Gene Haas Foundation donates $50,000 (USD) to Skills Canada
The Skills Canada National Competition was held May 27 – 30 in Saskatoon, SK. This year’s competition welcomed more than 500 young competitors from all over Canada, and thousands of spectators cheering them on. Haas Factory Outlet – A Division of Thomas Skinner is honoured to have contributed to the success of the event. HFO-Thomas Skinner, with the support of Haas Automation, provided the machining centres for the competition – two ST-20 CNC 2-axis lathes and two VF-2 CNC vertical machining centres – as well as a Haas Mini Mill for the Try-A-Trade® station.
The Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 (USD) in scholarship funding to Skills, to be distributed to the winners of this year’s competition. The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition, the Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining-based skills.
“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 HFO-Thomas Skinner. The Haas machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik, and students were provided with precision measuring tools provided by Mitutoyo – both supplier partners of HFO-Thomas Skinner.
HFO-Thomas Skinner also provided the manual lathes and mills used in the Precision Machining competitions. In addition to sponsorship of the Skills Canada National Competition, HFO-Thomas Skinner and Haas Automation are also proud suppliers of both the BC Skills and Alberta Skills Competitions held earlier this year.
“As the shortage of skilled workers continues to rise,” says Krainer, “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 year’s competition, and look forward to being a proud sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition for many years to come.”
The Skills Canada National Competition not only provides a platform for young Canadians to showcase their skills, but also provides an opportunity for visiting students and school groups to take part in a variety of Try-A-Trade® and Technology stations. Activities ranged from changing tires on a real NASCAR racecar 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.