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May 4, 2023 4:36 PM

Conestoga students earn 12 medals at Skills Ontario Competition

Conestoga students finished with 12 medals at the 2023 Skills Ontario Competition, held May 1-3 at the Toronto Congress Centre. 

The event is the largest skilled trades and technology contest in Canada and offers an opportunity for Ontario elementary, secondary and post-secondary students and apprentices to demonstrate and test their skills. Competitors participated in over 75 contests representing a broad range of skills and careers in manufacturing, transportation, construction, service and technology sectors. In addition to gold, silver and bronze medals, students competed for monetary awards in select categories.  

This year marked the return of in-person activities after three years. The competition was adapted for a virtual format amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners were announced during the closing ceremonies on May 3.

Conestoga students placed in 11 categories, representing programs from the college’s schools of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology, Engineering & Technology, and Trades & Apprenticeship.

Congratulations to Conestoga’s 2023 Skills Ontario Competition winners:


  • Ethan Den Bak - Truck and Coach
  • Cameron Krause - Brick Masonry
  • Jackson Macor - Welding
  • Vlad Tanas - Web Design and Development


  • Colleen Morton - Automation and Control
  • Nisarg Shah - CNC Machining


  • Hunter Britton - IT Network Systems Administration
  • Tim Byl - Brick Masonry
  • Andrew Crawford and Coraishi Stehouwer - Mechatronics (Team of 2)
  • Matvey Regentov - Electronics
  • Ryan Terlouw - Cabinetmaking
  • Yatin Wadhwa - Cloud Computing

Conestoga’s gold medalists in Brick Masonry and Welding are eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from May 25 to 26.

During the closing ceremony, Conestoga was named the recipient of the Manufacturing Award in recognition of the college’s dedication to promoting the manufacturing sector based on results at the competition. Sponsored by the Gene Haas Foundation, the college was awarded $5,000 to help administer scholarships to students in manufacturing programs.

The closing ceremony is available to stream online.  

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