Media Advisory: Hon. Diane Finley, Hon. John Milloy and Mike Holmes (Host of
Holmes Inspections(TM) and Canada's Most Trusted Contractor) to attend the
Canadian Skills Competition

Event hosted by Skills/Compétences Canada to take place May 20-23, 2010 at Rim Park, Waterloo, Ontario

GATINEAU, QC, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Skills/Compétences Canada in partnership with Skills Canada Ontario, will host the 16th Canadian Skills Competition to be held at RIM Park and the Waterloo Memorial Sports Complex in Waterloo, Ontario. The Hon. Minister Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities will provide remarks on the importance of skilled trades and technology careers at the Opening Ceremonies. The Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Mike Holmes, Host of 'Holmes Inspections' and Canada's Most Trusted Contractor, will close the event by providing remarks regarding the importance of Skilled Trades and Technologies as rewarding career paths for Canadian youth. Representatives from other organizations and industry sectors will also participate at the Event, highlighting the importance of skilled trade and technology industries to the Canadian economy.

The Canadian Skills Competition will take place from May 20-23, 2010. Throughout the four day event which includes two days of Competition, over 550 students from our 13 provinces/territories will provide spectators and media an opportunity to photograph these skills up close and take in the scope of this event throughout the more than 325,000 square feet of competition space.

    
    What:   Canadian Skills Competition

    Who:    The following Speakers and Past Champions will participate at
            various events:

    -  The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
       Development Canada
    -  The Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and
       Universities
    -  Mike Holmes, Host of HGTV's 'Holmes Inspection' and Canada's Most
       Trusted Contractor
    -  Terry Cooke, President of Skills/Compétences Canada
    -  Mr. Gary Cronkwright, Chair of Skills Canada-Ontario
    -  Isabelle Collin, Skills Canada's 2009 WorldSkills Silver Medalist in
       Esthetics
    -  Jonathan Arbour, Skills Canada's 2009 WorldSkills Gold Medalist in
       Cabinet Making

    When:   May 20-23, 2010

    Where:  RIM Park and the Waterloo Memorial Sports Complex, Waterloo, ON


    Official Agenda
    Canadian Skills Competition May 20-23, 2010

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                           Thursday, May 20, 2010
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    8:00 AM - 4:00PM      Media Registration   RIM Park/Media Centre/Room 207
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    6:00 - 7:00 PM           VIP Reception       Hauser Haus Room, Waterloo
                           (Private Function)    Memorial Recreation Complex
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    6:00 - 7:00 PM        Welcoming Reception    Waterloo Memorial Recreation
                           (for Competitors)               Complex
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    7:00 - 8:30 PM        Opening Ceremonies     Waterloo Memorial Recreation
                                                           Complex
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                             Friday, May 21, 2010
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    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM     Media Registration        RIM PARK/Media Centre/
                                                           Room 207
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    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM      Competition Day 1               RIM Park
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    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Career Exploration Showcase -      RIM Park
                          Hands on Demonstrations
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    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM    National Youth Leadership         Grey Silo
                                  Forum
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                           Saturday, May 22, 2010
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    8:00 AM - 9:30 AM      Partnership Breakfast      Skylark & Regal Room
                                                           RIM Park
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    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM    Competition Site Tours      Tours start from the
                                                     Skylark & Regal Room at
                                                           RIM Park
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    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM      Competition Day 2               RIM Park
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    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Career Exploration Showcase -
                          Hands on Demonstrations          RIM Park
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    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   National Youth Leadership Forum    Grey Silo
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                             Sunday, May 23, 2010
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    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM           VIP Reception          Hauser Haus Room,
                              (Private Function)        Waterloo Memorial
                                                        Recreation Complex
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    3:00 PM to 5:00 PM         Closing Ceremony         Waterloo Memorial
                                                        Recreation Complex
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    See Canada's top talent in over 40 disciplines:

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      Precision Machining            Cooking               Job Interview
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         Mechatronics           Restaurant Service    Job Skill Demonstration
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        Mechanical CADD         Landscape Gardening       Prepared Speech
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        CNC Machining             Refrigeration        3D Character Computer
                                                             Animation
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       IT Office Software      IT and Network Support  2D Character Computer
         Applications                                        Animation
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            Welding               Graphic Design        Aircraft Maintenance
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        Autobody Repair  Industrial Mechanic/Millwright    Workplace Safety
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        Sheet Metal Work     Architectural Technology         Robotics
                                     & Design
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            Plumbing             Outdoor Power and          Heavy Equipment
                                Recreation Equipment            Service
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          Electronics           TV/Video Production          Car Painting
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     Web Site Development    Electrical Installations       Offset Printing
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       Automotive Service           Aesthetics               Cabinetmaking
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     Automation and Control     Fashion Technology           Brick Masonry
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          Hairstyling                 Baking                   Carpentry
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About Skills/Compétences Canada

Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills/Compétences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International. For more information visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.

RSVP: Media are asked to RSVP attendance at this event before Friday May 21st, by contacting one of the media relations contacts listed below.

SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Christianne Scholfield, Director, Pan Canadian Communications, Christiannes@skillscanada.com, Ph: (819) 771-7545 ext. 1, Cell: (613) 282-3774; Cynthia Faubert, Communications Officer, cynthiaf@skillscanada.com, (819) 771-7545 ext. 4


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