WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Announces House of Tools as a Platinum Equipment Sponsor

    CALGARY, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is pleased to announce
House of Tools as a Platinum Equipment Sponsor and an Official Tool Supplier
for the 40th WorldSkills Competition occurring September 1-7 at Stampede Park.
    House of Tools' sponsorship will span 15 different skills competitions
ranging from Landscape Gardening to Welding to Cabinetmaking. It is this range
that helps showcase the vast scope of both the competition and House of Tools'
    "A contribution of this size and nature is integral to the success of
WorldSkills Calgary 2009," says Richard Walker, President and CEO of
WorldSkills Calgary 2009. "It really speaks to the level of commitment from a
company like House of Tools to the future of skills development in Canada."
    House of Tools commitment follows over 10 years of support provincially
in Alberta through Skills Canada Alberta and the annual competition which has
occurred in both Edmonton and Calgary in past years.
    "With a shortage of skilled labour in Canada today, knowing that we can
be a part of a competition like WorldSkills Calgary 2009 which helps promote
the desperate need for skilled labour is truly an asset for our economy and
companies like ourselves" says Mike Sury, House of Tools. "Watching 1,000
young skilled minds fight for gold for their country is going to be
    With less than 215 days until the competition Calgary is getting ready to
host 1,000 competitors and 5,000 delegates from 50 different countries across
the globe. The competition will use all the available space at Stampede Park -
193 acres with 800,000 square feet of competition space. It is estimated that
the net economic impact of the competition will be in excess of $81 million.

    About WorldSkills Calgary 2009

    WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization that was
established to plan and host the 40th WorldSkills Competition in September
2009. The Competition will take place from September 1-7, 2009, to be held at
Calgary Stampede Park. 1,000 competitors from 50 member countries/regions will
be participating. The organization's mission is to engage the passion of
Canada's young people to pursue the trades and technology as viable and
rewarding career options. Nearly 150,000 spectators and 5,000 experts,
delegates and judges from around the world will attend the competition. It
will require 800,000 square feet of space at Stampede Park. The competitors
will be housed and fed at the first ever Competitors' village located at SAIT
Polytechnic. Operating budget is estimated to be $60 million.

    About World Skills International

    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.

    About House of Tools

    House of Tools was founded in 1962 with its first retail store based in
Calgary, Alberta. House of Tools has expanded to become a full-line industrial
distributor, and is the largest independent tool house in Canada with thirteen
branches throughout western Canada as well as a Mail Order Division and an
E-commerce site. House of Tools provides tools and machinery to
do-it-yourselfers, maintenance and repair organizations, governments, schools
and institutions, as well as the military. They carry a broad product line of
more than 25,000 part numbers from over 400 different manufacturers.

For further information:

For further information: Karen Parmiter, Communications and Media
Relations Manager, WorldSkills Calgary 2009, (403) 774-5018 or email

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