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Awards of Distinction

The Awards of Distinction is held annually during the Apprenticeship Recognition Week. This gala dinner and ceremony recognizes the outstanding contributions of employers, journeypersons and instructors in the Manitoba apprenticeship and certification system and the skilled trades in general. Award recipients are nominated by industry stakeholders, employers, colleagues, friends and family members. This event acknowledges the support and commitment of the Provincial Advisory Committee and the Apprenticeship and Certification Board members.
The 9th Annual Awards of Distinction Gala Dinner was held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the RBC Convention Centre. Minister Kevin Chief welcomed guests during the opening remarks, while Sarah Watts-Rynard from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum gave an informative speech. A total of 16 nominees in all award categories were recognized for their dedication to the apprenticeship and certification system in Manitoba. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:

Employer of the Year -- Granny's Poultry Cooperative Ltd.
From left to right: James Wilson, Chair - Apprenticeship and Certification Board; Andrea Thomson, Human Resources Manager - Granny's Poultry; and Richard Anderson, Maintenance & Environmental Manager - Granny's Poultry

Instructor of the Year -- Todd Birtwhistle
From left to right: Konrad Jonasson, President and Vice Chancellor - University College of the North; and Todd Birtwhistle, Instructor (Cabinetmaker) - Red River College

Journeyperson of the Year (Urban) -- Greg McFarlane
From left to right: Jan Forster, Assistant Deputy Minister - Workforce Development and Income Support, Jobs and the Economy; and Greg McFarlane, Construction Electrician - Madsen Electric

Journeyperson of the Year (Rural) -- Mitchell Bergmann
Mitchell Bergmann, Commercial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic - Bergmann Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
We would also like to thank the sponsors for their support in recognizing the outstanding employers, journeypersons and instructors this year.

VIP - MB Building and Construction Trades Council;
Platinum -  Birchwood Group, University of the North, Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba, HudBay Mining, Manitoba Public Insurance, BIRD Construction
Gold - Assiniboine Community College, Bison Transport, Construction & Specialized Workers' Union Local 1258, PCL, Enns Brothers, Fort Garry Industries Ltd., United Association Local Union 254 - Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 254, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Winnipeg Construction Association, Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU), Seven Oaks School Division, Manitoba Masonry Contractors Association (MMCA), Operating Engineers of Manitoba Local 987, Manitoba Hydro, Derksen Plumbing & Heating, Winpak, Manitoba Trades and Technology (MITT), Ironworkers Local 728

Highest Achievement Awards

The Highest Achievement Awards are held each spring to recognize graduating apprentices with the highest academic performance in each designated trade. This event also recognizes the significant contributions that employers make to the success of these graduates.
This year’s awards were held on April 16, 2015 at Red River College’s Roblin Centre located in the heart of Winnipeg’s exchange district. The following newly certified journeypersons were recognized for their academic achievements and celebrated alongside their employers, family and friends.

Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps

The Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps provide youth an opportunity to expand their awareness of and exposure to the skilled trades through fun and hands-on activities. These camps are held in various locations across Manitoba and are offered as day camps in the summer months.
The 2015 Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps were a great success! Seven service providers delivered summer camp programming to over 175 youth. Check back for more information about the 2016 Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps.
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