SEPTEMBER 1 TO 7, 2009, STAMPEDE PARK
A special publication of WorldSkills in partnership with the Calgary
Calgary welcomes the world
AYBE YOU HAVE SEEN THE laying a welding bead, learning the art of
BANNERS AND BILLBOARDS bricklaying or testing out virtual painting
AROUND CALGARY. MAYBE (more information on page 3).
YOU’VE HEARD MIKE With an estimated total attendance of
TIMELINE HOLMES, CANADA’S “MOST TRUSTED 150,000, 40,000 hotel room nights, 3,500
CONTRACTOR,” ADVOCATE THE EVENT international Delegates and 3,000 volun-
• Sept. 1 ON GLOBAL TV. OR MAYBE YOU’VE JUST teers, the event is predicted to bring in
WHAT: Opening Ceremony HEARD THE WORD: WORLDSKILLS. $82 million in economic beneﬁts to the City
WHERE: Stampede Grandstand But what is the WorldSkills Competition, of Calgary.
ADMISSION: Ticketed event* and what does it mean to our city, our prov- Many employers line up to hire students
ince, our country and our world? who compete in the WorldSkills Competi-
• Sept. 2-5 The WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competi- tion, even during a slower economy. When
WHAT: Simultaneous tion is to skills, trades and technologies Skills Finland hosted the 38th WorldSkills
Competition in 45 skills, professionals what the Olympics are to Competition in 2005, they developed a
WHERE: Stampede Park athletes. Replace the bobsleds, ice skates ﬁve-year economic development plan, cul-
ADMISSION: FREE and javelins with power cords, stove tops minating in the Competition. As a result of
and keyboards and you have the World- their plan, Finland saw a
• Sept. 6 Skills Competition. Those who have at- 20 per cent increase in
WHAT: Closing Ceremony tended past WorldSkills Competitions say applications to vocational It’s Big!
WHERE: Stampede Corral watching the international Competitors, training programs over
ADMISSION: Ticketed event who are all under the age of 23, can be just those ﬁve years. 900 Competitors
as exciting as elite-level sports, and visitors “Skilled tradespeople
• Sept. 7 will quickly get swept up in the excitement. and technologists will continue to play a key
WHAT: Celebration of “To witness the global skills movement in role in building Alberta’s next generation
WorldSkills Champions action is to develop a deeper respect and economy,” says Doug Horner, minister of Al-
WHERE: CFL Labour Day appreciation for the passion, determination berta Advanced Education and Technology.
Classic football game, and expertise embodied by these “That’s why, as the leading funder for this
McMahon Stadium Competitors,” says WorldSkills Calgary exciting Competition, we’re eager to inspire
ADMISSION: Ticketed event president and CEO Richard Walker. and encourage Alberta learners to pursue
“This is only the second time the World- careers in the skills, trades and technologies,
• Aug. 29 - Sept. 5 Skills Competition has been hosted in and we will continue the legacy of the Compe-
WHAT: Cultural Celebration Canada in the 59-year history of WorldSkills tition by distributing event equipment across
of Arts and Music International. It’s not likely to come back Alberta to enhance hands-on learning oppor-
WHERE: Olympic Plaza here anytime soon, so this is a once-in-a- tunities in these high-demand ﬁelds.”
ADMISSION: FREE lifetime opportunity to see the best of the Walker said the timing of the 40th World-
best in skills, trades and technologies up Skills Competition couldn’t be better.
*Rush tickets are available close.” “Since our economy is in a reloading
at the door. Admission is free to the Competition rather than a boom phase, people are tak-
Sept. 2 - 5, with all competitions occurring ing time to catch a breath, retool, retrain
simultaneously over four days. WorldSkills and reload their reservoir of energy. This
Calgary 2009 covers 80,000 square me- is an excellent time for young people to be
tres of space at Stampede Park, making it focusing on their skills,” he said.
the largest independent event ever hosted Although Alberta has only 10 per cent of
there. Several interactive components, in- Canada’s labour force, the province trains
cluding education and career booths, show- more than 20 per cent of the country’s ap-
case many promising and viable career op- prentices, according to research by Calgary
tions. Visitors can also Try-A-Skill by trying Economic Development.
electrical wiring, Cont’d on page 2
2 • CALGARY HERALD www.worldskills2009.com
BY THE NUMBERS
Tuesday, Sept. 1
One School, One Country
(10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) — various
schools throughout Calgary
Presented by EnCana
• Opening Ceremony (6-8:30
p.m.) — ticketed event, Stampede
Presented by Samsung
Wednesday, Sept. 2
• Global Skills Marketplace
(9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) — invitation only,
• Viewing Hours (9 a.m.
