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Team Sudbury Earns 11 More Medals at Skills Ontario

May 10, 2024

Members of Team/Èquipe Sudbury powered by Manitoulin Transport won 11 medals at the Skills Ontario competition this week in Toronto.

SUDBURY – Team/Équipe Sudbury powered by Manitoulin Transport has added to its growing medal count at Skills Ontario.

Team members won 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals at the annual skills competition for elementary, high school and college students, which was held this week in Toronto. Skills Ontario features more than seventy categories, from animation to welding.

Team/Équipe Sudbury includes students, teachers and staff from Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, Rainbow District School Board, Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de Grand Nord and Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon.

The medal winners from the 2024 Team/Équipe Sudbury powered by Manitoulin Transport are:

Anny Garcia, Cambrian College, Graphic Design/Studio Production
Zacharie Brunette, Cambrian College, Heating Systems Technician
Evan Lafontaine, École secondaire catholique l’Horizon (Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon), Precision Machining

All three gold medalists have qualified for the Skills Canada national competition, May 30-31, in
Quebec City.

Lucas Buchanan, Darek Grundt, Cambrian College, Powerline
Boston Renaud, Confederation Secondary School (Rainbow District School Board), Heavy Equipment Service
Harrison Hobbs, Cambrian College, Electrical Installations

Logan Pigeon, Cambrian College, Metal Fabricator/Fitter
Riley Bowie, Cambrian College, Industrial Mechanical Millwright
Eric Murphy, Owen Van de Valk, Cambrian, Powerline
Van Provost, Sudbury Secondary School (Rainbow District School Board), IT Network
Olivia Horton, École secondaire catholique l’Horizon (Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon), Esthetics

Collège Boréal also won third place for best medium-sized booth at the event, while Evan Lafontaine also earned the Prize of Excellence for top-scoring Francophone competitor.

Since 2018, members of Team/Équipe Sudbury have won 42 medals at Skills Ontario:
10 gold, 11 silver and 21 bronze.

“What an amazing collection of talent on Team/Èquipe Sudbury this year, from the students to their teachers and coaches, and the proof is in the results,” says Cambrian College President Kristine Morrissey. “I want to congratulate all the members of Team/Èquipe Sudbury for an outstanding competition, in particular our Cambrian students, their faculty, and mentors who won a record number of medals this year.”

“Collège Boréal is proud to have contributed to the success of the Sudbury delegation, and to demonstrate once again our region’s expertise in the skilled trades. Congratulations to all participants who distinguished themselves during this competition,” says Daniel Giroux, President of Collège Boréal.

“Capturing a medal at Skills Ontario demonstrates that local students are among the best in the province in their chosen field,” says Rainbow District School Board Director of Education, Bruce Bourget. “We congratulate all students who earned the opportunity to compete and commend Boston Renaud of Confederation Secondary School and Van Provost of Sudbury Secondary School for their outstanding achievement. We also thank the staff in Rainbow Schools who mentor our students and open doors to opportunities.”

“Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon wishes to acknowledge the dedication of its students and teachers who invested a great deal of energy towards the development of a competent future skilled workforce and applauds the success of its competitors at Skills Ontario,” states Paul Henry, Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer at CSC Nouvelon. “We wish a great deal of success to all of Team/Équipe Sudbury gold medalists, including ÉSC l’Horizon student Evan Lafontaine, moving forward to the nationals at Skills Canada!”

“The Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord wishes to congratulate all the participants who have been involved in this competition and is proud of the Team/Équipe Sudbury. We look forward to next year’s competition.” says Sébastien Fontaine, Director of Education.

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