WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is Less Than One Year Away

    CALGARY, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is less than 365 days
away. The second largest event ever to be staged in Calgary will take place
from September 1 - 7, 2009 when 1,000 competitors and 5,000 delegates from
50 countries across the globe will be descending on Calgary. WorldSkills 2009
is a not-for-profit Olympic style event that pits the very best skilled
technology and trades professionals between the ages of 17 - 23 against each
other in 48 different events. The events range from mobile robotics to
carpentry to culinary arts.
    "To host an event of this scale is a tremendous honour for the City of
Calgary and a terrific opportunity for Calgarians to see supremely talented
individuals from around the world showcasing their skills in a competitive
arena," says Guy Mallabone, Chair of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
    With the Beijing Olympics now behind us the world's attention will focus
on Canada - first for the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary and then the
Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The skills competition will take place at and
use all of Calgary Stampede Park with 800,000 square feet of competition space
being put aside to stage the event. Over 150,000 spectators are expected to
visit the competition. Thirty thousand hotel room nights have been reserved
for the 5000 international delegates and competitors. The WorldSkills
competition is about 2/3 the size of the Vancouver Olympics and focuses
attention on the best skilled professionals from across Canada and around the
world. The net economic impact to Canada will be in excess of $82 million.
    "Calgary and Alberta should be proud to host this world-class event.
Recently, Seoul, Helsinki and Tokyo hosted WorldSkills competitions and London
is preparing for hosting duties in 2011. This is the "big show" when it comes
to exhibiting global talent in technology and skilled trades," explains
Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
    "Like the Olympics, we are playing host to the world - unlike the
Olympics we are completely focused on skills that contribute to the economy
and an individual's employability in a global market."


    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 (representing
        20 languages) 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 the WorldSkills Competition

    -   The WorldSkills Competition is the biggest skills competition in the
    -   The first competition was held in 1950 in Madrid, Spain. Canada last
        hosted the WorldSkills Competition in Montréal in 1999 at the Olympic
    -   Every two years, over 1,000 competitors from 50 member
        countries/regions gather to compete in over 48 skill categories
        ranging from welding, cooking, auto body repair and landscape
        gardening to beauty care and web design.
    -   The competition attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors including
        public policy makers, government representatives, employers,
        teachers, trainers and experts from around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Alex Middleton, Manager Communications and
Media Relations, WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Direct Line: (403) 774-5018, Mobile
Line: (403) 714-3105, Website:

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