The 2017 Ontario Sheet Metal Apprentice Competition was held from September 27 to 30, 2017 at the Caesars Windsor Hotel in Windsor, ON.

The annual competition celebrates the achievements made by OSM and OSMWRC towards the development of a skilled workforce. This year’s competition saw 13 apprentices from across the province compete for the opportunity to participate in the Canadian Apprentice Competition being held in Victoria, BC, from July 4 to 8, 2018.

Following a pattern development session and theory exam, competitors proceeded to create this year’s fabrication – a slot machine celebrating Canada and the Windsor region. OSM Directors Rob Felbel and Larry McDonald were tasked with the diffi cult job of judging the completed projects.

This year’s winners included:

  • First Place – Chris Muha, Lancaster Sheet Metal, Local 537, Hamilton.
  • Second Place – Nicholas Varey, William Radtke Sheet Metal, Local 562, Waterloo-Wellington.
  • Third Place – Kyle Whalen, E.M. Air, Local 285, Toronto.
  • Fourth Place – Matt Heyman, R.K. Sheet Metal, Local 269, Kingston.
  • Fifth Place – Derek Sabbe, Spada Sheet Metal, Local 235, Windsor.
  • Congeniality Award – Zach Thoms, Summit Sheet Metal, Local 30, Toronto.

Following the awards ceremony, Larry McDonald announced that he was retiring after 30 years of judging the Ontario and Canadian competitions. McDonald’s dedication and contribution to the apprenticeship program was acknowledged at the award dinner by all in attendance.

The 2018 Ontario Apprentice Competition will be held in the Waterloo-Wellington region. Further details will follow.