MEDIA ADVISORY/Spokesperson Availability - All eyes on London 2012: Making the most of playing host

Civic infrastructure and security planning are paramount to Games success

TORONTO, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ -


With thousands of spectators, hundreds of media, and scores of dignitaries descending on the Host City from around the world, it is critical that civic infrastructure and security projects are not only done, but are done right.

Will citizens and taxpayers remember the event for bringing revitalization to the Host City or for building "white elephants" that provide little to no ongoing benefit? Combining this with long lead times for infrastructure builds, complex event-related security considerations, and an extensive set of stakeholders bears the question:

What can governments and event planners do to make sure that awarding a major sporting event to a city becomes a catalyst for positive and sustainable change?


Joel Finlay, Global Lead, Major Sporting Events, Global Infrastructure Practice, KPMG LLP
Joel Finlay is based in KPMG's Vancouver office and brings extensive Games planning experience, with a focus on the interface and co-dependence between civic infrastructure, sport/facility venues, and games operations; risk management; and the critical importance of legacy planning. 

Ian McPherson, Partner, North American Lead, Global Justice and Security Practice, KPMG LLP
As former Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Service in London, UK, Ian has large-scale events security experience in the UK (Grand National, Wimbledon) and now provides advice on public sector and government strategy to KPMG's clients in Canada and around the world.


With London 2012 just around the corner, KPMG spokespeople are available for Olympic-related stories.


For further information:

Michael Bodsworth
Manager, Media Relations
KPMG in Canada
(416) 777-3407

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