Dave & Claudio Albanese

St. James Catholic School

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

Graduated 1991 (Dave) and 1996 (Claudio)

Dave and Claudio Albanese are brothers and skilled electricians who started their own company A2 Electrical Solutions Ltd. They are strong supporters of the cooperative education program and have welcomed many SMCDSB students into their business to get hands-on experience in the electrician field.

Known to many as successful business men with giant hearts, brothers Dave and Claudio Albanese have made a name for themselves in their hometown of Adjala-Tosorontio. After graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, the duo took their passion for the skilled trades to the next level and completed apprenticeships to become certified electricians.

With their new qualifications, Dave and Claudio could have started their careers anywhere, but with a deep love for their hometown, they decided to stay local and launched their own company, A2 Electrical Solutions Ltd., in 2008.

For the past decade, Dave and Claudio have become strong supporters of the cooperative education program at St. Thomas Aquinas and have given many co-op students the opportunity to train with their company. The school’s co-op teachers cannot sing their praises enough, describing them as two “humble, kind and generous men who are eager to give students an opportunity to learn about the trade first-hand.”

Dave and Claudio credit their experience at St. Thomas Aquinas for their success. "It was our time at St. Thomas Aquinas that instilled in us how important it is to pay back and support the local community. Taking on co-op students and exposing them to the trades - specifically electrical - is our way of helping students in our local community discern their future career paths.”