CanWeld 2016 celebrates industry contributors
- October 16, 2016
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.
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.
"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.”
Dayton Black, a high school welding educator at St. Joseph High School in Edmonton, AB, received the secondary school award.
“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.”
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.