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Building a Future - Skills Ontario Competition


Loud, fun, exciting, nerve-wracking, and massive are just some words to describe the two-day Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre this week. The event brings together top students from across the province to demonstrate that they are the best in their field.

Winners are awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition. Those top competitors will head to the WorldSkills Competition that will be held in Singapore.

Skills Ontario's mission statement is "to champion and stimulate the development of world-class technological and employability skills in Ontario youth." This competition brings in competitors and youth from local elementary and high schools to see firsthand the exciting careers available in the 144 skill trades.

Team Mohawk participated in multiple practical, theoretical, and interview events where they could shine in front of their professors, family, friends, and prospective employers.

The Skills Ontario Competition also features an annual Career Exploration Showcase. To complement the competition, the Showcase provides an interactive experience for students to explore potential career options. Over 70 businesses, colleges, apprenticeship programs, unions, and government programs set up booths and provide activities related to skilled trades and technologies.

Congratulations to all the students and coaches who competed.  Here are the medalists.

  • Gold medal – Heating Systems Technician – Matthew Merlihan (coach Greg Stewart)
  • Gold Medal – Industrial Mechanic Millwright – Eric MacKenzie (coach Matthew Gregoroff)
  • Gold Medal – Photography – Jonah Atkins (coach Scott Kenney)
  • Silver Medal - Graphic Design Studio Production – Sofia Rotavista Martinez (coach Mitch Thompson)
  • Silver Medal – Heating Systems Technician – Connor Adams (coach Greg Stewart)
  • Silver Medal – Industrial Mechanic Technician – Liam Kirkpatrick (coach Matthew Gregoroff)
  • Bronze Medal – Refrigeration – Kelvin Nguyen (coach Julian Finbow)

Stay tuned; watch and see why this competition is so unique in next week's edition of Mohawk this Week.