Team New Brunswick Returns Home with 12 National Medals and a Team Canada Member
The 36 members of Team New Brunswick arrived home on May 30th after participating at the Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their suitcases were a bit heavier one on the return journey following a harvest of medals in 12 disciplines. More than 550 high school students, post-secondary students and apprentices from across the country took part in this four-day annual competition and Team New Brunswick made the province proud.
"We are extremely proud of the team's performance this year at the National Competition," said John Landry, Interim President of the Skills / Compétences Canada New Brunswick Board of Directors. "Each year, the students and apprentices that form Team New Brunswick raise the level of excellence in their respective disciplines. Skills / Compétences Canada New Brunswick strives to celebrate skilled trades and show young people the successful and rewarding career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades and technology sectors."
The competitive platform created by Skills Canada's National Competition is a constructive forum and celebration event that inspires students and apprentices to perpetuate the tradition of excellence in the skilled trades and technologies. This $5 million activity recognizes the exceptional importance and abilities of young tradespeople in Canada. The students and apprentices listed below represent a small portion of the future skilled workforce in the province.
New Brunswick Medalists at the Skills Canada National Competition:
Thomas Currier (Apprenticeship Fredericton Region) – Electrical Installations
Trent Christophersen (Apprenticeship Woodstock Region) – Bricklaying
Justin McGrath (Apprenticeship Saint John Region) – Steamfitter-Pipefitter
Sydney Irvin (Saint John High School) – Cooking
Jared Palmer (Apprenticeship Moncton Region) – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Wesley Allen (Apprenticeship Moncton Region) – Sprinkler Fitter
Rose (Fredericton High School) – Public Speaking
Evan Ross (Apprenticeship Saint John Region) – Welding
Justin Robert (CCNB Bathurst) – Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment
Dexter Lloyd Tibbets (NBCC Saint John) – Autobody Repair
Carrie Long (Apprenticeship Fredericton Region) – Car Painting
Colin Kelly (NBCC Saint John) – Plumbing
In addition to his Gold Medal, Thomas Currier won the ‘Best of Region’ award for the province.
Moncton native, Pascal Doiron was also named as the Automotive Technology representaive for Team Canada and will be heading to WorldSkills in Kazan, Russia to compete in August 2019. Doiron has qualified for the team at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition held in Edmonton, Alberta and has been training for the las year with his trainer Lloyd Kierstaed who is an instructor at NBCC Moncton. He is the first New Brunswick student to represent automotive technogology at the world level.
Conference Board of Canada, Canadian Outlook Long-Term Forecast, 2000
With the eminent skills shortage caused by lower birth rates and an aging population, tradespeople will be in high demand. By 2020, it is estimated that Canada will be short 1 million workers.
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Team NB at the annual Skills Canada National Competition.
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