HALIFAX, N.S. — Winners of the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition held at the end of May in Halifax, N.S. were announced recently and competitors from Ontario were very successful, winning over 30 medals.
Over 60 Team Ontario competitors who earned gold medals in trade and technology contests at the provincial Skills Ontario Competition this past May, put their skills to the test against the best in the country at the two-day national competition and won 15 gold medals, 12 silver medals and seven bronze medals, to total 34 medals.
Some of the gold medal winners from this year’s competition include:
- Cade Wright — Precision Machining
- Mark Reckzin — Mechanical Engineering CAD
- Marko Gunja — Mechatronics
- Hartej Tapia — Mechatronics
- Ashwin Boni Bangari — Mechanical Engineering CAD
- Thomas Hawley — Landscape Gardening
- Blaise Mombourquette — Landscape Gardening
- Mackenzie Carroll — Architectural Technology & Design
- Jake Seaward — Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment
- Andrew Oliver — Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment
- Jade Ritter — Workplace Safety
“Skills Ontario is incredibly proud of all competitors, including those who represented Team Ontario at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “For 30 years, Skills Ontario has recognized the importance of encouraging youth to consider the career opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies, not only to educate them on the fulfilling paths they can take, but also to secure a strong economy and a brighter future for all Ontarians. Congratulations to Team Ontario and all competitors for their hard work and achievements.”
In addition to the contests running at this year’s national level, competitors from the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition were also vying to qualify for a spot on Team Canada. Five Ontario medalists earned a place on the national team and will be travelling to represent Team Canada in Russia in August for the 2019 World Skills Competition.
Also, Jeremy Braithwaite, a technical chair on the national committee from Loyalist College, received recognition for his dedication with an award of excellence at the closing ceremony for the national competition.