This Thursday and Friday, 19 Red River College students will face off against competitors from across the country at the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition, a multi-trade and technology showcase for students and apprentices.
Approximately 550 young people will compete in what's being called the "olympics of skills," displaying their prowess in over 40 skilled trades and technologies, including robotics, cabinetmaking, landscaping, cooking, graphic design, welding, autobody repair, and many others.
The RRC students who'll be competing all collected gold medals at the provincial Skills Canada competition hosted at the College earlier this year. Those winners include:
- Daniel Riege (Aerospace Technology)
- Daegan Teffaine-Bast (Auto Service)
- Joshua Villegas (Autobody Repair)
- Jill Pasveer (Baking)
- Colin Beckman (Brick Masonry)
- DJ Stevens (Cabinetmaking)
- Amanda Clark (Car Painting)
- Timothy Klasse (Carpentry)
- Dallas Duncombe (CNC Machining)
- Ashley Huewan (Geographic Information Systems)
- Tyson Rudney (Heavy Equipment Service)
- Narain Ponnampalam (Landscaping Gardening)
- Jose Miglioranci (Landscaping Gardening)
- Amanpreet Judge (Mechanical CAD)
- Nicole Valgardson (Photography)
- Steve Gray (Plumbing)
- Brad Hooper (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
- Alain Lanouette (Sheet Metal Work)
- Rory Emms (Welding)
The Skills Canada competition brings together representatives from industry, education and government, as well as an estimated 10,000 student visitors who'll take part in Try-a-Trade activities and interactive demonstrations.
Celebrities taking part in this year's event include HGTV stars Mike Holmes Jr., Sherry Holmes, Paul LaFrance and Kate Campbell, as well as MasterChef Canada contestant Jeremy Senaris, who graduated from RRC's Civil Engineering Technology program in 2010.