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Regina to Host 20th Annual Skills Canada Saskatchewan Competition

Released on April 12, 2018

More than 450 secondary and post-secondary students and apprentices from across the province will showcase their talents in the skilled trades and technologies at the 20th annual provincial skills competition hosted by Skills Canada Saskatchewan.

Events take place Friday, April 13 in Regina at Evraz Place Canada Centre and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus.  The competitions cover a wide array of skillsets: from robotics and website development to automotive technology and cabinetmaking.

“The Skills Canada Saskatchewan Competition gives our province’s young people the opportunity to demonstrate their remarkable abilities in the skilled trades and technologies,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “To participate in this competition takes hard work and dedication, and I am confident these competitors will excel in whichever careers they choose.”

Gold medal winners may qualify to represent Saskatchewan at the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton in June.  This is an important year for competitors, since it is a qualifying year for the World Skills Competition to be held in Kazan, Russia in 2019.  World Skills Competitions are held only once every two years.

While taking in the competition, visitors can also attend the Try-a-Trade and Career Fair Expo, where they will be able to speak with industry experts and participate in hands-on activities to learn about the benefits of pursuing a career in the skilled trades and technologies.

“These skillsets open up so many career opportunities for our competitors,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Executive Director Al Gabert said.  “While this competition gives young people a chance to show off what they’ve learned to their family members, mentors and potential employers, it also promotes a variety of rewarding careers to the public.”

“The provincial Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition showcases a broad range of fulfilling and rewarding careers that are available through a polytechnic education,” Saskatchewan Polytech President and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia said.  “The talent that will be on display at this event will be incredible.  Contestants will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills that equip them for rewarding careers, they’ll have the chance to advance and compete with the best skills talent in the country, and perhaps the world, and they’ll have the chance to build lasting relationships with leaders and peers from across the province.”

“Many of these competitors will become our province’s next generation of skilled tradespeople,” Skills Canada Saskatchewan Chair and Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission Chief Operating Officer Loreena Spilsted said.  “Events like this provide participants with lifelong skills and also shine a spotlight on the value of careers in the skilled trades.”

Friday, April 13: Competition & Try-a-Trade Expo held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

  • Evraz Place, 1700 Elphinstone Street
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus, 4500 Wascana Parkway
For competition details, visit


For more information, contact:

Al Gabert 
Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-373-6035
Cell: 306-480-9304

Rick Clark
Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-373-6035
Cell: 306-260-7589

Chelsea Coupal
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Phone: 306-787-0187
Cell: 306-537-4692

Brianna Bergeron
Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
Phone: 306-659-3866
Cell: 306-250-3978

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