TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Hon. David Peterson, chair of the
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) and
board of directors, has appointed Saad Rafi as the new chief executive
officer of TO2015.
Rafi will replace current TO2015 CEO Ian Troop who is leaving the
"On behalf of the board of directors, I'd like to extend our sincere
gratitude to Ian for all of his hard work, his commitment and his
contributions," said Peterson. "Our capital projects are on time and on
or under budget. We wish him well."
Rafi takes over the leadership of TO2015 as the organization begins to
move from the planning stage to the operational stage in advance of the
Rafi currently serves as Ontario's Deputy Minister of Health. In this
role, Rafi administers an annual budget for the Health Ministry of $48
billion, which is the largest health budget in Canada. During his
25-year career, Rafi has also built a successful advisory practice in
infrastructure and was a partner with Deloitte and Touche, LLP.
"I am very excited that Saad has agreed to take on this important role,"
said Peterson. "This is a huge, complex endeavour and Saad has all of
the necessary experience and expertise to ensure these are the best Pan
Am/Parapan Am Games ever."
The operational phase of the Games involves the coordination among a
number of Games partners including all levels of government,
representatives of the sport community and members of the 41 Pan
American Sports Organization (PASO) nations. TO2015 is tasked with the
responsibility of planning, managing and delivering the Games.
Rafi will take over as CEO on January 6, 2014. In the interim, the
chair will assume the duties of the CEO.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering
the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of
sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead
Partner of the Games.
For more information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
For further information:
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, TO2015