TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Ian Troop, Chief Executive Officer of the
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), today
announced a comprehensive four-year partnership agreement with
Chevrolet Canada, making Chevrolet a Premier Partner and the exclusive
automotive partner of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
"Chevrolet shares our vision to create a better Ontario," said Troop. "A
focus on families, combined with a wealth of transportation experience
and a reliable track record at multi-sport games, makes Chevrolet an
ideal partner for the Toronto 2015 Games."
Greater Golden Horseshoe area athletes including Taylor Paris and Tyler
Ardron (2011 Pan American gold medallists, rugby sevens), Jason Burnett
(2008 Olympic silver medallist, trampoline) and Summer Mortimer (world
record holder, para-swimming) were on hand for an event at the TO2015
head office celebrating the announcement.
"The partnership with the Pan/Parapan Am Games allows Chevrolet to be
part of an event that will inspire and engage a generation of
Canadians," said Kevin W. Williams, President and Managing Director,
General Motors of Canada. "This major commitment is a natural extension
of Chevrolet's long history of supporting Canadian athletes, from
novice players experiencing the sport for the first time to elite
athletes competing at the international level."
As the official vehicle partner of the Games, Chevrolet is providing
1,000 vehicles— sedans, passenger vans, SUVs and trucks—to be used by
organizers and volunteers leading up to and during the Games. The
sustainable fleet will include electric vehicles with extended range,
hybrids, vehicles with eAssist technologies and flex fuel-capable
vehicles. The majority of the 1,000 vehicles supplied will have one or
more of these advanced green technologies which are on the road today
helping Chevrolet customers reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
"The Government of Canada is once again very pleased to see corporate
Canada step up and support the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games," said
the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "Chevrolet
Canada's sponsorship of these Games will ensure their success and make
them a memorable sport event for all participants, spectators and
Chevrolet will also bring an important 'team behind the team' with 157
dealers in Ontario and 52 dealers in the Games' communities. Chevrolet
dealers will play an important role in bringing the Games to their
communities, creating awareness and supporting local celebrations
across the province.
"The support of corporate Canada will help drive the success of the 2015
Games," said Charles Sousa, Ontario's Minister responsible for the
Pan/Parapan Am Games. "Chevrolet will be a valuable partner in
leveraging the Games to boost local economies and create new jobs for
The Greater Toronto Area represents North America's fifth largest media
market. The Toronto 2015 Games also present opportunities for
camera-visible signage in venues and an audience spanning the Caribbean
and North, Central and South America.
"By coming on board as the Premier Partner, Chevrolet is demonstrating
the importance of corporate and civic leadership to ensure that the
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games are a success," said City of
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. "I welcome today's announcement and the City
looks forward to working in partnership with Chevrolet and T02015 as we
prepare for the Games."
In addition to playing an integral role in transporting athletes and
officials, Chevrolet is committed to supporting the volunteers who will
contribute their time, effort and care to ensure that every spectator,
visitor and athlete has the best possible Pan/Parapan Am Games
"Chevrolet has a wealth of experience as a logistical and transportation
partner at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, so we at the
Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee are looking forward to working with
Chevrolet to host the greatest Pan/Parapan American Games ever, " added
Troop. "The Chevrolet Volt will play a very important role in
transporting our athletes and officials, and in helping us connect the
17 Greater Golden Horseshoe communities that will be hosting these
About Chevrolet in Canada
Founded in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global
automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in
more than 140 countries. From today's Cruze Eco which consumes just 4.6
L/100 km on the highway to the Volt coming this fall, which provides up
to 80 km of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 500 km of
extended range, Chevrolet offers gas-friendly to gas-free solutions.
Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable
vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited
performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes award-winning
passenger cars and crossovers such as Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and
Traverse and a host of new, smaller, highly efficient models to come
including the all-new Orlando and Sonic (fall 2011) and Spark (2012).
Chevrolet also provides iconic performance cars such as Corvette and
Camaro as well as dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as
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About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
The Pan American Games is one of the world's largest international
multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 41 member
nations of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The Games
comprise a mix of Olympic Summer Games sports, as well as traditional
Pan American sports. The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will
draw 10,000 athletes and officials and feature 48 sports in 17
municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The Toronto
2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan
American Games August 7-14. For more information about the Games,
please visit toronto2015.org.
SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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