Media Advisory - Cisco and TO2015 to Unveil Official Countdown Clock for TORONTO 2015 Games at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square

Made-in-Canada technological wonder to kick-off two-day festival celebrating the One-Year Countdown

TORONTO, July 11, 2014 /CNW/ - What: In celebration of the one-year countdown to the beginning of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Cisco, the Official Information and Communications Technology Partner and TO2015 will unveil the Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock at Nathan Phillips Square.

Following a dramatic unveiling ceremony, the innovative clock will count down the remaining days, hours, minutes and seconds to the Opening Ceremony for both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock will be unlike any previous Games countdown clock - it will be an interactive social media platform that will demonstrate the power of the "Internet of Everything".

The unveiling also features a Department of National Defense Griffin helicopter fly-over and an appearance by Cirque du Soleil, Creative Partner for the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony. The event is immediately followed by two days of free activities including athlete demonstrations, sports activations, dancing lessons, a visual art battle and live musical performances featuring Walk off the Earth and Machel Montano all culminating in a breathtaking display of Fireworks. The full schedule of events is available at

When:     Friday, July 11, 2014
      Camera Arrival and set up 11:30 a.m.
      Ceremonies begin 11:45 a.m.
Where:     Nathan Phillips Square
      100 Queen Street West (South-east corner, near Queen and Bay)
      Toronto, ON
Who:     Chief Bryan LaForme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
      Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada
      The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, Government of Canada, and the Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area
      The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Government of Canada
      The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
      Representatives from the City of Toronto
      Richard Nesbitt, Chief Operating Officer, CIBC
      Saäd Rafi, CEO, TO2015
      Ryan Homsy, Team Canada handball goalie and Pan Am hopeful
      Melanie Hawtin, Team Canada wheelchair basketball and Parapan Am hopeful

Full design and further details, will be provided at the public unveiling.

Speakers will be available to media after the announcement. To identify a request (pre-event) for TO2015 or Cisco, please see contact details below.

Paid parking is available at the Toronto City Hall parking garage.

SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information:

Teddy Katz
Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015

Karin Scott
Director, public relations
416.306.7099 / 416.709.2138

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