New sponsors help to transform Stampede Park for WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    CALGARY, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is entering the final
preparation stage for the 40th WorldSkills Competition. Today the set up of
Stampede Park begins. A major logistical operation will unfold over the next
20 days, as staff and volunteers complete production set up by the time the
40th WorldSkills Competition starts on September 1, 2009. With the help of the
Official Suppliers and Official Sponsors of WorldSkills Calgary 2009, over
700,000 items will arrive at Stampede Park including:

    -   40 dump truck loads of landscaping material
    -   24 CNC (computer numerical controlled) machines
    -   Seven 53-foot trailers of cooking appliances
    -   20 53-foot trailer loads of information technology gear
    -   43 km of computer cable
    -   860 computers
    -   120 laptops

    "WorldSkills Calgary 2009 has been in the planning stages since 2005. The
Competition starts in under three weeks and we will finally be able to
premiere the results of strategic preparation, proactive teamwork and great
support from sponsors," says Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills
Calgary 2009. "We are proud to welcome the world and invite spectators to live
the skilled life from September 1 to 7."
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will showcase innovative programs and services
that will create many "firsts" for the WorldSkills Competition. Some of these
"firsts" include:

    -   Skill City presented by the Calgary Herald featuring Try-A-Skill
        activities, which is the first comprehensive hands-on interactive
        program at a WorldSkills Competition.

    -   Welcome/orientation structures called Shell Launch Pads welcome all
        students to the event and educate them regarding all that there is to
        see and do.

    -   The first single-site Competitors' Village in WorldSkills History,
        which will create a global village for 900 Competitors and Team
        Leaders at SAIT Polytechnic.

    Each Gold Sponsor has been extremely generous, contributing to the
quality of experience for Competitors, Experts, Delegates and visitors. They
will begin arriving in Calgary on August 25 to prepare for the 40th
WorldSkills Competition, where hundreds of the best young professionals from
trades and technical programs around the world will gather to showcase their
talents and abilities. at the 40th WorldSkills Competition.
    WorldSkills Calgary also proudly announces the following organizations as
Gold Sponsors of the competition, with recognition as either Official Sponsors
or Official Suppliers throughout the Competition:

    -   3M
    -   Nexen,
    -   Air Canada,
    -   Fluke,
    -   Fluke Networks,
    -   Husqvarna,
    -   McAfee Canada,
    -   Mitutoyo,
    -   Hunter Engineering,
    -   Altium,
    -   Rational Canada,
    -   Nederman and
    -   Sandvik Coromant

    Official Suppliers providing essential equipment include:

    -   Hunter (Automobile Technology),
    -   Mitutoyo and Sandvik (CNC Milling/Turning),
    -   Fluke (Electrical Installations),
    -   Fluke Networks and
    -   McAfee Canada (IT/PC Network Support),
    -   Altium (Electronics),
    -   Rational (Cooking),
    -   Nederman (Welding) and
    -   Husqvarna (Landscape Gardening).

    Official Sponsors include Nexen, who is sponsoring the Mechanical
Engineering Design competition and Air Canada, the Official Sponsor of the
Aircraft Maintenance competition.


                           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 Member 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:, Website:; 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:; WorldSkills International, Michelle Bussey,
Communications and Marketing Director, Direct Line: (902) 450-5412, Fax: +31
23 531 0816, Mobile: (902) 441-7041, Email:,

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