– 5:30 p.m.) – Stampede Park, free
admission, open to the public
• Canada House
• Alberta House
• Try-A-Skill @ Skill City
Presented by the Calgary Herald
• Global Skills Village
Presented by UA Canadian Piping
• Competition Day 1 (10:30 a.m.
– 5:30 p.m.) – Stampede Park,
free admission, open to the public
• Industry Night (6-7:30 p.m.) More than 1,000 WorldSkills Competitors and Team Leaders will be housed in two residence towers on the SAIT Polytechnic
— private event, Global Skills main campus that feature apartment-style accommodations with private bedrooms and open common areas.
SAIT to house more than 1,000
Hosted by Alliance Tech
Thursday, Sept. 3
• Viewing Hours (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
– Stampede Park, free admission,
aking on 1,076 guests for residence towers on the SAIT main
open to the public
• Canada House 10 days isn’t something they campus. The East Tower, opened
On the menu
• Alberta House do every day, but the staff at in 2001, features apartment-
• Try-A-Skill @ Skill City SAIT Polytechnic, who are dedicated style accommodation with private Bruce Sanderson, executive
Presented by the Calgary Herald to WorldSkills Calgary 2009, are bedrooms and open common areas chef for Chartwells at
• Global Skills Village determined to make it look easy. in all suites. SAIT Polytechnic, is laying
Presented by UA Canadian Piping in provisions to feed the
Almost 30 SAIT staff from 10 The Tower Residence, newly
Trades Competitors and ofﬁcials
• Competition Day 2 (10 a.m. departments are committed to the opened in 2008, features
project, working with each other and clean lines and state-of-the-art who will be staying at the
- 7 p.m.) – Stampede Park, free
admission, open to the public in their own departments to ensure construction with single and double Competitors’ Village.
• WorldSkills Leaders Forum Competitors and Team Leaders suites – all with private bedrooms. The grocery list includes:
(11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) — invitation only, have a safe, comfortable and Both buildings showcase the city
Hyatt Regency • 1,000 pounds of Alberta beef
enjoyable experience while on and mountain skylines.
• Industry Night (7:30-9 p.m.)
campus. “All units also have hard-wired
— private event, Global Skills • 4,000 pieces of chicken breast
Village “In addition to the committee internet access,” Rokosh says.
Presented by Calgary Fasteners members, SAIT and its service “Wireless internet access will be • 1,000 litres of juice
providers will marshal enough available on campus and guests will
Friday, Sept. 4 support staff to house, feed, be able to sign up for passwords • 2,000 litres of milk
• WorldSkills Calgary 2009 entertain and communicate with on arrival. At the base of the Tower
Information Technology Forum everyone,” says SAIT skills co- Residence, guests can access • 600 loaves of bread
(8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – invitation
only, Boyce Theatre ordinator Patricia Rokosh. Sobey’s, the on-campus grocery
This is the ﬁrst time in WorldSkills store, and Starbucks for coffee and • 10,000 hashbrown patties
• Viewing Hours (9 a.m. –
6:30 p.m.) – Stampede Park, history that all Competitors will light snacks.
free admission, open to the public share the same high-quality “The campus recreation facilities,
• Canada House accommodation at a single-site including a swimming pool and
• Alberta House Competitor’s Village. weight room, will be available for opportunity to house all the
• Try-A-Skill @ Skill City SAIT student and WorldSkills use by all Competitor’s Village guest Competitors and Team Leaders
Presented by the Calgary Herald
• Global Skills Village Calgary 2009 Competitor Brad residents.” from around the world. As a result,
Presented by UA Canadian Piping Chyz looks forward to being able On-campus meals will be served the start of the school year for
Trades to meet everyone and size up his in the Heart Building, a short walk full-time SAIT students was moved
• Competition Day 3 (9:30 a.m. competition in the sheet metal from either residence location. back to Sept. 14 to accommodate
- 6:30 p.m.) – Stampede Park, technology category. Menu options will reﬂect cultural and WorldSkills and still ensure a
free admission, open to the “I think it’s a good thing,” he says. religious preferences and range from seamless move-in for our students
public “We’ll be able to talk to everybody Halal-certiﬁed proteins to Japanese- following the event,” Rokosh
• Industry Night (7-8:30 p.m.)
— private event, Global Skills from every country. I think they will style rice and ﬁsh. Competitors will says.
Village love SAIT, with all the scenery and also access the C-Train at SAIT for Rokosh adds meetings were
landscaping around campus. I’m transport directly to the competition held with a number of visiting
Saturday, Sept. 5 pretty sure they will think it’s a nice site at Stampede Park. international Team Leaders over the
• Competition Day 4 (9 a.m. place.” “As a founding sponsor of past year, and the response to the
- 2 p.m.) – Stampede Park, free Competitors and their team WorldSkills Calgary 2009, SAIT housing arrangements at SAIT has
admission, open to the public
leaders will be housed in two wanted to offer the unique been very positive.
