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speaker is Winnipeg’s own Paul Soubry, President, and CEO of New Flyer Industries. “We’re also really excited to offer attendees the oppor-

tunity to go head to head in a welding competition with the nation’s most skilled welders where they can test their skills against the CWB Certified Welders Assessment to claim the coveted title of “Best Welder at CanWeld,” adds Tadic. Approximately 80 exhibitors will be showcasing their

latest welding technologies, metal fabrication equipment, finishing, and automation. The conference will commence with the keynote address, followed by technical sessions and awards and dinner gala recognizing the immense tal- ent and contributions by members of the industry. The sec- ond day will start with a breakfast which will feature the many accomplishments of the CWB Welding Foundation. Since its inception, the conference has been held in

many different Canadian cities from Blue Mountain, Banff, Quebec City to Montreal, Vancouver and now Winnipeg.

companies, construction, mining, and many others and no matter what you’re manufacturing interests are, you’ll see it in Winnipeg.” Tadic says he’s also looking forward to hosting this

year’s event at the RBC Convention Centre. “It’s a gorgeous facility; and a marvel of great architec-

ture,” says Tadic. “It’s easily accessible and the perfect place for networking and developing business opportu- nities. It is ideal for the type of event that we’re hosting because it’s a large facility that allows our vendors to show- case their technologies and navigate the space with ease.” Whether you’re a veteran of the welding industry, in the

Tadic says Winnipeg is a perfect place to hold the CanWeld Conference. “Manitoba has a very vibrant manufacturing sector. It is known for its Aerospace industry, metal fabrication

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of our delegates are teachers and academic consultants, but we also have a portion of the conference now dedicated to administra- tors such as principals, assistant principals, superintendents of education, directors of educations, politicians and others which are growing amongst our general attendance.” This year is a special year for ACPI because

they’ve joined forces with Éducatrices et édu- cateurs francophones du Manitoba (French division of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society) to hold a joint conference, reuniting people from two French education communities: French Immersion (French as a second lan- guage) and French as a first language. The ACPI conference has been running for

over 40 years with its first conference being held in Ottawa in October of 1977. At the be- ginning, it was a way for French immersion teachers to connect and share knowledge and best practices. Since then, the association

has grown beyond the conference but the reputation of the conference has only been increasing as it recruited more and more renowned researchers, speakers and present- ers with strong expertise. The conference provides a unique opportunity for French Immersion educators to seek high quality professional development, which they don’t normally have access to since most French Immersion educators work either in remote areas or a minority setting. It is also a great way for educators to find the latest resources and trends in the discipline and bring them back to their communities. Across Canada, French Immersion pro-

grams are growing in popularity. In 2015– 2016, the number of students enrolled in immersion programs in Canada increased by 4.6% over 2014–2015 according to Statistics Canada. In numbers, this means that ap- proximately 430,000 students were enrolled

in immersion programs where French was the language of instruction for all subjects, such as science and history. “With such big growth comes the chal-

lenge of continuously adapting to the boom- ing French immersion scene,” Murray says. “It is a domino effect where the more students enroll, the more varied their needs are, and the more recruitment efforts are made to hire teachers and professionals, the greater the need for space, specialists and resources." Murray adds a report by Radio-Canada

revealed that hiring difficulties come at a time when the number of French immersion students in British Columbia has increased by 72% over the past 10 years, and that’s why coming together and sharing ideas at these annual conferences are so important. With the increased number of attendees

expected at this year’s event, they needed to have the proper venue. Murray says the

RBC Convention Centre was a perfect choice to host. “The ACPI conference is a big conference

with an average attendance between 600 and 850 people and because we are joining forces with Éducatrices et éducateurs francophones du Manitoba (ÉFM) we are expecting over 1000 participants, so we needed a venue that could accommodate that many people and the RBC Convention Centre was the perfect spot!” Murray adds it was also perfect timing for

the conference to come to Winnipeg. “The main reason we are in Winnipeg

this year is because we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Éducatrices et éducateurs francophones du Manitoba (ÉFM) and they approached us to see if we would like to partner with them in this adventure. ACPI and EFM have held a joint conference in the past in 2009 which was a great success.”

beginning stages of your career, or someone who is just curious what the industry is all about, Tadic says this is a must-see event. “This will be a fantastic experience for all attendees

because they will get the opportunity to network, see live demonstrations, learn new skills and apply those skills with our virtual and live welding arcs.”

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