PEI Students Excel at the Skills Canada National Competition

The 21st Skills Canada National Competition wraps up in Saskatoon

21st Skills Canada National Competition

Charlottetown, PE June 4, 2015 – The Skills Canada Prince Edward Island team of 41 students and apprentices are home after competing successfully at the twenty-first Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in Saskatoon. Team PEI brought home eight medals

The National Skills Competition is the only Olympic style competition which serves to highlight areas of trades and technology and excellence in these areas. Five hundred of Canada’s best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices converged at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon for SCNC 2015. The event included 42 separate competitions in 6 different sectors: construction, services, manufacturing, transportation, information technology and employability.

Matt LeClair, an Automotive Technology students at Holland College, was a gold medalist in the Automotive Service category. The Tignish native also won Best in Region. Holland College student David Gormley, who is from Morell, won a bronze medal in Cabinetmaking; Mary Beth Perry, Westisle High School, Tignish, won a gold medal in Hairstyling; the team of Prabakar Thappa and Matt Halvorson, Colonel Gray, Charlottetown, won bronze in the TV/Video Production category. Holland College alumnus Evan Sherren, Charlottetown, won a silver medal in CNC Machining; and Jacob Gallant, Bluefield, Hunter River, won a bronze medal in Cabinetmaking.

“We are incredibly proud of the level of skill and dedication shown by the entire team this year,” said Tawna MacLeod, Executive Director of Skills Canada PEI. “The students were competing against the very best from across Canada, the competition was very stiff, and our students have done all of P.E.I. proud.”

Each year Skills Canada PEI organizes provincial competitions in 35 areas of trades and technology competitions. These competitions are used as the selection process for the National team. The 2016 National Skills Competition will be held in June 2016 in Moncton, New Brunswick. For more information about Skills Canada PEI visit


Cutline: (L-R) Prince Edward Island Skills Canada competitors Matt Halvorson, Evan Sherren, David Gamble, Mary Beth Perry, Matt LeClair, and Jacob Gallant at the recent Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon.


October 17, 2014. Charlottetown, PE

P.E.I. high school students can now receive a credit toward high school graduation when they compete in Skills Canada competitions at the provincial and national levels. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development recently approved the organization as an external credit provider, which allows high school students participating in the Skills Canada PEI competitions to receive a Grade 12 elective credit that counts toward total credits required for graduation. "We're very excited to be able to provide Island students with this opportunity," said Executive Director Tawna MacLeod. "This credit not only acknowledges the time and commitment these students put into competition, it also gives students well-deserved recognition for the valuable learning that takes place while they're participating in Skills Canada PEI competitions and activities." Skills Canada PEI, which is part of a pan-Canadian organization, is the first of 13 member organizations to receive approval for external credit for students participating in competitions. "It's great to see PEI taking the lead on this," said Josh Silver, board president. "I suspect we've paved the way for other Skills Canada offices to follow suit. We're very pleased to be partnering with the department to provide Island youth with a wide range of learning experiences." Students will be able to receive external credit for competing in the provincial and national Skills competitions or by accumulating credit hours by competing in multiple years of competition throughout their high school years. For more information about Skills Canada PEI external credit contact Tawna MacLeod at (902) 566-9352. Funding for Skills Canada PEI is provided by the Government of Canada Youth Employment Strategy.