CSN Black Ace in St. Paul, Alberta is where the 2021 Skills Canada national title winner in the post-secondary car painting competition honed his craft. Dorien Lozeau, took first-place in the Alberta provincial competition and followed it up by winning nationals as well. Similar to some of the most likable champions across any competition regardless of the discipline, Dorien is completely unassuming and genuinely humble about his performance. “After provincials I wasn’t really sure what to expect but when I found out I thought well that’s pretty cool,” Lozeau said candidly. “At nationals I had no idea how well I did versus the rest of the competition since I couldn’t see their work but when I got the call and found out that I won it hit me and it’s such an awesome feeling.”
CSN Black Ace is known in the community of St. Paul, Alberta for their outstanding collision and auto body repair work. “We’re really proud of Dorien and it doesn’t come as a surprise that he won. We know how good he is,” said CSN Black Ace owner, Corwin Robinson. “He works hard, he has a passion for the industry and for his craft and that’s what makes him so valuable to our team. He’s self motivated,” Robinson said.
The artistry of automotive repair is something that is a family affair for Dorien as his father was employed in the auto body repair industry for years and was always working on cars at home. With a pair of Skills Canada medals and a promising future ahead of him, the 20-year-old painter who received his certification from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, still finds time to enjoy the little things. Snowmobiling in the winter and driving his 2000 Harley Davidson F-150 which of course has a custom paintjob, are two of the ways Dorien spends his time away from the shop.
The 2020 Skills Canada competition was postponed due to Covid and the event this year was completed virtually while the entrants participated from their own classrooms accompanied by a proctor. Planning the event to allow for a level playing field amongst the entrants was especially challenging. Skills Canada evaluates secondary and post-secondary students across more than 35 disciplines from Aesthetics to Aerospace Technology, so ensuring the equipment and material used for the competition was carefully selected based on what is accessible across Canada was amongst their top priorities. “What Skills Canada is doing to encourage young people to get into the trades is fantastic and the competition is a great way to engage them, challenge them and that all contributes to their growth and development,” Robinson said.
About CSN Black Ace
CSN Black Ace has been serving the community of St. Paul, Alberta with high-quality collision and auto body repair since 2010. CSN Black Ace has more than 20-years of expertise in automotive repair. Their talented team of customer service specialists and repair technicians led by their owner and operator Corwin Robinson are guaranteed to get their customers back on the road are among the collision and auto body repairers in Alberta.