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Welcome to the 26th OTSC As the Executive Director of Skills Ontario, I would like to personally welcome you to the 26th Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC). Featuring over 67 contest sites, many elementary challenges and workshops, and over 20,000 spectators, it is without a doubt that this year’s competition will be the best one yet. And that’s true simply because each year, it just keeps getting bigger and better! This year, there is a record number of 2,000 contest competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario; there are 2,500 elementary students participating in our Elementary Workshops – the most ever; and the Young Women’s Conference reached capacity within minutes of registration opening, with over 1,500 girls attending.

There will be hundreds of buses of students making their way to RIM Park; each year, over 16.5 kilometers of electrical cable and extension cords are set up; and adding up the number of steps our staff and volunteers take to set up the OTSC is greater than the distance of nine marathons! It’s hard to appreciate the magnitude of the OTSC until you experience it for yourself. But nothing makes me recognize the impact and support we continue to provide quite like witnessing the trembling hands of a student right before a competition, or the smile of a parent or educator as they watch their child/ student succeed at something they’re interested in. I’ve had 17 wonderful years – and attended 17 exciting competitions – to catch glimpses of these fleeting, but meaningful, moments. And each time, as I’ve looked up from a nervous smile on a student’s face to see the hallways swelling with students, educators and spectators, I’m reminded that each and every one of you has helped us to this day. And for that, I would like to thank you.

This year we welcome a record number of 2,000 contest competitors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors who donate time, finances and materials to ensure that our competitors are able to succeed. This year, as our guests tour the competition site, they will see firsthand what 8.4 million dollars of in-kind support can accomplish. Thank you to our educator friends for being mentors and for encouraging their students to follow their dreams. And finally, thank you to you, for joining us today. Your excitement and encouragement forces these hallways to come alive. I wish the best of luck to everyone competing today!

Thank you also to our talented and dedicated volunteers; without them we simply couldn’t host the OTSC as smoothly and efficiently and we do. Gail Smyth Executive Director of Skills Ontario

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Table of Contents 1

Message from Gail Smyth, Executive Director

27 Rick Mercer Report at the Boat Races


Message from Minister Poilievre

27 Skills Work!® Summer Camp


Message from Minister Reza Moridi

29 Competitions List


Skills Ontario Board of Directors

30 Elementary Career Awareness Workshops

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11 Where You’ll Find Skills Ontario

33 Elementary Technology Challenges

13 OTSC: Reaching New Heights

36 OTSC Contest List

15 2015 OTSC Qualifying Competitions

45 OTSC Pin and Medal Design Winners

19 26th OTSC Schedule of Events

61 OTSC Closing Ceremony

69 College Award of Distinction 71 The Dick Hopkins Award 71 Glenn Beatty Award

21 Career Exploration Showcase 23 Young Women’s Conferences 25 Skills Ontario Alumni

63 Big Dreams Big Thanks!

71 Award of Excellence


72 2015 OTSC Partners and Sponsors

65 Team Ontario: Competing on a National Stage 66 WorldSkills – Brazil 2015 69 The Skills Work!® School Board Award of Distinction 69 Monetary Awards


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The Skilled Workers of The Future Carpenters, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, landscape designers, bakers, and cooks. Those are just a few of the skilled workers of the future who, like you, take part in these provincial/ territorial, national and international skills competitions every year.

You are an important part of that future. The need for highly skilled workers in a wide variety of occupations continues to increase, and it is essential to involve industry and employers to ensure training programs remain relevant and responsive to their needs.

As Canada’s new Minister of Employment and Social Development, I am excited to witness the enthusiasm and energy you bring to these competitions. By participating in these varied and challenging events, you are making an important contribution to the Government of Canada’s goal of creating jobs and long-term prosperity. We want to ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to contribute to a strong and vibrant workforce, both for the in-demand jobs of today and for the jobs of the future.

Our Government continues to invest in training and providing tax credits and grants to encourage more young people to consider careers in the trades Both college and university deserve equal respect. Our economy will need more hardhats now than ever to face the looming skills shortage. In fact, Buildforce Canada expects that over 330,000 workers in the construction trades will be needed to address the demands over the next 10 years. To help address this pending skills shortage, the Government of Canada just launched the new Canada Apprentice Loan, which already has 4,800 recipients and counting from across the country. In addition, since 2006 the Government has also provided apprenticeship grants to over 530,000 Canadians looking to pursue training in a designated Red Seal trade. I encourage you to explore all the support that is available to you as you continue on your exciting career path.

from The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P.

This event is an excellent opportunity for you, your friends and family to network and learn from private and public sector employers about skilled trades and emerging technologies. As the national Skills Canada competition begins, I wish you all the best. Thank you for making us proud.

The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P.

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Skills Ontario

To the Attendees at the 2015 OTSC On behalf of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, I am pleased to extend warm greetings to the participants, organizers and spectators of the 2015 Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Since 1989, Skills Ontario has been promoting technologies and the skilled trades, especially to young people. The Ontario Technological Skills Competition has grown over that time, and we now have 67 contests, with 2,000 competitors and over 20,000 spectators to cheer them on. I am impressed by the diversity of trades and skills that are represented here, and I want to congratulate every competitor.

Au nom du ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités, je tiens à présenter mes chaleureuses salutations aux participants, aux organisateurs et aux spectateurs des Olympiades ontariennes des compétences technologiques 2015. Depuis 1989, Compétences Ontario préconise les technologies et les métiers spécialisés, surtout auprès des jeunes. Les Olympiades ontariennes des compétences technologiques ont pris de l’expansion depuis, et comprennent aujourd’hui 67 épreuves auxquelles participent 2 000 concurrents et auxquelles assistent plus de 20 000 spectateurs pour les encourager. Je suis impressionné par la diversité des métiers et des compétences qui y sont représentés, et je tiens à féliciter chaque participante et participant.

Olympiades ontariennes des compétences technologiques 2015

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has undertaken many initiatives to encourage young people to seek a career in the skilled trades, and to help them once they have made that decision. We have thirteen different programs to encourage apprenticeships, including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program that offers students the opportunity to train as apprentices while completing their secondary school diploma. Our Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program encourages projects for youth, unemployed workers, women, Aboriginal peoples and newcomers to Canada. Of the over 25,000 young people who found job placements through our Youth Employment Fund, a significant number were in the skilled trades.

The skills this year’s participants are bringing to the competition will soon prove their value in Ontario’s workplace. Allow me to wish everyone success in your competition this year, and in your future endeavours.

Le Ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités a entrepris de nombreuses initiatives pour inciter les jeunes à faire carrière dans un métier spécialisé et les aider une fois cette décision prise. Nous offrons 13 programmes visant à encourager la formation par l’apprentissage, dont le Programme d’apprentissage pour les jeunes de l’Ontario, qui donne aux élèves la possibilité de suivre une formation comme apprenti tout en préparant leur diplôme d’études secondaires. Notre Programme de préapprentissage appuie les projets destinés aux jeunes, aux travailleurs sans emploi, aux femmes, aux Autochtones et aux nouveaux arrivants au Canada. Grâce au Fonds d’aide à l’emploi pour les jeunes, plus de 25 000 jeunes ont trouvé un stage dont un grand nombre était dans des métiers spécialisés.

Je suis persuadé que les compétences valorisées aux Olympiades seront fort utiles aux participantes et aux participants sur le marché du travail de l’Ontario. Je souhaite le plus grand succès aux Olympiades de cette année.

Sincerely yours,

Reza Moridi Minister

Le ministre de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités,

Reza Moridi

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Skills Ontario Board of Directors

Dedicated, dynamic, driven: Meet our Board of Directors




Mr. Shaun Scott Linamar Corporation

Mr. David H. Green Stratmarc Associates

Mr. William Chan Hydro One

1st Vice President



Mr. Ray Lavender Snap-on Tools of Canada Ltd.

Mr. Ian Howcroft Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Mr. Piero Cherubini Mohawk College




Ms. Cheryl Manuel Deloitte Inc.

