International (WSI) visited Calgary, Alberta, Canada to get a progress report
on the preparations for the 40th WorldSkills Competition which is coming to
Calgary in September of 2009. Accompanied by six of their seven Global
Partners, WSI was delighted to see that Calgary
is right on track to host the biggest skills competition in the world. Jack Dusseldorp, President of WorldSkills International delivered an inspiring
speech about the importance of the WorldSkills movement and how Calgary is going to bring
the WorldSkills Champions to the world stage.
"WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will be
a celebration for skills success and a clarion call to countries everywhere to
engage their young people in skilled futures. The WorldSkills International
Executive Board is here to sign off on whether Calgary is ready to host WorldSkills Calgary
2009. The answer is simple, it is a resounding YES! Calgary is all set to go," said Jack Dusseldorp, President of WSI.
Watch Jack Dusseldorp's speech
Menno Vanderlist, a Silver medallist from
Team Canada 2005 for IT/PC Network Support and the Best of Nation award recipient
in Helsinki, Finland attended the media
"Competing in these environments, gives you the chance to meet
people you'd normally never meet; you get to see other skills and trades
exposed; seeing in action the people that keep the world running. As a
competitor you don't have time to second guess what you're doing; you have to
do it right the first time. I am proud to say that WorldSkills and Skills
Canada helped shape my future; allowing me to compete where excellence is the
standard - forcing me to think outside the box," remarked Menno Vanderlist.
Watch Menno Vanderlist's Speech
The WorldSkills movement and inspiring
of the young Champions would not be possible without the seven Global Partners:
Autodesk, Cisco Systems, Draka, Festo, Fluke, Fluke Networks, and Samsung
Electronics. David Green, Chairman of the Global Partner Team for WSI, was
present to express the importance of developing the skilled workforce through
"The next couple of years are going to be critical in
skills and workforce development. This time around WorldSkills Calgary 2009
gives us Global Partners an opportunity to work with and support WorldSkills
and WorldSkills Calgary 2009 teams and work towards a milestone to check on how
we are all doing in addressing these issues and in particular showing the world
what the young people and future skilled professionals are doing... and that the
future truly is in good hands. There is no economy without skilled workers,"
says Mr. Green.
Watch David Green's Speech
Nearly 1,000 competitors representing 50
member countries/regions are expected to compete in 48 skills and technology
based events from September 1-6, 2009.
Mallabone, Chairman of the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Board of Directors noted,
"leading international corporations and "Captains of Industry" are supporting
the WorldSkills International movement. Together, collaboratively, along with
the WorldSkills International organisation, we are bringing human capital
solutions to the international community, and to our own back yard here in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada.
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will help change perceptions - and reinforce the pride
in a career in the skills trades and technology fields."
Watch Guy Mallabone's Speech
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