July 14, 2022 – Graham Prokopetz, Red Seal Plumber and Field Operations Supervisor with Bottling and associates in Calgary, Alberta — has been selected to receive the 2022 Darryl Cruickshank Red Seal Industry Award.
Awarded by the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), the award recognizes an individual from the industry who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion or development of apprenticeship training in Canada.
Prokopetz was selected because of his many years of work and volunteerism, and his inspiring leadership for the next generation of skilled tradespeople, says the CCDA.
With more than 45 years in the trades, Prokopetz has trained and mentored the majority of botting superintendents over the past 25 years, says the CCDA. Since 2010, he has mentored 13 high school students participating in Alberta’s Registered Apprenticeship Program, one of whom was the first woman to earn journeyman plumbing certification.
“Graham’s ‘people first’ approach to leadership ensures apprentices progress in their careers, which in turn fosters excellence in the skilled trades and demonstrates all the opportunities that come with a career. in the skilled trades,” writes the CCDA.
Prokopetz does not only supervise apprentices, continues the CCDA. He has been an active member of Alberta’s Provincial Plumbers Apprenticeship Committee and the Provincial Red Seal Harmonization Committee, ensuring trade and education standards are relevant and up to date.
He is also “eager to adapt his trade to new technologies and construction methods, as evidenced by his involvement in projects using building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC) and the delivery of integrated project (IPD).
Prokopetz has spent years providing training on the installation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation projects for CUSO International and UNICEF in Africa, the South Pacific and Central America.
In 2021, he was inducted into the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame, a program that recognizes and honors skilled trades professionals and educators who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the skilled trades and supporting the success of others.
“Congratulations Graham and thank you for your outstanding contributions to your industry and your community,” wrote CCDA.