Mr. Manuel Martins Gowlings

Mr. Louie Leombruni ArcelorMittal Dofasco




Mr. Graham Browne GNB Human Resource

Mr. David Thomson OACETT

Mr. Scott Macivor Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario




Mr. Ian Cunningham Council of Ontario Construction Associations

Mr. Jim Madder Confederation College

Ms. Gail Smyth Skills Ontario

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Toronto Office - Central c/o George Brown College 146 Kendal Avenue, Room D305 Toronto, ON M5R 1M3 Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 4318 Toronto Office - North c/o Humber Centre for Trades & Technology 110 Carrier Drive Toronto, ON M9W 5R1 Phone: 416-675-6622 ext. 78088 Fax: 416-675-8522 Whitby Office c/o Durham College, Whitby Campus 1610 Champlain Avenue Whitby ON L1N 9B2 Phone: 905-721-2000 ext. 4225 Windsor Office c/o St. Clair College Main South Campus 2000 Talbot Road West Windsor, ON N9A 6S4 Phone: 519-972-2727 ext. 4620



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Reaching New Heights Skills Ontario is has been reaching new heights each year, and 2015 is no exception. As we have been preparing for Canada’s largest skilled trades competition, the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), we realize how fortunate we are. We are surrounded by dedicated volunteers, industry and education sponsors, enthusiastic educators and a great staff team that are all passionate about making a difference in the workforce of tomorrow by promoting the skilled trades and technologies. These careers will have a tremendous impact on Ontario’s future and each year we realize how important it is to ensure all students in Ontario know about the benefits and opportunities of pursuing these essential careers.

Our OTSC theme, “Where the Future Performs,” could not be more appropriate in reflecting our ongoing efforts. As we see more alumni volunteer, contribute, and reconnect with the Skills Ontario family, we truly get an appreciation that those who compete at the OTSC are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario.

Canada’s largest skilled trades competition

I hope that your time at the 2015 OTSC is one filled with new experiences and excitement for the future as we see “The Future Perform.”

Barry Harrison Director of Competitions Skills Ontario

Please mark your calendar for the 2016 OTSC, May 2-4, 2016.

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2015 OTSC Qualifying Competitions Qualifying Competitions were introduced in 2005 because some contests are simply too popular. For these contests, students must first compete at a Qualifying Competition before they advance to the OTSC. The Competitions are held simultaneously at seven colleges across the province, and this year, they took place on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Because some OTSC contests are simply too popular!

Skills Ontario would like to thank the host colleges listed below for their support and the use of their facilities. We are also grateful to the following individuals for lending their time, dedication and expertise:

The 2015 Qualifying Competitions included the following contests: • 2D Character Animation (Team of 2)

Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

• Carpentry-Individual

College contact – Ryan Drouin

• Culinary Arts

2D Character Animation – Phil Cowcill

• Small Powered Equipment

Carpentry-Individual – Andy Ross

• TV Video Production (Team of 2)

Culinary Arts – Derek Lawday

• Welding

TV Video Production – Yura Monestime

The top three school boards in each contest from each location are eligible to advance to the 2015 Ontario Technological Skills Competition.

Welding – Pierre Beaudoin

Qualifying Technical Committees, consisting of representatives from each participating college and the OTSC Technical Committee Chair, work together to create the scopes, projects and judging criteria for this competition. The same contest projects and judging criteria are used at all seven locations to ensure consistency across the province.

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology College contacts – John Kantola and Melissa Covello 2D Character Animation – Richard Riddell Carpentry-Individual – Shaun Daniels Culinary Arts – Janice Cox Small Powered Equipment – Robert Haichuck and Pat Bailey TV Video Production – Michael Moore Welding – Jim Dyson

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Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology College contacts – Caitlin Franck 2D Character Animation – Roberto Acosta Carpentry-Individual – Don Webb Culinary Arts – Peter Blakeman Small Powered Equipment – Rob Zuk TV Video Production – Anthony Savoia Welding – Mike Nicholas

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology College contact – Sharon Dale 2D Character Animation – Darryl Bedford and Lianne Wong Carpentry-Individual – Rob Murison

St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology

Culinary Arts – Patrick Hersey

College contacts – Russ Phin and Laura Stevenson

Small Powered Equipment – Blaine Young

2D Character Animation – Donna Graves

TV Video Production – Matt Brickman

Carpentry-Individual – Steve Dick and Jamie Seaby

Welding – Lawrence Oudekerk

Culinary Arts – Richard Hendy and Leslie Leacy Small Powered Equipment – Dave Brown TV Video Production – Jennifer Cadeau and Laura Stevenson Welding – Ray West

Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology College contact – Aaron Schoenmaker 2D Character Animation – Rui Albino

For more information on Qualifying Competitions please contact Maresa at mmacaskill@skillsontario.com.

Carpentry-Individual – Kim Woodman Culinary Arts – Ignatius D’Souza Small Powered Equipment – Rob Davidson TV Video Production – Davey Birrell Welding – Phil LeBoeuf and Bob Denison

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning College contact – Tina Antunes 2D Character Animation – George Paravantes Carpentry-Individual – Matt Regimbal Culinary Arts – Eric Deletroz Small Powered Equipment – Roy King and Dave Samalea (Centennial College) TV Video Production – Jamie Sheridan Welding – Rob Clark and Colin Wildman 2015 OTSC Competition Guide


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26th OTSC Schedule of Events

Three exciting days of skills challenges, contests, and career exploration!

Monday, May 4

Elementary Technology Activity Day

RIM Park and Manulife Financial Sportsplex

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Elementary Challenges Students in grades 4 through 8 compete for medal standings in 11 challenges, ranging from LEGO® Robotics to Green Energy.

8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Elementary Career Awareness Workshops Over 2,500 elementary students enjoy the opportunity to participate in a variety of skilled trades-related hands-on activities.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Young Women’s Conference at Bingemans Registration & Interactive Booths - Female students in grades 7 - 8 arrive and visit different booths all related to trades and technologies from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. From 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm participants will visit RIM Park and compete in an OTSC Scavenger Hunt, cheer on competitors and explore the career exploration showcase. Keynote address from Jamie McMillan, Founder, Journeyman.

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Career Exploration Showcase More than 70 exhibitors provide interactive displays promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

Tuesday, May 5

Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC)

RIM Park and Manulife Financial Sportsplex

7:00 am - 7:30 am

OTSC Competitor Sign-in at each of the contest sites

7:30 am - 10:00 am

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) Over 2,000 students compete in 67 skilled trades and technology contest areas

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Young Women’s Conference at Bingemans Registration & Interactive Booths - Female students in grades 7 - 8 arrive and visit different booths all related to trades and technologies from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. From 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm participants will visit RIM Park and compete in an OTSC Scavenger Hunt, cheer on competitors and explore the career exploration showcase.

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Career Exploration Showcase More than 70 exhibitors provide interactive displays promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies

OTSC Competition Breakfast and Tour Hosted by Shaun Scott, Chair of the Board of Skills Ontario. This event is by invitation only.

Wednesday, May 6

Closing Ceremony - OTSC

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

Closing Ceremony, Ontario Technological Skills Competition Tickets are required for non-competitors and can be purchased at the door for $10.

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Team Ontario Meeting - This meeting directly follows the Closing Ceremony and is for gold medal winners advancing to the Skills Canada National Competition Hauser Haus, Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

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Career Exploration Showcase Our annual Career Exploration Showcase presents an exciting opportunity for students, educators and parents to see what’s out there in the skilled trades and technologies. With over 70 interactive and engaging booths from a wide variety of organizations and industries, students are given a chance to try their hand at the skilled trades and technologies; they explore careers in various fields, discover what they like, and learn about the career paths to get them into the field. All visitors are encouraged to ask questions and engage in the hands-on displays provided by the organizations listed below. Interested in exhibiting in future shows? Please email info@skillsontario.com.