• Viewing Hours (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
– Stampede Park, free admission,
open to the public
• Canada House
F R O M PAG E 1
Event pays off for local programs
• Alberta House
• Try-A-Skill @ Skill City
Presented by the Calgary Herald
• Global Skills Village
Presented by UA Canadian Piping
Trades During the 2001 - 2006 period, also be visiting schools in Calgary DID YOU KNOW?
Alberta apprenticeship registrations on Sept. 1 as part of the One School,
Sunday, Sept. 6 rose by 71 per cent. One Country program. > THE ONE SCHOOL, ONE
• Awards and Closing Ceremony As of December 2008, there were The program matches 159 elemen- COUNTRY PROGRAM
(6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) - ticketed event, 70,415 registered apprentices work- tary and middle schools with one of MATCHES ELEMENTARY/
Stampede Corral ing in Alberta, and 89,200 people the 51 WorldSkills International Mem- MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Presented by Samsung WITH WORLDSKILLS
in Calgary working in the six skill ber countries/regions that have sent
Monday, Sept. 7 categories represented at WorldSkills a team to compete at WorldSkills MEMBER NATIONS.
• Celebration of WorldSkills Calgary 2009. Calgary 2009.
Champions halftime show The categories are Transportation Throughout the 2008/2009 school ing committee is visiting Calgary in
during the CFL Labour Day and Logistics, Construction and Build- year, students learned about their September to gain insight to assist
Classic football game, Ticketed ing Technology, Manufacturing and matched country or region’s culture in their planning for the London Com-
Event, McMahon Stadium Engineering Technology, Information and their part in the Competition. petition. Paris, France and Leipzig,
(5:30- 8:30 p.m.)
and Communication Technology, Cre- Fifty-ﬁve of those schools will Germany have bid to host the 42nd
ative Arts and Fashion and Social and “Welcome the World to Calgary” as WorldSkills Competition in 2013.
Personal Services. they host Competitors from the coun- The winning bid will be announced
For a complete listing of the 45 try or region they have been studying. Sept. 1 in Calgary so that the
It’s Big! skills, trades and technologies in the The next WorldSkills Competition country’s representatives can also
Competition, see page 5. is in London, England in 2011. The learn from WorldSkills Calgary 2009
45 skills Competitors and Team Leaders will WorldSkills London 2011 organiz- during their visit to our city.
www.worldskills2009.com CALGARY HERALD • 3
BY THE NUMBERS
83,610sq. m. of space at Stampede
1,000Delegates and Experts
400,000 kilograms of equipment
• Opening/Closing Ceremonies,
presented by Samsung
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies
focus on the culture and passion
embodied by more than 900
world-class Competitors and 3,500
Delegates, visitors and experts from
51 Member countries/regions at
WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
The Opening Ceremony on Sept. 1
offers a glimpse of the week ahead.
The Parade of Nations honours and
introduces Competitors, followed by
special greetings from WorldSkills
Calgary 2009, WorldSkills International
and government leaders.
A wide variety of entertainment
displaying the diversity of Canadian
culture will culminate in a fantastic
The Corral at Stampede Park hosts
the Closing Ceremony on Sept. 6,
where WorldSkills champions in each
of the 45 skill categories will receive
awards and medals to mark their
As the ofﬁcial closing of the
Competition, the WorldSkills ﬂag will
be passed to the next Competition
host, WorldSkills London 2011
Try-A-Skill activities range from a welding task to creating a brick wall. Their intention is to inspire participants to ﬁnd a ca-
Both the Opening and Closing
reer path that matches their interests, says Lou Keresztes of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
Ceremonies are ticketed events. Tickets
are available for purchase to the
Try-A-Skill beneﬁcial for youth
Opening Ceremony on Sept. 1 at the
Stampede Grandstand ticket booths.
• WorldSkills Leaders Forum
lose to 50,000 students “It’s a blast for everyone,” says WorldSkills International is proud
visiting the 40th WorldSkills 55-year-old Leigh Smithson, a Red to host leaders from government,
Competition will grow from Deer high school teacher who has • Automobile Technology — industry, education and unions from
interested spectators to engaged coached students for the provincial and Tire change races around the world who will gather in
participants ready to uncover their own Canadian skills Competition. • Beauty Therapy — Calgary on Sept. 3 to participate in the
Cosmetology skills WorldSkills Leaders Forum.
hidden potential in skills, trades and For the last three years he has
• Bricklaying — Create a The forum is the preeminent annual
technologies. volunteered to run the electrical wiring forum on global skills issues.
