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29th annual Skills Ontario Competition showcases student talent

May 28, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

Courtesy Skills Ontario

May 28, 2018 — The Skills Ontario Competition, which took place earlier this month, featured nearly 70 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Ontario.

A range of skills and careers were represented from across the manufacturing, transportation, construction, service and technology sectors, as students competed for gold, silver and bronze medals.

The secondary and post-secondary-level contests took place on Days 1 and 2. Competitors were judged on their skills in completing their contest project, as well as their job interview skills and related soft skills. Winners were announced at the closing ceremony on Day 3.

In the Electrical Competition, the Top 3 in the post-secondary level were Matthew O’Rourke from IBEW Local 120, who came in first, followed by Dalton Good from Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technologies, and then David Butson from IBEW Local 105.


The Top 3 in the secondary level included Quin Dafoe, from Thames Valley DSB, who placed first, Jack Ensing, from Toronto DSB – LC4, who came in second, and, finally, Daniel Wilson from Halton DSB.

Over $65,000 in monetary awards was presented to medalists in select contest areas and categories, as were job offers from partnered organizations.

“Those who compete at the Skills Ontario Competition are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “Because of the contribution from many industry, education, labour, and government partners, including the Government of Ontario, Skills Ontario is able to help prepare Ontario’s youth for a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow through such initiatives as the Skills Ontario Competition.”

Gold medalists in select contests are eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition from June 4-5 in Edmonton.

Congratulations to all the medalists, and all students who competed and showed off their skills!

All photos courtesy Skills Ontario

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