15th Annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction

Apprenticeship Manitoba and the Apprenticeship and Certification Board would like to congratulate all of the 2021 nominees and award recipients. Your dedication to assisting our apprentices develop their skillsets and progress through their programs to certification is inspiring.

The 2021 Awards of Distinction recipients are:

  • Employer of the Year: Keewatin Air LP, a subsidiary of Exchange Income Corporation
  • Instructor of the Year: Arnold Fediuk
  • Journeyperson of the Year – Urban: Leah Peters and Marc Tellier
  • Journeyperson of the Year – Rural: Harry Staerk

If you would did not have an opportunity to watch the event live on January 27, 2022, or, if you would like to preview the event again, you can access the recording until February 28, 2022 at: AOD 2022.


2020 Highest Achievement Awards

The Highest Achievement Awards is a formal awards ceremony that is held each year since 1992 to honour the most outstanding new journeypersons, and recognize employers and leaders in Manitoba’s skilled trades.

Unfortunately, this year’s 29th Annual Highest Achievement Awards in-person event was cancelled in accordance with public health guidelines for COVID-19. In lieu of an in-person event, names and photos of 2020’s Highest Achievers and their employers congratulatory remarks are posted below.

Journeyperson designation recognizes the certification of a craftsperson of high standard, and these award winners represent the highest level of that standard in their trade. The individuals selected for these awards have completed all the requirements of their apprenticeship training and are honoured for excellence in both their academic achievements and on-the-job training. Congratulations to all the award winners on their outstanding achievements!

Brandyn Mazur
Agricultural Equipment Technician Employer Logo
Agricultural Equipment Technician

Congratulations Brandyn, From your first words as a child, To your amazing mechanical skills displayed from a very early age. We knew you had a special talent and love for farm equipment. Also the amazing ability to figure out complex mechanical fixes has proven to everyone at home and Manitoba Apprenticeship you are truly worthy of this HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. We are proud of you Brandyn, Love Mom and Dad.

- Brad and Jacquie Mazur, proud parents of Brandyn Mazur, Mazur Farms

Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson
Matthew Granson
Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson Employer Logo
Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson

We as a company have appreciated your hard work and dedication to the business and aviation community. Your attitude and intentional care to do great work has not gone unnoticed and we are excited to have you as a part of our team. Congratulations!

- Harv’s Air Service

Automotive Service Technician
Patrick Daly
Automotive Service Technician

Patrick has worked hard these past number of months through his apprenticeship training and we are very thrilled to hear that his efforts have resulted in him being recognized as Manitoba’s outstanding new journeyperson in the Trade of Automotive Service Technician. Kal Tire is pleased to be able to support apprentices like Patrick, while they work towards completing their training and as skilled employees afterwards.

Automotive Service Technician Employer Logo

- Kal Tire

Highest Achievement Award Logo
Nicholas Denchuk

Jared Warkentin

Jared Warkentin has provided Lead Masonry with many years of incredible service; he is truly one of our biggest assets and we wish him all the best as he moves forward in his career as a journeyman. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of being recognized with this award.

- Lead Masonry

Bricklayer Employer Logo
Markus Gerzen

Congratulations Markus on all your hard work from everybody at Lart Cabinets & Millwork Ltd.

Cabinetmaker Employer Logo

- Lart Cabinets & Millwork Ltd.

Cornelius Van Egmond
Carpenter Employer Logo

Cornel has been with us for many years, we got to watch his talent, enthusiasm and dedication to excellence grow every year. He is very deserving of this award and Steendam Builders is proud of his achievement.

- Steendam Builders Ltd

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Benjamin Gossen
Concrete Finisher

Construction Electrician
Kalin Didur
Construction Electrician Employer Logo
Construction Electrician

Congratulations Kalin on receiving this reward! Your hard work has paid off.

- Didur Electric

Colton Edwards

Colton is a consistent, genuine, and motivated person with admirable skills in the kitchen, adapting his style to any situation I have challenged him with. As a Journeyperson he openly shares his knowledge and proficiency to coach and improve others around him. Congratulations Colton! Your achievement of outstanding new Journeyperson in the trade of cook is well earned.

Cook Employer Logo

- Ray Miller, Manager of Culinary Operations, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

Shelby Durand
Esthetician (Certification)
Esthetician Employer Logo

Shelby is an exemplary team member with extraordinary work ethic whom always goes above and beyond for our guests as well as our company. Congratulations!

- City Looks

Esthetician (Nail Technician)
Carol Senkowski
Esthetician (Nail Technician)

Gasfitter (Domestic B)
Joey Floirendo
Gasfitter (Domestic B)

Congratulations to Joey Floirendo for this well deserved achievement from all of us here at Peak Ventilation.

- Peak Ventilation

Gasfitter (Domestic B) Employer Logo
Robin Marchuk

Cameron Zimmer
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Employer Logo
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

As a company Seer Logging Inc. is pleased to hear Cam has been appointed the award of outstanding new journeyperson as a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician. This is well deserved, as Cameron Zimmer is a diligent, hardworking individual. He has always sought higher standards in his workmanship including furthering his education. His abilities as a Machinist, Welder, Fabricator and Heavy Equipment mechanic are excellent. He seeks to get the job done well! Cameron is very helpful and kind to others and always willing to support fellow employees. One example of his diligence- Before leaving to write his Exam, he made sure a necessary piece of equipment was up and running.

- Roberta Kurian, Seer Logging Inc.

