2017 Cardboard Boat Race Results

65 students from across Manitoba showed off their amazing skills and creativity at the 11th Annual Cardboard Boat Race on December 6, 2017 at 17 Wing Fitness and Recreation Centre. Students constructed a boat using two sheets of cardboard and a few accessories including duct tape and contact cement. Once completed, the teams spent the afternoon testing their boats in both a race and a weight challenge in the pool.
Winning boats were as follows;

Construction/Design Award – Tec Voc High School – “The Kraken”

 Best Time Award – Nelson McIntyre Collegiate – “Team Nelson Mac”

 Best Held Weight – Sisler High School – “The Tub”

 Best in Class – Sisler High School – “The Tub”

 Team Spirit Award   Murdoch MacKay Collegiate  – “Patel & Nowak”


Back to Top

2017 Model Wind Turbine Competition Results

Skills Canada Manitoba, the Certified Technologists and Technicians Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) and Red River College, hosted the 11th Annual Model Wind Turbine Competition at Red River College on Monday, October 30, 2017 as part of National Trades and Technology Week.
Given a specific set of materials to work with, approximately 60, Grades 9 and 10 students from around the province used their skills and ingenuity to design and construct a working model wind turbine.
Results from the day are as follows:

Highest Voltage Award – Sponsored by Red River College
“Team Miami 2” from Miami High School

Best Construction Award – Sponsored by the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba
“SPC Barons” from St. Paul’s Collegiate

Best Design Award – Sponsored by Skills Manitoba
“Pinoy Squad” from Sisler High School

Back to Top

Team Manitoba Wins 22 Medals at the 23rd Annual Skills Canada National Competition!

The home town crowd cheered “TOBA, TOBA” as high school, college, and young apprentices took to the podium claiming 6 Gold, 6 Silver and 10 Bronze medals at the Olympic-style Skills Canada National Competition held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 31 –  June 3, 2017.

The 63 member team earned the right to represent Manitoba at the Skills Canada National Competition by earning a gold medal in their respective trade or technology area at the Provincial Skills Competition held on April 13, 2017.

Congratulations as well to Dallas Duncombe – CNC Machining, for winning the Best of Region Award for Manitoba!

Congratulations to all members of Team Manitoba. They represented their province well!

For a complete list of 2017 medalists, please refer to the Skills Canada National Competition link on this website and click on Medal Winners.

Back to Top

2017 Skills Manitoba Competition

The 20th Annual Olympic-style Skills Manitoba Competition was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Red River College. It was an amazing display of hands-on expertise, talent and determination that showcased the diversity of skilled trades and technology and the many promising futures to be found in these occupations. Students competed in over 40 different contests and the gold medal winners will form Team Manitoba and compete against their peers at the 23rd Skills Canada National Competition to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 31 – June 3, 2017 at the RBC Convention Centre!!

In 2017, over 500 students from across Manitoba participated in the one day competition supported by over 300 volunteers representing education, industry and labour.

For a complete list of 2017 medalists, please refer to the Skills Manitoba Competition link on this website and click on Skills Manitoba Competition Winners.

Back to Top

2017 Skills Manitoba Competition

Olympic-Style Competition Draws
Hundreds of Provincial Competitors

Check out the ingenious creations and talents of Manitoba’s best and brightest as they compete in the 20th Annual Skills Manitoba Competition:

Thursday, April 13, 2017
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Operations Room – A137

Medal Presentations at 3:30 pm in the South Gym

Approximately 500 young Manitobans will compete in over 40 Olympic-style hands-on contests at the secondary and post secondary/apprentice level. It’s a showcase of skills in robotics and manufacturing, 3D character computer animation, construction trades, hairstyling, and many others.

Winners of many of the competitions will advance to the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg from May 31 – June 3, 2017.

Hosted by Skills Canada Manitoba, this event is designed to provide much needed awareness of Canada’s skilled workforce shortage. Maria Pacella, Executive Director of Skills Canada Manitoba, says most people are unaware of the merits of post-secondary training in trades and technology. Notes Pacella, “The skilled trades offer opportunities for positions with great pay, job security and flexibility. There is a continuing significant worker shortage in many of these areas.”
Manitoba is proud to be hosting the Skills Canada National Competition in 2017. The event is scheduled to take place from May 31 to June 3, 2017, at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The Skills Canada National Competition is the largest national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country.