2015 Career Exploration Showcase Exhibitor List ABS Machining Inc Algonquin College ArcelorMittal Dofasco BESSEY Tools North America Cambrian College Canadian Welding Bureau Canadore College Carrier Centers CCIF Skills Program Centennial College, School of Transportation Cimetrix Solutions CLAC

Cognisco Technologies Inc Collège Boréal Conestoga College Confederation College CSA Group Durham College Eaton Electric Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario/International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Fanshawe College Fleming College - School of Trades and Technology General International George Brown College Georgian College HAAS Factory Outlet Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Humber College iDesign Solutions Infrastructure Health & Safety Association In-House Solutions Lambton College Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute Linamar Corporation Loyalist College McCordick Glove and Safety Miller Electric Milwaukee Electric Tool Mitutoyo Canada Mohawk College

70 interactive booths from a wide variety of organizations & industries

MTCU - Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities Niagara College Northern College OACETT OETIO - Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario Ontario College Application Services Ontario College of Trades Ontario Masonry Training Centre Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute Rockwell Automation Sault College Seneca College Service Canada Sheridan College Skilled Trades College of Canada St. Clair College St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus Stackpole International Stanley Black and Decker Studica Limited Technical Standards Safety Authority Tele-Data Connections The LiUna Local 183 Training Centre TransCanada PipeLines Limited Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) Vale Canada Limited Waterloo North Hydro Inc

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Young Women’s Conferences The Think Skills…Think Future! Young Women’s Conferences provide a welcoming environment where 1,500 female students from across the province explore career opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies. The conference is held at Bingemans in Kitchener from 9:00 am - 12 noon, Monday May 4th for grade 7 and 8 students and Tuesday May 5th for grade 9 through 12 students.

We are excited to offer a new format for the conference this year. We have added a tradeshow component including many tradeswomen who have brought interactive displays and activities for girls to discover. Students will have the opportunity to hear inspiring mentor stories, try their hand at wiring an electrical plug, use different trades-related simulators, and ask questions about apprenticeships and Ontario College programs. We are excited to provide handson team building activities and access to many female mentors who have chosen rewarding career paths.

Think Skills…Think Future! May 4 and 5, 2015

The students then catch a shuttle bus courtesy of Skills Ontario to RIM Park to explore the Ontario Technological Skills Competition and Career Exploration Showcase. It is truly a future shaping event! This conference is a benefit of Skills Ontario affiliated schools and all students must pre-register to participate.

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Skills Ontario Alumni – Where are they now Dan Van Holst

OTSC competitors are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario

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Information Technologist / Software Developer


2007 & 2008 OTSC: Gold; 2009 WorldSkills: Medal of Distinction


2008 OTSC: Gold, 2008 SCNC: Silver, 2009 WorldSkills: 5th (Medal of Distinction) Placement:

“Taking part in the skills competitions allowed me to fast track my skills development, and allowed me to pursue a career that I thoroughly enjoy every day.”

Tyler Hackney Employment:

Manufacturing Quality Engineering Specialist


CNC Machining

2010 OTSC: Gold, 2010 SCNC: Silver


“During my competition days I was very nervous about my skills and knowledge of the machinery compared to other competitors, but once the competition started my confidence level rose as I was able to see my project come closer to completion. My advice to future competitors is to stay confident in yourself and enjoy your time at the skills competition.”

IT Office Software Applications

“It’s such a privilege to be able to say that I love my job. I’m so grateful for all of the experiences and opportunities that these competitions have given me throughout the years.”

Virginia Pohler Employment:

Electrical Inspector


Electrical Wiring


2006 OTSC: Bronze

“I reflect on my experience with Skills Ontario with amazement, the competition was just the beginning. I made and maintained so many contacts through Skills Ontario that have had a positive effect on my career, leading to job opportunities I hadn’t even considered when I was a competitor including working as a foreman, a college teacher, an electrical consultant and now my current role as an electrical inspector. My debt of gratitude is large, but I’m still trying to give back to Skills Ontario in my role on the organizing committee for the very competition I once took part in.”

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Rick Mercer Report at the Boat Races

See the video online www.skillsontario.com/ news/the-rick-mercerreport-at-the-cardboardboat-races

Forty-seven teams from across Ontario competed in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race Championships in Waterloo, March 4-5, 2015 – and Skills Ontario was thrilled to welcome Rick Mercer to the Elementary Cardboard Boat Races on March 4th! We gave teams two hours and the materials they needed to build a cardboard boat to outperform their peers in speed and weight challenges. After two hours of building, we were off to the races – and Rick Mercer put his skills to the test and raced a boat of his own. The segment aired to great acclaim on Tuesday, March 17th on CBC Television, and can be viewed on our YouTube channel – check it out to see how Rick’s boat stacked up against the students’!

Skills Work!® Summer Camp For boys and girls going into grades 7 and 8

This summer, experience the skilled trades and technologies in a fun, hands-on environment!

Spaces are filling fast!

Camp spaces still available in: • • •

Belleville Guelph Kitchener/ Cambridge

• • •

London Marathon Sarnia

• • •

Sault Ste. Marie Thunder Bay Timmins

• • •

Tiverton Whitby Windsor

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Our complete list of 2015 competitions



2D Character Animation . . . . . . .

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3D Character Animation . . . . . . .

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IT - Software Solutions for Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Aesthetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Job Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Job Skill Demonstration . . . . . . .

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Aircraft Maintenance . . . . . . . . . .

Architectural Technology and Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Landscape Design . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Mechanical CAD . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Auto Collision Repair . . . . . . . . .

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Mechatronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Auto Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Mobile Crane Operator . . . . . . .

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Auto Service Technology . . . . . .

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Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Automation and Control . . . . . . .

Baking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Brick Masonry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Powerline Technician . . . . . . . . . .

Cabinetmaking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Precision Machining . . . . . . . . . .

Carpentry - Individual . . . . . . . . .

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Prepared Speech . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Carpentry - Team . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

CNC Machining . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Pin and Medal Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Restaurant Service . . . . . . . . . . . .

CNC Woodworking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Robotics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Computer Aided Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Robotics and Control Systems . .

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Sheet Metal Work . . . . . . . . . . . .

Culinary Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Small Powered Equipment . . . . .

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Steamfitter/Pipefitter . . . . . . . . . .

Fashion Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Truck & Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Floristry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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TV & Video Production . . . . . . . .

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Web Site Development . . . . . . . .

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Welding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Graphic Design - Studio Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Workplace Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Hairstyling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Heating System Technician . . . . .

Heavy Equipment Service . . . . . .

Home & Team Building . . . . . . . .

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Horticulture and Landscape . . . .

Industrial Mechanic Millwright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Elementary Career Awareness Workshops Through a wide variety of hands-on workshops, students have the chance to experience the skilled trades and technologies. Held on the first day of the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, the Career Awareness Workshops are intended for students in grades 7 and 8. Workshop topics cover four sectors of the skilled trades; Construction, Industrial, Motive Power and Services, as well as Technology. Affiliated elementary schools may register up to two groups of 20 students each to participate in either the morning or afternoon sessions. The date for next year’s Elementary Workshops is Monday May 2nd, 2016, and registration will open at the beginning of January. For more information, please email info@skillsontario.com.

Workshop topics cover the four sectors of the skilled trades

Elementary Career Awareness Workshops 9X Faster Challenge provided by: BESSEY Tools North America

Architectural Design provided by: Norbert Axtmann & David Wray

Automation: A Hands-On Approach provided by: D&D Automation Lab

Automotive Collision Repair provided by: Ontario College of Trades; Absolute Solution

Automotive Service provided by: Centennial College, School of Transportation

Carpentry provided by: Loyalist College

Computer Aided Manufacturing provided by: In-House Solutions Inc.

