Andrew Laidlaw, an apprentice Welder with UA Local 67, was the winner of the 2016 Best Attitude award at the UA Canadian Apprentice Competition held in June in Edmonton. He was voted in by a ballot held by the other Apprentices in the competition to recognize his hard work and commitment to the trades and to others around him during the competition. This award is provided by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada to identify the person with the best attitude in the events.
“The Best Attitude Award ties in with our Standard for Excellence. It is a unique way to engage our apprentice competitors who represent the future of our industry and to identify the qualities that exemplify the UA among their peers,” says Mike Gordon, Pipe Trades Training Specialist at UA Canada. “It gives them a chance to place a peer in the spotlight who has maintained these qualities despite the challenges put before them.”
Hosted by UA Local 488 and the Alberta Pipe Trades College, the competition featured 16 apprentices from across Canada vying for the champion titles in Plumbing, Steamfitting-Pipefitting, Welding, HVACR and Sprinkler Fitting. The 2016 UA Canada National Apprentice Competition champions are:
- Jonathan Beleshko, Welder – UA Local 488
- Colin Dunlop, Sprinkler System Installer – UA Local 324
- Corey Garson, Steamfitter-Pipefitter – UA Local 800
- Chris Henry, HVACR – UA Local 516
- Alex Short, Plumber – UA Local 56
“The competition offers apprentices a great chance to explore their skillsets and get recognized for their hard work,” explains Ray Lemieux, Welding Training Specialist at UA Canada.
“It’s always great to see the talent that we have in the people in our competition,” says Larry Slaney, UA Canada Director, Canadian Training. “A big thank you to Bill Wilson, Director of Education at the Alberta Pipe Trades College, and Chris Waples, Program Head and Assistant to the Director of Education, and their team for hosting a terrific competition.”
Each year, Locals from Eastern, Central and Western Canada host regional apprentice competitions. Five of each region’s best and brightest move on to compete at the national level at the Canadian Apprentice Competition. For the first time this year, a trail event was completed with an apprentice from UA Local 144 in Montreal, Quebec in the Plumbing competition, and at both the central and national levels. All instructions and testing were in French. This was UA’s first move toward integrating members from Quebec into the events, both regionally and nationally, to create more opportunities for people to compete in the UA events.
Winners of the UA Canadian Apprenticeship Competition will represent Canada at the UA International Apprentice Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan from August 12 to 19, 2016.