CanWeld Conference Educator Attendee Award

Professional development and networking for educators


Each year the CWA Foundation invites secondary and post-secondary welding educators to attend the CanWeld Conference where leading experts from around the world gather to share their expertise on the welding industry.

To be eligible to apply for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a full-time welding educator or instructor at a secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada.

Selected applicants will have the following expenses related to their attendance at the Conference included:

  1. Return ground transportation from the applicant’s residence to the airport, train station or bus station excluding car rental.
  2. Return economy return airfare to the city and province of the Conference.
  3. Return economy train or bus fares to the city and province of the Conference.
  4. Return ground transportation fees from the airport, train or bus station to the Conference and return excluding car rental. Attendee must take Hotel shuttle if available.
  5. Standard hotel accommodation at the Conference host hotel or a nearby location.
  6. Conference registration fees.
  7. Meals outside of those provided by the Conference during travel at a rate of $10/breakfast, $15/lunch, and $25.00/dinner plus 15% gratuity and applicable taxes. ALL REQUESTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT MUST INCLUDE BOTH A COPY OF THE MEAL SELECTION RECEIPT AND THE METHOD OF PAYMENT RECEIPT. The Foundation cannot refund without both of these receipts.

The following expenses are specifically excluded from the award:

  1. Any expenses related to the purchase of alcoholic beverages, unless complimentary as part of the Conference program.
  2. Any expenses related to any accompanying guest or spouse.
  3. Any expenses for social / recreational activities not included in the Conference registration fee.

Expenses will be prepaid by the CWA Foundation where applicable and feasible. Any pre-approved expenses paid for by the recipient must be accompanied by the original receipt and provided within 14 days of the conclusion of the conference in order to receive reimbursement. The CWA Foundation will reimburse any approved expenses within 30 days of submission by the recipient.

The CWA Foundation has the right to refuse any claim/receipt that is not within the stated inclusions.

Award recipients will be permitted to arrive the day prior to the start of the conference and depart the evening of the conclusion of the conference, or the day immediately following the conclusion of the conference based on transportation availability.

Any exceptions to the above criteria must be approved by the Executive Director.

Selection of recipients for the award will be made by the Executive Director based on a 500 word (minimum) essay prepared as a Word document.

Strength of essay in describing welding teaching experience 30
Strength of essay in describing challenges to attendance 30
Strength of essay in describing the desired outcomes and benefits of attending 30
Overall essay – grammatically correct, free of errors 10

Other applicable support materials may be included to strengthen your application.

All applicants must confirm their agreement with the following expectations should they be a recipient of the award:

  • Recipients must agree to be publically acknowledged and recognized at the Conference to Conference delegates and guests. This may include published information such as the Conference program.
  • Recipients must agree to include their name and photograph in any internal and/or external communications or marketing collateral that the CWA Foundation deems appropriate.
  • Within 30 days of the completion of the Conference, recipients must prepare an article describing their experience at the conference or participate in an interview with the CWA Foundation. The CWA Foundation will have exclusive rights for the publication of this article, and may edit for content and/or length.