The 25th annual Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) was hosted in Halifax for the first time since 2006.
Halifax saw over 550 student and apprentice competitors from across Canada, including Team Nova Scotia, compete in over 40 Skill Areas representing six sectors: Construction; Employment; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Engineering; Transportation and Service. As competitors vied for gold at the national level of competition, the WorldSkills Prospects competed in a selection event for their opportunity to join Team Canada.
Additionally, HGTV skilled trade celebrities Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clovis participated in the event, and approximately 6,500 student visitors from across the province toured the event, taking part in over 50 Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities, where career choices are often sparked.
At the Opening Ceremonies, Team Canada was announced. Nova Scotia’s, Zach Walsh, along with 28 other young Canadians, will participate in WorldSkills Kazan, Russia. Zach will compete on an international stage in the skill category of refrigeration and air conditioning, August 22-27, 2019.
Team Nova Scotia won 19 medals in 17 categories: 7 bronze, 7 silver, and 5 gold. The secondary medalists came from Halifax Regional Centre for Education, Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education, and Strait Regional Centre for Education. Post secondary medalists came from the Nova Scotia Community College and apprenticeship.
“Competitors on Team Nova Scotia have been training with their coaches for weeks in preparation for the SCNC, while our WorldSkills Prospects, Zach Walsh and Michael Gaetz have been training for a year since SCNC 2018 in Edmonton. These youth are so dedicated to their skills, and the results prove how exceptional Nova Scotia’s training is,” says Courtney Gouthro, Executive Director of Skills Canada – Nova Scotia. “With expert level training and an amazing team experience, some members of Team Nova Scotia now approach the remainder of their education, while others enter Nova Scotia’s workforce, both with confidence, improved skill development, and advocacy.”
Skills Canada – Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for Nova Scotian youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, discover their passions, and strive for excellence. Skills Canada – Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for Nova Scotian youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, discover their passions, and strive for excellence. Presenting partnerships of SCNS include the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Employment and Social Development Canada, the Government of Canada, and the Nova Scotia Community College.
Skills Canada National Competition Medalists
Curtis Pettipas, Electrical Installations (S), Eastern Shore District High School
Tanner Doiron, Carpentry (PS), Apprentice – Morell Builders Ltd.
Kameron Kiley, Sprinkler Systems (PS), Apprentice – UA Local 56
Tristan Barnes, Electronics, NSCC Ivany Campus
Andre Blaauw, Baking (PS), NSCC Akerley Campus
Colin MacDonald (PS), Aerospace Technology, NSCC Aviation Institute
Connor Warren (PS), Welding, Apprentice – Irving Shipbuilding
Laura Lima Nishida & Zoey Russell (S) 2D Animation, Charles P. Allen High School
Saffron Keeble-Morris, Tatamagouche Regional Academy
Colton Corkum, CNC Machining, Apprentice – GN Thermoforming
Julia Cormier, Cooking (PS), NSCC Akerley
Jeffery Chandler, Heavy Vehicle Technology (PS), NSCC Akerley Campus
Diana Davidson & Chad Merret, Landscape Gardening (PS), Apprentice – Acacia Grove Horticultural Services
Sarah James, Hairstyling (PS), NSCC Burridge Campus
Jacob White, Job Search (S), Halifax West High School
Madison Thornhill, Public Speaking (S), Eastern Shore District High School
Megan Phillips, Workplace Safety (S), Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy