David Peterson To Lead Effort To Host 2015 Pan Am Games



    Successful Games Would Give Ontario's Economy $2 Billion Boost

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Former Ontario Premier David Peterson will chair Ontario's bid to host
the 2015 Pan American Games in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.
    David Peterson (http://casselsbrock.com/profiledetail.asp?sid=161) served
as Premier of Ontario between 1985 and 1990. He is now a senior partner and
chairman of Cassels Brock, where he practises corporate and commercial law.
Peterson was the founding chairman of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club
Inc., and he is also a director of Rogers Communications Ltd. and many other
Canadian companies.
    The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have agreed to
partner (www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=2384) in supporting
the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area's bid. Premier McGuinty recently traveled to
the Beijing Olympics to meet officials and highlight the province's
commitment.

    QUOTES

    "David Peterson's energy, leadership and commitment will invigorate our
Pan Am bid and help bring this event to our province," said Ontario Premier
Dalton McGuinty.

    "I look forward to building a strong team and a dynamic proposal -- we'll
be calling on governments, municipalities, business, amateur sports
organizations and many other partners to bring the Pan Am Games to Ontario,"
said David Peterson.

    "Appointing David Peterson to lead this effort gets us off to a great
start - he has the experience and the vision to get everyone working
together," said Mike Chambers, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The Pan American Games are held every four years for competitors from
        all nations of the 42 countries of the Americas.

    -   The Pan American Games could generate close to $2 billion in economic
        activity, create 17,000 jobs and bring an estimated 250,000 tourists
        to the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

    LEARN MORE

    Read about the Pan American Sports Organization (http://odepapaso.org/).

    See the preparations for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara,
Mexico (http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/esp/index.asp?lng=en).

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