Heidelberg named as Platinum Sponsor and Official Supplier of WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    CALGARY, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is pleased to announce
Heidelberg, the world's leading solution provider for the print media
industry, as a Platinum Sponsor and Official Supplier for the Offset Printing
skill category at the 40th WorldSkills Competition, September 1-7, 2009 at
Calgary's Stampede Park. This is the third consecutive WorldSkills Competition
that Heidelberg has been recognized as an Official Supplier; they were also an
Official Supplier at the 38th (Finland) and 39th (Japan) WorldSkills
    "Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), is very proud to support
WorldSkills Calgary 2009," says Brian Ellis, Director of Marketing for
Heidelberg Canada Graphic Equipment Limited. "This prestigious Competition
provides the opportunity to increase awareness of the exciting and rewarding
career opportunities in the graphic arts industry, especially pertaining to
offset printing."
    Heidelberg has contributed two Speedmaster SM 52 multicolour printing
presses, as well as a Polar 78X paper cutter to the competition. These pieces
of equipment are essential to the success of the Offset Printing competition
and will help promote the printing industry to the approximately 50,000
students attending WorldSkills Calgary 2009. Fourteen skilled young people
representing countries/regions such as Canada, New Zealand and Switzerland
will compete in the Offset Printing skill category using Heidelberg's market
leading technology.
    Heidelberg will further its presence in the Offset Printing skill
category by showcasing in the Global Skills Village Presented by UA Canadian
Piping Trades. The Heidelberg booth will feature an introduction to this skill
with the complimentary Printing Technology booklet. A large map of Canada
denoting the location of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, which was printed on the
Speedmaster XL 105 in their Print Media Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, will
be provided to participants upon request.
    "Heidelberg's sponsorship contribution and participation in the
Competition is an enormous benefit for WorldSkills Calgary 2009," says Richard
Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009. "The use of their
technologies will enable Competitors to demonstrate their skill to their
greatest potential and achieve excellence."


                           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: alesia.fieldberg@worldskills2009.com, Website:
www.worldskills2009.com; 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:
www.skillscanada.com; WorldSkills International: Michelle Bussey,
Communications and Marketing Director, Direct Line: (902) 450-5412, Fax: +31
23 531 0816, Mobile: (902) 441-7041, Email: michelle.bussey@worldskills.org,
Website: www.worldskills.org

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