CWA Foundation’s Board of Directors

CWA Foundation’s Board of Directors

The inaugural Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) Board of Directors was recently selected with a pri­mary objective to increase the exposure of the Canadian welding industry through various proactive and outreach initiatives.

“The Board of Directors that were selected bring a wealth of knowledge and every sin­gle one of them is committed to raising the awareness of all the great career options and value the Canadian welding industry brings to the country as a whole,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “I’m very excited to be working with such a dedicated group of directors.”

The five board members have extensive experiences and abilities in terms of thinking outside the box and are driven to move the CWA Foundation and its mandate forward.

“It is an honour to be on the board and elected Chair of the newly created Canadian Welding Association Foundation. I look forward at championing the educational and promotional initiatives of the CWA Foundation to Canadian youth,” said Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills Canada.

Iain McNab, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology at Sheridan College, shares similar sentiments and is also eager to start working collaboratively with fellow board members.

“I look forward to working with the CWA Foundation board to promote welding as an exciting career choice to Canadians of all ages,” he said. “At Sheridan, we are committed to cultivating the skills and talent that forges successful careers in the skilled trades. Students are attracted to our welding techniques certificate pro­gram, either because they want to pursue a traditional welding career or because the related skills and techniques can be used to complement artistic endeavours. Graduates from our welding programs can directly enter the workforce, or use their creden­tials as a stepping-stone into further post-secondary education.”

Ken Aucoin, Vice President of Development of Indspire, is also looking forward to working with everyone while helping promote the welding profession.

“I am pleased to join the new CWA Foundation Board of Directors and look forward to working with my fellow directors to increase opportunities for young Canadians to build their careers in the growing welding and joining industry,” he said. “This sector offers so many great opportunities for rewarding careers particularly given the high demand of welding professionals in Canada.”

The Canadian welding industry contributes more than $5 billion to the country’s economy and employs more than 300,000 individ­uals. Recently, the British Columbia government said because of the province’s booming LNG industry, there will be a demand for 3,980 welders over the next decade. But it’s not only BC experi­encing a demand for welders. Mega projects like newly proposed oil and gas pipelines, the federal government’s National Ship­building Procurement Strategy that will contribute 15,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast while pouring in $2 billion in annual economic benefits over three decades are some of the opportu­nities where qualified welding professionals will be in demand.

“Many of us do not fully understand and appreciate the impact welding has on our economy and our public safety,” said CWA Foundation board member and Chair of the CWB Group Board John Marinucci.

“So it’s important to disseminate that mes­sage, while encouraging the next generation of welding professionals to get involved in the profession. The CWA Foundation board cer­tainly has the right directors who will strive for success, and I’m very pleased to be work­ing collaboratively with such a committed group of talented professionals.”

Doug Luciani, CWB Group President and CEO and CWA Founda­tion board member, said having such a diversified board will be will beneficial to the overall success of the CWA Foundation’s initiatives that will focus on promoting the welding profession to several demographics and industry stakeholders and helping with the skills shortage in the country.

“There are a lot of engaging initiatives that the CWA Foundation has planned and having directors on a board with such diversity in terms of their professional backgrounds will create balance and the exchange of great ideas that will be the cornerstone of the overall success of the newly established CWA Foundation.”