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WorldSkills Calgary 2009

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 competitors can build anything – including the biggest professional skills competition in the world.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is part of a global movement to develop, recognize and inspire young people in the skilled professions. Over its 59-year history, the WorldSkills Competition (formerly known as the "Skill Olympics") has established itself as the premier showcase for young skilled professionals (aged 17 to 22).

Every two years, hundreds of young competitors from all over the world gather to compete in their respective fields. Over four days of competition, 900+ competitors drawn from 51 member countries/regions, test themselves against high international standards and, more importantly, each other. They'll be coming to WorldSkills Calgary 2009 to prove they are the world's best.

The WorldSkills Competition sets world-class standards in 45 skill categories ranging from welding to cooking, autobody repair to landscape gardening, and plumbing to web design. In other words, the skilled professions aren't just about hammers and nails anymore.

From September 1 to 7 at WorldSkills Calgary 2009, over 150,000 spectators including students, parents, policy makers, media, employers, teachers, trainers and experts from around the world will take it all in.


Questions or concerns?

Please contact the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Education and Skills Awareness Team (the E-Team):

Lou Keresztes
Director: Skills, Apprenticeship and Education

Sean O'Reilly
Youth Program Senior Manager


Debra Stark
One School, One Country Coordinator


Lynn Donnelly Robb
Skills Ambassador Coordinator


Kristen Immel
Skills Awareness Coordinator (Passport Program)


William Manty
Skills Awareness Coordinator (Launch Pads)

Daryl Evans
Skills Road Show Manager


Mark Ford
Skills Road Show Coordinator


Anne Hodgkinson
Skills Road Show Coordinator


Melody Waddington
Skills Road Show Booking Coordinator

How did the 40th WorldSkills Competition come to take place in Calgary?

Skills/Compétences Canada is the member organization for Canada, and organizes regional, provincial and national competitions. Skills/Compétences Canada put forward Canada's name to host the 40th WorldSkills Competition.

The bid process was led by Skills/Compétences Canada and SAIT Polytechnic, in conjunction with many partners including EnCana, Cisco Systems, PCL Construction, Enerflex, Calgary Airport Authority, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, and Travel Alberta. The bid was supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, and the City of Calgary.

In May 2004, at the WorldSkills General Assembly in Hong Kong, Canada officially won the right to host the 2009 WorldSkills Competition.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization established to plan and host the 40th WorldSkills Competition in September 2009.

WSC2009's mission is to engage the passion of our youth to pursue satisfying trades and technology career pathways that result in a motivated and highly skilled workforce.



Calendar of events

  • Regardless of the start time of each day of Competition, the Launch Pad orientation experience, Skill City and Global Skills Village will be open at 9:00 a.m. from September 2nd - 5th!


  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 – One School, One Country – 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

                                                                   Opening Ceremonies – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 – Competition Day #1 – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 – Competition Day #2 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Friday, September 4th, 2009 – Competition Day #3 – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, September 5th, 2009 – Competition Day #4 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, September 6th, 2009 – Closing Ceremonies – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Monday, September 7th, 2009 – World Champions on the World Stage – half-time show at the CFL Labour Day Classic at McMahon Stadium


Answers to FAQs

  • EVERYONE is welcome (and encouraged) to attend one or more days of the Competition!


  • There is so much to see and do that you will want to spend as much time at the Competition as possible!


  • Competition viewing is FREE OF CHARGE to all spectators.

  • The Try-A-Skill™ activities, Skills Ambassador Stations and Global Skills Village are FREE OF CHARGE to all spectators.

  • The Launch Pad orientation experience is mandatory and free of charge to all students, teachers, chaperones and parents.

  • The Opening and Closing Ceremonies require a ticket to attend – tickets can be won from any of the contests our media partners will be running throughout the year leading up to the competition.


  • This is a GREEN competition, so plan on taking public transit to Stampede Park!  There is NO PARKING at the venue (except for school busses).


  • YES!  You are more than welcome to bring a bagged lunch.


  • YES!  There is a Stampede Park Boxed Lunch Program for schools attending WSC2009 - if you wish to take advantage of it.


  • YES!  Stampede Park's concessions will be open during the Competition.


  • YES!  There is an accommodation and accreditation package for teachers and students attending WSC2009 from out of town.


  • Regardless of the start time of each day of Competition (see above), the Launch Pad orientation experience, Skill City and Global Skills Village will be open at 9:00 a.m. from September 2nd - 5th!
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