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Team Ontario wins 39 medals at Skills Canada National Competition

Team Ontario wins 39 medals at Skills Canada National Competition

WINNIPEG— Team Ontario is coming back from the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg with 39 medals.

The contest was held at the end of May with the closing ceremony taking place May 27. Team Ontario took home 39 medals: 15 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze.

Ontario winners in the skilled trades included:

  • Luke Bos, Architectural Technology and Design (Post-Secondary (P)), silver, Fanshawe College
  • Cameron Krause, Bricklaying (P), bronze, Conestoga College
  • Luke De Sousa, Cabinetmaking (Secondary (S)), silver, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Ethan McCallum, CNC Machining (P), gold, Georgian College
  • Biagio Iannantuono, Electrical Installations (P), bronze, IBEW Local 804
  • Wilson Sinclair, Electrical Installations (S), gold, Trillium Lakelands District School Board
  • Steven Lees, Heavy Vehicle Technology (P), bronze, Toromont CAT
  • Abigayle Hamilton and Emma Pace, Landscape Gardening (P), silver, Durham College
  • Daniel Rolinsky, Mechanical Engineering CAD (S), silver, York Catholic District School Board
  • Paxton Coghlin and Dillon Kong, Mechatronics, gold, Humber College
  • Alexandr Protsenko and Lanhao Zhuang, Mobile Robotics (S), gold, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Xander Powell, Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment (P), gold, Georgian College
  • Mikael Gosselin, Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment (S), gold, Conseil Scolaire Catholique de District Des Grandes Rivieres
  • Carter Aarts, Precision Machining (S), bronze, Thames Valley District School Board
  • Jake Debus, Sheet Metal Work (P), bronze, Fanshawe College
  • Jessie Montin, Sprinkler Fitter (P), silver, IBEW Local 853
  • Alex Whitson, Steamfitter-Pipefitter (P), silver, UA Local 663
  • Rachel Driedger, Workplace Safety (S), gold, Upper Grand District School Board

During the closing ceremony, RBC also presented the RBC Best of Region Awards to competitors from each province and territory with the best-weighted score. For Ontario, the award was presented to Team Ontario competitors Paxton Coghlin and Dillon Kong from Mechatronics post-secondary contest of Humber College.

“These are fantastic results for Team Ontario,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “Advancing to the national level is a massive achievement on its own, and we congratulate all our competitors for their success. These young people have worked hard at developing their skills for programs like these. The future of Ontario is in good hands, and it’s important that we support and celebrate our youth who are pursuing these fields.”

Team Ontario is represented by the top competitors advancing from the 2023 Skills Ontario Competition which took place earlier in May at the Toronto Congress Centre.

2023 is a WorldSkills Team Canada Qualifying year for the opportunity to compete to represent Canada at WorldSkills in Lyon, France 2024, indicates a release, adding Team Ontario competitors from two contests received invitations to join Team Canada for the WorldSkills Competition. Skills Canada will make an announcement of the official members of Team Canada in the coming weeks.

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