Hundreds of volunteer experts from Try-A-Skill booth at the Skills Canada This year’s event is the largest to date,
• Cabinetmaking — Wood
across the province will share their Alberta Competition. with all of the 650 seats ﬁlled.
enthusiasm for their chosen career at “They (Try-A-Skill visitors) make little Canadian business executive,
• Carpentry — Rafter
the Try-A-Skill activities located in the wire bracelets by stripping a piece consultant and author Don Tapscott
construction will deliver the keynote address.
Skill City tent, where visitors try their of wire and putting it together like an • CNC Milling — Make a key Tapscott is one of the world’s leading
hand at events ranging from landscape electrician. I make sure they feel cool chain authorities on business strategy
gardening to beauty therapy and and make the kids giggle and laugh. • Computer Animation — and the strategic value and impact
carpentry to computer animation. They really love Try-A-Skill and get to Animation creation of information technology. He has
“We think Skill City will be the most walk away with something that they • Electrical Installations — authored such books as Wikinomics
popular thing at the Competition,” have built.” Low voltage experiments How Mass Collaboration Changes
says Lou Keresztes, director of skills, Smithson has taught for over six • Electronics — Build and Everything, and Growing Up Digital.
apprenticeship and education for years after retiring as a journeyman test a biofeedback monitor Following his keynote address Tapscott
• Landscape Gardening — will moderate a panel discussion
WorldSkills Calgary 2009. electrician. He has always had of ﬁve past champions from recent
“It’s not just for students: anybody apprentices, but wanted to become a Create a mosaic
WorldSkills Competitions. They will
who goes into Skill City and tries a skill mentor for youth. • Mould Making — Build a yo-
share both the professional and
yo personal beneﬁts they experienced
will greatly beneﬁt from the experience. “Try-A-Skill is just a natural extension
• Painting & Decorating — from competing in the WorldSkills
It will open their eyes and change their of being a teacher,” he says.
Virtual painting Competition along with their thoughts
perception on that particular ﬁeld. Hairstyling teacher Jill Broker agrees
• Plastering & Drywall on important global skills issues.
“Ultimately we want students and with Smithson – she has trained Systems — Drywall project The forum is presented by the
others to be inspired to ﬁnd a career students who have gone on to compete • Plumbing & Heating — Government of Alberta, and
path that matches their interests and in the WorldSkills Competition. She will Pipe soldering proudly supported by WorldSkills
use the Competition as motivation to be running the Beauty Therapy Try-A- • Refrigeration — Copper International’s Global Industry
expand their knowledge of skills, trades Skill in September. Partners and the Council of Ministers
and technologies career options.” “WorldSkills and Try-A-Skill shows of Education, Canada.
This is the ﬁrst time Try-A-Skill students that you don’t just have to be demonstrating nail art, skin tattooing, The forum is a ticketed event.
activities will be offered at an a doctor or lawyer,” she says. “It allows hair, lash and eyebrow tinting, hair
international WorldSkills Competition, them to see and experience what extensions and more. • Global Skills Marketplace
although they have been featured trades are out there and really exposes Try-A-Skill is presented by the Calgary The Global Skills Marketplace is a half-
at previous provincial and national (them to) all kinds of different ﬁelds.” Herald and hosted in partnership with day series of world-class workshops
Competitions. At Skill City, Broker will be Skills Canada Alberta. addressing important global skills
More than 150 individuals and
representatives from regional and
AWARDS Launch yourself into WorldSkills international organizations will
participate in this event on Sept 2.
The marketplace workshops are
While 900 international experts will be It’s not quite as mysterious Calgar y 2009,” says Guy interactive and participants engage
judging 45 skill categories based on years as the depths of our galaxy, Mallabone, chair of the WorldSkills with both presenters and their
of experience, there’s an opportunity for the but visitors will be literally Calgar y 2009 Board or Directors. colleagues.
average person to make an impact as well. launched into the 40th WorldSkills “Minimizing safety risks and Topics include Skills in a Post-Recession
World-Class Economy; Skills Standards
Visitors to the 40th WorldSkills Competi- Competition. emphasizing precautionar y learning
for Technology Based Industry;
tion can vote for their favourite project in Since Calgarians have never is routinely practiced in the trades. Multiple Assessment Pathways Project;
eight skill categories in the People’s Choice experienced an event quite The Shell Launch Pads are a way to The Mobile Workforce: From India
Awards. like WorldSkills Calgar y 2009, model that behaviour as par t of the to Canada; and a Samsung-Credu
Voting will take place on Sept. 4 and 5 in the organizers are providing an event.” Blended E-learning Project.
skill categories of Sheet Metal Technology, orientation at a Shell Launch Pad Shell Canada Ltd. spokeswoman Organizations presenting the
Confectioner/Pastry Cook, Landscape Gar- at all four corners of the event. Catherine Freeman says her workshops include the City & Guilds
Centre for Skills Development,
dening, Graphic Design, Web Design, Floris- Upon arrival, spectators will be company is suppor ting the Shell
Canadian Printing Industry Sector
try, Hairdressing and Fashion Technology. ushered to a Shell Launch Pad to Launch pads to help WorldSkills Council, Industry Training Authority
This Competition marks the ﬁrst-ever receive information on many of the Calgar y 2009 excite and engage of British Columbia, Canada, City &
People’s Choice Awards. competition areas and interactive spectators about careers in skills, Guilds Centre for Skills Development
“I would be really thrilled if I won,” says , components such as the Global trades and technologies. and Samsung with Credu.
