Jake Schuttinga, a student from Edward Milne Secondary, was among the 200 best of the trades and tech students honoured yesterday at the 22nd annual Skills Canada BC gala in Vancouver. Jake, one of 35 Canada national competition 2016 Team BC medal winners, earned a Gold in carpentry.
Fifty-six students from secondary and post-secondary schools throughout B.C. went head to head with students from across Canada at the 2016 Skills Canada competition in Moncton, N.B., in June. Team BC brought home 28 medals – nine gold, eight silver and 11 bronze – in areas that included welding, carpentry, electronics, robotics, 3D animation and IT systems.
Team BC was recognized today by Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary for the B.C. Jobs Plan, on behalf of Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. Kyllo was joined by Skills Canada BC president Kelly Betts along with representatives from the BC Technology Industry Association, the New Car Dealers Association of BC, Kitimat LNG, LNG Canada and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Two Team BC competitors, Andrew Christensen (welding) and Judd Foster (electronics), will represent Canada at the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in October 2017.
The Skills Canada national competition is the only Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology event of its kind for Canadian students and apprentices.
About 500 competitors from all provinces and territories were evaluated by independent judges from the respective industry sectors. Their decisions were based on industry standards and established work practices, using specific criteria such as quality of work, safety, cleanliness, skill level and creativity.
The full list of 35 medal winners:
- Ashley Lewko, Robert Bateman Secondary: 2D computer animation (secondary/Sec): Gold
- Ryan White, Robert Bateman Secondary: 2D computer animation (Sec): Gold
- Jake Schuttinga, Edward Milne Secondary: carpentry (Sec): Gold
- Jatinder Dhaliwal, Princess Margaret Secondary: electrical wiring (Sec): Gold
- Zachary Andrews, Okanagan College: electronics (post-secondary/PS): Gold
- Judd Foster, Highland Secondary: electronics (Sec): Gold
- Mark Gauvin, BCIT: Industrial mechanic (PS): Gold
- Calvin Leung, Burnaby South Secondary: IT-network systems administration (Sec): Gold
- Mathew Hamm, Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre: sheet metal work (PS): Gold
- Andrew Christensen, Thompson Rivers University: welding (PS): Gold
- Kurtis Mar, Yale Secondary: 3D computer animation (Sec): Silver
- Mark Francis, BCIT: automation and control (PS): Silver
- Aaron Schmidt, Okanagan College: automotive service (PS): Silver
- Angela Wu, Windermere Secondary: baking (Sec): Silver
- Coco Yu, Eric Hamber Secondary: fashion technology (Sec): Silver
- Jan Vogler, Thompson Rivers University: heavy equipment service (PS): Silver
- Colin Hosakawa, Camosun College: sprinkler systems (PS): Silver
- Mathew Black, Mark Isfeld Senior Secondary: website development (Sec): Silver
- Brendan McDougall, Yale Secondary: 3D computer animation (Sec): Bronze
- Roeloph Clemens, Vancouver Community College: auto collision repair (PS): Bronze
- Braedon Thiffeault, Victoria High: auto collision repair (Sec): Bronze
- Avery Bell, Correlieu Secondary: cabinetmaking (Sec): Bronze
- Julian Walsh, Vancouver Community College: car painting (PS): Bronze
- Asheeshpal Jagdeo, BCIT: computer numerical control (PS): Bronze
- Chloe Stark, Emily Carr University of Art + Design: graphic design (PS): Bronze
- Andrew Mueller, BCIT: IT-network systems administration (PS): Bronze
- Claire MacLean, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: landscape gardening (PS): Bronze
- Dan Strain, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: landscape gardening (PS): Bronze
- Paul Protasovitski, Kwantlen Polytechnic University: plumbing (PS): Bronze
- Connor Dickeson, Mount Baker Secondary: robotics (Sec): Bronze
- Ryley Holliday, Mount Baker Secondary: robotics (Sec): Bronze
- Thomas Keehn, Mount Baker Secondary: robotics (Sec): Bronze
- Traycer Walker, Mount Baker Secondary: robotics (Sec): Bronze
- Jacob Harris, Semiahmoo Secondary: TV/video production (Sec): Bronze
- Michael Marr, Semiahmoo Secondary: TV/video production (Sec): Bronze
- Each year Skills Canada BC works with approximately 30,000 British Columbian students.
- Skills Canada BC was founded in 1994 as a charitable organization.
- Based on the 2025 Labour Market Outlook, British Columbia is expecting up to one million job openings in the next decade due to retirements and economic growth.
- Eight out of 10 of these jobs will require post-secondary education or training.
- Jake Schuttinga, EMCS student, takes Skills Canada Gold for Carpentry in the Provincials and National
- Original media release