Toronto is about to open its doors to the Americas! TPLC is thrilled to be a Proud Supporter of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Our sponsorship is a combination of financial support and value in kind, most notably our leasing of properties owned by the TPLC at 51 Commissioners Street and 185 Cherry Street. These sites will be used by TO2015 for its main bus and fleet depot because of their proximity to the Athletes’ Village in the West Don Lands. Many of these vehicles will be electric and non-polluting, reflecting TPLC’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.
“This is a very important partnership for the city,” said Mark Grimes, the Chairman of the Mayor’s Pan Am Games Secretariat. “TPLC’s contribution has provided a positive impact in helping to ensure the success of the Games. This is just one of numerous examples of what a great partnership can accomplish.”
A visible symbol of the Games is the torch. There are a number of TPLC participants among the 3,000 torch bearers. The torch itself was lit in May in Teotihuacan, Mexico, and will make appearances in cities such as Richmond, British Columbia; Calgary; Winnipeg; Gatineau, Quebec; Montreal and Halifax. When the torch arrives in Toronto on July 4, it will pass through each of the city’s 44 wards before it is used to ignite the cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies on July 10.
The Games are already being credited for spurring capital improvements across Toronto, and will almost certainly give the city an economic boost.
“The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will be a magnificent opportunity to showcase Toronto to the rest of the world,” said Councillor and Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong. “Toronto will benefit greatly from hosting and we are grateful to TPLC for helping to make it happen.”
Nearly 6,600 athletes from 41 countries will compete at the Games. Canada will field our largest-ever Pan Am Games team of 700 competitors. Let’s show them the support they deserve!