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By WorldSkills Calgary 2009

With just 6 months to the 40th WorldSkills Competition, Food Network’s Celebrity Chef David Adjey, one of the official spokespersons, helped celebrate WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. During a culinary demonstration and cocktail reception for invited guests and media. It all took place yesterday, at Divino’s Wine and Cheese Bistro in Calgary.

“With WorldSkills Calgary 2009 around the corner, Chef Adjey’s dedication to promoting the culinary trade to Canadian youth and inciting the food and beverage industry to get involved, gives a great reason to celebrate,” says Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd.


Highlights of this exclusive evening were Chef David Adjey’s own succulent dishes and culinary demonstrations showcased by Skills/Compétences Canada’s own 2009 Team Canada Cooking Competitor, Sébastien Laframboise, joined by the silver medallist at the 2008 Canadian Skills Competition, SAIT Polytechnic’s own Jordan Clay. The demonstration offered guests a glimpse of what the “Culinary World” will bring to the WorldSkills Competition 2009.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the largest international event in Calgary since the ’88 Olympics! I believe it’s important for every chef to make better chefs; and as a skilled professional, promoting careers in skills, trades and technologies is an absolute honour”, says David Adjey. “Encouraging students to find their career passion makes my work even more gratifying. The WorldSkills Competition this September is Canada’s BEST opportunity to witness excellence in skills, trades and technologies”.

At the 40th WorldSkills Competition in September, 34 Cooking Competitors from around the world will be vying for a place on the podium. Come and see Canada’s Cooking hopeful demonstrate some of the skills coming to the world stage.

“Our first rate technical experts and the support of industry have historically produced high caliber Competitors that excel on the world stage. We feel hosting the event in our own country will raise the awareness of skilled trades and technology occupations and inspire our Team Canada Competitors to perform their best,” says Shaun Thorson, Executive Director, Skills/Compétences Canada.

ite-vtelogo.jpgOur Member, the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore, will be organising an International Conference on Vocational and Technical Education 2009 (VTE2009) from 8 - 10 July 2009 in Singapore. Themed "VTE Forward: Perspectives and Practices", VTE2009 will offer participants a rare opportunity to hear renowned VTE experts and policy makers from Canada, Germany, France, USA and Singapore share their experiences and insights on transforming VTE for the next decade.

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By WorldSkills France 

The Opening Ceremony

 The French national skill competition took place in Lille (northern France) from 5-7 February 2009. 

This was a competition to remember, as all previous records were broken: 756 competitors were on site, surrounded by close to 500 Experts. The number of visitors also exceeded all expectations, as 106,000 visitors came to discover the 49 skills on display.

Local and national VIPs visited the competition, and most of them were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Tjerk Dusseldorp and Mr. Laurent Thibault, respectively President and Treasurer of WorldSkills International, who were also visiting the competition.

President Dusseldorp said: "I am delighted that France has sent in an Expression of Interest to host the WorldSkills Competitions in 2013 in the Paris-Ile de France region. Based on the high quality of this national competition, I know that France would do an outstanding job in 2013." The Board of Directors will be reviewing all Expressions of Interest at its next Board meeting in March. 

Many of the Test Projects had a Canada theme to them

The closing ceremony, held on the last day of the competition in front of 5,000 spectators, saw the birth of the French team that will go and represent France in Canada. The names and faces are now known, and all eyes are turned to Calgary. The countdown has started, and the French skills team members are looking forward to meeting their fellow competitors from the rest of the world in September!

A bientôt à Calgary! See you soon in Calgary!

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Pass the Passion Please

20 February 2009

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 invites media to come and witness an evening of food, fun and demonstration between a student from SAIT Polytechnic and a Team Canada Competitor. Watch as the two competitors display their extraordinary talent and passion for food while Iron Chef David Adjey provides the color commentary.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:00 PM
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro - Spirits Room
113 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Media interested in attending this event, please RSVP by Friday, February 27, 2009 to Sarah Doerksen Ph. +1 403 210-4232


  WorldSkills Calgary 2009 gratefully acknowledges the participation of the two
Competitors and the support of SAIT Polytechnic and Skills Compétences Canada.

Six months and counting

16 February 2009

By WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd.

wsc_2009_250.jpgAs spring arrives in Canada, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. is busily preparing for the arrival of the WorldSkills International Technical Committee and Chief Experts. “March will be an extremely busy month for us here in Calgary,” says Richard Walker, President and CEO of the Calgary organising committee. “We start the month with the Technical Committee meeting and sessions with the Chief Experts from all skill categories. Then we bring our Work Shop Supervisors to Calgary to join the meeting and present the material samples and discuss space allocation.”

WorldSkills International holds meetings six months before every WorldSkills Competition to review final preparations with the host country. “We see it as an opportunity to demonstrate our level of planning and preparation,” says Brian Pardell, VP of Operations for Calgary 2009. “When you add site tours of the Competition Venue and Competitors’ Village to the schedule of meetings, the delegates have a great opportunity to see the results of much of our planning effort.

Given that March meetings are 6 months prior to the 40th WorldSkills Competition, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is focusing efforts on increasing the engagement with media. These meetings will serve as the launch to the full media campaign that will put WorldSkills Champions on the World Stage. “We've scheduled a media and sponsorship evening for one of the nights so that we can introduce Chef David Adjey - one of WorldSkills Calgary 2009’s Celebrity Spokespeople. In addition to Chef Adjey, we are honoured to have the Skills Compétences Canada culinary Competitor for Team Canada 2009 attend the event as well. It’s a great way to have a Celebrity Chef and Canada’s newest, up and coming culinary Competitor in the same restaurant demonstrating their skills. We plan to engage the local, national and international media during this event and highlight not only the culinary aspects of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 but also the strong support from our many sponsors,” .

Later that same week, Calgary hosts a small group of Team Leaders who will examine the Competition Venue, Competitors' Village site, as well as review details relating to the Competitors such things as food service and transportation arrangements for the anticipated 1,000 international Competitors. “It’s important for us to be able to hear from the Team Leaders and discuss those things that need last minute adjustments. We also hope that they will leave Calgary with a great feeling about the coming Competition and tell their colleagues about the preparations that have been put in place for the Competitors,” Walker said.

“After all of the international visitors leave Calgary we gear-up for a Board of Directors meeting for WorldSkills Calgary 2009 and the presentation and approval of our final budget for the Competition year,” concludes Walker.

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