Team Canada's Great 38 Ready To Take Centre Stage At WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - <a href="">Skills/Compétences Canada</a>
(, a national not-for-profit organization that
actively promotes careers in skilled trades, today announced that <a href="">Team Canada</a>
(<a href="">
mid=171</a>), also known as the "Great 38," along with trainers, industry experts
and Delegates, is making its way to Calgary this week to participate in the
<a href="">40th WorldSkills Competition</a> ( which takes
place from September 1 to 7, 2009. Team Canada will compete against more than
900 Competitors from 51 WorldSkills International Member countries/regions in
Olympic-style team and individual competitions within specialized skilled
trade and technology categories.
    "We are very proud of the hard work and training Team Canada has
undertaken over the last year," said Shaun Thorson, Executive Director,
Skills/Compétences Canada. "They are confident and prepared to compete
alongside the best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices from
around the world. With support and encouragement from the Government of
Canada, industry leaders and educators, these talented young individuals
represent the future of Canada's skilled trade and technology workforce, and
we couldn't be more proud."
    This will be Canada's tenth participation in a WorldSkills Competition,
which takes place every two years and brings together the world's brightest in
skilled trades and technology. This is the largest team Canada has sent, with
38 competitors in the Competition. The Team Canada members will participate in
35 of the 45 skills categories. At the last WorldSkills Competition, held in
Japan in 2008, Canada won six medals, eight international competency
certificates and the Albert Vidal Award for the Competitor that achieves the
overall highest score out of all Competitors in all skill categories.
    "Our Government encourages those considering a career in the skilled
trades by providing Apprenticeship Grants for eligible apprentices," said the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Team Canada and their fellow competitors at WorldSkills Calgary 2009
represent the future. Our country needs to prepare now for an economic
recovery and the increasing skills shortages that are expected to come with

    Team Canada 2009 - 'The Great 38'

