The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) was held at RIM Park in Waterloo on Monday, May 4 (Elementary Technology Activity Day) and Tuesday, May 5. Featuring 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,000 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario, it is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada.
Over 20,000 spectators came out to RIM Park over these two days to witness the skills of Ontario’s young people in action. From contests in plumbing, culinary, aesthetics, and automotive service – to name only a few – competitors were judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview skills and related soft skills.
Winners are presented with gold, silver, and bronze medals, and may also receive monetary awards at the closing ceremony held at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Wednesday, May 6. Many winners are eligible to move on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon at the end of May.
“Those who compete at the OTSC are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario. We believe there’s no better way for a young person to jump start their career than by providing them the opportunity to tell future employers they are a gold medalist in their field,” says Gail Smyth, Executive Director for Skills Ontario.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board was proud to send 14 students, competing across a range of industry disciplines and an additional 120 students who participated in elementary workshops, competition viewing and tours.
|Secondary Competitors - 14 Students|
|Joseph McNamee, Bryan Beggs, Travis Campbell, Ryan Rutledge||Home and Shed Building||Fenelon Fall SS|
|Tim Hopkins||Auto Service Technology||Fenelon Fall SS|
|Damian St. Pierre||Electrical Installations||Fenelon Fall SS|
|Tyler Young and Matt Primer||Welding||Huntsville High School|
|Jake Powell||Precision Machining||Huntsville High School|
|Kelsi Murdy||Cabinetmaking||Huntsville High School|
|Meagan Cole||Baking||Huntsville High School|
|Caitlyn Gill||Culinary||Huntsville High School|
|Cameron Fry and Collin Dominic||Team Carpentry||Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute|
|Other Participants – 120 students|
|Central Senior School||Elementary Workshops and Competition Viewing|
|Fenelon Fall SS||Site Tour and Competition Viewing|
|Scott Young Public School||Elementary Workshops and Competition Viewing|
• Over 8 million dollars in in-kind donations are required to make the OTSC a success, including the donation of over 500 power tools and 75 welders
• A section of 42-inch diameter TransCanada pipeline will be onsite at RIM Park
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