MONTREAL, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - RBC Royal Bank will welcome the Olympic Flame when it stops in Old Montreal on December 10, by paying tribute to Olympic Torchbearers during a ceremony that will take place at its branch located at 360 Saint-Jacques Street.
The torchbearers will include Dr. Yves Lamontagne, President of the Quebec College of Physicians, who will carry the Olympic Flame at its arrival at the branch around 6:38 p.m. A few minutes later, Richard Légaré, RBC Vice-President, will carry the torch to Old Montreal's Place Jacques-Cartier, where a celebration will be held.
"As a co-sponsor of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, RBC selected 4,000 people to carry the Olympic Flame across Quebec and the rest of Canada following a contest held earlier this year," explained Micheline Martin, Regional President, Quebec, RBC Royal Bank. "The lucky winners were selected on the strength of their community involvement, such as their work in protecting the environment or with a charitable organization."
Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country with millions more cheering and supporting them. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its journey in British Columbia, after a traditional lighting ceremony in Greece on October 30, 2009. The Olympic Flame will travel from coast to coast through every province and territory in Canada - spanning 45,000 kilometres and over 1,000 communities over the course of 106 days. It will end at B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, signalling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
As Canada's longest-standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team since 1947, RBC is a Premier National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and proud to bring the Olympic Spirit to communities across Canada as Presenting Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. To see how 2010 Olympic Torchbearers, selected by RBC, are making a difference in their communities, visit rbc.com/carrythetorch
SOURCE RBC Royal Bank
For further information: For further information: Raymond Chouinard, RBC, (514) 874-6556, firstname.lastname@example.org