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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                                                                                                                        


      900            Competitors
                                                                                                  30    languages
                                                                                                                                                  45    categories

       OF EVENTS
       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,
       Hyatt Regency
       • 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.                                                                                                                                         CALGARY HERALD • 3


     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
                                                                                                                                                 fireworks display.
                                                                                                                                                 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

       C                                                                                                      Try-A-Skill
                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.
                                                                                                       brick wall
          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.
                                                                                                       working project
       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
                                                                                                                                                           It’s Big!
       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.”
4 • CALGARY HERALD                                                                                                                                

     50,000              students attending
                                                                         km of computer cable
                                                                                                                                         37,397  booked hotel room nights

     Interactive facilities offer passport to the future
     Canada House and
     Alberta House

             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.
     Transportation Program
     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.
                                                                                                                                              3,000 volunteers                                                                                                                                                                                CALGARY HERALD • 5

                         82m 150,000
                         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
  and Logistics

                                              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.
  Building Technology

                        12 – Wall and                                        14 – Metal                                        15 – Plumbing                                            18 – Electrical
                        Floor Tiling                                         Roofing                                            and Heating                                              Installations
                        Using tiling tools                                   Roofers build                                     Install water,                                           Manufacture,
  Construction &

                        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
                                                                                                                                                                  Comm. Technology

                                       Install components                                       & Drywall                                                                                                    Network
                                       which form the                                           Systems                                                                                                      Cabling
                                                                                                                                                                  Information &

                                       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
  Engineering Tech.

                                              Automation                                             Team Challenge                                      Mechatronics                                           Engineering
  Manufacturing &

                                              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
                                                          Creative Arts
                                                          and Fashion

   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
                                                                 restaurant servers
                                                                 are skilled in serving
                                                                                                                          covers a broad
                                                                                                                          range of abilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                   It’s Big!
  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                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                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
     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.

                         WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is a publication of the Calgary Herald Special Projects Department
                          Special Projects Manager: Barb Livingstone, 235-7339,
                          Project Co-ordinator: Jamie Zachary,
                          Project Co-ordinator, WorldSkills Calgary 2009: Jennifer Hilliker,

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