CanWeld 2016. Image courtesy of St Joe's WeldingClick image to enlarge

CanWeld 2016Click image to enlarge

CanWeld 2016 opened its doors to industry October 4 and 5 in Edmonton, AB, to welcome members of the Canadian metal fabricating and welding communities from across the country.

Held in Edmonton, AB, this year's event was an expanded version of the well-known conference, CanWeld, with the new trade show, CanWeld Expo, jointly known as CanWeld 2016. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with more than 150 suppliers and to see welding demos and to try out some technologies in the hands-on tech demo zone.

CanWeld 2016. Image courtesty of St. Joe's WeldingClick image to enlarge

An important part of the event is to recognize industry leaders. During the event, the Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA foundation) presented two welding educators with awards during the Foundation's annual gala. The recipients received $1,500 each for professional development.

David Rogalsky, a professor for Welding Engineering Technology at Northern College in Kirkland Lake, ON, received the post secondary Exceptional Educator Award.

David Rogalsky, centre, receives his Exceptional Educators Award from CWB Group Executive Director Dan Tadic and CWA Foundation Executive Director Deborah Mates Click image to enlarge

"This was completely unexpected. It’s truly an honour,” said Rogalsky. “There are so many great welding educators out there, and to be considered in that circle is very humbling. I want to thank everyone who nominated me and the CWA Foundation for their commitment to the welding industry.”

David Rogalsky centre receives his Exceptional Educators Award from CWB Group executived director Dan Tadic and CWA Foundation executive director Deborah MatesClick image to enlarge

Dayton Black, a high school welding educator at St. Joseph High School in Edmonton, AB, received the secondary school award.

From left: Patricio Mendez, recipient of the Michael N. Vuchnick Award, Dayton Black, recipient of the secondary school award for educators and Deborah Mates of the CWA Foundation Click image to enlarge

“This award is for the students, they bring the best out of me every day I go into the shop,” said Block. “They’re the ones who motivate me. I want to thank the CWA Foundation for this award and everything they have done for the students at St. Joseph High School, it really means a lot.”

Deborah Mates from the CWA Foundation with Nick Linkletter, the winner of the welding competition at the show who received an ESAB welding machine.Click image to enlarge

The evening event included award presentations to other educators, including one to Colin Murphy, a welding engineering technology student at the College of the North Atlantic, who was the recipient of the Hugh A. Krentz Award.

Part of the event included a welding competition held on the trade show floor. Nick Linkletter won the competition and received an ESAB welding machine.

CanWeld Expo and Conference 2017 takes place Sept 13 and 14 at Place Bonaventure, Montreal, QC.

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