Conestoga College Logo - Home Page

« Practical Nursing Students Win Honours | Main | Industrial Woodworking Safety the Focus of Conference »

May 1, 2002 1:31 PM

Conestoga Students Excel at Provincial Technical Competition

Eight Conestoga College students have won medals at the 13th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), sponsored by Skills Canada - Ontario April 28 - May 1 at RIM Park in Waterloo. Their effort brings to 96 the total number of medals won by Conestoga since 1992 at the OTSC – the best overall performance by any competing Ontario college.

In all, Conestoga students received four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Winners of gold medals qualify to compete May 31 - June 2 at the Skills Canada national competition in Vancouver.

Conestoga’s winners are: Architectural Computer Aided Design category – A bronze medal for Brian Harvey of Kitchener, who is a student in the Architecture - Construction Engineering Technology program at
Conestoga’s Doon campus in Kitchener. Auto Service category – A gold medal for Grant Habermehl of
Wallenstein, who is in the Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship program at the Guelph campus.
Cabinetmaking category – A gold medal for David Pallen of Kitchener, who is a student in the Woodworking Technology program at Conestoga’s Doon campus in Kitchener. This is Pallen’s second consecutive year as an OTSC gold medallist. Carpentry Individual category – A silver medal for David
Guichelaar of Lucknow, who is a student in the Carpenter General apprenticeship program at the Guelph campus. Electrical Wiring category – A bronze medal for Scott Hickey of Ayr, who is an Electrician, Construction and Maintenance apprentice at the Doon campus. Electronics category – A silver medal for Linda Elliott of Waterloo, who is a student in the Computer Engineering Technology program at the Doon campus. Industrial Mechanic Millwright category – A gold medal for Robert Vincent of Kitchener, who is a student in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) apprenticeship program at the Guelph campus. Welding category – A gold medal for Jason Wagg of Mitchell, who is a student in the Welding Engineering Technology program at the Guelph campus. Last year, Wagg also won an OTSC gold medal.

In all, the OTSC attracted more than 900 entrants in more than 40 categories, with competition in each category at the secondary and/or postsecondary levels. This year’s OTSC also featured special technical challenges and competitions for elementary-grade students, workshops and activities for young women interested in technical and skilled trades careers, and a one-day Careers Showcase to highlight educational opportunities and career pathways in technical areas.

Next year, RIM Park will again host the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, as well as the national competition sponsored by Skills Canada.

CONTACT: Public Affairs Office, 519-748-5220, ext. 3336 or Skills Canada - Ontario, 519-748-3524, ext. 3533

Back To Top