Organized by Compétences Québec, the XIVth Quebec Skills and Technologies competition was held at Quebec’s Exhibition Center, May 5-7. For the first time, American teams were invited. Quebec City hosted participants from northeastern U.S. states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Rhode Island. Competitions included a wide variety of skill areas such as welding, computer-aided design, pastry-making, hair styling, and auto mechanics. In conjunction with Compétences Québec, Consul General Hale VanKoughnett offered a reception at his residence where he welcomed organizers and participants from the competition.
Canada-wide provincial and territorial skills competitions will ultimately lead to Skills Canada’s national competition in Moncton, New Brunswick, in June. In the U.S., competitions take place at the state and regional levels, and subsequently SkillsUSA, a national competition, occurs on an annual basis.