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June 2, 2022 11:51 AM

Conestoga students advance to WorldSkills

Two Conestoga students will advance to the WorldSkills International Competition after placing first in the Team Canada selection at the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition. 

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Conestoga student Daniel Kiss (right) will advance to the WorldSkills International Competition after placing first in the CNC Milling Team Canada selection at the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition. This is Kiss’ second gold medal at the national contest. Photo: Skills/Compétences Canada.

Hosted annually, the Skills Canada National Competition is the only multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. This year, the event was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 26 to 27, where close to 350 participants competed for medals in 45 categories representing the transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, services, and employment sectors.

“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition encourage Canadian youth to explore and discover skilled trade and technology careers through interactive activities,” said Shaun Thorson, Skills/Compétences Canada chief executive officer, in a press release. “It also allows us to raise awareness of these important careers to our future workforce.”

Conestoga students earned three medals at the event after advancing based on results at the Skills Ontario Competition in early May. All three students competed in the Team Canada selection. Daniel Kiss, a student in the Tool and Die Maker (Apprenticeship) program, earned his second Skills Canada gold medal in CNC Milling.

Congratulations to Conestoga’s 2022 Skills Canada National Competition winners:

  • Gold: Daniel Kiss, CNC Milling
  • Gold: Cameron Krause, Bricklaying
  • Silver: Ethan Kroetsch, Cabinetmaking

Conestoga’s gold medalists in CNC Milling and Bricklaying will represent Canada at the WorldSkills International Competition later this year.

Founded in 1989, Skills/Compétences Canada is a national, not‐for‐profit organization working with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. 

Conestoga is a provincial leader in the delivery of trades and apprenticeship training to serve industry needs and the growing community. Comprehensive programming includes a wide range of post-secondary trades programs that provide pathways to employment in skilled trades careers as well as pre-apprenticeship training and in-school training for apprentices.

For more information, visit the School of Trades and Apprenticeship.