Taking on Toronto, bringing home the gold

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In a foreign city, competing against foreign people, his skills were tested to the limit. 

SIAST graduate, Trevor Ens, shows off his gold medals and waves the Saskatchewan flag at the National Skills Canada Competition in Toronto earlier this month. Submitted photo

He was challenged on everything he was taught and didn't have a lot of time to do it. 

Not only was Trevor Ens, local student from SIAST Palliser in Moose Jaw, able to prevail and bring home the gold, but he also received top honours doing it. 

Back in April, Ens, travelled to Saskatoon to compete in the Provincial Skills Canada Competition, testing students trade and technological expertise.

"Once we finish our three year program we are qualified to compete," said Ens, who studied Architectural Technology and Design at SIAST.

After winning gold at provincials he was invited to Toronto to compete in the Nationals. 

"It was a very exciting experience," said Ens. 

The 20th Skills Canada National Competition hosted 500 students from across Canada, who competed in 42 competitions ranging from construction, services, manufacturing, transportation, information technology and employability. 

Ens competed in the Architectural Technology and Design challenge which tested his knowledge in architecture, engineering and construction through elements of design, planning, structural layout, mechanical systems, materials and building codes. 

The task was demanding, but Ens knew during the challenge that his experience at SIAST had given him the tools and knowledge to win the task. 

Not only did he end up with the gold, but he got the Best in Region medallion because he was the competitor who won by the largest margin compared to his peers.

Along with Ens, two other SIAST students returned to Saskatchewan sporting gold.

"The exceptional performance of these SIAST students at Skills Canada is a testament to their commitment to excellence, and to our facility's expertise and dedication to preparing all our students to meet and exceed employer needs," said Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST's president and CEO.

Ens agrees with this statement, acknowledging the program he graduated from gave him the skills he needs to have a successful future. 

"SIAST students over the years have always made it to this competition, and they always do good. It made me feel good knowing I was able to win gold," said Ens. 

Currently, Ens lives in Calgary where he works in his field for a construction company. 

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