Alberta honours new Trades Hall of Fame members
Alberta has announced the 2021 inductees into its Trades Hall of Fame, recognizing skilled trades professionals and educators who have contributed to advancing the skilled trades, supporting the success of others and having a lasting impact on their communities.
Among this year’s winners are Megan Mathes, a Red Seal refrigeration and air conditioning journeyperson and gasfitter. As a mentor and a leader, Mathes has made a significant impact on the trades and apprenticeship system over the past two decades, including her time volunteering with the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) industry network and the Calgary Local Apprenticeship Committee (LAC). She is currently a member of SAIT’s School of Construction Deans Advisory Board.
Another winner is Graham Prokopetz, a plumber journeyperson, steamfitter-pipefitter and superintendent in the construction industry who has mentored thousands of apprentices worldwide over his 40 years in the industry. Prokopetz has worked around the world drilling wells and training locals on installation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation projects. Also a volunteer with AIT, he has worked for mechanical contractor Botting & Associates since 1993, and is currently field operations supervisor.
“Skilled tradespeople are the backbone of our economy and essential to our recovery,” says Demetrios Nicolaides, minister of advanced education. “Each day, Alberta’s diverse and talented skilled trades professionals and educators get to work building our province and supporting our communities, The Alberta Trades Hall of Fame honours these invaluable individuals. To the inductees – and to all trades professionals – thank you for everything you do to ensure the success, growth and vibrancy of Alberta.”
The Alberta Trades Hall of Fame was launched in 2020. Nominated inductees are chosen by a committee of apprenticeship education and skilled trades leaders. Nominees for 2022 can be made year-round through the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame site.
Visit the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame for more information.