From left: Norm Marcoux, president of Advanced Machining Services; Robert Cattle, CTMA executive director, Igor Babamov, inaugural award winner, Advanced Machining Services; and Steve DePepentigny, apprentice and nominator, Advanced Machining ServicesClick image to enlarge

Igor Babamov of Advanced Machining Services Inc., Windsor, ON, is the first recipient of a new award that recognizes mentors of skilled trades people.

 The Trades Ambassador of the Year Award was created by the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) in response to an email sent to CTMA executive director Robert Cattle from Steve DeRepentigny, a former CTMA bursary winner and currently an apprentice at Advanced Machining Services Inc. DeRepentigny asked if the CTMA had considered recognizing the mentors of people like him who enter the skilled trades field.

"We were blown away by this email and it didn't take the Board long to decide that we should create the Trades Ambassador of the Year Award," explains Cattle.

The award, that will now be presented annually, recognizes the efforts of individuals who mentor people training to become machinists.

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