Autodesk announced as Presenting Sponsor of Mechanical Engineering Design competition at WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    CALGARY, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Autodesk, a world leader in 2D and 3D design,
engineering and entertainment software, has joined WorldSkills Calgary 2009 as
a Platinum Sponsor and the Presenting Sponsor of the Mechanical Engineering
Design (MED) competition. Autodesk's sponsorship of WorldSkills Calgary 2009
compliments its status as a Global Industry Partner of WorldSkills
International and further cements its ongoing support of the WorldSkills
Movement since 2007.
    Autodesk's role as a Presenting Sponsor of the MED competition also
includes participation as a sponsor of the Polymechanics/Automation, CNC
Milling competitions, Plumbing/Heating, Electrical Installations, Industrial
Control and Joinery Competitions. As part of its sponsorship, Autodesk will
provide its Inventor(R), Maya(R) and AutoCAD(R) software for use by
Competitors. It is through these seven competitions covering multiple
disciplines that Autodesk is hoping to inspire students to develop their skill
    "Autodesk is proud to be a sponsor of this very important educational
undertaking," said Joe Astroth, PhD, Autodesk Vice President, Learning and
Education. "Being an integral part of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 represents a
significant opportunity for Autodesk to inspire the next generation of
architects, engineers and digital artists. We are confident the knowledge and
experiences students gain using our software will prepare them to meet the
demands they will encounter in the workplace."
    Autodesk's software used in the 40th WorldSkills Competition will be
donated to Alberta schools, benefiting students across the province. "There
may be about 50,000 students from across Canada visiting Calgary during
WorldSkills, and we want to make sure that the excitement they experience at
the event can grow through continued learning. Powerful Autodesk software,
including Inventor, provides students with an opportunity to build on their
passion for design and give faculty an additional means of enriching classroom
teaching and curriculum," Astroth added.
    "Autodesk's sponsorship of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is indicative of
their support of global education initiatives," says Richard Walker, President
and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009. "The donation of software from Autodesk
will significantly benefit students and help leave a lasting impact long after
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is over."
    The 40th WorldSkills Competition will see 900 Competitors under the age
of 23 from 51 WorldSkills International Member countries/regions vying for
international excellence in their respective fields. Competitors will be
welcomed to Calgary with remarks by Astroth at a reception Aug. 30. The
Opening Ceremony is on Sept. 1 followed by four days of intense Competition.
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 concludes with the Closing Ceremony on Sept. 6 and
Half-Time Show at the Labour Day Classic Football Game on Sept. 7.

    Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has
developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping
solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real.
Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate
and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time
and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information
about Autodesk, visit


                           WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 marks the second time Canada hosts this
international event in its 59-year history. In May 2004, at the WorldSkills
General Assembly in Hong Kong, Calgary officially won the right to host the
WorldSkills Competition. The successful bid was made possible through
collaboration with WorldSkills International's Canadian Member organization
Skills/Compétences Canada and industry, educational institutions, government
and the City of Calgary. WorldSkills Calgary 2009, a not-for-profit
corporation is responsible for the planning, execution and legacy for the 40th
WorldSkills Competition.
    For the past five years, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 has been working
closely with legacy, government, and industry partners to make the 40th
WorldSkills Competition the most successful to date. Although the event is
held from September 1 - 7, 2009, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 has been working
with legacy partners to support the global skills movement that addresses
labour shortage, competency standards, and education programs designed to
motivate and encourage young adults to explore successful career options in
skills, trades and technologies.


                          WorldSkills International

    WorldSkills International's (WSI) mission is to promote, through the
cooperative action of 51 Members countries/regions, a worldwide awareness of
the essential contribution that skills and high standards of competence make
to the achievement of economic success and personal fulfillment. WSI provides
a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards
in the industrial trades, information technologies and service sectors of the
global economy. WSI works at all levels from grassroots to senior policy
makers to affect change in training procedures, policy development and
international standards. Through advocacy, education and Competitions,
WorldSkills International is raising the level of competences throughout the
world and bringing new awareness to these crucial sectors in the global
economy. Without skills there is no economy.


                          Skills/Compétences Canada

    Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC) was founded in 1989 as a national,
not-for-profit organization to actively promote careers in skilled trades and
technologies to Canadian youth. S/CC works with private and public sector
partners to help secure Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping
Canadian youth discover rewarding careers. S/CC offers experiential learning
opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians including skills,
trades, and technologies competitions through regional,
provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skills,
trades, and technologies awareness programs. Headquartered in Canada's
National Capital Region Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian Member
organization of WorldSkills International and in partnership with other
stakeholders created the 40th WorldSkills Competition event organizing
committee WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

For further information:

For further information: WorldSkills Calgary 2009: Alesia Fieldberg,
Media Relations Coordinator, Direct Line: (403) 774-5138, Mobile: (403)
818-6160, Email:, Website:; Skills/Compétences Canada: Christianne Scholfield,
Director Pan-Canadian Partnership Development, Direct Line: (819) 771-7545
ext. 1, Fax: (819) 771-5575, Toll Free: 1-877-754 5226, Website:; WorldSkills International: Michelle Bussey,
Communications and Marketing Director, Direct Line: (902) 450-5412, Fax: +31
23 531 0816, Mobile: (902) 441-7041, Email:,

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