Converting Energy provided by: Centennial College

Electric Blue Cart Assembly provided by: Carrier Centers, Advantage Vinyl, Transpart & Carherwood Welding

Electrical Manufacturing provided by: EATON


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Electricity – Power to the People! provided by: The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario and The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (ECAO/IBEW)

Electronics In Motion provided by: Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technologies

Electronics – Making the Connection to Your Future provided by: Conestoga College

Exploring Refrigeration provided by: Joint Training Apprenticeship Council

Exploring Heating Technology provided by: The Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Contractors Association

Fashion Design provided by: Toronto Catholic District School BoardCardinal Newman High School

Floristry provided by: Grand Erie District School Board

Fun with Wood provided by: The Woodworking Centre of Ontario, Conestoga College

Hairstyling & Aesthetics 101 provided by: Angelina Fitz-Henry

Humus Makes Our Lunch provided by: Landscape Ontario in partnership with The Compost Council of Canada, The Veggie Guy & Martin Farms

Illustration to Animation provided by: School of Media & Design at Conestoga College

Image Manipulations provided by: St. Clair College, Mohawk College and St. Clair College

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provided by: Esri Canada

Makeup Application Tips & Tricks provided by: Beautiful You Academy of Makeup

Lean Manufacturing provided by: Procor Ltd.

Learn to Build with Brick provided by: Ontario Masonry Training Centre and Conestoga College

Mohawk Community Builders provided by: Mohawk College – Construction Engineering - Building Renovation Technician program

Piping Skills provided by: UA Local 527

Sheet Metal Workshop provided by: Fanshawe College

Studica Robotics Challenge provided by: Studica Limited

The Air We Breathe provided by: Sheridan College & Mohawk College

Union Gas Meter Set Up provided by: Union Gas – A Spectra Energy Company

Website Development provided by: Conestoga College

Welding provided by: Miller Electric

Workplace Safety provided by: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Mechatronics Workshop provided by: Festo Didactic Ltd.

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Elementary Technology Challenges Each year, students from across Ontario in Grades 4 through 8 venture to RIM Park to compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. In teams of either two or four, competitors participate in the following Elementary Technology Challenges:

Character Animation Challenge Teams of four are given a theme and guidelines to create an animation using Toon Boom and Flash. Competitors are to create their animation including a character, storyline, script and a poster to match. Teams are judged on the acting, timing and setting, as well as the over-all story quality. Participants: Grades 4 - 6 and 7 & 8 Suppliers:

Studica Inc., Conestoga College

Tech Chair: Alexi Balian, Peel District School Board

Inspiring and introducing elementary students to the possibilities in the skilled trades and technologies

Construction Challenge Individual teams of four are asked to bring a design to construct a scale model of a modest and affordable house for a well deserving family. Projects are judged on creativity, quality, team work, demonstration of basic practical and theoretical knowledge of Residential House Design and Construction. Participants: Grades 7 & 8 Supplier:

Ontario Plant Propagation

Tech Chair:

Travis Pede, Mohawk College

Green Energy Challenge Teams of four will design and construct a waterwheel using the materials given. Competitors are judged on quality of design and construction, economic use of materials, and overall performance as a waterwheel and amount of voltage produced. Participants: Grades 7 & 8 Tech Chairs: Matt McLean, The Hayter Group Stephanie Landers, Ontario Water Assoc.

Health and Safety Challenge Teams of two are required to conduct a workplace health and safety inspection of a mock workplace and document the hazards found. The team also delivers a prepared health and safety presentation. This challenge helps build the students’ health and safety knowledge, ability to work as a team, literacy, vocabulary and presentation skills. Participants: Grades 7 & 8 Tech Chair: Mary Wilson, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board 2015 OTSC Competition Guide


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LEGO® Mechanics Challenge Teams of four are presented with a problem-solving situation and given LEGO® kit to solve. Using reading, drawing and construction skills to build their LEGO® model they present their solution as a team. Participants: Grades 4 - 6, 7 & 8 Tech Chairs: Christopher Van Dop, OACET Ian Dudley

LEGO® Robotics Challenge Teams of four compete using ROBOLAB™, LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT or LEGO EV3 robotics kits and software. The challenge consists of designing, constructing and programming an autonomous LEGO robot to accomplish specific tasks. Teams will be required to complete a skill testing quiz on LEGO® Robotics and its concepts, as well as design a poster with guidelines and materials supplied. Participants: Grades 4 - 6, 7 & 8 Supplier:

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., Conestoga College

Tech Chairs: Simon Grubb (Grade 7 & 8) Steve Sangster (Grade 7 & 8) Emma Bardon (Grade 7 & 8) Jason Wilson, YRDSB (Grade 4 - 6)

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Selfie Contest!

The Best Selfie will win a Samsung Tablet! Which booth provides the best skilled trades interactive display? Tell us who your favourite is by taking a selfie in front of the booth of your choice and share it on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #OTSC2015 -- be sure to mention the booth organization too!



Technology Challenge Teams of four use hands-on tools (i.e. saws, drills, glue guns) to complete a challenge based on the concepts taught in the Science and Technology Curriculum. Knowledge and ability to make and use gear and pulley systems as well as understanding matter and energy are tested in this engaging and co-operative challenge. Participants: Grades 4 - 6, 7 & 8 Tech Chairs: Annelies Groen, TDSB Andre Wozniak, TDSB Mary Jane Vowles, DPCDSB Phil Caetano, DPCDSB

TV Video Production Challenge Teams of two competitors each are required to produce a two to three minute informational/promotional video on the theme stated at the beginning of the challenge. Competitors must use their time to plan, script, shoot and edit the final video, all in one day. Participants: Grades 7 & 8 Supplier:

Apple Canada

Tech Chair: Sarah Monette

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Teams of two (2) are given a theme, provided a soundtrack, and are then challenged to tell a story. The contest will focus on the competitors’ abilities to tell their story on paper through storyboarding. They will then bring their story to life by creating and animating the depicted scenes.

Using real life volunteers, the aesthetics competitors are judged on their ability to provide facial treatments, foot care, hand care and make-up application to industry standards.


Conestoga College, Studica Inc.

Tech Chairs: Alexi Balian, Peel DSB, Rui Albino, Georgian College

3D Character Animation Using a fully realized 3D animated character capable of expressing emotion, the teams must create a short movie. Competitors then share their animation, storyboard and model sheets to a panel of judges during a final formal presentation.


Studica Inc.


Conestoga College

Tech Chairs: Terry Posthumus, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and Alexi Balian, Peel DSB


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Dermalogica, Intercosmetics, St. Lawrence College

Tech Chairs: Diana Boboti-Senis, St. Lawrence College, and Trila Miller, Simcoe County DSB

Aircraft Maintenance Today’s modern Aircraft Maintenance Technicians require significant knowledge and skills in order to maintain the safety of all types of aircraft. Competitors will demonstrate a sampling of the knowledge and skills required to maintain and troubleshoot aircraft, aircraft engines and aircraft systems. Suppliers:

Confederation College, Centennial College, Canadore College

Tech Chair: Ryan Gomes

Architectural Technology and Design Using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, competitors must showcase their design and drawing skills. The designs/drawings are judged on three broad categories: architecture, engineering and construction. Suppliers:

Conestoga College, Studica Inc.

Tech Chairs: Norbert Axtmann, and David Wray

Auto Collision Repair Competitors will be judged on their abilities in auto body repair. The contest will include: welding, measurement, the replacement of a rocker panel or quarter panel and bumper repair. A written exam will also be administered.


Miller Electric, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada


Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, AGO Industries, Henlex Smoke Extraction, Canadian Collisions Industry Forum, CARSTAR, Praxair Canada Inc., 3M Canada Inc.

Tech Chairs: Hartley Ellis, Centennial College, and Bill Speed, Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute

Auto Painting Competitors will be assessed in auto body preparations and painting techniques. Activities will include dent repair, priming and refinishing. A theoretical exam will also be administered.


LQK, 3M Canada Inc., Akzo Nobel


Canadian Collisions Industry Forum

Tech Chairs: Daniel Chudy, Centennial College, and Jesse Kennelly

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Auto Service Technology Competitors will be challenged with real life automotive repair situations. Engines are assigned and participants may have to assess brakes/steering/suspension, electrical, body functions/vehicle performance, engine systems and fabrication.


