Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
November 7, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour:

Minister Congratulates WorldSkills 2019 Competitor Evan Rideout

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise in this Honourable House during National Skilled Trades and Technology Week to congratulate Evan Rideout of St. John’s who recently became the first Canadian competitor in Cloud Computing at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

Evan demonstrated commitment and a high work ethic in his particular skill area when he competed against countries from all over the world. This was a culmination of dedication and learning a new technology that is very much evolving and just starting to take off. That learning involved in-house training with CNA Computer Systems and Networking instructor and Canadian Cloud Expert Richard Spencer, as well as trips to Ottawa to participate in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GameDay competitions – an interactive team-based learning exercise designed to give players a chance to put their AWS skills to the test in a real-world, gamified, risk-free environment.

Evan accepted the challenge and earned the right to go to Russia as a member of Team Canada by demonstrating a work ethic like no other and an innate ability to understand and implement Cloud solutions. To do this in such a short amount of time is commendable.

Evan represented his province and country exceptionally well as a member of Skills Canada’s Team Canada. His accomplishments are a timely reminder of the exciting potential of careers in skilled trades and technology right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, I invite all members of this Honourable House to join me in congratulating Evan Rideout.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2019 11 07                              1:50 p.m.