Axalta team members
The Canadian National Car Painting Competition recently wrapped up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems, the event drew together competitors from across the country.
The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country.
Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests. The forum allows Canadian youth to compete against each another at the national level, while gaining hands-on work experience.
One category is the Car Painting competition. Both secondary and post-secondary provincial champions competed to finish prepared autobodies. Axalta provided its Cromax Pro paint system for the competition. “Axalta is committed to a strong refinish industry in Canada and being part of developing the people and skills required for the industry’s future is an important part of our commitment,” says Brent Jamieson, Axalta’s Canada Country Manager.
According to a release, the brand received great reviews on the speed and ease of application. Axalta’s trainer, Gord Wry, and technical specialists Tom Flaman and Gerry Silbernagel, served as mentors and judges.
“This is the Olympics of trades and hosts the best from each of the provincial competitions,” says Wry. “We are privileged to work with these students and recognize the hours and commitment it has taken each of the competitors to get here.”
The event attracted 10,000 student spectators. The popularity of the event helps to bring awareness to the refinish industry. Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth.
The competition was open to the public at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.