Team Canada Competitor Daisy Liang, who Skills Village, Skills Ambassador “Skilled tradespeople are critical The marketplace is proudly supported
is competing in Fashion Technology. Stations and Tr y-A-Skill at Skill City. to the success of our industr y,” by WorldSkills International’s Global
Industry Partners. It is a ticketed event.
“It would mean that my designs aren’t just They will also watch a brief video Freeman says.
technically sound but are also appreciated by highlighting the attractions. “There is a great need to attract
the people would actually wear them.”
Prizes for the winners will be handed out
“The Shell Launch Pads will
provide spectators with the
more apprentices to fill the
demand created as tradespeople
at the Competitors’ Farewell Party after the impor tant information they need retire and to help our industr y meet $82 million impact
Closing Ceremony on Sept. 6. to get the most out of WorldSkills its future growth plans.”
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50,000 students attending
km of computer cable
37,397 booked hotel room nights
Interactive facilities offer passport to the future
Canada House and
ven if watching 900 highly-
skilled, international Competi-
tors go head-to-head in
45 skills isn’t enough to inspire you
to explore a career in skills, trades, or
technologies, the impressive Canada
House and Alberta House surely will.
The two tent facilities located in the
Global Skills Village presented by UA
Canadian Piping Trades, which runs
parallel to the Competition at Stam-
pede Park, will proﬁle numerous learn-
ing and working opportunities available
in Canada and Alberta.
Alberta House will showcase Alber-
ta’s key strengths — learning, work-
ing, innovating, living and visiting. Each
themed area will feature displays,
demonstrations, youth ambassadors,
websites and interactive resources
about post-secondary options, how
to start a career in skills, trades and
technologies and even where to plan
your next vacation in the province.
“Building Alberta’s next generation Alberta House will feature themed areas that will showcase learning and working opportunities available in the province.
economy takes educated, innovative
and highly skilled people. By supporting combining his talents as a hobby me- work of resources in this province to nologies impact our daily lives.
the Competition, we’re actively encour- chanic and knowledge in video produc- help them. I hope to inspire the youth Interactive, educational and fun
aging more youth to explore trades and tion to create a new line of ﬁlm equip- who visit Alberta House during the displays within the 5,000-square-feet
technology careers and promoting the ment, the Indie500, that is compact, WorldSkills Competition by sharing my tent offer information about the tech-
learning, training, and working opportu- easy to transport and low-cost. experiences as a young entrepreneur.” nology, manufacturing, construction,
nities in Alberta,” says Government of He’s also designing a smaller-than- Next-door neighbour Canada House transportation and hospitality ﬁelds
Alberta spokesperson Allia Sabir. average, independent grip truck that’s boasts a full sensory experience; for both potential students and work-
Youth ambassadors for Alberta equipped with movie-making essen- Christianne Scholﬁeld, director of Pan- ers and their parents, educators and
House include representatives from tials — a ﬁlm industry ﬁrst. Canadian Partner Development with inﬂuencers.
the Learning Clicks Program and the “Anyone can be an innovator in Al- Skills/Compétences Canada, says you Canada House and Alberta House
Youth Technopreneurship Program. berta - regardless of age, geography or will be able to see, touch, smell, hear, will be open during the Competition
Dave Milan is a young technopreneur background,” he says. “There is a net- and taste how skills, trades, and tech- and in the evening until 9 p.m.
Along with skills, trades and
Legacy program builds for the future
technologies, WorldSkills Many Alberta learners will start their
Calgary 2009 is dedicated to the school year in upgraded skills, trades
environment. and technologies classrooms and labs
One of the goals of the 40th thanks to $14 million in state-of-the-art
WorldSkills Competition is equipment purchased for WorldSkills
to execute numerous green Calgary 2009.
initiatives that will reduce waste, The nearly-new teaching resources
reuse and recycle products and will be distributed across Alberta as
create benchmarks for future part of the Alberta government’s World-
WorldSkills Competitions. Skills Equipment Legacy Program.
