The UBC’s National Apprenticeship Contest was held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 26—28. Local 1907’s Shawn Hyne represented the BCRCC in scaffolding. Local 1598’s Bradley Short represented the BCRCC in carpentry. And Local 1541 had three members representing the BCRCC in floor covering, Song Soo Hong, Ryan Hamilton, and Sean McCullagh.
The scaffolding practical saw participants build a ramp and an access platform with cantilever. The carpentry contestants built playhouses. And the floor-covering design included a rendition of a local Thunder Bay landmass called the ‘Sleeping Giant.’
All of our talented tradespeople who participated in this year’s contest represented the BCRCC and our contractors admirably. Additionally, we are very proud to say that Song Soo Hong and Bradley short both placed first in their respective events, floor covering and carpentry, and will be bringing trophies back to B.C. Moreover, Ryan Hamilton and Sean McCullagh placed second and third, respectively, in the floor-covering contest, meaning that Vancouver’s Local 1541 swept that contest. This is the third National Contest in a row that B.C. members have won in floor covering and the fourth contest in a row that B.C. members have won in carpentry, thus establishing a dynasty for the BCRCC in those crafts. Well done, gentlemen!
Bradley Short commented on the experience saying, “After doing the provincial contest, I felt like this [national] contest was a bit easier because I knew what I was getting into… I left thinking it was pretty close. The contestants were all really talented.”