Theo and Avery

A journey from Skills Ontario to Skills Canada to WorldSkills has landed a pair of Humber grads third place in the prestigious, international competition. They also received the Best of Nation award, which goes to the team or competitor who gets the most points or highest medal of their country's teams.

Avery Bird and Theo Willert, who studied Electromechanical Engineering Technology, travelled to Abu Dhabi to compete in the mechatronics category at WorldSkills.

"This medal means so much," Bird said. "It is the fruit of not only Theo and I's labor but of so many people from Humber College who have worked very hard over the last few years to get us to this level, to get all Humber College Mechatronics to this level."

The duo earned gold medals at Skills Ontario and Skills Canada before qualifying for this competition. 

Avery Bird
Avery Bird with his medals from WorldSkills Abu Dhabi


Theo Willert
Theo Willert with his medals from WorldSkills Abu Dhabi


"For the past four years we have been training and competing all over Canada to get to this point," said Willert. "We started our journey on the first week of our program at Humber, and spent some very long days and nights perfecting our skills. Without Humber and all of the people in it that supported us we would have never gotten to this point, all the way across the world standing on the podium. The future will be very exciting, and the medal proves that we have the skills to go far."

More than 40 teams competed in the same category as Bird and Willert.