Two automotive tech students from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Ont., defeated 19 other Toronto-area high school teams to win the tech competition at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.
James Bachiller and John Gonsalves performed a number of timed technical tasks and attempted to start a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April.
Toronto’s Danforth Tech finished second due to the efforts of students Cameron Elpkick and Tauriq Shaikh, while Central Tech earned third place, ably represented by Jonathan Bagni and Michael Mallette.
This was the 11th year for the contest, organized by Centennial College, which promotes automotive technology as a rewarding career path.