16 competitors from the Northwest Territories, and over 550 competitors in total, travelled from across Canada to Edmonton, Alberta, to compete in 44 skill areas, in the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), on June 4th & 5th.
Team Northwest Territories included competitors in Automobile Technology, Baking, Cabinetmaking, Cooking, Electrical Installations, Graphic Design Technology, Hairstyling, Job Skill Demonstration, Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment, Photography, Public Speaking, Video Production, and Welding. These skilled students and apprentices were tested over the course of the two-day contest, and the top placing competitors in each category were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the closing ceremony on June 6th.
“This competition is such an incredible event.” Says Ali Kincaid, Executive Director of Skills Canada NWT who serves as Team Leader for Team NWT at this event. “The trades and technology sectors offer wonderful and fulfilling careers. Witnessing the level of skill demonstrated by these young students and apprentices, who are the next generation of trades and technology professionals, gives me hope for the future of Canada.”
During the SCNC, the Edmonton Expo Centre saw over 6,000 visitors to the event, including students from local schools, industry leaders, family members and even celebrity guests – including HGTV’s Sherry Holmes, Paul Lafrance and Kate Campbell. Visitors took part by observing the dozens of skill contests and cheering on competitors. They were also able to participate in any number of over 50 different Try-A-Trade/Technology activities hosted onsite.
Team Northwest Territories took home four medals this year, with several other strong finishes. NWT medallists included:
Karis Dekwant – East Three Secondary School, Inuvik – GOLD (Baking)
Pyper Legge – Sir John Franklin High School, Yellowknife – SILVER (Cooking)
Robert Heron – Dominion Diamond Mines, Yellowknife – BRONZE (Electrical Installations)
Robert Warren – Ideal Woodwork, Yellowknife – BRONZE (Cabinetmaking)
Skills Canada NWT relies heavily on the support of government and industry. “Without the support of local NWT schools and businesses, we would not have a team to send to this event each year.” says Kincaid. “There are some incredible employers and educators across the NWT that believe in what we do and support this initiative wholeheartedly. They contribute financially, they give of their time, and they encourage and support their apprentices and students to compete in their chosen trade or skill area.”
Skills Canada NWT is already beginning preparations for the 2019 Territorial Skills Competition and Skills Canada National Competition. If you would like to compete or get involved, please contact our office.
The 2019 Skills Canada National Competition will be held at the Halifax Exhibition Centre, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 28 – 29, 2019.
Reece Head (St. Patrick High School, Yellowknife) – Welding
Robert Heron (Dominion Diamond Mines, Yellowknife) – Electrical Installations (PS)
Reece Pineo (Sir John Franklin High School, Yellowknife) – Automobile Technology
Jovian Pokiak (East Three Secondary School, Inuvik) – Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment
Ryan Snyder (Polar Tech, Yellowknife) – Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment (PS)
Karis Dekwant (East Three Secondary School, Inuvik) – Baking
Torin Dowe (Aurora Welding, Yellowknife) – Welding (PS)
Dylan Harker (Sir John Franklin, Yellowknife) – Graphic Design Technology
Aafreen Khan (Sir John Franklin, Yellowknife) – Public Speaking
Pyper Legge (Sir John Franklin, Yellowknife) – Cooking
Lodina Martin-Ferron (St. Patrick High School, Yellowknife) – Photography
Savanna Moore (Diamond Jenness Secondary School, Hay River) – Job Skill Demonstration – Traditional Sewing
Robert Warren (Ideal Woodworking, Yellowknife) – Cabinetmaking (PS)
Lisa Weaver (École Sir John Franklin High School, Yellowknife) – Video Production
Braeden Cordero (École Sir John Franklin High School, Yellowknife) – Video Production
Jasmine Keogak (East Three Secondary School, Inuvik) – Hairstyling