July 05, 2005 08:00 ET

Canada Wins 5 Medals at the WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki, Finland

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 5, 2005) - Team Canada 2005 members are now back from Helsinki, Finland where they recently competed in the 2005 WorldSkills Competition. This was Canada's best-ever performance at WorldSkills Competitions. Five young Canadians took to the podium to receive their medals for performance excellence in their respective trades and technology occupation areas.

"We are very proud of all the members of Team Canada 2005 and their performances at this year's WorldSkills Competition. Each competitor worked very hard for months leading up to the event and while in Finland they represented not only their own occupation well, but were excellent ambassadors for Canada," stated Francois Belisle, Executive Director of Skills/Competences Canada, the non-profit organization that manages Team Canada and the annual Canadian Skills Competition.

This year was Canada's sixth participation in the presitigious international event. The event takes place every two years and showcases the world's top trade and technology talent. Team Canada 2005 members competed in 26 of the 39 competition areas.

WorldSkills is a worldwide organization for the promotion of vocational training. Its mission is to challenge young people, their teachers, trainers and employers to achieve world-class standards of competence. Skills/Competences Canada's mission is to actively promote careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth.


Gold - Web design - Chris Fournier (NT)
Gold - Graphic Design - Caroline Faucher (QC)
Silver - Confection/Pastry - Catherine Guillet (QC)
Silver - IT PC/Network Support - Menno Vanderlist (AB) - also Albert
Vidal Award for Best of Nation
Bronze - Beauty Therapy - Katy Desroches (QC)

Aside from the five medals, Canada also received eight Medallions of
Excellence (for above-average performance) in the following trades:

Mechatronics - Francois Lessard & Dave Castonguay (QC)
Welding - Curtis Ritchie (AB)
Bricklaying - Tom Sorensen (AB)
Hairstyling - Melanie Simard-Gaudreault (QC)
Ladies' Dressmaking - Valerie Claveau (QC)
Automobile Technology - Jarred Wegner (AB)
Cooking - Eric Blouin-Duchesne (QC)
Refrigeration - Mathieu Girard (QC)

Canada finished 12th overall out of 37 countries

Only 8 countries received more medals than Canada

For more information on Team Canada 2005 and Skills/Competences Canada, please visit

For more information on WorldSkills and the 38th WorldSkills Competition, please visit

This project is funded by the Government of Canada

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