Canada Post puts a stamp on the 2010 Winter Games

    2010 Olympic and Paralympic-themed stamps available later this year

    OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and Canada Post today announced
that Canada Post has been named an Official Supplier for the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. From iconic sports imagery to the beloved
Vancouver 2010 mascots - Sumi, Miga, and Quatchi - 2010 Winter Games-themed
stamps will grace Canada's mail starting in December 2008.
    As part of the $3 million Official Supplier partnership, Canada Post will
supply VANOC with mail delivery services within Canada. In addition, Canada
Post - as an authorized user of VANOC trademarks - will design, produce and
sell more than half a billion 2010 Winter Games-themed stamps and associated
philatelic products, including collectors' packages and special cancellations.
In turn, Canada Post receives sponsorship rights for the Canadian Olympic team
for the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games. Stamps will be
issued to celebrate all three Games.
    "Canada Post has a natural role to play in delivering images and memories
of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Canadians and
customers around the world. Our partnership gives us an unparalleled
opportunity to showcase Canada Post's strengths as a world-class postal
operator," said Stewart Bacon, Canada Post's Chief Sales and Marketing
Officer. "This investment means we will earn significant revenues from
commemorative Olympic stamps and other related products, starting with Beijing
2008 stamps, which launch this month."
    Robert Waite, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Social Responsibility
and Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee, said, "These specialty stamps
will unite Canadians in support of our home-grown Olympic experience. The
Games represent competitiveness, commitment, striving for excellence and
taking pride in one's abilities. These are qualities we encourage in our
employees and demonstrate to our customers every day."
    "Opening the mailbox to find a letter inside has always been a timeless
form of communication - a connection to family and friends, no matter where in
the world they may be," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer.
"Canada Post's commitment will connect people across Canada and around the
world, and will help Vancouver 2010 deliver the message and spirit of Canada's
Games to the doorstep of every Canadian home."
    Two-time Olympian Steve Omischl from Kelowna, BC (and North Bay, ON),
dominated last season's FIS World Cup Aerials, winning six out of nine
competitions and the FIS Overall World Cup title for freestyle. "Competing at
the Olympic Games and representing your country at the world's premier
sporting event is an amazing experience," said Omischl, a Canadian 2010 medal
hopeful. "The dedication Canada Post has shown to Canada's Freestyle Ski Team
- a commitment they've now extended to Canada's Games in 2010 - will go a long
way to ensuring we deliver the results Canadians are looking for. This team is
ready to show the world what we've got, and we're ready to bring it home."
    For more information about upcoming Olympic stamp issues visit and follow the Canada Post Freestyle Ski Team's
journey at

    About Canada Post

    Canada Post delivers over 11 billion pieces of mail each year to 14
million destinations. Its 60,000 employees and 6,600 post offices - the
largest retail network in the country - serve 32 million Canadians and over 1
million businesses and public institutions from coast to coast to coast. In
2007, net income for Canada Post and its affiliates, which include Purolator
Courier Ltd., Progistix-Solutions Inc. and Innovapost (jointly owned by Canada
Post and CGI), was CDN$ 54 million on revenues of CDN$ 7.5 billion. Canada
Post is a world leader, providing innovative physical and electronic delivery
solutions, creating value for our customers, employees and Canadians. Website:

    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. Visit
    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, Panasonic, 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, BC Hydro, Bombardier Inc,
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,
Aggreko, Aquilini Investment Group, Birks, Britco, Canada Post, Canwest
Publishing Inc., Dow Canada, EPCOR, Garrett Metal Detectors, General Mills,
Haworth Canada, Millennium Development Corporation, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo,
Sleep Country Canada, Sun Microsystems of Canada, The Globe and Mail,, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston
Bakeries and Workopolis.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Canada Post, Cindy Daoust, (613) 734-4258,; VANOC, Jason Macnaughton, (778) 328-6734,

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