Congrats to Vic Castela on CTMA Trades Ambassador Award!


On the evening of November, 25th Victor Castela, manufacturing teacher and E.C.P. Coordinator, was recognized by the C.T.M.A.  as the Trades Ambassador of the Year.

Mr. Castela’s recognition took place at the C.T.M.A’s  A.G.M., where several nationally recognized companies were in attendance. Also, recognized were both pre-apprentices and apprentices that demonstrated extraordinary potential in the manufacturing trades.

Since his start with Waterloo Catholic DSB, Mr. Castela has demonstrated a relentless charge to support students in industry apprentice grade learning. His ability to connect with likeminded and influential people led him to Mr. Chris Hergott and Mr. Rob Cattle of the C.T.M.A. along with other industry leaders, putting him in a unique position to affect the future of trade driven learning, showing trades to be a viable pathway and lucrative post-secondary option for many students.

As a teacher at St. Benedict C.S.S. in Cambridge, ON, Mr. Castela has led the E-Car team with the help of Mr. Scott Granger, Mr. Anatol and recently, Mr. Dutto for over 10 years. What started as a small club has resulted in many eager students who passionately compete in multiple competition entries and that has further led to three student-built e-cars all of which are being updated regularly or rebuilt by the St. Benedict E-Car club

The enthusiasm that Mr. Castela creates is infectious. His unending drive to support students and industry alike will create community dividend for years to come. Congratulations Vic, from OCTE, your Technology Department/Team, the Staff and Students of St. Benedict C.S.S.