Cisco Announced as a Global Founding Sponsor to WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd.

    CALGARY, June 15 /CNW/ - With less than 80 days until the largest
independent event ever hosted on Calgary's Stampede Park, WorldSkills Calgary
2009 Ltd. proudly announces Cisco as a Global Founding Sponsor. Cisco(R)
hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create Internet
solutions that make networks possible, providing easy access to information
anywhere, at any time. As an industry leader, Cisco is the ideal match for
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., which is this year's host of the WorldSkills
Competition that determines global champions in 45 skill categories.
    In preparation and during the four-day Competition, equipment and network
solutions supplied by Cisco provides WorldSkills Calgary 2009 with a highly
secure, accessible, user-friendly infrastructure. Furthermore, Cisco is
sponsoring the core equipment requirements of the IT/PC Network Support
Competition. Cisco continually supports WorldSkills International in their
many events and projects as a Global Industry Partner.
    "Cisco's ability to provide a high performance, wireless infrastructure
to an event of this magnitude will demonstrate viable planning structures for
future WorldSkills Competitions," says WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. President
and CEO Richard Walker.
    "Skills development is crucial to the future success of the IT industry,
and all businesses which rely on technology," said Rosanna Bisges, senior
manager of the Cisco Networking Academy(R) in the United States and Canada.
"Education is a central focus for Cisco and we are pleased to support
WorldSkills Calgary 2009, the foremost forum for demonstrating student
    The 40th WorldSkills Competition will see over 900 Competitors from 51
Member countries/regions vying for international recognition of being the
elite in their field. This year's Competition begins with an Opening Ceremony
on September 1, 2009 followed by four-days of intense competition, a Closing
Ceremony on September 6, 2009 and concludes with an impressive halftime show
on September 7, 2009 at the Labour Day Classic football game.


                           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, Canada officially won the right to host the
WorldSkills Competition. The successful bid was made possible through
collaboration with Skills Canada Alberta and Skills/Compétences Canada.
Shortly thereafter, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., a not-for-profit
organization, was established.
    For the past 5 years, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. 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 Ltd. has been
working with legacy partners to actively help 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 technology.


                          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 skilled
trades and technology competitions through regional, provincial/territorial,
national and international events, as well as skilled trades and technology
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 Ltd., Jennifer
Laraway, Director Media Relations and Communications, Direct Line: (403)
774-5113, Mobile: (403) 708-9398, 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: (877) 754-5226, Website:; WorldSkills International, Michelle Bussey, Secretariat
- Communications and Marketing Director, Direct Line: (902) 450-5412, Fax: +31
23 531 0816, Mobile: (902) 441-7041, Email:,
Website:; Cisco Canada, Karin Scott, PR Director, Direct
Line: (416) 306-7164, E-mail:

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