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David Peterson to lead effort to host 2015 Pan Am games

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David Peterson to lead effort to host 2015 Pan Am games

Successful Games Would Give Ontario’s Economy $2 Billion Boost

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Former Ontario Premier David Peterson will chair Ontario's bid to host the 2015 Pan American Games in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.

David Peterson served as Premier of Ontario between 1985 and 1990. He is now a senior partner and chairman of Cassels Brock, where he practises corporate and commercial law. Peterson was the founding chairman of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club Inc., and he is also a director of Rogers Communications Ltd. and many other Canadian companies.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have agreed to partner in supporting the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area's bid. Premier McGuinty recently traveled to the Beijing Olympics to meet officials and highlight the province's commitment.

Quick Facts

  • The Pan American Games are held every four years for competitors from all nations of the 42 countries of the Americas.
  • The Pan American Games could generate close to $2 billion in economic activity, create 17,000 jobs and bring an estimated 250,000 tourists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

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“I look forward to building a strong team and a dynamic proposal — we’ll be calling on governments, municipalities, business, amateur sports organizations and many other partners to bring the Pan Am Games to Ontario.”

David Peterson

“David Peterson’s energy, leadership and commitment will invigorate our Pan Am bid and help bring this event to our province.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Appointing David Peterson to lead this effort gets us off to a great start — he has the experience and the vision to get everyone working together.”

Mike Chambers

President, Canadian Olympic Committee



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