Skills Canada Hosts Official Launch of 22nd Skills Canada National Competition

MONCTON, NB, June 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Earlier today, Skills/Compétences Canada hosted the official launch of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), at the Moncton Coliseum. This important event creates awareness of the incredible career opportunities available in the skilled trades and technologies across Canada.

Special guests included Larry Slaney from UA Canada and Rob Sillner from TransCanada, the presenting sponsors of the Skills Canada National Competition, and several industry celebrities including Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV Canada's Disaster Decks, Decked out and Custom Built, Kate Campbell, a host on HGTV's Custom Built and owner of KateBuilds Inc. and Line Pelletier, celebrity chef and runner-up on MasterChef Canada. This event featured an exciting bricklaying challenge, one of the many contest areas that will be showcased at SCNC.

This event launched the two-day competition, which will feature over 500 competitors from across Canada who will compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests for the opportunity to be named the best in the country in their chosen field. The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) will also feature over 40 interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities where visiting students and the general public will get the opportunity to try their hand at different trades and test their skills.

"Events like the Skills Canada National Competition are a great way for Canadian youth to discover the many diverse career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades and technologies", said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada. "Young Canadians being informed about the numerous educational pathways and career options will position Canada well for economic growth."

There are several Skills Canada events happening in conjunction with SCNC including Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities, Essential Skills presentations and activities, the Essential Skills Educator's Forum and a live Essential Skills Webcast on June 6th and 7th. The Closing Ceremony, where the results of the competition will be announced, will take place on June 8th, from 12:00pm3:00 pm, at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre.

About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. For information on Skills Canada's programs and competitions visit For more information about SCNC visit:


SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

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