Snap-On, Parkway Ford, Mazda

Tech Chairs: David Weatherhead, Centennial College, and Martin Restoule, Algonquin College

Automation and Control Students are tested on their abilities and skills in wiring motor controls and developing a programmable logic controller program to operate devices and equipment, according to given specifications.


Rockwell Automation Canada Inc.


Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd., Fluke Electronics Canada

Baking The Baking contest judges competitors based on their competence and professionalism. Secondary participants must bake: yeast/bread rolls, a decorative cake, choux pastries and lemon meringue pie. Post-secondary competitors will showcase their professionalism in commercial baking by baking a mousse cake, miniature French pastries, a sponge cake and a chocolate box. Competitors must come prepared with their own recipes.

Tech Chairs: John Sousa, Rockwell Automation Canada Inc. and John McKenzie Sponsor:

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Canadian Linen and Uniform Service, Callebaut /Cacao, Tait’s Bakery

Tech Chairs: Ruth Bleijerueld, Niagara College, and Brittany Calsavara, St. Clair College

Brick Masonry Using a set of drawings, competitors must complete a masonry project. Projects may include construction of brick walls or surfaces and decorative brickwork. Competitors will be judged on their abilities in brick laying, block laying, setting out and drawing.


Ontario Masonry Training Centre


Spec Mix, Clay Brick Association of Canada, Canadian Concrete Masonry Products Association

Tech Chairs: Rene Letoile, Conestoga College - Waterloo Campus, and Tim Maxson, Ontario Masonry Training Centre 2015 OTSC Competition Guide


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Carpentry - Team

Students will be judged on their woodworking/ cabinetmaking skills. The challenge will include the creation of a piece of furniture or cabinet by hand. Competitors will be graded on accuracy, fit and finish, and a written test.

In teams of two (2), students will be graded on their practical abilities pertaining to carpentry. Teams will be given a project (eg. toy box) and assessed on general practices, blueprint reading, design/layout, construction and assembly of project.

Sponsors: Suppliers:

General International Mfg (Co) Ltd., Bessey Tools Ltd. Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd., Conestoga College, Lee Valley

Tech Chairs: Steve Bader, Conestoga College, and Douglas Coleman, Judith Nyman Secondary School


Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd.


Mohawk College

Tech Chairs: Stanley Riewald, Mohawk College, and Travis Pede

Carpentry - Individual The competitors will be evaluated on their carpentry skills required for residential construction. Competitors may be asked to interpret detailed drawings as they safely and accurately measure, layout and assemble framing systems such as floors, walls and roofs. Competitors should be familiar with both Western Platform Framing and aspects of Post and Beam Construction along with the installation of wall openings, sheathing, decks, stairs and trim.


Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd.

Tech Chairs: Len Rance, Loyalist College, Brad MacDonald, Mohawk College, Andy Ross, Canadore College, and Matthew Bradley, Toronto DSB

CNC Machining Competitors are to program, by either manually writing code or using CAM software, a CNC machine to create a finished project to exacting specifications.


Haas, Sandvik, Mitutoyo


Eaton, In-House Solutions

Tech Chair: Lou Dropka, Conestoga College

CNC Woodworking Students will design and create projects using a Woodworking CNC Machine. Each affiliated school can send in 3 projects prior to the OTSC. The projects will be judged on creativity, machining, as well as fit & finish. The awards ceremony for this contest will happen during the OTSC.

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Electrical Installations Competitors will be expected to complete specific tasks from written instructions and provided electrical schematic diagrams. Secondary level tasks will relate to residential electrical wiring. Post Secondary level tasks will relate to electrical wiring in the industrial, commercial and institutional fields.

Computer Aided Manufacturing Participants receive a detailed drawing of a part that must be programmed for a vertical CNC milling machine. Utilizing CAM software, competitors must program the part using 2D geometry construction methods. Competitors must select appropriate roughing and finishing methods to machine the part and to use proper tools.


Eaton Canada, ECAO/IBEW


Independant Electrical Supply, Princess Auto, Ideal Industries (Canada) Corp., Featherlight Ladders, Nedco Electrical Supply

Tech Chairs: Corina Hicks, Ontario College of Trades, and Patty DeMonte, IBEW Construction Council of Ontario

Electronics The Electronics contest tests competitors on the current, state-of-the-art, electronic industry standards. Participants may be asked to: interpret schematic diagrams, identify electrical components and construct/troubleshoot circuits.


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Conestoga College

Tech Chairs: Paul Cianflone, St. Michael High School, and Randy Gallant, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Tech Chairs: Mariana Lendel, In-House Solutions Inc., and Sandy McClintock, In-House Solutions Inc.

Fluke Electronics Canada

Culinary Arts To evaluate through competition, the professional culinary skill and talent of the next generation of Chefs by having them cook and display hot and cold dishes in accordance with established trade rules. This contest presents an exciting view into Culinary Arts and showcases new culinary trends to the visiting public. Suppliers:

Affair Rentals, Chef’s Hats Inc., Canadian Linen and Uniform Service, Sysco Food Service

Tech Chair:

Steve Benns, Fleming College

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Fashion Design

Graphic Design - Presentation

Students are to demonstrate their Fashion Design skills through illustration, apparel drafting, clothing construction and communication.

In advance of the actual competition date, the competitors must create a theme and visual concept promoting the Ontario Technological Skills Competition geared to an audience of youth aged 14-21. Three promotional pieces are required, which will be formally presented to a panel of judges on the date of the contest.


Fabricland, Paragon DPI

Tech Chairs: Mona May Hohendorf, Dufferin-Peel CDSB, Holly Neugebauer, The Dress Garden, and Cecile Smith, Cardinal Newman High School

Floristry Competitors will create a floral symmetrical arrangement, a centre piece, a vase arrangement, a spiral hand tied bouquet and a cascade bridal bouquet. Competitors must present their arrangements using proper botanical or common names. Suppliers:

Highland Evergreen, Staalduinen

Tech Chair:

Ronda Nix

Geographic Information Systems The GIS competitors are asked to generate a digital map from a digital image, add data in a digital map, use GIS as a tool to compare, contrast and analyze geographic data, and produce a series of maps showing the results of the analysis. Working in teams of two, the competitors must present their GIS solutions to solve a real-life problem to a judging panel. Suppliers:

Conestoga College, ESRI

Tech Chair:

Jenn Parrott

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Graphic Design - Studio Production Students will be challenged in various aspects of Studio Production. This may include practical skills in such applications as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and/or Adobe Illustrator. Project planning, knowledge of design basics, and technical competence is a must.


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Conestoga College

Tech Chairs: Nick Kuipers, St. Clair College, Phil Richardson, Mohawk College, and Teresa Taylor, St. Clair College

Pin and Medal Design Contest Each year, a unique pin and medal is designed and produced for competitors at the OTSC. This contest encourages competitors to use their creativity and design skills and see their ideas come to life. The chosen design will be distributed as the official OTSC 2015 pin and the official medal given to top competitors.

2015 Pin Design Winner The 2015 Ontario-themed pin was created by Jessica Nelson who is in 2nd year Graphic Design at St. Clair College in Windsor.

2015 Medal Design Winner This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were designed by Nina Keast a 2nd year Graphic Design student at St. Clair College in Windsor.

Are you inspired to get involved and showcase your design skills and creativity? The 2016 Pin and Medal Design Contests will be available on our website after September 2015. This contest is open to all students who attend a high school or college affiliated with Skills Ontario. 2015 OTSC Competition Guide


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Hairstyling The competitors must demonstrate their technical and creative skills by creating three different fashion-conscious looks during the hairstyling contest. These looks include a men’s cut and style, women’s trendy salon cut and style and ladies elegant evening hairstyle. Tech Chair:

Patricia Ristich, Exhale Spa and Salon

Heating System Technician Competitors must demonstrate through practical and theoretical application their skills in heating system fundamentals. This may apply to electricity, pressure, mechanics and combustion of gas heating systems, with special attention given to Health and Safety regulations. Requires knowledge of controls, tools and testers used in the industry.


