3M Canada wraps up partnership with Vancouver 2010

    VANCOUVER, June 11 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) welcomes 3M Canada as the new
Official Supplier in the Large Format Graphics (building and vehicle wrap
graphics) category for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The partnership was announced at a special event with Premier Gordon Campbell
and VANOC's CEO John Furlong, as they announced the collaboration between BC
Ferries and 3M to wrap three new, 160 metre 'Super C-class' ships with giant
images of the Games and the province.
    3M becomes the exclusive supplier to VANOC to produce, install, maintain
and remove building and vehicle wraps in the lead-up to and staging of the
2010 Winter Games. The six-year partnership includes sponsorship rights for
the Canadian Olympic teams at the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012
Olympic Games.
    "With the addition of 3M Canada to our family, we create a partnership
with a top Canadian company synonymous with innovation and excellence," said
John Furlong, VANOC CEO. "With their innovative wrapping technology - applied
to everything from buildings to ships and to vehicles - 3M will help us find
creative ways to inspire the world and ensure Canadians feel ownership of the
Games. We welcome 3M's 2,000 employees to the team!"
    Vehicle wraps will include vinyl decals, clings, wraps or films bearing
graphic designs. The wrapping program will touch vehicles, such as cars, vans
and buses that are controlled and operated by VANOC or its suppliers of
    "3M is providing the canvas to help showcase the natural beauty of B.C.
and the artistry of Olympic performances to the world," said Richard
Chartrand, Executive Director, Display and Graphics, 3M Canada. "If a picture
is truly worth a thousand words then visitors to the 2010 Olympic Games in
Vancouver can expect to be treated to a storybook event."
    The building wraps will include vinyl decals, clings, wraps or films
bearing Vancouver 2010's graphic designs. They will be applied to privately or
publicly owned architectural structures in the Greater Vancouver area and the
Sea to Sky Highway corridor. Numerous offices and residential buildings will
display designs inspired by Vancouver 2010's brand colors and Canadian winter
athletes. Wraps will be seen in downtown Vancouver, near Olympic venues, at
the Vancouver International Airport and on vehicular approaches in Vancouver
and Whistler.

    About 3M

    Established in 1951, 3M Canada Company was one of the first international
subsidiaries opened by 3M and remains one of the largest. 3M Canada's head
office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where
approximately 1,000 of the company's 1,950 employees work. Other Ontario
plants are located in Toronto, Brockville, and Perth with one plant in Morden,
Manitoba. 3M has sales offices in major cities nationwide and a national
service network to support customers.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.
    VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada, Hbc, RBC
Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada, and RONA.
    VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, the British Columbia
Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the Insurance Corporation of British
Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint, and Teck
Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks, Dow Canada, EPCOR,
Haworth Canada, Nortel, TransCanada, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and

For further information:

For further information: Mary Fraser, VANOC Communications, Tel: (778)
328-3667, mary_fraser@vancouver2010.com; Sarah Tattersall, 3M Canada, Tel.:
(519) 452-6035, setattersall@mmm.com

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