Vancouver 2010 sails into Port Metro Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed Port Metro
Vancouver as an Official Supplier for the 2010 Winter Games.
    As part of the Official Supplier partnership, the Port will provide
facilities for VANOC's use as part of a value-in-kind agreement. In return,
the Port receives sponsorship rights in the port services product category for
the 2010 Winter Games, and sponsorship rights to the Canadian Olympic team at
the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.
    Port Metro Vancouver will provide port properties to VANOC operations in
preparation for and during the Games as part of the sponsorship agreement.
This includes access to select areas of the Main Press Centre which is located
on the waterfront at Canada Place.
    Vancouver is the first oceanside Winter Games since Oslo in 1952, and
this partnership marks the first time in Olympic Winter Games history that a
port has been named an Official Supplier.
    VANOC's commitment to the principle of sustainability in areas such as
accountability, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic
benefit was very much a factor in the Port's decision to become involved, and
reflects the Port's position on community engagement and corporate social
    "As an Official Supplier, we look forward to providing components of the
Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal and other port properties for the 2010
Winter Games. They will play an active role in, and make a significant
contribution to this incredible event," said Captain Gordon Houston, President
and CEO, Port Metro Vancouver. "We are partnering with VANOC because we have
shared values around sustainability, and we believe that the 2010 Winter Games
will be very positive for our communities, British Columbia, and Canada."
    "The Port is an impressive gateway through which we will welcome the
world in 2010," said John Furlong, VANOC CEO. "As one of the most stunning
ports in the world, its spectacular backdrop captures the spirit and natural
beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada. We are pleased to welcome
Port Metro Vancouver as an Official Supplier for the 2010 Winter Games."
    Today's announcement by Captain Houston and John Furlong was made to over
200 employees and guests gathered at Port Metro Vancouver's office at Canada

    About Port Metro Vancouver

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port, with
nearly 30 deep-sea marine cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals and
several short sea shipping terminals, trading more than $53 billion in goods
with more than 100 economies annually. Port activities generate 69,000 jobs
across Canada with $4 billion in Gross Domestic Product and $8.9 billion in
economic output.
    Port Metro Vancouver supports the economic, social and environmental
aspirations of the communities in which they operate with a view to building
sustainable futures together. One per cent of Port Metro Vancouver's net
income is dedicated to the Community Investment Program.
    Port Metro Vancouver is committed to environmental stewardship and
sustainability. The Port was the first in Canada to have an environmental
services department and continues to provide sound and innovative
environmental leadership. We are leading the way for other ports to address
air quality and other environmental concerns. We focus on using technologies
and promoting operational efficiencies to reduce air emissions through
initiatives such as our Air Action Program.
    Port Metro Vancouver is committed to sustainability to benefit and
strengthen business and community interests, while we support our national
mandate to benefit all Canadians.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit
    VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada,
Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.
    VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, BC Hydro, Bombardier
Inc., the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc.,
the Royal Canadian Mint and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers
are 3M, Acklands-Grainger, Aggreko, Aquilini Investment Group, Birks, Britco,
Canada Post, Canwest Publishing Inc., Deloitte, Dow Canada, EPCOR, Garrett
Metal Detectors, General Mills, Hain Celestial Canada, Haworth Canada,
Millennium Development Corporation, Nortel, Port Metro Vancouver, Purolator,
Saputo, Sleep Country Canada, Sun Microsystems of Canada, The Globe and Mail,, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston
Bakeries, Workopolis and Wrigley Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Port Metro Vancouver, Anne McMullin, Director,
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Tel: (604) 665-9069, Cel: (778)
231-6978, Fax Toll-Free in North America: 1-866-284-4271,; VANOC, Jason Macnaughton,, (778) 328-6734

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