PortsToronto personnel, infrastructure and expertise will be brought into play as Toronto welcomes the world this summer
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TORONTO, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ - PortsToronto today announced that it has signed on to sponsor the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games as a Proud Supporter. The sponsorship is a combination of financial support and value in kind, with PortsToronto leveraging its watercraft, equipment, infrastructure and personnel to assist and support the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) in its sport, cultural and torch relay activities.
"The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will put Toronto in the spotlight and offer residents and visitors alike an outstanding sporting and cultural experience that will showcase why Toronto is one of the best cities in the world in which to live, work and play," said Geoffrey Wilson, chief executive officer, PortsToronto. "With many of the events taking place downtown, in the harbour and along the waterfront, PortsToronto is in a unique position to leverage its assets and expertise to assist the TORONTO 2015 organizers in fulfilling their vision for the Games, ensuring that athletes, officials, coaches and spectators have a truly memorable experience here in Toronto. We are thrilled to be involved in the Games and excited to have Toronto welcome the world this July."
"Planning, organizing and staging the Games is a true team effort and we're grateful that PortsToronto has joined our partner family as a Proud Supporter. Our partners are generously providing their products, services, expertise and enthusiasm to make these the best Pan Am/Parapan Am Games ever," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TO2015. "It's truly inspiring to see so many people getting behind the Games and helping our region get ready to welcome the Americas for a summer to remember."
PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and sponsorship of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is consistent with PortsToronto's mandate to support initiatives that focus on amateur athletics, recreation and the waterfront.
For more than 100 years PortsToronto (formerly Toronto Port Authority) has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. A financially self-sustaining government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $5.6 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.
For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mikaluk, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2065; Cell: (647) 298-0544; E-mail: [email protected]