June 17, 2022

Belleville, Ontario, June 17, 2022 – Loyalist College is proud to announce it has won a gold medal at the Skills Canada National Competition 2022, which took place May 25 – 28 in Vancouver, B.C. Spencer Chandu-Lall, student in the College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technician program, was awarded first place in the Mechanical Engineering CAD category.   

“My heartfelt congratulations to Spencer on this remarkable achievement,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan. “We know manufacturing is among the Bay of Quinte region’s most important economic contributors. As technological advancements and automation continue to push this sector to expand and evolve, Loyalist is preparing the future of the workforce to adapt, innovate and lead. It is gratifying to watch as our students demonstrate this competitive edge by competing and succeeding at the national level.” 

The Skills Canada National Competition offers over 300 student competitors participating from across the country an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and showcase excellence in the following categories: Information Technology; Manufacturing and Engineering; Construction; Employment; Services; and Transportation.   

“This is a huge accomplishment for Spencer and a historic win for Loyalist College,” said Jeremy Braithwaite, Coordinator and Professor, Mechatronics, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technician Programs. “Our Manufacturing students regularly take the podium at provincial competitions, but this is the first time we have won nationals and joined Team Canada as representatives for the skilled trades. We couldn’t be prouder.” 

As a gold medalist at the Skills Canada National Competition, Spencer is invited to join Team Canada at the WorldSkills International Competition. The international event was scheduled to take place October 12 – 17 in Shanghai, but was recently postponed due to pandemic restrictions. 

“Being able to compete at the Skills Canada Competition was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me,” said Spencer. “The support I had from everyone around me was a huge blessing and I couldn’t have done it without all of them. The skills I have gained from the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program, along with the incredible and knowledgeable professors I had, has helped me gain an excellent starting ground in this field, and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.” 

Learn more about skilled trades programs at Loyalist College. 

About Loyalist College  

Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $396.3 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2021 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit  

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Braden Root-McCaig  
Director of Marketing and Communications