SME Education Foundation Awards Scholarships at Skills Canada National Competition to Students Pursuing Degrees in Advanced Manufacturing

(DEARBORN, Mich. – July 21, 2014)
– The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce its award winners for the 2014 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in the Machining Categories. Winning students were awarded $2,000 for the gold, $1,500 for the silver and $1,000 for the bronze. The scholarships are awarded to students that are pursuing machining technology certification or closely related fields. The Foundation awarded nine students the scholarships this year.

The SCNC is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contests.

“Our partnership with the SME Education Foundation adds incredible value to manufacturing education,” said Gail Vent, director of business development for Skills/Compétences Canada. “Because of the donation of the latest technology, equipment and expertise to the Skills Canada National Competition, schools across the nation will adapt teaching methods and curriculum to rise to the standards set by SME.” 

The SME Education Foundation awarded winners in three categories of the SCNC: Precision Machining, Precision Machining-Post Secondary School and in CNC Machining. The Foundation awarded three students in each contest.

  • In the Precision Machining-Post Secondary School competition the winners are: Luc Bergeron of St. Francoise, Quebec, gold; Cory Mailman of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, won silver and Mohamed Rahim of Mississauga, Ontario won bronze.
  • In the CNC Machining competition the winners are; Metika Olanriksupak of Burnbary, British Columbia won gold, Trevor Fandrick of Calmar, Alberta won silver and Tyler Magri of Churchill, Ontario won bronze.
  • In the Precision Machining competition the winners are; Carl Bouvrette of Ile-Perrot, won gold, Alex Hoelzli of Welland, Ontario won silver and Jorn Peeters of Calmar, Alberta won bronze.


“Programs like these are essential to providing students with ongoing support and resources to pursue an education or career in manufacturing,” said  SME Education Foundation President Brian Ruestow,. “The SME Education Foundation is pleased to be able to support this Skills Canada National Competition.”

By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete against each another at the national level, SCNC provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trades and technology careers. Through these competitions, Skills/Compétences Canada also seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers.


About the SME Education Foundation
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at Also visit for information on advanced manufacturing careers and, our award-winning website for young people. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or on Facebook at

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter or


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