By CRM staff
Edmonton, Alberta -- June 11, 2018 -- National accolades and bragging rights were on the line as Canada’s top automotive students and apprentices showcased their prowess, facing off at 2018 Skills Canada National Competition last week.
The 24th annual event, which took place between June 4-5 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, gathered competition winners from across the country for the right to be crowned national champion.
The two day event, which aims to promote students to pursue a sustainable career in trades, features individual competitions that can last up to twelve hours per day. Approximately 550 students and apprentices competed in the 40 skilled trade and technology competitions.
Ontario led the way in this year’s competition, with 16 individual winners. Alberta and Quebec shared second place with 12 winners. In addition to national titles, competitors also contended for the opportunity to join Team Canada at the WorldSkills competition, which takes place in Russia next year.
The event featured competitions for several key industry trades, including car painting, welding and auto body repair.
The Gold medals for car painting were claimed by Nicole Hamilton of Nova Scotia and Henry Kasper of Manitoba. Alberta’s Justin Meldrum and Quebec’s Charles Antoine Whi claimed the top awards for welding. The first place winners in the auto repair competition were Marc-Andre Benoit of New Brunswick and David Messerschmid of Manitoba.
This year’s competition was sponsored by the Auto Career Start program. Launched just last week by the Canadian Auto Dealership Association, the Auto Career Start program aims to connect automotive workers with leading employers.
For a complete list of the winners, visit: www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/scnc-2018-competitions-results.