Trades students bring home precious medals

Tue, May 3, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Six Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students brought home precious medals from the 22nd annual Skills Canada British Columbia Competition in April.

Brian Probert, Derek Fuller, Paul Protasovitski, Claire MacLean, Dan Strain, and Steven Nagra all placed in their respective disciplines at the annual event, which was held in Abbotsford.

“The regional and provincial skills competitions are a great way for our students and apprentices to not only work to hone their individual skills, but also to meet and compete with other future leaders in their respective industries,” said Brian Haugen, dean in the Faculty of Trades and Technology at KPU.

The annual event involves secondary school students from around B.C. who have won their regional contest competing in one of 25 categories, from plumbing and electrical to architectural CAD (computer assisted design) and welding.

Competition areas are divided into training/grade levels with qualified competitors from post-secondary institutions being chosen by their instructors, and with the majority of the secondary and middle school competitors qualifying through the winning of gold medals at the Regional Competitions.

The gold medalists qualify to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition being held in Moncton, New Brunswick in June.

KPU winners:

Electrical Wiring: Brian Probert, Gold

Electrical Wiring: Derek Fuller, Bronze

Plumbing: Paul Protasovitski, Gold

Landscape Gardening: Claire MacLean, Gold

Landscape Gardening: Dan Strain, Gold

Welding: Steven Nagra Silver

In addition, secondary students attending KPU through the university’s Career Technical Consortium (CTC) or the Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT) program also collected awards.

CTC Partnership winner:

Mechanical CAD: Gurpreet Heir, Sullivan Heights Secondary, Gold

ACE-IT winners:

Masonry: Seumas Bissett, Duchess Park Secondary, Gold

Masonry: Mark Hayduk, Hugh Boyd Secondary, Silver

Masonry: Ostman Cagri Tekbas, Cambie Secondary, Bronze

Masonry: Joel Ransier, Elgin Park Secondary, Bronze

Photos from the Skills Canada Competition are available on Flickr.

Meanwhile KPU farrier students based at KPU Tech took part in the Alberta Farrier Championships over April 1 and 2. Five current students and many alumni from the KPU farrier program competed, including Cherish Clement, a first level farrier student who won the novice division.

Each competitor competed in three disciplines: front shoes, hind shoes, and trim a pair of feet.

“The competition is about connecting with the farrier community and learning from one another,” said student Joseph Goble.

KPU alumni Levi Geertsema won the advanced novice contest, while Spencer Wall placed third in the intermediate contest. KPU farrier program instructor Marie Leginus placed third in the professional contest.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at    

Media contact:
Hayley Woodin
Media Specialist
t: 604.599.2883
c: 604.364.1288

For more KPU news: