CMEC Wishes Team Canada Success at the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary

    CALGARY, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
(CMEC), wishes success to the students representing Team Canada at the 40th
WorldSkills Competition, held in Calgary from September 1 to 7, 2009.
    Hailed as the pinnacle competition of global skills, trades, and
technology, this biennial event promotes excellence and competency in
international industry standards and brings over 900 competitors from 51
countries, in 45 skill categories, for four days of intense competition.
    "Today's youth are developing skills that allow them to build successful
careers in key industrial sectors, which help support Canada's economic
growth," said Diane McGifford, Manitoba's Minister of Advanced Education and
Literacy and incoming Chair of CMEC. "We wish Team Canada all the best as they
showcase these skills in competition with young people from around the world."
    Team Canada, represented by 38 young Canadians from various regions of
the country, includes the country's medal-winning skill and trade champions in
diverse skill and trade categories, ranging from mobile robotics to carpentry
to fashion technology.
    "Alberta is proud to be the leading sponsor for this exciting skills
competition," said Doug Horner, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education and
Technology. "Talented young people play a key role in building our next
generation economy and these competitors, along with their trainers and
employers, inspire and encourage others to pursue careers in the skilled
trades and technologies."
    "The excellence and dedication shown by Team Canada and their
international competitors demonstrate to Canadians and to the world how
education in skills, trades, and technology is integral to a vibrant global
economy," said Dave Hancock, Alberta's Minister of Education.
    "This goes hand in hand with our joint ministerial statement Learn Canada
2020, which aims to ensure that all Canadians can benefit from lifelong
learning as a result of the strength and diversity of provincial and
territorial education and training programs."
    This is the second time in the history of the WorldSkills Competition
that Canada has hosted the international event, which, this year, coincides
with the 96th meeting of CMEC, also held in Calgary.

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.

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