                                                    Team Canada     Province/
    Competition               Description            Competitor    Territory
    Autobody Repair  Autobody repairers restore     Devon DeBoer       AB
                     body work damage, ranging
                     from mechanical to cosmetic,
                     mainly caused by road
    Automotive       Automotive technicians are    Dan Van Holst       ON
     Technology      able to understand the
                     important functions of car
                     systems and carry out
                     troubleshooting, maintenance
                     and repair work.
    Car Painting     Car painters remove, mark out  Daniel Green       AB
                     and replace vehicle body parts,
                     prepare vehicle surfaces, treat
                     the vehicle with protective
                     chemicals, apply prime coats
                     and remove rust.
    Aircraft         An aircraft maintenance        Brian Everts       BC
     Maintenance     technician inspects, services,
                     troubleshoots, removes,
                     installs and repairs
                     aircraft systems.
    Plumbing and     Plumbers install water,        Brian Martin       ON
     Heating         drainage and heating pipes
                     for houses and industrial
                     sites. Their tasks can include
                     gas and compressed air
                     pipe installations.
    Electrical       Electrical installers           Craig Spady       AB
     Installations   manufacture, maintain and
                     repair electrical equipment
                     for houses, industrial
                     sites and power stations.
    Industrial       Industrial controllers      Steven Dingwall       AB
     Control         install conduits, cables,
                     devices, instruments, automated
                     devices and control centre
                     fittings quickly and safely.
    Bricklaying      Bricklayers work on           Kevin Jeanson       QC
                     commercial and residential
                     projects where they cut and
                     lay brick, stone, glass block
                     or terra cotta to build walls,
                     fireplaces, chimneys and
                     other structures.
    Painting and     Involves preparing surfaces,  Tiffany Vandermey   AB
     Decorating      selecting paints and colours,
                     brushing, rolling or spraying
                     paints and applying
                     decorative finishes.
    Cabinetmaking    A cabinetmaker works with   Jonathan Arbour       QC
                     wood to produce furniture,
                     cabinetry and architectural
                     millwork from a variety
                     of natural and
                     manufactured materials.
    Joinery          The process of connecting or  Travis Wieler       MB
                     joining two pieces of wood
                     together through the use
                     of various forms of
                     wood joints.
    Carpentry        Carpenters have expertise in    Scott Blair       ON
                     a wide variety of skills that
                     are needed in commercial
                     construction as well as
                     in residential building
                     and structural
    Landscape        Landscape gardeners        Caroline Tanguay       QC
     Gardening       design, develop and apply       Hugo Parent
                     landscape plans, haul and
                     spread topsoil, care for
                     plants, mow, water,
                     fertilize and trim.
    Refrigeration    Refrigeration technicians     Mathieu Boily       QC
                     install components which form
                     the refrigeration system.
                     When your air conditioning
                     stops working, these are
                     the professionals you call.
    Information      Information Network             Daniel Reid       AB
     Network         Cabling consists of the
     Cabling         designing, installing and
                     testing of telecommunication
    IT/Software      Involves various uses of       Stacy DuBois       ON
     Applications    Microsoft Office software
                     (or similar) and
                     graphic programs.
    Offset Printing  Offset printers are able    Simon Beauchamp       QC
                     to fit printing plates or
                     cylinders on presses, mix the
                     inks that go on them and adjust
                     the color flow to the image.
    Web Design       Web designers use computer    Jason Valdron       QC
                     programs to produce web pages
                     that include links to other
                     pages, graphic elements,
                     text and photographs.
    IT/PC Network    Consists of assembling      Matthew Chadder       AB
     Support         personals computers (PCs)
                     with accessories and network
                     devices for home and
                     business environments.
    Mechatronics     Technicians build, maintain,  Andrew Marcolin     ON
                     repair and program equipment  Jamie Feenstra
                     control systems for the
                     automation industry.
    Mechanical       Covers the use of computer-    Germain-Samuel     QC
     Engineering     aided design (CAD) technology   Sauvé
     Design - CAD    to produce documentation in
                     manufacturing, including
                     product drawings, paperwork
                     and 3D models.
    CNC Turning      A process used to produce     Guillaume Grenier   QC
                     cylindrical components through
                     metal cutting using computer
                     numerically controlled
                     (CNC) lathes.
    CNC Milling      Involves cutting metal            Karl Loos       YK
                     materials with computer
                     numerically controlled
                     (CNC) milling machines.
    Welding          Involves the fusing and        Marc-Olivier       QC
                     separation of materials         Bélanger
                     using a variety of processes.
    Electronics      Involves manufacturing,      Jud Tofflemire       ON
                     testing and troubleshooting
                     electronic equipment.
    Mobile Robotics  A team competition that   Pavlo Tovaryanskyy      MB
                     requires competitors to      Myles Robinson
                     assemble, set-up, manage
                     and maintain mechanical
                     systems within a
                     mobile robot.
    Sheet Metal      Sheet metal technologists         Brad Chyz       AB
     Technology      fabricate and install a wide
                     variety of construction-related
                     items using sheet metal
                     or plastic material
    Floristry        The art of creating bouquets   Elisa Paquet       QC
                     and compositions from flowers,     -Lessard
                     foliages, ornamental
                     grasses and other
                     botanical materials.
    Fashion          Fashion designers develop       Daisy Liang       BC
     Technology      and create new clothing and
                     accessory designs, as well
                     as analyze fashion trends,
                     choose the colours and
                     fabrics and work closely
                     with production, marketing
                     and sales departments.
    Graphic Design   Graphic designers research     David Boivin       QC
     Technology      and manage virtual design
                     projects, with a primary
                     focus on electronic media.
    Ladies/Men's     Hairdressers must demonstrate  Samuel Chabot      QC
     Hairdressing    the correct cutting techniques,
                     curling, colouring and
                     barbering with creativity,
                     imagination and technical
    Beauty Therapy   A beauty therapist is a     Isabelle Collin       NB
                     specialist in skin care,
                     skin care advice, massage
                     and makeup.
    Confectioner/    Confectioners and pastry       Caitlin Mayo       BC
     Pastry Cook     cooks create delicious
                     products for all kinds
                     of events, needing artistic
                     flair and talent.
    Cooking          A cook is trained to manage  Sébastien Laframboise  QC
                     commercial kitchens, plan
                     menus and prepare appealing
                     and nutritious meals
                     according to health and
                     safety regulations.
    Restaurant       Professional restaurant     Pierre-Luc Côté       QC
     Service         servers are skilled in
                     serving food and drinks,
                     mixing international drinks
                     and working behind the bar.

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    The Canadian Skills Competition is an important training opportunity for
representatives from <a href="">Team Canada 2009</a>
(<a href="">
mid=171</a>) who were chosen at last year's Canadian Skills Competition, and who
will be competing at <a href="">WorldSkills Calgary 2009</a>
( This four-day international competition,
which is the biggest of its kind in the world, takes place September 1-7, 2009
at Stampede Park where more than 900 skilled young people from trade, service
and technology programs from 50 member regions/countries will gather to
compete. WorldSkills Calgary 2009, the 40th WorldSkills Competition, will be
the city's largest international competitive event since the 1988 Olympic
Winter Games. The organizing committee, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is leading
the event coordination with support from <a href="">WorldSkills International</a>
(, <a href="">Skills/Compétences Canada</a>
(<a href="">
mid=171</a>), and <a href="">Skills Canada Alberta</a> ( Along
with numerous sponsors and suppliers, the major event funding partners
include: Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary.

    About 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. For more information visit or call

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Christianne Scholfield,
Director, Communications, Skills/Compétences Canada, (819) 771-7545 or (613)
282-3774,; Caroline McGrath, CMM Communications
Group (for Skills/Compétences Canada), (416) 972-1642,

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