CNA students claim four medals at Skills Canada National Competition

6/10/2014 3:04:39 PM

College of the North Atlantic students laid claim to four medals at the Skills Canada National Competition 2014 in Toronto from June 4-7. Medalists included, from left to right, Dylan Haynes (Corner Brook campus), gold in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright competition; Justin Bennett (Port aux Basques campus/CNA alumnus), silver in Cabinet Making; Finley Beaton (Ridge Road campus), gold in Electronics; and Chantille Prince-Stagg (Bonavista campus), gold in IT Software Solutions for Business.

After two demanding days of competition, College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students and alumni walked away from the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) 2014 with two gold medals, one silver, and a bronze.
The competition, held from June 4-7 at the International Centre in Toronto, ON, had 550 competitors from the 10 provinces and three territories compete in the areas of construction, manufacturing, transportation, employability, service, and information technology. Twenty-three of the 48 Team Newfoundland and Labrador competitors were from CNA.
Medal presentations for CNA students included gold for Chantille Prince-Stagg (Bonavista campus) in IT Software Solutions for Business; gold for Finley Beaton (Ridge Road campus) in Electronics; silver for Justin Bennett (Port aux Basques campus, CNA alumnus) in Cabinet Making; and bronze for Dylan Haynes (Corner Brook campus) in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright competition. Team Newfoundland and Labrador competitors brought home 11 medals in total.
“The exceptional effort put forth by all the CNA competitors shows the extremely high level of talent of our students and their commitment to their chosen field,” said CNA President and CEO, Ann Marie Vaughan. “The quality of our programs, instructors and students proves that we can succeed at a national and international level.”
The event welcomed more than 15,000 spectators over two days of competition to the 500,000 square feet of event space at the International Centre. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete against each other at the national level, SCNC provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trades and technology.
Through these competitions, Skills Canada also seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers.
“I’m very proud of what our students were able to accomplish at this competition – they were great ambassadors of their college, and of their province,” said Robin Walters, CNA’s Dean of Industrial Trades. “I also want to congratulate and thank the coaches and volunteers who supported our competitors, and those who also served on provincial and national technical committees. Their efforts were appreciated and had a significant impact on the success of our students.”
For a complete list of Team Newfoundland and Labrador results from SCNC 2014, visit


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