Technical Standards and Safety Authority


Fluke Electronics Canada, HRAI, Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd.

Tech Chairs: Brad Mavin, Conestogo Mechanical Inc., Alexandra Wennberg, Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada, and Dick Thomas

Heavy Equipment Service This contest will assess competitors’ skills in correctly inspecting, repairing and adjusting detached and/or mounted heavy duty equipment (i.e. tractor) components. Suppliers:

Battlefield Equipment, Nortrax, Toromont CAT

Tech Chairs: Paul Hoggarth, Nortrax, and Angelo Spano, Centennial College

Home & Team Building Students will demonstrate their skills and talent in construction technology. Over two days of competition, teams of four (4) will be evaluated on their abilities in carpentry, electrical and plumbing. Suppliers:

Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd., Featherlite Ladders

Tech Chair:

Jim Leslie, Fanshawe College

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IT Network Systems Administration The IT Network Systems Administration contest assesses a competitor within an environment suitable to a small to medium-sized business. Competitors are required to demonstrate their ability to build, configure and manage a network with a focus on virtual servers and workstations, and a combination of simulated and physical networking equipment.

Horticulture and Landscape Competitors, in teams of two (2), will be tested by building a garden based on a common set of criteria and drawings. Components of this may include, creating wall(s) from precast paving units, laying paving stones, plant selection and placement of landscape rocks.


Cisco Systems, Conestoga College, Fluke Electronics Canada

Tech Chair:

Nick Gommans, Infusion Development Corporation

IT Software Solutions for Business IT Software Solutions for Business contest evaluates participants’ understanding and ability in document processing, spreadsheets, presentation, database software, as well as the integration between these applications. Supplier:

Conestoga College

Tech Chair:

Liz Stacey, Conestoga College

Sponsor: Permacon Suppliers:

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, Steed and Evans Limited, STIHL, Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd., TNT Property Maintenance, Connon NVK, City of Waterloo

Tech Chairs: Robert Tester, TNT Property Maintenance, Brandon Gelderman, LADS, Jason Hinkley, Eckhard Lutz, and Adam Bonin

Industrial Mechanic Millwright This contest will test the skills and knowledge of the competitors in the areas of reading and interpreting engineering manuals to preform precision rolling element bearing installation using required tools and precision measuring instruments. Designing, drawing (using standard ISO fluid power schematic symbols), building and troubleshooting/modifying a pneumatic fluid power sequential or cascade circuit. Interpreting, assembling and aligning mechanical components to required tolerances and rebuilding a Reduction Gearbox to required specifications and tolerances. Suppliers:

Job Interview Competitors will apply to a job by submitting a targeted resume and cover letter. They will then be interviewed for the position with questions about their skills, knowledge, education and experience. Tech Chair:

Janice Penner

Job Skill Demonstration Competitors will demonstrate and explain an entry level skill of their occupational expertise. The skill presented must reflect a contest area that is a component of the Skills Canada National Competition. Each competitor has up to 30 minutes for the demonstration. Tech Chair:

Greg Beselaere

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Using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, competitors must showcase their landscape design and drawing skills. The designs/drawings are judged on creativity, meeting the client’s (and the site’s) requirements and plant selection.

The mobile crane operator competitor will demonstrate the required skills necessary to safely and efficiently set up and operate a mobile crane. This is accomplished by; 1. conducting a complete pre-operational inspection and set-up. 2. operating a crane while moving a load in a control manner through a challenging obstacle course. 3. shutting the crane down using safe and efficient shutdown procedures. Each of the three tasks will be graded on a score sheet and must be completed within a set timeframe.


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Conestoga College

Tech Chair:

Brandon Gelderman, LADS Sponsor:

Mechanical CAD The Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting contest evaluates a contestant’s knowledge of mechanical design and drafting standards by applying CAD software to solve typical mechanical engineering problems.


Conestoga College


Studica Inc., Cimetrix Solutions Inc.

Tech Chair:

Fred Fulkerson, Conestoga College

Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario

Tech Chairs: Carla St. Louis, Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario, and Joe Dowdall, Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario

Mechatronics Using the supplied components, Mechatronics competitors must design, build and program a machine capable of accomplishing a specific manufacturing process. Competitors work in teams of two.


Festo Inc.

Tech Chairs: Greg James, Festo Inc., and Jim Ackert

Photography The Photography contest will evaluate students’ skills in digital photography. Competitors will be graded on their photographic eye, digital capture, digital production, digital output and professionalism. Supplier:

Conestoga College

Tech Chair:

Peter May, One2One Photography

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The Plumbing contest will assess the competitor’s knowledge of the plumbing system with a focus on accuracy of installation, quality of workmanship and gas and water pressure testing.

The Prepared Speech contest allows competitors to demonstrate their ability to clearly and effectively prepare and present on a pre-established theme. Speeches are 5 to 7 minutes in length. Competitors are evaluated on content, ability to convey their message and overall delivery.


Praxair Canada Inc., Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd., United Assoc. Local 527

Tech Chair:

Peggy Curry, TD Canada Trust

Tech Chairs: Russell Jessop, United Assoc. Local 527, and Chris Descoteaux, United Assoc. Local 527

Refrigeration Competitors will be required to troubleshoot a simple refrigeration and/or air conditioning system. Knowledge of HVACR industry regulations and the basics of refrigeration is a necessity.


JTAC/Local 787


Praxair Canada Inc., Keeprite Refrigeration Fluke Electronics Canada, Milwaukee Tools, Emerson Climate Technologies,

Tech Chairs: Shane McCarthy, JTAC/Local 787, Derek Sisera, and Bart Golebiewski

Powerline Technician The Powerline Technician contest will have competitors demonstrate the responsibilities of troubleshooting, maintaining and improving the electrical distribution system in a safe and efficient manner.

Restaurant Service Restaurant Service competitors are tested on table dressing, serving real guests, taking orders, preparing cocktails/mocktails, wine identification and clearing and cleaning. Health and safety compliance is also tested. Suppliers:


Infrastructure Health & Safety Association

Tech Chairs: Greg Williamson, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association, and Dennis Smith, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association

Canadian Linen and Uniform Service, Vincor Canada, Conestoga College, Waterloo Inn

Tech Chairs: Matthew Worden, Conestoga College, and Fred Walker

Precision Machining Competitors will be given drawings for a mill piece and a lathe piece. They will have a set amount of time to machine the part to completion.


Sheridan College


Conestoga College, AGO Industries, Mitutoyo

Tech Chair:

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Robotics Prior to the official contest, teams of competitors design and fabricate a robot. The robot must be capable of competing with other student-made robots to move objects to a ‘goal’. Competitors require drafting, mechanics, electronics, metalwork, woodwork and communications skills. Suppliers:

Waterloo Region District School Board, Toronto CDSB

Tech Chair:

Bob Tone, Francis Libermann Catholic High School

Robotics and Control Systems The Robotics and Control Systems contest provides high school students with experience in science, engineering and technology through a series of challenges involving mechanical systems, electronics, controls and sensors, automation, mobile robotics and programming. This multi-disciplinary competition exploits and advances their knowledge and capability in mathematics, physics, Technology and English. In Ontario this contest would relate to the new emphasis course in robotics and control systems.

Skilled Trade Entrepreneurship A good percentage of skilled trades persons will eventually go into business for themselves or find themselves in a position whereby they have an opportunity to take over an existing business. A solid business plan is necessary to demonstrate the potential for success and is often required to secure financing. This contest will help prepare students with a technical skilled trade ability to succeed with designing a business plan for their future businesses. Tech Chair:


Studica Inc.