Industrial Electrician
Yunlong Su
Industrial Electrician Employer Logo
Industrial Electrician

It is with great pride that I congratulate Yunlong Su for achieving the highest level of proficiency in attaining his ticket as journeyman electrician. Eric has always been a fast learner and hard-working apprentice, it has been my pleasure to have him in my employ. His steadfast attention to detail and analytical approach to the trade makes him one of the most valued people I have on my staff. Thanks you for all your hard work and I look forward to more of your best in the future.

- Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Anthony Smorang
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Employer Logo

Anthony is motivated to learn and is passionate about his work. Anthony’s attitude towards providing solutions to challenging situations is greatly appreciated. Congratulations on this Achievement.

- Eric Beauchesne, Gerdau Maintenance Supervisor

Elric Lang
Instrumentation and Control Technician
Instrumentation and Control Technician Employer Logo

We congratulate Elric on this award of excellence. He is integral to our business and I have no doubt that he will continue to excel in anything he chooses.

- Virden Meter

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is a shining example of perseverance and hard work. We are exponentially proud of his accomplishments.

- Local 728 Union Joint Apprenticeship Committee

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Landscape Horticulturist
Casey Norman
Landscape Horticulturist

On behalf of Alladins Landscape Design we would like to congratulate our valued team member Casey Norman on his accomplishment of Highest Achiever 2020 for the trade of Landscape Horticulturalist. Your hard work, creativity and dedication shine through in all you do!

Landscape Horticulturist Employer Logo

- Alladins Landscape Design

Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
Riley Gauthier
Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)

Everyone at Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd. would like to wish Riley sincerest congratulations on completing his Apprenticeship.
We are all looking forward to working with Riley as he continues to grow in his career.

- Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd.

Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic) Employer Logo
Zoë Bridges
Machinist Employer Logo

Here at Progressive Machine & Mechanical Service Ltd., we would just like to say a big congratulations to Zoë Bridges who has successfully completed his Apprenticeship and is recognized as Manitoba’s outstanding new journeyperson in the Trade of Machinist.
We appreciate your efforts, dedication and the energy to achieve this award and wish you luck for future endeavors.

- Management, Progressive Machine & Mechanical Service Ltd.

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
Ashley Weber
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)

This award stands alone proudly witnessing your hard work and dedication. Keep going in your life and achieve all your dreams with your hard work. Congratulations on your achievement.

- Dan Labossiere, Industrial Technology Dept. Head, Collision Repair and Refinishing Instructor, Kildonan East Collegiate

Tyler McNaughton

Tyler McNaughton has worked with Colin’s Mechanical since 2017 and has been an integral part of the plumbing and heating team. Tyler shows on a consistent basis his commitment to a high level of excellence and dedication to his craft. Colin’s Mechanical is now supporting Tyler as he is working toward his A-level interprovincial gas ticket.
Plumber Employer Logo Congratulations Tyler on this impressive achievement!

- Colin’s Mechanical

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic (Commercial)
Bradley Hooper
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic (Commercial)

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic (Residential)
Michael McKeever
Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic (Residential)

Roofer Employer Logo
Robert Meese

Congratulations Robert on being selected as this year’s outstanding new journeyman Roofer. Good work! We’re proud to have you on the Oakwood team!

- Harry Bosma, President, Oakwood Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Ltd.

Adam Trudeau
Sheet Metal Worker
Sheet Metal Worker Employer Logo

At SCMI, we are proud of each and everyone of our teammates and it is special when one of them is recognized for their accomplishments. Adam is a hard working, intelligent person who leads by example and is well deserving of this award. Great job Adam!


Sprinkler Fitter Employer Logo
Raymond Enns
Sprinkler Fitter

UA Local 254 and PITC want to congratulate Raymond Enns on a job well done, and to continue with his great career.

- UA Local 254 and PITC

Steamfitter-Pipefitter Employer Logo
Logan Murphy

UA Local 254 and PITC are proud for Logan Murphy to be Steamfitter of the year, and wish him well in his future.

- UA Local 254 and PITC

Transport Trailer Technician
Brenton Van Hussen-Olson
Transport Trailer Technician
Transport Trailer Technician Employer Logo

TIP Canada would like to congratulate Brenton on his achievement in getting his Red Seal Certification, as well as achieving the highest mark in his Class! Brenton started with the company back in July 2015 and has progressed throughout the past 6 years. Once again Brenton, congratulations on these achievements.

- TIP Team

Joshua Thomas
Truck and Transport Mechanic Employer Logo
Truck and Transport Mechanic

He has shown determination, endurance and skill unlike any other and we are proud to have him as part of our family. The entire team at Peterbilt Manitoba is thrilled to see all that Josh has achieved. Congratulations Josh! We know this is only the beginning of even more great things to come!

- Peterbilt Manitoba

Welder Employer Logo
Peter Block

Congratulation Peter we are very happy to have you working for us.

- Wescan

Domestic Experienced Tradesperson
Brad Hall
Domestic Experienced Tradesperson
Agricultural Equipment Technician
Domestic Experienced Tradesperson Employer Logo

We would like to extend our congratulations to Brad on his accomplishment of obtaining his second career Red Seal. After 10 years of experience in the shop it was time to challenge the IP Exam and Brad passed with flying colors. He is an integral part of our Service team in Neepawa, always willing to lend a hand to his co-workers and going above and beyond to be there when it matters for our farming community. We are so fortunate to have Brad as a part of the Enns Brothers Team. Outstanding achievement – way to go Brad!

- Enns Brothers

Internationally Experienced Tradesperson
Linglong Wu
Internationally Experienced Tradesperson
Automotive Service Technician