Presented by EnCana and Computers, diamond-bladed water
supported by Golder Associates, saws, ice cream makers and compact
here are a few of the pillars of the injection molding machines are some
Environmental Program: examples of the items used in the
competing 45 skill areas, which will
• Green Team be handed over to high schools and
A group of volunteers will help post-secondary institutions through-
benchmark the environmental out Alberta.
performance of WorldSkills Calgary “Helping students and apprentices Alberta Advanced Education and Technology Minister Doug Horner says the equip-
2009 by collecting data, making become familiar with the latest tech- ment legacy program will give schools that much-needed ﬂexibility.
observations and conducting nology and techniques used by employ-
interviews and surveys. ers is a key path to ensure success High schools offering career and tech- be announced by the Government of
The Green Team will conduct an for skilled tradespeople and technolo- nology studies courses and post-sec- Alberta after the Competition, and suc-
Environmental Survey with all gists,” says Hector Goudreau, minister ondary institutions offering apprentice- cessful high schools and post-second-
exhibitors at the Global Skills of Employment and Immigration. ship technical training across Alberta ary institutions will receive their allot-
Village. Education Minister Dave Hancock were invited to submit proposals for ment in September.
adds: “Advanced Education and Tecnol- speciﬁc lots of equipment and tools. Investing a total of $24 million to sup-
• Pick-Up and Return ogy Minister Doug Horner and I are very Priority was given to schools and port WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competi-
Strategy pleased that the Equipment Legacy Pro- post-secondary institutions meeting tion and $4 million to fund transporta-
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 will gram will provide so many high schools criteria ranging from the need to replace tion of thousands of Alberta students to
optimize the amount of programs and post-secondary institutions with obsolete equipment to value-added con- the events is part of Alberta’s efforts to
circulated by encouraging visitors added ﬂexibility to support new trades siderations such as overall community encourage youth to pursue careers in the
to recycle their program in drop or technology programs and upgrade impacts. skilled trades and technologies and build
bins at the gate at the end of the existing programs.” Recipients of equipment lots will Alberta’s next-generation workforce.
day for use by visitors the next day.
The C-Train is 100 per cent wind
powered, so the use of public
It takes a village — to ﬁnd a career
transit by both spectators, You need the right tools to build a says Cody Kotyk, a WorldSkills Calgary “(Exhibitors) will be able to walk away
Competitors and Delegates during career in skills, trades or technologies. 2009 venue co-ordinator specializing from the event and say, ‘We were there,
the event effectively reduces our Many of those tools will be readily in GSV. we made a difference. Look what the
environmental impact. available at Global Skills Village (GSV) As well as career path information 40th WorldSkills Competition did for
C-Train use is incorporated in presented by UA Canadian Piping and post-secondary training options, skills, trades and technologies.”
all areas of WorldSkills Calgary Trades, a hub of activity and learning Kotyk says visitors to GSV may also ﬁnd GSV will also house the Internet Café
2009. For example, Competitors at WorldSkills Calgary 2009. leads to employment opportunities. and WorldSkills Connect Place, where
staying at Competitors’ Village With more than 120 exhibitors in- “There may be job opportunities visitors and industry leaders can book
at SAIT Polytechnic will travel cluding industry leaders, educational available at GSV,” he says. “GSV will business meetings. GSV is open Sept
to Stampede Park by C-Train. institutions, WorldSkills International really inform visitors of various compa- 2 - 5, 9 a.m. until the Competition
Delegates and other guests Member organizations and sponsors, nies’ platforms and what it is they do.” closes.
staying at downtown hotels GSV will be a one-stop shop for visitors GSV is centrally located at Stampede
are also within range of C-Train considering new career paths. Park near the BMO Centre. Kotyk said
stations and many students “There is such a need for skilled playing a key role in the WorldSkills It’s Big!
travelling to the event will also do professionals today, not only in Cal- Calgary 2009 legacy was a driving
so by C-Train. gary and Alberta, but internationally,” force for many GSV exhibitors.
www.worldskills2009.com CALGARY HERALD • 5
boost to local economy total attendance
in donated equipment
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competition categories
13 – Autobody 33 – Automotive 36 – Car D1 – Aircraft
Repair Technology Painting Maintenance
Autobody repairers Able to understand Remove, mark Technicians
restore bodywork the functions out and replace Inspect, service,
damage, ranging of car systems vehicle body troubleshoot,
from mechanical and carry out parts, prepare remove, install
to cosmetic, mainly troubleshooting, surfaces, treat and repair
caused by road maintenance and with protective aircraft systems.
accidents. repair work. chemicals.
12 – Wall and 14 – Metal 15 – Plumbing 18 – Electrical
Floor Tiling Rooﬁng and Heating Installations
Using tiling tools Roofers build Install water, Manufacture,
and equipment to and install roofs, drainage and maintain and
install and ﬁx ﬂoor walls, furring, heating pipes. repair electrical
and wall tiles, guttering and Tasks can equipment for
decorative tiling roof safety include gas and houses, industrial
and tiling of pools structures at compressed air sites and power
and spas. construction sites. pipe installations. stations.