“Skills Manitoba is thrilled to see the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition coming to Winnipeg,” said Maria Pacella, Executive Director, Skills Canada Manitoba. “The event will provide tremendous opportunities for students from across the province of Manitoba to develop a stronger appreciation for the importance of skilled trades and technology careers.”

“Manitoba’s economy needs thousands of skilled workers going forward and colleges will play a huge role in filling this demand,” said Paul Vogt, president of Red River College. “Competitions like Skills Manitoba and Skills Canada are extremely important as they showcase the opportunities that exist for meaningful and rewarding careers in the trades. We are pleased to be supporting Skills Manitoba and are particularly thrilled to be putting Winnipeg on the national stage when National Skills comes to Manitoba in June.”

The 2017 event will welcome more 1800 delegates from throughout Canada including more than 550 students from each province and territory. These students will participate in more than 45 trade and technology skill areas including Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Cooking, Aircraft Maintenance, Hairstyling, Electrical and IT Network. Students will test their skills against exacting standards that have been developed by technical experts from industry and education.
For information contact: Maria Pacella, Executive Director
Skills Canada Manitoba

Back to Top

Applications are now being accepted for the Stanley DeWalt Tool Enhancement Program

Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) and Stanley Black & Decker have been in partnership since May 2011. Stanley DeWALT has shown tremendous support as an Official Supplier for approximately 14 competition areas at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) by providing Stanley hand tools and DeWALT power tools for competitor use. In addition, due to their financial support, SCC is proud to recognize Stanley DeWALT as an Official Sponsor of the competition.

Following SCNC, the tools used during the event are donated to eligible schools in the province in which SCNC is held through the Stanley DeWALT Tool Enhancement Program. This valuable tool collection is distributed among chosen schools through an application process. The tool package includes a variety of Stanley hand tools and DeWALT power tools such as cordless power tools, miter saws, scroll saws, and accessories. Up to six schools have annually received equipment for use in their junior or senior trade and technology programs since the inception of this partnership. The Tool Enhancement Program has proven to be a lasting legacy for the provinces in which the national competition is hosted.

2017 applications are now being accepted. Deadline is noon on Monday, May 8, 2017. Applicable to Manitoba schools only.

To download the application form, please visit the “Competition” Section of this website.  The information is posted under “Skills Canada National Competition.”


Back to Top

Princess Auto Sponsors Young Women and Men’s Conferences at RB Russell Vocational High School

RB Russell Secondary School is the host location for 200, Grade 7 students who are registered in the Young Women’s Conference on February 16, 2017 and the Young Men’s Conference which will be held on February 23, 2017.
These one day conferences provide “hands-on” opportunities for students to learn about trade and technology careers available in today’s employment market. The event will feature entertaining and informative keynote speakers and varied hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Special thanks to Princess Auto and the Winnipeg School Division for making these conferences possible.
Further information regarding the North End Trades Discovery Initiative, can be found under “Programs” on this website.


Back to Top

Skills Manitoba Competition Early Bird Deadline

Skills Manitoba Competition

A one day event that provides young Manitobans the opportunity to showcase their talents in an Olympic-style, province wide contest held at Red River College. Students compete in over 40 different hands on contests at the secondary and post-secondary/apprentice level that are designed and judged by industry professionals and educators. April 13, 2017 @ Red River College.

Competition Early Bird Registration – February 17, 2017 Deadline to Register – March 3, 2017

Interactive School Tours
Red River College will host morning interactive school tours of the contest sites and the College’s facilities on April 13, 2017. Tours will include knowledge challenges and hands on activities that will encourage learning about trades and technology careers. You’ll get a birds eye view of the competition and what goes into it.
To book a group tour please call Ainslee DeVos at the Skills Manitoba office @ 204-927-0250 or by e-mail at skillsmb@skillscanada.com
Please book early as tour numbers are limited. **Please note: Tours are available at the Notre Dame Campus only.

Back to Top

2017 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge

The 2017 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge will be held on February 9, 2017 at University College of the North in The Pas.

For more information, please find the Information package on the “Competitions” page of this website, listed under “Skills Manitoba Competition”.

Additional information is available by contacting Roland Misling, Dean of Trades at University College of the North at 204-627-8415.

Back to Top