CWB Welding Foundation awards first ever Hugh A. Krentz Student Award

Milton, ON - February 22, 2016 - The CWB Welding Foundation presented the first ever Hugh A. Krentz Student Award to Colin Murphy, Welding Engineering Technology graduate from the College of the North Atlantic’s Burin Campus.

The Hugh A. Krentz Award is a national award established in 2015 to honour the contributions of Mr. Krentz as a member of the CWB Group Board of Directors from 1979-2010, and his passion and leadership related to the development and use of construction standards and their resulting contribution to protecting the safety of the public.

“My first thought on applying was the great recognition, and if I’d only be lucky enough receive it,” said Murphy. “Then I thought about the financial aspect – returning to college as a mature student, while being a husband and father of two children can be very expensive. So I believed in my academic abilities and said ‘why not’ and I applied.”

The award, with a monetary value of $7,500, is given to a Canadian student enrolled in their final year of study in a 2 or 3 year welding engineering technology or engineering undergraduate program who shows exemplary academic excellence, a passion for the welding industry, and a passion for standardization and public safety.

Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWB Welding Foundation, said Colin was the perfect candidate because of his passion for the welding profession and academic excellence.

“Through his application, he demonstrated his abilities and desire to receive this award,” she said. “It’s rewarding knowing the CWB Welding Foundation assisted Colin to accomplish his overall goals. He’s going to be very successful and a great asset to the overall welding industry because of his passion and drive.”

Eligible post-secondary welding students can apply for the CWB Welding Foundation Hugh A. Krentz Student Award at

About the CWB Welding Foundation
The Foundation’s key mandates are to support public safety awareness, and to address the skilled welding labour shortage in Canada. It will also focus on creating access to educational opportunities for all levels of education from elementary through to post- secondary, as well as indigenous peoples, women, those with disabilities and visible minorities.

For media inquiries please contact:
Deborah Mates, Executive Director, CWB Welding Foundation
800.844.6790 ext. 241