Media Advisory - The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce to host Pierre Lafontaine, CEO for Swimming Canada and senior Olympic delegates

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 the Canadian
Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) will host senior Olympic delegates from
Canada as part of an informative luncheon in Toronto, when Pierre Lafontaine,
CEO of Swimming Canada will deliver his prognosis of the games to come.
    The CACC is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole focus is to increase
the level of trade and investment between Australia and Canada. As one of the
founding sponsors of the event, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) will
host the luncheon alongside MacQuarie Bank of Australia.

    Topic:       The World Championships in Melbourne Australia, and the
                 Olympic Games in 2008

    Where:       Stop 33, Sutton Place Hotel
                 955 Bay Street, Toronto

    Who:         Special guest speaker Pierre Lafontaine, CEO for Canada's
                 Olympic Swimming and Diving Team
                 Australian and Canadian head table guests include Bill
                 Fisher, Australian High Commissioner to Canada; Chris Rudge,
                 CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee; Paul Henderson,
                 former IOC member for Canada and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
                 Committee; Marnie McBean, Canadian Olympic Rowing Champion

    When:        Tuesday, March 6, 2007
                 12 Noon - 2:00 p.m.

    Pierre Lafontaine's career spans two continents, where he has held
swimming Head Coach and Assistant Coach positions in Montreal, Calgary,
Atlanta, Phoenix and Canberra (Australia) and now is CEO of Swimming Canada.
He was the Australian Olympic Coach in 2004, where he successfully led six of
Australia's top 10 swimmers to win four gold metals and two silver metals in
the 2004 Olympics in Sydney. He returned to Canada in 2005 where he became
head of Swimming Canada and took charge of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Team.
Team Canada will compete at the World Championships in Melbourne on March 17 -
31, 2007 as they look ahead to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

    About the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce
    The CACC is a bi-lateral Chamber of Commerce established in Sydney and
Toronto, with over 650 Canadian and Australian companies and entities that do
business, invest and trade in each other's countries.

    About Gowlings
    Gowlings is a leading Canadian law firm offering a diverse range of
services to help domestic and international organizations achieve their
business objectives. Recognized for excellence in business, advocacy and
intellectual property law, Gowlings provides dedicated industry expertise in a
number of sectors including energy, infrastructure, life sciences, financial
services, technology and manufacturing. Characterized by national strength and
regional focus, Gowlings has 700 professionals across offices in Montréal,
Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Calgary and Vancouver. The Firm
also provides intellectual property services in Russia and the CIS through its
office in Moscow. Visit us at

For further information:

For further information: Jessica Hanick, Media Profile, (416) 342-1819,; Bob Onyschuk, Gowlings, (416) 369-4574,

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