WATCH: Edmonton moves forward on Commonwealth Games bid
WATCH ABOVE: The City of Edmonton unveiled the logo for its 2022 Commonwealth Games bid on Tuesday. Tom Vernon explains.
EDMONTON – The city revealed its 2022 Commonwealth Games bid chair, committee, and the bid logo Tuesday.
Reg Milley, the former president and CEO of Edmonton Airports, has been named Chair of the Bid Committee.
“Edmonton set a new standard for the Commonwealth Games in 1978,” said Milley. “We are excited by the prospect of hosting this event again and helping to take the Games to a new level.”
The bid committee will also include:
– Vice Chair Simon Farbrother (City Manager)
– Candice Stasynec (Executive Director, Edmonton Events)
– Maggie Davison (Vice President, Edmonton Tourism)
– Lloyd Benz (Government of Alberta)
– Four members from Commonwealth Games Canada: Dr. Andrew Pipe, Bruce Robertson, Linda Cuthbert and Edmonton’s John Stanton.
The city says additional committee members will be named in the future.
“Edmonton has built a strong reputation as an outstanding host city,” said Mayor Don Iveson.
“Our bid effort, in partnership with the Alberta government, is focused on convincing Commonwealth Games voters that Edmonton is the best host city in 2022.”
“Alberta has a proven track record of attracting and delivering outstanding sporting events with a committed volunteer base,” said Heather Klimchuk, Alberta minister of culture. “The Government of Alberta has made a commitment to table a motion in the fall to support an Edmonton-led Alberta bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation.”
A logo for the Edmonton bid was also unveiled Tuesday at City Hall.
The logo – which features a trio of ribbons that form an ‘E’ – was designed by Alberta-based ZGM Collaborative Marketing. Each ribbon represents the “pride of national identity, the spirit of our community, and the energy of sport,” the city explained. “The colours symbolize the range of nationalities that exist in our community, as well as the harmony of Commonwealth nations coming together to compete.”
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Edmonton must submit its bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation by March 2, 2015.
The host city will be selected September 2, 2015. Durban, South Africa is the only other candidate city competing for the Games.
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