KPU hosts Skills Canada Competition

Thu, Mar 7, 2013


Skills Canada Competition

Skills Canada Competition

Skills Canada Competition
Junior and senior secondary school students competed in a variety of trades and technology competitions at KPU’s Cloverdale campus on March 8, 2013.

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March 14, 2013

KPU hosts Skills Canada Competition

(Metro Vancouver, BC) - Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in partnership with Skills Canada BC hosted the Regional Skills Competition for the Lower Fraser Valley on March 8, 2013, at its Cloverdale Campus. Junior and senior secondary school students competed in a variety of trades and technology competitions.

These skills competitions provide opportunities for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested within exacting standards and against their peers from across the nation. A number of interactive hands-on activities were available, encouraging youth to get engaged and excited about a future in skilled trades or technology. New this year was an initiative through Discover Trades created to increase awareness of trades and technology programs to BC youth.

"Skills Canada gives students an opportunity to demonstrate through competition, their mastery of the practical skills developed in their fields of study," said Henry Reiser, dean, faculty of trades and technology, KPU.

Regional Skills Competition, gold medal winners:
Kevin Dumond, Frank Hurt Secondary (automotive competition)
Logan Harkison, Fraser Heights Secondary (carpentry competition)
Saul Sutherland, Clayton Heights Secondary (mechanical CADD)
Lane Holthe, Earl Marriott Secondary (welding competition)

For full competition results please visit,

Gold medal winners from the Regional Skills Competition will proceed to the Provincials, and then to the Nationals which will take place in Vancouver from June 5 – 8, 2013. Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition remains the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country.

Successful competitors from the Nationals go on to compete in the WorldSkills Competition that takes place every second year. WorldSkills is a free-standing, non-political organization that provides a cost effective means for international government and industry cooperation in achieving higher standards and status for vocational education and training on a worldwide basis. The 42nd WorldSkills Competition will be held in Leipzig, Germany, July 2 – 7, 2013.

KPU’s faculty of trades and technology offers leading-edge trades and technology programs, including: appliance servicing, automotive service technician, carpentry, CADD technologies, electrical, farrier, masonry, millwright, parts and warehousing, plumbing, public safety communications and welding. For more information please visit:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For more information about this event, contact:
Lynn Doull
Trades and Technology
Tel: 604-598-6104

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist
Tel: 604.598.6196