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Nick Warus Journeyman Pipefitter Sudbury, Ontario

In his 55 years, Nick Warus has worked from one end of Canada to the other. A journeyman plumber, welder and steamfitter, he’s spent long days outside in the fresh air. He’s built nuclear plants, pipelines, mills, malls and hospitals. 

“There’s not much in the industry that I haven’t seen,” he recently told the Financial Post. “I walked from Saskatchewan to Ontario, pipelining – literally walked. And I walked all the way through Northern Ontario pipelining in the wintertime in the ’90s.”

Today Nick works as a business manager for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, Local 800. He’s proud of his work, and sees a bright future for the half a million people employed by Canada’s oil and natural gas sector. “It’s all good work,” he says. “I’ve done it myself for years. You can’t beat working outside.”

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