19 – Industrial 20 - Bricklaying 21 – Stone- 22 – Painting
Control Cut and lay brick, masonry and Decorating
Install conduits, stone, glass Stonemasonry is Involves preparing
cables, devices, block or terra the art of crafting surfaces, selecting
instruments, cotta to build stone. Buildings, paints and colours,
automated devices walls, ﬁreplaces, structures and brushing, rolling
and control centre chimneys and sculptures are all or spraying paints
ﬁttings quickly and other structures. constructed by and applying
safely. stonemasons. decorative ﬁnishes.
24 – Cabinet- 26 – Carpentry 25 – Joinery 37 – Landscape
making Expertise in a wide Joinery is the Gardening
Works with variety of skills process of Design, develop
wood to produce that are needed connecting or and apply
furniture, cabinetry in commercial joining two pieces landscape plans,
and architectural construction, and of wood together haul and spread
millwork from a residential building through the use of topsoil, care for
variety of materials. and structural various forms of plants, mow, water,
maintenance. wood joints. fertilize and trim.
38 – Refrigeration D03 – Plastering 2 – Information
Install components & Drywall Network
which form the Systems Cabling
refrigeration system. The development Consists of
When your air & decoration of the designing,
conditioning stops buildings by the installing and
working, these are processing of testing of
the professionals materials telecommunication
you call. containing plaster. networks.
9 – IT/Software 11 – Offset 17 – Web Design 39 – IT/PC
Applications Printing Use computer Network
IT/Software Fit printing plates programs to Support
Applications or cylinders on produce web Assembling PCs
involves various presses, mix the pages that include with accessories
uses of Microsoft inks that go on links to other and network
Ofﬁce software them and adjust pages, graphic devices for home
(or similar) and the colour ﬂow to elements, text and and business
graphic programs. the image. photographs. environments.
1 – Polymechanics/ 3 – Manufacturing 4 – Mechatronics 5 – Mechanical
Automation Team Challenge Mechatronics Engineering
Covers a range of Designing and technicians build, Design – CAD
activities within manufacturing maintain, repair The use of
manufacturing, equipment and program computer-aided
assembly, assemblies using equipment control design technology
maintenance and skills, including draft systems for the to produce
technical control and computerized automation documentation in
systems. design. industry. manufacturing.
6 – CNC Turning 7 – CNC Milling 8 – Mould 10 – Welding
A process used to CNC Milling Making Welding involves
produce cylindrical involves cutting A mould maker the fusing and
components metal materials produces plastic separation of
through metal with computer parts ranging materials using
cutting using numerically from mobile a variety of
computer controlled phone covers and processes.
numerically (CNC) milling TV remotes, to
controlled lathes. machines. bottles and toys.
16 – Electronics 23 – Mobile HM01 – Sheet
Electronics Robotics Metal Technology
involves A team competition Fabricate and
manufacturing, that has Competitors install a variety
testing and assembling, setting of construction-
troubleshooting up, managing related items using
electronic and maintaining sheet metal or
equipment. mechanical systems plastic material
within a mobile robot. components.
D02 – 27 – Jewellery 28 – Floristry 31 – Fashion
Construction Jewellers create The art of creating Technology
Metal Works beautiful and bouquets and Develop and
The construction durable jewellery compositions from create new
of steel structures, out of previous ﬂowers, foliages, clothing and
their assembly, metals for a herbs, ornamental accessory designs,
formation, variety of grasses and as well as analyze
maintenance customers. other botanical fashion trends.
and repair. materials.
40 – Graphic 29 – Ladies’/ 30 – Beauty 32 –
Design Men’s Therapy Confectioner/
Research Hairdressing A beauty Pastry Cook
and manage Demonstrate the therapist is a Create delicious
virtual design correct cutting specialist in skin products for all
projects, with a techniques, care, skin care kinds of events,
primary focus curling, colouring advice, massage needing artistic
on electronic and barbering. and makeup. ﬂair and talent.
34 – Cooking 35 – Restaurant 41 – Caring
Trained to Service Caring is a team
manage Professional competition that
are skilled in serving
covers a broad
range of abilities
plan menus food and drinks, and activities
and prepare mixing international dealing with social 51 countries/regions
appealing and drinks and working care, nursing and
nutritious meals. behind the bar. rehabilitation.
6 • CALGARY HERALD www.worldskills2009.com
Music and entertainment
at the Cultural Celebration
When Calgary welcomes the world
this September, there will be plenty
more to do than watch 900 highly-
skilled, passionate, world-class
Competitors participate in 45 skills on
the international stage.
