(TORONTO, ON) – Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that David Peterson will accept the nomination to become Chair of the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Organizing Committee; TO2015.
Premier Wynne would has thanked the outgoing Chair, Roger Garland, for his outstanding work in laying a strong foundation for the upcoming Games.
Ontario will welcome more than 10,000 athletes, coaches, and officials from 41 countries, along with a quarter of a million expected visitors. The Games will celebrate sport and showcase all that Ontario has to offer.
Peterson set the stage for world-class Games in 2009 when he formally ran Ontario’s successful bid to host the event. His work ensured that the Games will showcase Ontario’s rich talent, culture and diversity. Mr Peterson has been nominated as the new Chair as Ontario begins to build excitement for the Games in communities all across the province.
"I will make it my personal mission to ensure that Ontario’s Pan American and Parapan American Games are truly the "People’s Games",” said Kathleen Wynne. “Whether you live in Kenora or Elora, Ottawa, or Niagara, whether you are an athlete or a spectator, a volunteer or a visitor – these are your Games. I am so pleased that one of Ontario’s most valuable players will be part of this team. I am delighted David is taking on this important responsibility. His deep knowledge, vision and infectious enthusiasm will help make these the most successful Pan Am Games ever."
David Peterson will take over as Chair from Roger Garland, who has held the position since 2009. Mr Garland worked tirelessly during his tenure, shepherding the largest multi-sport event ever to be hosted on Canadian soil. As he moves on to new opportunities, Mr Garland leaves the new Chair with a strong foundation on which to host a successful Pan American and Parapan American Games in 2015.
The Games and Games-related investments will create more than 26,000 jobs and grow Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.
Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games is part of the government’s plan to showcase the province, while creating jobs and positioning Ontario as a sport tourism destination for years to come.