SKILLS/COMPETENCES Canada

SKILLS/COMPETENCES Canada

May 13, 2009 11:07 ET

Skills/Competences Canada: Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes™ and Canada's Most Trusted Contractor Will Take Part in the 15th Canadian Skills Competition

Marking the 104 day countdown to WorldSkills Calgary 2009, the national competition raises awareness for skilled trades and technologies

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - Skills/Competences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, today announced that Mike Holmes, Canada's Most Trusted Contractor, and the man whose mission is to Make it Right(TM), will participate in both the Canadian Skills Competition, which takes place in Charlottetown, PEI May 20-23, 2009, and WorldSkills Calgary 2009, which takes place September 1-7, 2009.

Mike Holmes is the host and creator of Holmes on Homes(TM), an honest and revealing show about contractor rip-offs and how to avoid them. His knowledge, professionalism and honesty bring a high level of credibility to his show which has been #1 on HGTV Canada since the summer of 2004.

"I'm a strong believer in skilled trades training," says Holmes. "It's provided me with a career I'm proud of. I think young people should take advantage of the many great opportunities a career as a skilled tradesperson will give them."

2009 Canadian Skills Competition

Mike Holmes will join 500 talented young Canadians who have successfully competed at the provincial and territorial level, as they gather in Charlottetown from May 20-23 to go for gold at the 15th Canadian Skills Competition. Holmes will be encouraging students from the construction trades as they compete in their respective skill categories. He will also join officials in the awards ceremony as the winning competitors receive their medals.

The Canadian Skills Competition is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. The event brings together 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 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, which marks the 104 day countdown to WorldSkills Calgary 2009, 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 www.skills2009.ca.

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 for International Competitors who will be competing at WorldSkills Calgary 2009. Over 900 young Competitors representing skills, trades, and technology sectors from 51 Member countries and regions will participate in the four-day event, which takes place September 1-7, 2009 at Stampede Park.

WorldSkills Calgary 2009, the 40th WorldSkills Competition, will be 2.3 the size of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games hosted in Calgary, Alberta. The organizing committee, WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. is leading the event coordination with support from WorldSkills International, Skills/Competences 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.

About Skills/Competences Canada

Skills/Competences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills/Competences Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, Skills/Competences Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills International. For more information about Skills/Competences Canada visit www.skillscanada.com or call 877-754-5226.

Note to Editors:

Mike Holmes is available for media interviews along with representatives from Team Canada who can provide a perspective on what it means to be part of the next generation of skilled workers. Spokespersons from Skills/Competences Canada are available to discuss industry need for skilled trades and what measures should be taken today to address the shortfalls of the future. High resolution photography is available on request.

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