Valley students earn remarkable results at Skills Canada Regional Competition

Skills Canada BC’s North Island Regional event was held at G.P. Vanier Secondary School on Friday, February 21. 

There were 240 competitors from 17 different schools across the region that competed in 20 different skilled trades and technology categories ranging from automotive, carpentry, culinary, and welding to media including photography, animation, and web design. A junior event is also included in the annual regional event with competitions in gravity cars (design and performance), spaghetti-bridge design and VexIQ robotics. 

Valley secondary students captured impressive finishes in many of the categories taking gold in 13 of the 20 events. Gold medal winners include

Vanier Secondary

2D Computer Animation

Levi Weaver


Paul Herman


Christian Murray


Gerrad Graham

 Graphic Design

Desi De Koninck


Brody Laderoute

 Workplace Safety

Jackson Roy-Penzer


Highland Secondary 


Austin Harris

 Sumo Robot

Aedhan Vincent


Lukas Karas & Nicholas Horel


 Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary 

Culinary Arts

Maisie Matthews


Jenna Gill


Aspen Park Elementary (ENTER Program Grade 6/7) 

Wind Turbine

Walker Smits & Ben Vaillant


Competitors winning at the regional competition advance to the provincials on April 15 at the Abbotsford Tradex.  Provincial winners will advance to the Skills Canada Nationals that will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on May 28 and 29.  Students can then compete at the WorldSkills competition.

The competitions serve two main purposes. The first is to celebrate and reward students for excellence in their mastery of skilled trade and technology skills in a manner that directly involves industry in evaluating student performance and that keeps training relevant to employers’ needs. The second is to create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of young people who attend the competitions as spectators.

“I am always amazed to see the skill level of students at this competition and see these kids as our future designers, coders, builders and troubleshooters,” says Steve Claassen, Comox Valley Schools Career Coordinator for Trades and ADST who organized the event and has been involved with Skills Canada for almost 20 years  “Our valley is fortunate to have some very skilled students in Trades and Technology and in most years some of our student reach the nationals and comes back with medals."  

Skills Canada provides opportunities for thousands of students and parents to watch competitors in action, participate in Try-a-Trade activities, visit the Pathways to Careers Showcase, or participate in the Women in Trades and Technology Conference. Skills Canada’s goal is to showcase the skilled trades & technologies as first choice careers to the thousands of young people who attend the competitions annually.


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