Imperial Fuelling the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Extending history of amateur sport support in Canada

TORONTO, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian energy company Imperial, in association with its Esso fuel brand, is joining the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games as its Official Fuel and Convenience Store Supplier.

The TORONTO 2015 Games marks the first time Imperial has directly sponsored an international multi-sport Games in Canada.

Imperial has had a longstanding association with amateur hockey development in Canada, including supporting the debut of women's hockey at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games. In 2001, the company also sponsored the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Edmonton.

With one of the largest fuel and retail networks in Canada — and approximately 1,750 Esso-branded service stations across the country — the company will help fuel the TORONTO 2015 Games' fleet of Chevrolet vehicles, as well as buses and generators.

"Imperial is proud to fuel the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the largest international multi-sport Games Toronto has ever hosted," said Andrew Mackay, retail manager, Imperial. "We look forward to helping bring the excitement of these Games and the accomplishments of all participating athletes to Canadians in communities from coast to coast."

Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), added: "We're pleased to welcome Imperial to the TORONTO 2015 Games family. Imperial and its local Esso retail stations are well-known for supporting amateur sport at the grassroots level in communities across Canada. They have deep roots in Ontario and it's wonderful they're supporting a Games where they started out more than a century ago."

Imperial joins previously announced members of the TORONTO 2015 sponsor family, including: Lead Partner CIBC; Premier Partners Atos, Chevrolet Canada, Cisco, Live Nation Entertainment, and Loblaw Companies Limited; Opening Ceremony Creative Partner Cirque du Soleil; as well as Official Suppliers Allstream, Beanfield Metroconnect, Coca-Cola, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, FUSE Marketing Group, McKesson Canada, Molson Coors, Royal Canadian Mint, Scalar, Schenker of Canada Ltd., Siemens Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Toronto Star, and Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada.

About Imperial
After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada's energy resources. As Canada's largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to the highest standards across all areas of our business.

About TO2015
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with managing and delivering the Games. It is working to bring some of the world's best athletes and artists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, giving Ontarians a unique chance to be part of the action, and making the region a hub for sport.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15.

For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Teddy Katz, Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015, 416.957.2117, teddy.katz@toronto2015.org; Imperial Oil Media Line, 403.237.2710