Samsung Signs Sponsorship Agreement with WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    CALGARY, June 5 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. secured Samsung as
a Founding Sponsor for the 40th WorldSkills Competition, taking place in
Calgary, Alberta September 1-7, 2009. The agreement was finalized this week in
Seoul, Korea by Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009
Ltd. and Ji Oh Song, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics
Mechatronics & Manufacturing Technology Center. Samsung is providing the
visual equipment for the Competition, ranging from LCD monitors to projectors,
and they are also the Presenting Sponsor of the Opening and Closing
    "Samsung is a global leader in the technology industry and having them as
a Founding Sponsor is extraordinarily beneficial to WorldSkills Calgary 2009",
says Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. "We
appreciate Samsung's support of our event. But, their investment in youth and
education really speaks to their understanding of the greater global movement
that WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is a part of." Recognized as a global leader in
innovative technology, Samsung craftsmanship represents the quality of work
that will be demonstrated at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 by the Competitors
taking part in the intense four-day head-to-head Competition.
    Presented by Samsung, the Opening Ceremony officially welcomes the world
to Calgary. Among those in attendance: Competitors, Delegates, government
officials, global and local sponsors, students and spectators to WorldSkills
Calgary 2009. Around 12,500 participants are expected to attend the event at
the Grandstand in Stampede Park. The Opening Ceremony will showcase
WorldSkills International's 51 Member countries/regions with a Parade of
Nations presenting Competitors from every competing country/region. Special
guests including President and Chairman of WorldSkills International, Jack
Dusseldorp, will be present at the event. The Opening Ceremony is especially
thrilling because it will be the first event to bring participants and
Delegates together before the Competition commences.
    The Closing Ceremony hosts 7,500 spectators at the Corral on Stampede
Park, and will be the final event to bring participants together before
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 concludes.
    As a Global Industry Partner with WorldSkills International and a
Founding Sponsor for WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Samsung's sponsorship
contribution is essential to the operations and success of WorldSkills Calgary
2009. Samsung strives to maintain a steadfast focus on maintaining its
organization, on continuing to be a global technology leader, and trusted,
responsible company. A primary focus of Samsung's academics and education
programs is strengthening the minds and fostering the creativity of young
people. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will build upon this focus through its
education programs which motivate youth to explore successful career options
in skills, trades, and technology.


                           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, Canada officially won the right to host the
40th WorldSkills Competition. The successful bid was made possible through
collaboration with Skills Canada Alberta and Skills/Compétences Canada.
Shortly thereafter, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., a not-for-profit
organization, was established.
    For the past 5 years, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. 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 Ltd. has been
working with legacy partners to actively help 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 technology.


                          WorldSkills International

    WorldSkills International's mission is to promote, through the
cooperative action of Members, a worldwide awareness of the essential
contribution that skills and high standards of competence make to the
achievement of economic success and personal fulfillment. WorldSkills
International's principal activity is organizing the WorldSkills Competition
in a different Member country/region every two years. These Competitions bring
the best young professionals from trades, service and vocational programs from
around the world to showcase their talents and ability at the WorldSkills


                          Skills/Compétences Canada

    Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national,
not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour
groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among
Canadian youth.
    Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it
to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping
young people discover rewarding careers.
    Skills/Compétences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities
including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands
of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and
international events, as well as, skilled trades awareness programs.
Headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, Skills/Compétences Canada is the Canadian
Member organization of WorldSkills International and the official legacy
partner of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
    In 2002, Skills Canada Alberta and Skills/Compétences Canada began the
planning process which established Alberta as the host of the 40th WorldSkills
    The 38 members of Team Canada (7 females, 31 males, average age 21), that
will represent Canada at the 40th WorldSkills Competition, reached the
national level by first competing at provincial/territorial skills
competitions, and then contending at the 14th Canadian Skills Competition.

For further information:

For further information: WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd., Jennifer
Laraway, Director Media Relations and Communications, Direct Line: (403)
774-5113, Mobile: (403) 708-9398, 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, Secretariat
- Communications and Marketing Director, Direct Line: (902) 450-5412, Fax: +31
23 531 0816, Mobile: (902) 441-7041, Email:,

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