TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ -
Former Ontario Premier David Peterson, Chair of the bid to host the 2015
Pan American Games in the Toronto/Greater Golden Horseshoe area, has named
Jagoda Pike to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of the
"Jagoda Pike's demonstrated passion, energy and innovative leadership
style is a true asset to our efforts to bring the Pan Am Games to Ontario,"
said Peterson. "I am very pleased to be adding to our team a leader of her
calibre who understands the needs of the region."
Pike comes to the bid from Torstar Corporation, where she has held
numerous senior positions including, most recently, Publisher of the Toronto
Star and President of Star Media Group. She is the past Chair of the Canadian
Newspaper Association and has been a member of the boards of directors of
Canadian Press, American Press Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences and a
Trustee of Brock University.
Before her return to the Star in 2006, Pike was Publisher of the Hamilton
Spectator for five years and while in that capacity, chaired Hamilton's bids
for the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.
"I am thrilled to be joining David and the Pan Am bid team in this
important effort," said Pike. "Having this event take place in Ontario would
provide a tremendous opportunity to, not only showcase our province, but to
provide a much needed shot in the arm to the Ontario economy and leave a
lasting legacy for our children."
- The Pan American Games are held every four years for competitors
from all nations of the 42 countries of the Americas.
- The Pan American Games could generate close to $2 billion in
economic activity, create 17,000 jobs and bring an estimated
250,000 tourists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
See the preparations for the 2011 Pan American Games
(http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/esp/index.asp?lng=en) in Guadalajara,
For further information:
For further information: Julie Rosenberg, (416) 326-4833