Conestoga College

Tech Chairs: Derek Murphy, Studica Inc., and Bob Tone, Francis Libermann Catholic High School

Sheet Metal Work Competitors will use a mixture of basic hand techniques and intermediate level skills to form and fabricate seams, edges and locks in order to complete a project typical in sheet metal shops. Suppliers:

Milwaukee Electric Tool (Canada) Ltd., AGO Industries, Miller Electric, Fanshawe College, Canadian Brass and Copper Co.

Tech Chairs: Lawrence Oudekerk, Fanshawe College, and Larry Mailloux, Fanshawe College

Phil Cohen, St. Clair College

Small Powered Equipment The contest is intended to test the skill and knowledge of competitors in the air and liquid cooled engine field. Students will be assessed on their ability to assemble/ disassemble engines, carburetor theory and adjustments, and measuring and identifying parts. Suppliers:

STIHL, Snap-On Tools of Canada Limited, Meetz’ Small Engines, Fluke Electronics Canada

Tech Chairs: Darrell Westenhoefer, Meetz’ Small Engines, Don Nafziger, Meetz’ Small Engines, and John Lawrence

Steamfitter/Pipefitter This contest will assess a competitor’s knowledge and skills in the fabrication of a piping system and components. Specific attention is paid to aspects of quality, workmanship and accuracy of work.


UA Canada

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Truck and Coach


This contest assesses competitors on seven truck components including brakes, electrical, fluid power, drivetrain, engine, steering and suspension, and a written test based on the Ontario College Truck and Coach curriculum.

The contest will evaluate student’s abilities to safely work through all the tested welding processes, including layout, position, fit and tack welding. The interpretation and application of welding symbols will also be tested.


Navistar Canada


Carrier Truck Centers

Tech Chairs: Jake Francis, Carrier Truck Centers, and John Dixon, Centennial College

TV & Video Production Teams of two (2) competitors are required to produce a 2-3 minute informational/promotional video on a theme given at the beginning of the challenge. Competitors must use their time to plan, script, shoot and edit the final video, all in one day. Suppliers:

C to C Productions, Apple Canada

Tech Chair:

Rob Currie, C to C Productions


AGO Industries, Henlex Smoke Extraction, Miller Electric, Praxair Canada Inc.


Astron Specialty Metals, Conestoga College, Chrima Iron Work Ltd., Husky Farm Equipment Limited

Tech Chairs: Jack Ronan, Conestoga College, and Karsten Madsen

Workplace Safety The Workplace Safety contest promotes health and safety knowledge through the use of practical, theoretical and presentation skills. Competitors will demonstrate health and safety principles including the ability to identify and assess workplace hazards and recommend corrective action. In the Presentation activity the competitor will demonstrate skills in research and presenting a health and safety topic. This competition helps build a competitor’s ability in life skills, literacy, time management, research, vocabulary, understanding of safe work practices and communication of information to others. Tech Chairs: Mary Wilson, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, Wes Mazur, Grand River Occupational Health & Safety Inc., and Geoff Patterson, Centre Wellington District High School

Web Site Development Competitors participating in the Web Site Development contest will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, through practical and theoretical application, their skills in client- and server-side Web design and development.


Conestoga College

Tech Chair:

Dalibor Dvorski

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Job Interview Integration

Counts for five per cent of the competitor’s final mark

This part of the competition would not be possible without the expertise and commitment of over 60 Human Resources professionals from across the province. Every volunteer makes a difference, and we appreciate their unique contribution.

To achieve a place at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, competitors need to demonstrate an excellence in their skilled trade; that’s a given. These contests allow participants to showcase their skills, talents and knowledge. Employability skills such as communications, teamwork and problem solving are also key skills that will accelerate job placement, retention and life-long success.

Wendy Jacobs, Economical Insurance Susan Milton, Conestoga College Daniela Sartori, Premium HR Solutions Janet Roy, Premium HR Solutions Kathy Stryker, Sun Life Financial


The HR component is an opportunity for each competitor to participate in a 5-minute job interview, and to have their resume evaluated. The goal of incorporating interviews into each contest area is to test competitors in the area of employability skills, alongside the technical skills being tested in each contest.

Our sincere appreciation to the following Human Resource individuals for their dedication, enthusiasm, and continued support. Thank you so much for your assistance in recruiting and coordinating this year’s HR volunteers:

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OTSC Closing Ceremony The Closing Ceremony is the formal awards show that concludes the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Educators and competitors gather at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex to celebrate the skill, determination and excellence exhibited over the previous two days. It will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, located at 101 Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo. In addition to winning gold, silver and bronze medals, competitors who reach the podium may receive monetary awards in many contests, an extra boost for their training and careers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Recognition is also offered to the educators who help their competitors reach the podium, in the form of an Educator Pin attached to their competitor’s medal. For competitors, wristbands serve as entrance into the Closing Ceremony. For all others, tickets can be purchased at the door, cash only, for $10. We ask that all attendees of the Closing Ceremony show respect for their peers by staying for the duration of the event. Skills Ontario thanks the Ontario College of Trades for their sponsorship of the Closing Ceremonies.

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Big Deams - Big Thanks! The Skills Ontario team has big dreams and we have a crew over 1,000 volunteers to help those dreams come true. Our volunteers are generous with their time, energy and experience; they are an integral part of all we accomplish and without them the quality of our programs would not be what they are.

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Volunteers help with everything from organizing and judging contests at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, to mentoring young women in their career paths, to facilitating workshops at our Skills Work!® Summer Camp Programs. Regardless of the task, our volunteers roll up their sleeves and dig in.

Facility Suppliers Praxair Canada Inc. Firman Fire and Safety Pita Pit


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We all share the goal of working to better the lives of Ontario youth. If you, or someone you know, would like to volunteer with Skills Ontario at future events, please contact us at info@skillsontario.com. Our heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers!

Facility Committee We wish to thank our volunteer Marshals for helping to make the 2015 OTSC a success. Shane Kennedy

Bill Davidson

Little Electric

Jason Gliva

Katlin Thibideau


Holly Brown

Steve Houston

Charlie Matjanic

Andrew Kirk

Chuck Latter

Scott Conzelmann

Justin Kelly

Carlijn Moester

Nick Christianson

Curtis Martin

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Competing on a National Stage Each year, Ontario’s most talented students compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) for the opportunity to represent our province at the Skills Canada National Competition. Those who have won gold medals earn the opportunity to showcase their abilities on a national stage and make Ontario proud. In June 2014, 68 competitors participated at the 20th Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto, with plenty of teachers, advisors and family members by their side. Team Ontario was very successful in 2014, bringing home 44 individual medals, including 16 Gold, 17 Silver and 11 Bronze – Ontario’s best showing yet!

Skills Ontario was able to share Team Ontario’s trip to Nationals in real time on Twitter and Facebook. With hundreds of followers, we were pleased to provide daily updates, as well as pictures and up-to-the-minute medal announcements to proud family and friends at home. For updates on Team Ontario’s successes at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition on May 27-30, 2015, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @skillsontario and join our Facebook page. For more information on this annual competition, please visit the Skills/ Compétences Canada website www.skillscanada.com, or email otsc@skillsontario.com.

We are proud of all members of Team Ontario

Helping them get there! For over 10 years, the Skills Ontario Bursary has provided assistance to competitors advancing to the Skills Canada National Competition by helping with travel costs. To find out how you or your organization can contribute to the Skills Ontario Bursary, please contact Gail Smyth, Executive Director, at gails@skillscanada.com.

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WorldSkills – Brazil 2015 Every other year, students at the Skills Canada National Competition compete for a place on Team Canada. In 2014, six talented Team Ontario members earned a space to represent Canada at WorldSkills Brazil in August 2015.

Philip Bélanger Robotics École Secondaire Catholique de Hearst 2014 OTSC Gold Medallist 2014 SCNC Gold Medallist Philip comes from Hearst, a town on the Trans-Canada Highway in the heart of Northern Ontario. He joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 as a competitor in his beloved discipline of Robotics. Working in this field, Bélanger hopes to invent and create a product that will be used by all. When not planning his next robotic invention, Bélanger likes to jump on an ATV and hit the trails.


