International World Skills Calgary 2009 gets International Governing Body Review

    CALGARY, Jan. 16 /CNW/ -


    Please note that during the week of January 19th, the 2-year preparations
for WorldSkillsCalgary 2009 will receive its second international review by
the governing body of World Skills International.
    CEO Mr. David Hoey and a team of World Skills International experts will
be meeting for in depth reviews with WorldSkills Calgary President and CEO
Richard Walker and the WorldSkills Calgary crew.
    Mr. Hoey and Mr. Walker will be available for interviews the afternoon of
Thursday, January 22, and all day Friday, January 23, at WorldSkillsCalgary
headquarters, NJ209,1301 16 Avenue NW.


    Sandwiches and beverages available

    Free parking

    International World Skills Calgary 2009 gets International Governing
    Body Review
    In preparation for World Skills Calgary 2009, Mr. David Hoey, CEO of the
governing body of global competitions will be visiting Calgary the week of
January 19th to access the 2-year preparations. Mr. Hoey is responsible for
insuring that Calgary is ready in September to welcome 50 countries and 1,000
world-class competitors to this International Skills, Trades and Technologies
Competition, staged at Stampede Park.
    Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, says "We
are elated that Calgary has this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host
world-class competitors in skills, trades and technologies. As the IOC
monitors preparations for the Vancouver Olympics, Mr. Hoey and his team of
experts will be monitoring Calgary's preparedness for the International
"Skills Olympics".
    "International competitions have raised the bar in respect to the way
skills, trades and technologies are presented", states Mr. Walker, "This
world-class event includes extensive involvement of our youth, educational
institutions, corporations and industry officials. Japan and Finland has
hosted this event in recent years - and following Calgary this year, the
competition moves on to London, England in 2011. There will be a lot of
pressure on London to match the impact of the International WorldSkills
Competition in Calgary."

    More about World Skills
    WorldSkills is a not-for-profit Membership Association open to agencies or
bodies who feel a responsibility to promote vocational education and training.
WorldSkills is politically and denominationally neutral. It is an
International competition that provides a unique means of exchange and
comparison of world-class competency standards in industry trades, skills and
technology of the economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills is a testimony
to the fact that traditional trades, craft skills and newer technology
multi-skilled vocations provides an essential and significant contribution to
the economic and social well being of people world-wide. WorldSkills provides
a cost effective means for international government and industry cooperation
in achieving the higher standards and status of vocational education and
training on a worldwide basis.

    The WorldSkills Calgary Competition 2009, the largest world event in
Calgary since the Olympics, is set for September 1-7, at Stampede Park. The
International event, hosted by a different country every two years, provides a
powerful social enlightenment of respect for trades, skills and technology.
The event will show-case the best of what the world's young skilled people
have to offer and prove the significance of the contribution that
vocational/college careers make to the global economy, and that trades, skills
and technology are taking leading roles in securing and fulfilling meaningful
and successful lives in a fast changing world.

For further information:

For further information: For equipment set-up and further information,
please contact: Karen Parmiter, Communications and Media Relations Manager,
WorldSkillsCalgary2009, (403) 774-5018, Email

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