Leading tech company Samsung shows off more than innovative electronics at WorldSkills Calgary 2009


    CALGARY, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - What one company has been behind mega
construction projects like the Petronas Tower and the UAE's Burj Dubai; the
development of the world's largest semi-submersible drilling rig; and the
creation of innovative industrial and medical robots? Here's a clue: it's the
same company that manufactures your television and mobile phone.
    While Samsung is a brand most in Canada associated with cell phones, DVD
players, televisions, home appliances and laptops, electronics manufacturing
is just one piece of Samsung. Samsung subsidiaries are recognized as global
leaders in the design and development of diverse and innovative technologies -
all driven by dedicated workers, many of whom honed their skills through
essential and practical vocational training.
    This week, as a founding sponsor of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Samsung
will demonstrate its continued support in developing a skilled global
workforce, which has allowed the company to thrive in a variety of business
sectors. At the same time, this commitment also supports WorldSkills
International's mandate to promote vocational education and training
worldwide.
    Over its 60 year history, WorldSkills International (formerly known as
the "Skill Olympics") has come to symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in
vocational training. Every two years hundreds of young skilled people from
around the world, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather to
compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test
themselves against demanding international standards. They represent the best
of their peers drawn from regional and national skill competitions held
currently in 51 countries/regions. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 marks the 40th
anniversary of the competition and is only the second time a Canadian city has
hosted the event.
    "WorldSkills Calgary 2009 embodies Samsung's corporate values and passion
for innovation and design on a global scale," said Benjamin Lee, president,
Samsung Electronics Canada. "Samsung's sponsorship of WorldSkills Calgary 2009
underscores our commitment to nurture a young and talented global workforce
and reinforces our drive for sustainable technological innovations."
    In addition to its involvement with WorldSkills International, Samsung
supports ongoing national education competitions in South Korea and through
them has recruited participants from fields such as electrical installations,
industrial control and electronics, IT PC/network support, mechanical
engineering/CADD, mould making, welding, and plumbing. To showcase its
products and the ongoing initiatives, Samsung will have an interactive
presence at the WorldSkills Global Village. Also, Samsung executives from
Canada and South Korea will be participating in various forums, speaking
engagements and panel discussions through the WorldSkills competition.
    "Developing top-notch technologies and supporting the world's best and
brightest has always been a strategic priority for Samsung worldwide," said
Lee. "Samsung believes today's youth will be the major drivers of success in
bolstering the industries showcased at WorldSkills Calgary 2009. We recognize
this young talent pool as a valuable resource to achieve economic prosperity."

    About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with
2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600
people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two
business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions.
Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is
a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.
For more information, please visit www.samsung.com

    For more information regarding Samsung's WorldSkills Calgary 2009
sponsorship, Samsung or to arrange an interview, please contact:In advance
    Jennifer Stein
    APEX Public Relations
    jstein@apexpr.com
    O: 416-924-4442 ext. 247

    On-site
    Scott MacFadyen
    APEX Public Relations
    smacfadyen@apexpr.com
    M: 416-876-9198


    Samsung Interview Opportunities
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    Dr. Ji Oh Song
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    Executive Vice President,
    Mechatronics & Manufacturing Technology Center
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

    Dr. Ji Oh Song is executive vice president and senior advisor at Samsung
Electronics. Recently, he began serving as the head of WorldSkills Samsung, an
initiative to motivate and encourage young people to learn skills. He was the
general manager of Mechatronics & Manufacturing Technology Center, Samsung
Electronics from 2001 to January 2007. In this capacity he was responsible for
the research and development of advanced manufacturing technology, including
factory automation, innovative equipment, and manufacturing software for
Samsung Electronics. Prior to joining Samsung Electronics, he was executive
vice president & chief research officer of Samsung Advanced Institute of
Technology where he had oversight responsibilities for corporate technology
strategy.

    Availability

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009  2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Samsung Showcase Media Preview
    WorldSkills Global Village - Stampede Park

    Wednesday, September 2  1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
    Global Skills Market Seminar
    Hyatt Regency Hotel

    Thursday, September 3  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    WorldSkills Leaders Forum
    Hyatt Regency Hotel

    Ron Hulse
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    VP, Wireless and Information Technology
    Samsung Electronics Canada Ltd.

    Ron Hulse presides over Samsung's Mobile Communications and Digital IT
Divisions in Canada. In his role, Ron leads all sales and marketing
initiatives for the divisions, providing retail, mobile carries and business
to business channels products such as mobile devices, LCD monitors, digital
signage, multifunction printers and notebook PCs.

    Availability

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009  2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Samsung Showcase Media Preview
    WorldSkills Global Village - Stampede Park

    Friday, September 4  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Information Technology Forum
    Boyce Theatre, BMO Center
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------Along with Dr. Song and Mr. Hulse, representatives from Samsung and
Samsung subsidiaries will be available at the Samsung showcase at the Global
Skills Village for interviews. One-on-one interviews and tours of the Samsung
showcase can be arranged by contacting:




For further information: Jennifer Stein, APEX Public Relations,
jstein@apexpr.com, O: (416) 924-4442 ext. 247; Scott MacFadyen, APEX Public
Relations, smacfadyen@apexpr.com, C: (416) 876-9198