Thousands of WorldSkills
Competition visitors, Competitors,
Experts, and Delegates in Calgary
– along with the general public – can WorldSkills Calgary will include a
multi-day festival at Olympic Plaza.
participate in the exciting culture that
exists in the city and across Canada. concert featuring high ﬂying aerial acts,
A multi-day festival kicks off Aug. 29 circus performers, a percussion show
at Olympic Plaza downtown with the and music from around the world.
You won’t likely see Cole Bowen at WorldSkills Calgary 2009, but you will see his opening of an Artisan Village and a “It’s going to be a place for people
hard work, with the Competition’s mascots, Tug and Tess, expected at every turn.
stage show featuring both emerging to let loose, hear some wonderful
Meet the man
and established artists in music, music, enjoy good food, and hang out
dance, visual arts and theatre from with their friends,” says Brian Dorscht,
Calgary, Alberta and across Canada. event co-ordinator for the City of
Then, throughout the week, a cultural Calgary’s Arts and Culture division.
behind the mascots party with buskers, roving performers
and local artisans will continue in the
downtown core and at Stampede Park,
Beginning this year, the City of Calgary
is partnering with the entire local cultural
community in declaring September
oon after WorldSkills Calgary elementary and middle schools with culminating with a ﬁnal stage show at “Culture Month,” which was partly
2009 secured the bid to one of the WorldSkills International Olympic Plaza on Sept. 5. The show will inspired by WorldSkills Calgary 2009
host the 40th WorldSkills Member countries/regions that feature a spectacular carnival-themed www.calgary.ca/worldskills.
Competition, they were tasked with is sending a team to compete at
Bringing Calgary to London
ﬁnding a mascot that represented WorldSkills Calgary 2009. Students
Calgary to the world. learn about their matched country or
Two Clydesdale horses, known region’s culture and their part in the
for their hard work and dedication Competition. Tug and Tess star in the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 president “We have taken learning points
to duty, were chosen to represent One School, One Country educational and CEO Richard Walker wanted to from Calgary’s preparations so far
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 – but it’s book that was released in June. make the Competition mean more than with regard to the volunteer program
23-year-old Cole Bowen who really Bowen’s passion for mascots just a week in Calgary in September. and the visitor experience
gets the job done. began in the summer of 2008, when Every step of the way, WorldSkills program,” says Sarah
As volunteer mascot co-ordinator he played Tansi, a white-tailed deer Calgary 2009 will help the next host Moss, director of commu-
for the largest independent event representing the Saskatchewan country, London, United Kingdom, nications for WorldSkills
ever hosted on Stampede Park, Summer Games. When he moved to develop their plans for 2011. London 2011.
Bowen works hand-in-hand with Calgary, he became a mascot for SAIT “It’s part of our To encourage the collabo-
promotions and marketing to ensure Polytechnic’s (Southern Alberta Institute legacy,” says Walker. ration process, Walker vis-
unbearably cute mascots Tug and of Technology) men’s hockey team. “From the moment ited with the London team
Tess are everywhere they need to be. “The best feeling I ever had was we put forth the bid last January.
“The mascots are the icon of the when I was a mascot for them during in 2004, we knew we wanted to help Moss is looking forward to learning
Competition,” he says. “I do take my their championship game,” he says. make WorldSkills International a bet- more at the event in September, es-
job really seriously because if you’re “I was in the mascot uniform and just ter organization, and helping the next pecially how to engage the public and
not careful, you can have people pass shaking with excitement. It changed host country is a part of that. We media during the Competition.
out from heat or exhaustion. You have my life to be on the ice with them made available our entire sponsor- She says they will take away some
to keep them cool, give them breaks when they received their medals.” ship program so we could coordinate valuable knowledge from the work
when they need them – a person’s Now that Bowen is in charge of Tug rather than compete with corporate the Calgary team is doing to engage
life is in your hands. and Tess, he’s going to make sure sponsors. schools, both online and ofﬂine and
“I really want to make our city and his team is taken care of and plans “We also sent a complete copy of through the One School, One Country
WorldSkills Calgary 2009 proud.” to throw a pizza party halfway through our global budget, so they knew what Program, which pairs up elementary
By July, a team of 15 volunteers the Competition in September to costs they would be in for.” and junior high schools with an inter-
were be in place to play Tug and Tess, keep them motivated. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 isn’t national team.
who will be used to bring awareness After the Competition, Bowen alone in its efforts to collaborate
to skills, trades, and technologies begins the two-year Travel and — WorldSkills International is also giv- It’s Big!
in schools, events, and more. They Tourism program at SAIT, then plans ing WorldSkills London 2011 perspec-
are crucial to the One School, One to transfer into an Event Management tives on the organizational require- 150,000 attendance
Country program, which matches 159 bachelor’s degree. ments two years before their event.
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