Help support & encourage skilled trades

CTMA Apprentice Awards

The CTMA has always been a supporter of encouraging and inspiring youth to begin their careers in the trades.
Since 1994, the CTMA and its members have recognized, honoured, and provided encouragement to outstanding apprentices and pre-apprentices for the contribution they make to the industry. The CTMA’s Annual Apprentice Awards not only recognizes these individuals, but also increases the awareness and value of skilled trades training, which contributes to an enhanced tooling and machining industry in Canada.

Congratulations to this year’s Apprentice Award Winners:

Pre-Apprentice Winners:

  1. Janier Ippersiel, Unique Tool & Gauge
  2. Matthew Clark, XL Tool Inc.

Apprentice Winners:

  1. Josh Bergeron, Collins Electric Services Ltd.
  2. Casey Blondeel, Manor Tool & Die Ltd.
  3. Sheradyn Braido, Collins Electric Services Ltd.
  4. Sarah Carnevale, Bowman Precision Tooling
  5. Dylan Purdy, AarKel Tool & Die Inc.
  6. Hayden Tripp, Armo Tool

CMTDA Top Apprentice Winner:

  1. Bailey Robert, Manor Tool & Die Ltd.

What did each apprentice receive?


  • $500 Cash Award
  • $500 Gift Certificate redeemable at KBC Tools & Machinery
  • SOLIDWORKS CAD Essential Training Classes donated by CAD Micro ($2,500 value)
  • $250 Cash Award & Hand Tools – Donated by Sandvik ($500 value)
  • 1-year subscription to e-Mastercam training & an educational licence – Donated by In-House Solutions (valued at $560)


  • $1,000 Cash Award
  • $500 Gift Certificate redeemable at KBC Tools & Machinery
  • Mitutoyo Digimatic Machinist Tool Kit – Donated by Mitutoyo & KBC Tools & Machinery ($370 value)
  • SOLIDWORKS CAD Training – Donated by CAD Micro ($2,500 value)
  • 1‐year subscription to E-Mastercam Online Training & an Educational Licence donated by In-House Solutions ($560 value)
  • A Cheque and Hand Tools donated by Sandvik Canada ($500 value)
  • Klein 80028 Electrician 28-piece Tool Set (Valued at $500)

Top Apprentice Award Winner:

  • Everything listed above, plus $1,500 Cash Award

Thank you to all our sponsors!


CTMA Education Fund

The CTMA Education Fund in Honour of George H. Shaffer and Michael G. Solcz Sr., was established in 1994 to support and encourage apprenticeship and skilled trades training—something that has always been a passion of theirs. George Shaffer and Michael Solcz Sr. were founding members of the CTMA, and both served as President in the early years of the Association.