6 October 2011
WorldSkills International Networking Dinner
By Dale Cox, WorldSkills International
President of WorldSkills International and inaugural Chairman of the WorldSkills Foundation, Tjerk Dusseldorp, hosted a glittering reception in the evening of the first day of Competition, 5 October 2011. Represented at the gala event was the WorldSkills International Board, the WorldSkills International Board elect and WorldSkills Foundation Board of Trustees. Also present were representatives from the Global Industry Partners, WorldSkills Calgary 2009, WorldSkills London 2011 and WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, as well as people from multiple countries/regions including the Chinese Vice Minister for Human Resources and Social Security, Mr Xiaochu Wang.
Mr Marcos Pontes, WorldSkills Ambassador, gave an inspirational speech regarding his journey to follow his dreams to become an Astronaut, and about the importance of saying “OK” when opportunities arise to make a difference. A total of seventy representatives from WorldSkills Global Industry Partners, Board Members and delegations from around the world exchanged ideas and shared experiences at this event.