Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 (USD) in scholarship funding to Skills Canada.

The Skills Canada National Competition was held May 27 – 30 in Saskatoon, SK. This years competition welcomed more than 500 young competitors from all over Canada and thousands of spectators cheering them on.
SkillsCNaudThe Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 (USD) in scholarship funding to Skills, to be distributed to the winners of this year’s competition.ross1

Haas Factory Outlet, A Division of Thomas Skinner is honoured to have contributed to the success of the event. We are very proud of our sponsorship role with Skills Canada, and are excited to be a part of moulding the next generation of skilled trade workers in the metalworking industry” says Paul Krainer, Owner and President of Thomas Skinner. The machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik and students were provided with precision measuring tools provided by Mitutoyo – both supplier partners of Thomas Skinner.

SkillsCNcompThomas Skinner with the support of Haas Automation provided the machining centres ((2) ST-20s: CNC 2-axis lathes & (2) VF-2s: CNC vertical machining centres) for the competition, as well as the machine used for the Try-A-Trade station (Mini Mill).

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The machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik and students were provided with precision measuring tools provided by Mitutoyo – both supplier partners of Thomas Skinner.

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Thomas Skinner also provided the manual lathes & mills (Advance and First) used in the Precision Machining competitions. In addition to our sponsorship of the Skills Canada National Competition, Thomas Skinner is also a proud supplier of both the BC Skills and Alberta Skills Competitions held earlier this year.

“As the shortage of skilled workers continues to rise, we believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and promote education of trade and technology. We take that commitment very seriously and are proud to support this great event. We would like to congratulate all of the competitors in this years competition and look forward to being a proud sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition for many years to come” says Paul Krainer.

The Skills Canada National Competition not only provides a platform for young Canadians to showcase their skills but it also provides an opportunity for visiting students and school groups to take part in a variety of different Try-A-Trade® and Technology stations. Activities ranged from changing tires on a real NASCAR at the DeWalt booth to using a virtual welder to “weld” a bead across a coupon at the Government of Saskatchewan booth.

As part of the Try-A-Trade® opportunity, a Haas Mini Mill was set-up and anyone attending the event was encouraged to step-up and have a real, hands-on experience running the machine to make a personalized key chain to take home.

Special recognition goes the following competitors for finishing at the top in their events at this year competition:

Precision Machining – Post Secondary  Phillip Beug, SK – GOLD, Patrick Unruh, MB – SILVER, Cory Mailman, NS – BRONZE

Precision Machining – Secondary  Catherine Gagnon – Côté, QC – GOLD, Jorn Peeters, AB – SILVER, Johannes Kister, MB – BRONZE

CNC Machining – Post Secondary Jake Langley, NS – GOLD, Evan Sherren, PE – SILVER, Alexandar Bozinovski, ON – BRONZE

For a complete list of the results, please visit the Skills Canada website www.skillscanada.com.

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