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Canadian Skills Competition launches this week in PEI

Gatineau, QC -- Skills/Compétences Canada (Skills Canada), a not-for-profit organization that actively promo...


May 18, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Gatineau, QC — Skills/Compétences Canada (Skills Canada), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, will host the 15th Canadian Skills Competition, from May 20-23, 2009, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The national event brings together over 500 talented young Canadians who have successfully competed at the provincial and territorial level, and marks the 104 day countdown to WorldSkills Calgary 2009, taking place in September 2009.


“The Canadian Skills Competition is the only event of its kind that recognizes excellence and raises awareness for skilled trades and technologies as a preferred career path for young Canadians,” said Shaun Thorson, executive director, Skills Canada. “From carpentry, automotive technology, and electrical installations to IT/software applications, graphic design technology and mobile robotics, the competition showcases traditional trade skills, along with new and emerging technology vocations that are critical to some of the fastest growing industries of Canada’s economy.”



Started in 1994, the Canadian Skills Competition is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. The event brings together approximately Canada’s best and brightest to compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology categories. The competition provides an opportunity for students to be tested against exacting industry standards and against their peers from across the nation in their chosen discipline.


More than 700 industry professionals from across Canada and another 250 from PEI will be volunteering their time and expertise to ensure the success of the event. Thousands more will tour the event to gain information and inspiration to find their own path to success. Career-seekers will see a diverse cross section of options, from culinary arts to hairstyling, and computer animation to auto service.


The two-day competition will take place at the Tourism and Culinary Centre of Holland College and the Charlottetown Civic Centre. Admission is free. For complete agenda, logistics and registration information, visit the Canadian Skills Competition website at


WorldSkills Calgary 2009


The Canadian Skills Competition is an important training opportunity for representatives from Team Canada 2009 who were chosen at last year’s Canadian Skills Competition, and who will be competing at WorldSkills Calgary 2009. This four-day international competition, which is the biggest of its kind in the world, takes place September 1-7, 2009, at Stampede Park where more than 900 skilled young people from trade, service and technology programs from 50 member regions/countries will gather to compete.


WorldSkills Calgary 2009, the 40th WorldSkills Competition, will be the city’s largest international competitive event since the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. The organizing committee, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 is leading the event coordination with support from WorldSkills International, Skills Canada and Skills Canada Alberta. Along with numerous sponsors and suppliers, the major event funding partners include: Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary.


For more information visit or call (819) 771-7545.