The Canadian Council of Sheet Metal Workers & Roofers’ Apprentice Contest

Canadian Contest and Awards Banquet took place May 10 & 11th in Toronto, ON. Sheet metal apprentices from different provinces competed at Nathan Phillips Square near one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks — the Toronto City Hall. Participants had 8 hours to build a copper replica of the landmark. Patrick Welch of Viaduct Sheet Metal Works Ltd. was SMART Local 280 and SMACNA-BC’s representative at the Contest. Last November, Patrick was the Level 4 winner of the 2018 SMWTC Annual Apprentice Contest, and will receive this year’s Alex Donaldson Award. Congratulations Patrick!

In Memoriam – Franco A. Pederzini (May 2, 1984 – July 29, 2019)

 

It is with deep sadness that the Sheet Metal Industry Training Board announces the passing of one of its Trustees, Franco Pederzini. In Franco’s career, he called the SMWTC his alma mater where he journeyed as one of its top apprentices. Recently he was elected to the SMITB as a management representative for SMACNA-BC. In his short career, Franco demonstrated his dedication to family and extended this passion to the trade as a leader of our industry. The Staff and Trustees extend our condolences to his loved ones. “Family Forever and Forgiveness through Prayer” – Franco.

THE ALEX DONALDSON AWARD 2018

 

This award is dedicated to the memory of Alex Donaldson, a Local 280 member committed to apprenticeships and training who passed away in 1980. It has been given to the apprentice who earns The Top Apprentice each year. Going as far back as the 1960‘s the Top apprentice has been awarded to the apprentice that represents the Local 280 and SMACNA-BC at the Canadian Council’s Sheet Metal Apprentice Competition held annually around the country. The pathway to get to be the Top Apprentice has changed many times over the decades. Currently the individual winning the Level 4 competition at the SMWTC Annual Apprentice Contest has priority to go to the Canadian Contest. In 2018 Kyle Wellman of Ames Metal Fabricators 82 Ltd. and the Level 4 winner of 2017 SMWTC Annual Apprentice Contest competed at the Canadian Contest in Victoria, BC in June 2018. This two-day contest tested trades workers in layout, theory, and fabrication skills. A binnacle, the housing for a ship’s compass, made from copper and brass was the shop project fabricated in a public space near the shoreline at Ship Point. Congratulations to Kyle Wellman for representing SMART Local 280 and SMACNA-BC at the Canadian Contest. Wellman was awarded the Alex Donaldson Award — the annual top apprentice award — at the SMACNA Christmas Party in November 2018.

2018 SMWTC ANNUAL APPRENTICE CONTEST

On November 24, 2018, the Training Centre hosted its Annual Apprentice Contest for the 8th year at its facility in Surrey BC. The contest brought out over 20 contestants from over a dozen contractors competing in four levels aligned with their last year of technical training. Thanks to the generosity of 20 plus sponsors, the contest gave away over $7,000 worth of prizes to the participants. As in previous years, the shop portion drew the most spectators — participants assembled different projects for each level. These ranged from an aluminum hinged ammo-style box to on-centre and off-centre square to round fittings and a copper bucket, showcasing contestant’s precision and skill. Mark Curtis from the International union was on-hand to assist in the proctoring of the theory categories and was our guest of honour at the prize awards ceremony at the end of the day. It was a fantastic day on which there were many moments of which to be proud. The day had a videographer on site so please check out that video here.

CANADIAN CONTEST 2018

In conjunction with the 43rd annual convention of the Canadian Council of Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers the Canadian Sheet Metal Contest brought 11 competitors from across Canada to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria BC. This 2-day contest tested veteran trades workers of tomorrow in layout, theory and fabrication skills. A binnacle, the housing for a ship’s compass, made from copper and brass was the shop project fabricated in a public space near the shoreline at Ship Point where curious tourists and other passersby were provided a rare public demonstration of these hand skills. Congratulations to Kyle Wellman of Ames Metal Fabricators winner of the 2017 Level SMWTC Contest as he was the SMART Local 280 and SMACNA-BC’s representative. Coming up in the next newsletter will be coverage of the Alex Donaldson Award being presented to Kyle at the SMACNA Christmas Party.

BC SKILLS CONTEST 2018

 

Skills Canada BC’s 2018 Provincial Competition was held on April 18, 2018 at the Trade & Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford. The SMWTC was well represented in this year’s competition. Troy Martell of Austin Metal Fabricators, Kris Brunlees of Tri-Metal Fabricators and Kurtis Malm of Piedmont Sheet Metal winners of the SMWTC Annual contest Levels 1, 2 and 3 gave the 1000s of spectators a glimpse into the world of our trade by laying out a square to round on a pitch and fabricating a square to round copper bucket. Well done to all and congratulations to Kris who took silver and Kurtis who took the bronze.

THE ALEX DONALDSON AWARD 2017

This award is dedicated to the memory of Alex Donaldson a Local 280 member committed to apprenticeships and training who passed away in 1980. It has been given to the apprentice who earns The Top Apprentice each year. Going as far back as the 1960‘s the Top apprentice has been awarded to the apprentice that represents the Local 280 and SMACNA-BC at the Canadian Council’s Sheet Metal Apprentice Competition held annually around the country. The pathway to get to be the Top Apprentice has changed many times over the decades. Currently the individual winning the Level 4 competition at the SMWTC Annual Apprentice Contest has priority to go to the Canadian Contest. Sometimes that winner is unable to attend and another goes instead. In 2017 Matt Hamm of Fraser Valley Refrigeration and the winner of last year’s SMWTC Level 4 competed in Ottawa over the July 1st weekend that coincided with the 150th Canada Day celebration. This earned him the 2017 Alex Donaldson award which was presented at SMACNA Christmas Party last November. Congratulations Matt and thanks for representing the Training Centre at the many contests you competed in over the last 4 years.