Awards of Distinction

2020 Awards of Distinction Call for Nominations

Apprenticeship Manitoba and the Apprenticeship and Certification Board will be hosting the 14th annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction on January 21, 2021. This year, the awards will be held virtually due to COVID-19. More information on how to access this virtual event will be provided in the upcoming months.

This event is a celebration of excellence that recognizes the outstanding contributions that employers, journeypersons and instructors make to Manitoba's Apprenticeship training system.

If you know of a deserving employer, journeyperson and/or instructor, who has made an outstanding contribution to apprenticeship training and who has made a difference in the skilled trades, we want to hear from you! Selected nominees and their nominators will be invited to attend the online Awards of Distinction and receive recognition at the virtual event.


Nomination entry deadline is November 20, 2020.

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2019 Awards of Distinction

The 13th annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction was held on December 2, 2019 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. This awards ceremony celebrated those that have shared their time and talent to train apprentices, and to raise the profile of apprenticeship and certification in the skilled trades in Manitoba.

Awards of Distinction
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Awards of Distinction Winners

Left to right:

  • Rural Employer of the Year – Jamie Smart, Smart Electrical Services Ltd.
  • Urban Employer of the Year – Ian Dawyd, Project Superintendent, accepting the award on behalf of NAC Constructors Ltd.
  • Instructor of the Year - Brian Gebhardt, Bricklayer Program, Red River College
  • Urban Journeyperson of the Year - Geoff Guerette, Carpenter, The Right Angle Carpentry Ltd.
  • Rural Journeyperson of the Year - Blake Redekopp, Carpenter, Blackstone Masonry Inc.
  • Key Note Speaker - Damon Bennett, Contractor/Owner, Bennett Building Company, and Television Personality
2019 Awards of Distinction Sponsors
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Manitoba’s qualified trades professionals are important to building a strong and healthy economy for Manitoba. The commitment industry and educators make to the apprenticeship and certification system in Manitoba is recognized and celebrated at the Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction gala dinner. This event also acknowledges the support and commitment of the Provincial Advisory Committee and the Apprenticeship and Certification Board members.