OTTAWA — The WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition recently concluded in Salzburg, Austria and Team Canada won three medals and four medallions for excellence.
Twenty-seven members of the Canadian team competed at the international event over the last three months across the globe. Malcolm Matwijec from Ontario won a Bronze Medal in heavy vehicle technology; Korae Nottveit from Alberta won the Gold Medal in cooking; and Emma Kilgannon from Ontario won the Bronze Medal in Pâtisserie and Confectionery. Medallion for Excellence winners include Dayton Playford in Welding, from Alberta; Laurence Racine, in Fashion Technology, from Québec; Dorien Lozeau, in Car Painting, from Alberta; and Leah Lucyshyn, in Graphic Design Technology, from Saskatchewan.
The WorldSkills Competition is typically held every two years and is the world’s largest professional education event.
The 46th WorldSkills Competition was initially scheduled to be hosted in Shanghai in October 2022, however due to lockdowns and restrictions in China, hosting the event was not possible.
WorldSkills members and global partners began discussions on alternative opportunities for the competitors and came together to create the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition, states a release.
The Special Edition included 62 skill areas and over 1,000 competitors from around the globe who were vying for the title of international champion. In order to represent Canada at the WorldSkills Competition, competitors had to win the right through the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition, in Vancouver, this past May, states the release, adding Canada participated in a total of 27 Skill Areas that were hosted in 11 countries.