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Six talented Team Ontario members join WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in Brazil this August!

Ryan Green Heavy Equipment Service

Kaitlyn Hoiles Aesthetics

Centennial College

2014 OTSC Gold Medallist 2014 SCNC Gold Medallist

2014 OTSC Gold Medallist 2014 SCNC Gold Medallist “Big equipment has always had my attention,” says Ryan Green from Bowmanville, Ontario. Green was first inspired to compete in WorldSkills back in grade 10 when he witnessed the competition at the provincial level. Now 21, he joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 in the area of Heavy Equipment Service.

St. Lawrence College

The need to feed her creativity in aesthetics led Kingston’s Kaitlyn Hoiles to attend St. Lawrence College. At age three, her mother would act as her subject for makeovers. “I made my mother look like a clown,” Hoiles laughs. “It took [her] quite a while before she would entrust me with another makeover.” Now 19 years old, Hoiles is a Beauty Therapist. As a member of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015, she seeks to not only achieve a medal, but looks to gain more experience and exposure in São Paulo.

Winston Lord Electronics

Tyler Magri CNC Machining

Maxime Marineau Robotics

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Georgian College

École Secondaire Catholique de Hearst

2014 OTSC Silver Medallist 2014 SCNC Silver Medallist

Tyler from Innisfil, Ontario, attended Georgian College to feed his love for hands-on learning. “I find that I can learn faster if I understand the principles behind the operation,” says Magri. He joins WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 as CNC Machinist after achieving high marks in the CNC precision skills program. While he might not boast about it, Magri held a title of highest overall grade at Georgian College. What’s next for Magri? “Become an apprentice and get my license,” he says.

Winston from Mississauga has what he calls a “fixation” with electronics. But his obsession is not the only reason he entered the field of Electronics Engineering. “From what I have found trade jobs are more stable in a changing economy,” says Lord. The same sharp skills he hones in electronics carries over to his musical talent. A former DJ, Lord also has a passion for mastering songs.

2014 SCNC Bronze Medallist

(now attending Cambrian College)

2011 OTSC Gold Medallist 2011 SCNC Bronze Medallist 2012 OTSC Bronze Medallist 2013 OTSC Gold Medallist 2013 SCNC Silver Medallist 2014 OTSC Gold Medallist 2014 SCNC Gold Medallist Maxime is one of two competitors from the town of Hearst, in the heart of Northern Ontario. Like his town mate, he too is at the top of his game in Robotics. Marineau chose the trade for the diversity of skills he gains from it. “The Robotics trade taught me about each and every trade and increased my abilities in fabrication.” This is just the beginning for the 19 year-old Martineau. “My career goals are to first begin as an Industrial Electrician and continue my studies to pursue my career as an electrical engineer.”



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Honouring Achievement The Skills Work!® School Board Award of Distinction The Skills Work! School Board Award of Distinction is presented to the school board that shows dedication to the promotion of skilled trades and technology careers. ®

To determine which school board receives this award, we look to their students: at the OTSC, each secondary-school competitor in the top 10 ranking, who scores over 60%, earns points for their school board. The award is presented to the school board with the highest score.

Recognizing dedication to and promotion of the skilled trades and technology careers

Monetary Awards

College Award of Distinction

These monetary awards are granted to young people who have demonstrated their passion for and commitment to the skilled trades and technologies by ranking in the top of their specialty at the Ontario Technological Skills Competitions. These awards financially assist competitors to continue pursuing their careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

Colleges across Ontario play a fundamental role in preparing tomorrow’s workforce with the hands-on education required to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. With the College Award of Distinction, Skills Ontario acknowledges a college that has demonstrated commitment to this initiative, made significant investments to the skilled trades and technologies and strived for excellence in the classroom, shop and competition site.

Our thanks to the 2015 OTSC Monetary Awards Contributors:

American Technical Publishers

Receiving this award is a sign of a school board’s continued commitment to supporting students interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Handson learning is necessary within Ontario to ensure we have a healthy and stable workforce for the future, and school boards receiving this award are leading the way to ensure this will happen.

Anglo-Franco Communications

ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Colleges Ontario

Dr. Ron Downey

Congratulations to the 2014 School Board Award of Distinction Recipient: Peel District School Board.


Gary Cronkwright

Gene Haas Foundation

Holmes Foundation

King Cole Ducks

Miller Electric

To determine which college will receive the yearly award, we take the results from student performances at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition and look to the college’s volunteerism and involvement in Skills Ontario events such as the Career Exploration Showcase, Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Work!® Summer Camps. Congratulations to the 2014 College Award of Distinction Recipient: St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology.


Ontario College of Trades

Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Tegs Tools and Machinery

TMMC Andy Verhoeve Award


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The Dick Hopkins Award

Glenn Beatty Award

Award of Excellence

In a technological world, there is nothing more important than ensuring that the next generation is well prepared for the future. This requires dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated technology teachers; it requires teachers who care, who can inspire students and give them the tools they need to thrive in an everchanging industry.

Glenn Beatty was a participant in the CAD, CAM, CNC contests and gold medal winner in the 1997 Ontario Technological Skills Competition and then progressed to the Canadian Skills Competition held in Red Deer, Alberta for another gold medal performance that same year. Following his outstanding performance at the skills competition, at both the provincial and national level, Glenn was hired by ATS Automation Tooling Systems in Cambridge, Ontario.

Colleges Ontario and the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) would like to congratulate competitors on their achievements at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition each and every year. Over the course of the competition day, a number of competitors achieve their personal bests. To celebrate their dedication, their passion and their perseverance, the Award of Excellence is granted to the highest individual score at each annual competition, in both the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Dick Hopkins was such a teacher. Dick Hopkins was a technology educator at Napanee and Syndenham high schools and Queen’s University Faculty of Education. He exemplified the energy and enthusiasm of a great technology educator who inspired a generation of teachers and students. A hard worker himself, Dick continually asked his students to push the envelope in order to do great things. He was a champion of community-based projects, such as a motorized bed for bedridden patients at a local hospital. Dick was also a champion of skills competitions, encouraging his students to challenge themselves by showcasing their talents to the community and to the world. He vigorously promoted the skilled trades as career choices for his students. Dick passed away suddenly in October 2002. In honour of our friend and colleague, the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) and Skills Ontario have initiated an annual award of excellence for an outstanding technological educator in Dick’s name. This award is presented annually in recognition of Dick’s active participation and promotion of skills competitions and events. Congratulations to the all 2015 nominees for inspiring their students to pursue their passions and for setting such high standards. The 2015 recipient is Glenn Ellis, a passionate Communications Technology teacher for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.

Grateful for the opportunity given to him and the impact that it had on his life, Glenn returned to Skills Ontario in 1998 as a volunteer. In January of 1999 we lost Glenn in a motor vehicle accident, representing a tremendous loss to the organization, the community and to all those who knew him. As a tribute to Glenn, Skills Ontario presents the Glenn Beatty Award annually to a volunteer who embodies the dedication and passion for Skills Ontario that Glenn had. Congratulations to David Weatherhead, of Centennial College. He is the recipient of the 2015 Glenn Beatty Award.

In recognition of this outstanding achievement, the competitor’s school board is presented with a gold medal at the Closing Ceremony of the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. The competitor’s school is also honoured with complimentary affiliation with Skills Ontario for the year. Congratulations to our 2014 winners: Frank Jiang, Toronto DSB Top ranking Secondary Student Award Sponsor: OTCE Scott Slater, St. Clair College Top ranking College Student Award Sponsor: Colleges Ontario Adam TenBruggencate, MTCU Western Top ranking Apprentice (photo) Award Sponsor: Ontario College of Trades

To nominate a worthy contributor for this award, visit us at www.skillsontario.com or email info@skillsontario.com.

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Canadian Collision Industry Forum

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