Published on June 17, 2021
(Edmonton) All 9 NAIT student competitors earned medals – 2 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze – at the 2021 Skills Canada National Competition, which took place May 25 to 30.
- Dorien Lozeau, Car Painting
- Dillon Stor, Steamfitter/Pipefitter
- Chris Antoniollo, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
- Peter Estephan, IT Network Systems
- Warren Ference, CNC Machining
- Maxwell Fisher, Autobody Repair
- Hizaarah Rossenally, Baking
- Corbin St. Jean, Automobile Technology
- Aidan Victoor, Carpentry
Students completed their competition tasks within shops and labs on NAIT’s campuses in front of an in-person proctor. Competitors were assessed for their accuracy, precision, and quality of performance for their respective trades. The assessment benchmark is set to the acceptable industry standard for each trade.
Gold medal winners from the 2021 event are eligible to compete at the 2022 Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver for a chance to secure their placement on WorldSkills Team Canada for the next WorldSkills Competition, which is tentatively booked for the fall of 2022 in Shanghai, China.
The 9 NAIT students competed in the national event after taking home top honors at the provincial competition in March. Results from this year’s event were announced at the Skills Canada virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 15.
“NAIT is very proud of all our student competitors who participated in both the provincial and national events. Being able to showcase their skills and technical knowledge while representing our polytechnic on these virtual stages is an honour. Regardless of what trades education students take, those skills will be with them forever and they never know where those skills will take them.”
Matt Lindberg, Dean, School of Skilled Trades, NAIT
“I’m so excited to have achieved gold at the Skills Canada National Competition. I’ve always had a keen interest in vehicles and have been working on cars with my dad since I was 6 years old. This accomplishment means so much to me and I look forward to translating everything I’ve learned during my time at NAIT and through the Skills Canada experiences to my career goal of owning my own business.”
Dorien Lozeau, 3rd year Autobody Technician student and 2021 Skills Canada National Competition gold medallist (car painting)
“It was such an honour to compete in the 2021 Canada Skills National Competition all the while representing my home town of Elk Point, NAIT, my family and my trade. I’m very excited about where this opportunity will take me in my career – whether it be working in or owning my own shop or perhaps becoming a machining instructor in a high school.”
Warren Ference, 3rd year CNC Machinist apprentice and 2021 Skills Canada National Competition silver medallist (CNC machining)
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With 35,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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