Media advisory - Team Canada 2007 Ready to Take On the world at WorldSkills Shizuoka 2007

    GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 10th, competitors,
advisors and delegates of Team Canada will travel to Shizuoka, Japan to
participate in the 39th WorldSkills Competition being held from November 15 to
18, 2007. Over the span of four days, Canada's top students and apprentices in
skilled trades and technologies will compete in an Olympic-style event against
other young people from 48 other countries for gold, silver and bronze medals
in their respective areas of expertise.
    This year will be Canada's ninth participation in the international event
which takes place every two years and showcases the world's top trade and
technology talent. Team Canada members will compete in 26 competition areas.
In the most recent WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki, Finland in 2005,
Canada received five medals and nine international standards.
    "These are the most highly skilled young trades and technology
individuals in the country says Shaun Thorson, Executive Director of
Skills/Compétences Canada. They are an example of the incredible opportunities
available in Skilled Trades and Technology careers.
    WorldSkills is a worldwide organization for the promotion of vocational
training. It was established some 50 years ago as the "International
Vocational Training Organization" (IVTO). The mission of WorldSkills is to
challenge young people, their teachers, trainers and employers to achieve
world-class standards of competence in commerce, services and industry, and to
promote the status of vocational training.

    For more information on Team Canada 2007 and to track the Team's daily
progress while competing in Japan, please visit

    For more information on WorldSkills and the 39th WorldSkills Competition,
please visit

For further information:

For further information: Cynthia Faubert, Marketing and Communications

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