TORONTO, May 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro has joined the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games as the Official Electricity Distribution supplier, with in-kind support.
Toronto Hydro will play a key role in supporting the TORONTO 2015 street banner program, which will brighten up the city from now through Games time, by dressing up Toronto Hydro poles and streetlights across the Greater Toronto Area with 4,500 banners.
Toronto Hydro has also opened up its facility at 5800 Yonge Street to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), to house the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre (UDAC). The UDAC, which opened on April 28, will serve thousands of TORONTO 2015 volunteers and employees through to the end of the Parapan Am Games.
"These Games wouldn't be possible without the support of TO2015 Partners. It's inspiring to see so many organizations across Ontario getting behind the Games," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "Toronto Hydro and its employees have a long history of supporting events that are important to this community. We appreciate them stepping up to help make these Games the best Pan Am/Parapan Am Games ever."
"The TORONTO 2015 Games are bringing outstanding sporting and cultural experiences to the city," said Anthony Haines, president and chief executive officer, Toronto Hydro. "Toronto Hydro is proud to do its part in supporting this fantastic event and powering the Games. We are thrilled to partner with TO2015 in creating a welcoming community for athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas to our great city this summer."
In preparation for the Games, Toronto Hydro has completed and implemented emergency preparedness and response plans to mitigate the risk of grid disturbances during the Games and to ensure an expedient response should an outage occur.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15. The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with managing and delivering the Games. It is working to bring some of the world's best athletes and artists to Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, giving Ontarians a unique chance to be part of the action, and making the region a hub for sport.
For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org or follow @TO2015, @TO2015_fr (French) or @TO2015_es (Spanish).
About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 740,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.
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