton, SK

Sean Furber

Mobile Robotics

Yorkton, SK

Scott William Dombowsky-Oneski


Rocky View, AB

Sara Drainville


Montreal, QC

Anne Matiowsky

Beauty Therapy

Kingston, ON

Gabriel Leblanc

Fashion Technology

Montreal, QC

Daphné Héroux

Pâtisserie and Confectionery

St-Hubert, QC

Aaron Taves

Automobile Technology

Camrose, AB

Victoria Peyton Hislop


Calgary, AB

Ashley Gale Weber

Car Painting

Winnipeg, MB

Brandon Di Sabato

Landscape Gardening

Laval, QC

Marilou Morin

Landscape Gardening

Mirabel, QC

Ryan Matsuba

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Spruce Grove, AB

Kevin Couderc-Dubois

IT - Network Systems Administration

Boisbriand, QC

Kyla Henry

Graphic Design Technology

Regina, SK

Deanna Reynolds

Industrial Mechanics Millwright

Okotoks, AB

Tanner Chase Tendler

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance

Medicine Hat, AB


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 trade 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 or call 877-754-5226.


SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

For further information: Michèle Rogerson,, T. 613-266-4771.


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