St. Lawrence College Celebrates Success at Skills Ontario Competition

students winning skills competition
Left to right: Bronze medalists, Ketulkumar Rajeshbhai Patel and Hardik Himmatbhai Sakariya; Gold medalist, Nathan Orr

St. Lawrence College (SLC) is thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of its students at the recent Skills Ontario competition. Held on May 6th and 7th the event showcased the exceptional skills and talents of young professionals including 15 SLC competitors in 11 different disciplines. 

SLC’s Nathan Orr, a student from the General Machinist Apprenticeship program, won the gold medal in Precision Machining. Nathan's victory marks a significant milestone for St. Lawrence College, as it represents the first gold medal in an industrial trade since our gold in Esthetics. Last year, Nathan won silver in the same category, demonstrating his dedication and continuous improvement in his skills. 

Students Hardik Sakariya and Ketul Patel also won the bronze medal in the team event for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Hardik and Ketul, representing the Environmental Technician program, showcased exemplary teamwork, technical proficiency, and problem-solving skills throughout the competition. 

 "We are so proud of Nathan, Hardik, and Ketul for their remarkable success at the Skills Ontario competition,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “Their dedication, perseverance, and talent exemplify the spirit of excellence that we cultivate at St. Lawrence College. These achievements not only reflect the hard work of our students but also the exceptional guidance provided by our skilled faculty coaches." 

Nathan Orr was coached by faculty, Clint Lawrence, Bruce McGregor, and John McGrath. Similarly, Hardik Sakariya and Ketul Patel received invaluable guidance from faculty Matt Windle and Ziad Ewais whose mentorship contributed significantly to their success. 

The Skills Ontario competition serves as a platform for students to showcase their skills, gain valuable experience, and connect with industry professionals. St. Lawrence College remains committed to nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and empowering students to excel in their chosen fields. 

Learn more about Skilled Trades and Environmental Technician at SLC. 


St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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