TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Barrick Gold Corporation is joining the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games as its Official Metal Supplier. Toronto-based Barrick (NYSE: ABX) (TSX: ABX) will supply all the raw materials used to make the more than 4,000 gold, silver and bronze medals awarded at the Games.
Just like the athletes coming to the Games, the metal for their medals will come from the Pan American region. The metals will be sourced from Barrick mines throughout the Americas.
"Barrick is a proud Canadian company with operations around the globe, including six Pan American countries," said Barrick Co-President Kelvin Dushnisky. "With the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games being held in our hometown of Toronto, we saw a rare opportunity to do something that symbolizes our pride in our heritage and our commitment to our host countries. We look forward to welcoming the athletes and government representatives to Toronto next summer."
"Barrick and all of its people are excited to supply the metals that will become the treasured symbols of the dedication, teamwork and excellence that will be on display in Toronto at the Games," said Barrick Co-President Jim Gowans. "These are values we share at Barrick and try to live every day. Next summer's Games will be a great opportunity to bring the Americas together, celebrate our shared values and learn from our differences, all while enjoying more than three weeks of athletic excellence."
The Games are a high-profile event that will attract interest from around the world, including up to 380 million viewers across the Americas alone.
Barrick has 14 operations in six Pan American countries, including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru and the United States.
"Barrick is one of Canada's most well-known and successful global companies with deep roots working in the Pan American region," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "We're pleased to welcome them on board as our Official Metal Supplier."
The raw materials provided by Barrick will be melted down and struck by The Royal Canadian Mint, which is designing and producing the medals in collaboration with TO2015.
Barrick joins previously announced members of the TORONTO 2015 sponsor family, including: Lead Partner CIBC; Premier Partners Atos, Chevrolet Canada, Cisco, Live Nation Entertainment, and Loblaw Companies Limited; Opening Ceremony Creative Partner Cirque du Soleil; as well as Official Suppliers Allstream, Beanfield Metroconnect, Coca-Cola, CN Tower, Garrett Metal Detectors, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, FUSE Marketing Group, Imperial, McKesson Canada, Molson Coors, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Royal Canadian Mint, Scalar, Schenker of Canada Ltd., Siemens Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Toronto Star, and Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada.
About Barrick Gold Corporation
Barrick is the world's leading gold mining company, and a producer of copper and silver, with mines and projects on five continents. Reflecting a focus on responsible, modern mining, Barrick has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for seven consecutive years, and is ranked as the top performer in the mining industry category. Shares are traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ABX.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with managing and delivering the Games. It is working to bring some of the world's best athletes and artists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, giving Ontarians a unique chance to be part of the action, and making the region a hub for sport.
The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15.
For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
For further information: Andy Lloyd, Vice-president, communications, Barrick, 416.307.7414, [email protected]; Teddy Katz, Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015, 416.957.2117, [email protected]