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Canadian Youth Excel at Skilled Trade and Technology Competition: 43 New National Champions Crowned in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, June 6, 2017 /CNW/ – On Saturday, Skills/Compétences Canada released the final medal results of the Skills Canada National Competition 2017 (SCNC).

Over the past week, 550 of the most talented students and apprentices from across the country were tried, tested and judged while competing at the RBC Centre in Winnipeg. The complete list of medalists is available on the Skills Canada Website.

Over 200 medals were awarded to the top industry champions in six skilled trade or technology sectors, including: transportation, construction, manufacturing, information and technology, service and employment. The competitors were evaluated based on strict industry standards.

“It is an amazing feeling to be crowned national champion in CNC Machining,” said Dallas Duncombe from Winnipeg. “I am so proud to be part of the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition, and I hope that many more young Canadians will get a chance to explore the exciting career options that exist in the skilled trades and technology sectors – there are so many possibilities!”

“It was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience at this years Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, knowing I did my best but not knowing how I finished compared to the other competitors,” said Zach Walsh, gold medal winner in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning from Nova Scotia. The feeling of winning a Gold Medal was surreal and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

During SNC, several industry celebrities attended and participated in various Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities alongside approximately 10,000 visiting students from the Manitoba region – the highest attendance to date.

The Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour was on hand to meet with young visitors, tour the event, and speak with young women working in skilled trades and technology careers during a special panel broadcasted through Facebook Live.

Celebrities included HGTV’s Mike Holmes Jr., Sherry Holmes, Paul Lafrance and Kate Campbell, as well as Jeremy Senaris from MasterChef Canada, season three.

Additionally, 31 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 were in attendance as part of their training for the upcoming 44th WorldSkills Competition, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from October 14 to 19, 2017. Follow their journey at: www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/team-canada. This four-day WorldSkills Competition is the biggest of its kind in the world and considered the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technology training.

The 2018 Skills Canada National Competition will be held at the Edmonton EXPO Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, June 3 to 6.

SCNC is the only national multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country.

About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. www.skillscanada.com. For more information about SCNC visit: www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/programs/skills-canada-national-competition.

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SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Michèle Rogerson, micheler@skillscanada.com, 613-266-4771, Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, catherine@cflcomms.com, 613-979-8683


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