Aliant announced as Major Sponsor of 2009 Canada Games

March 19, 2008, Summerside, PE – The PEI 2009 Canada Games Host Society today officially announced Aliant, Atlantic Canada’s leading communications and information technology provider, as its first major corporate sponsor at a news conference at Credit Union Place in Summerside. Aliant is providing $350,000 and will be the presenting sponsor of Men’s and Women’s Soccer at the Games.

“We are proud to support the 2009 Canada Games on Prince Edward Island,” said Joe Mosher, Aliant’s Vice President of Residential Marketing. “This is a natural fit for our organization given our support for amateur soccer and for Atlantic Canadian Olympic hopefuls through the Aliant Contenders Program. We believe in the spirit of every athlete who seeks to compete and Canada Games is an important stepping stone on the road to the Olympics.”

Prince Edward Islander and Olympic Hopeful Kara Grant, part of the Aliant Contenders Program, was introduced as an Athlete Ambassador for the 2009 Host Society to represent the Games in various capacities. Kara Grant is not only a world class elite athlete but also a Canada Games Alumnus from the 2001 Games where she competed in Athletics.

Wayne Carew, Vice-President of the Host Society explained, “We are so pleased that a community-minded, Atlantic Canadian company like Aliant is supporting this event and we look forward to working with them in the build up to the Games.” He added, “There are tremendous opportunities available to the business community in becoming a 2009 Canada Games sponsor while at the same time great potential for building relationships and working together to make these Games a great success from an economic, tourism, and athlete-centered perspective.”

The Canada Games, held every two years and alternating between winter and summer, is one of the largest multi-sport and cultural festivals in the world. In 2009, Prince Edward Island will host the Games from August 15-29, with the first week centered in Summerside with events staged throughout the Western half of the province and the second week in Charlottetown with events in the Eastern half of the Province. Over 4,400 athletes, coaches, and managers will come to Prince Edward Island to compete in 18 sports with over 6,000 volunteers needed to run the two week event.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, Host Societies, the Canada Games Council and corporate supporters like Aliant.

Information:

Nicole Phillips
Senior Manager
Media, Community Relations & Communications
2009 Canada Games
902.620.2335
nicolephillips@2009canadagames.ca

Fraser Smith
Public Affairs Manager
Aliant
877-774-7226

About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America’s largest regional communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant’s 10,000 employees are committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.
To learn more about with Aliant Contenders Program please visit Aliant.net

Host Society Seeks Ceremonies’ Producer

Request For Proposal
PRODUCER, OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES
Prince Edward Island 2009 Canada Games
The Host Society is seeking an individual or group for the role of Producer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. This individual or group will be responsible for the successful development of ceremonial elements that celebrate the spirit and ideals of sport and showcase the Island nature of the 2009 Games as well as successful completion of both Ceremony productions.

Submission packages outlining the scope of the services required may be obtained by contacting the PEI 2009 Canada Games offices at: Eastern Office, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PEI (902) 620-2334 or Western Office, 271 Water Street, Summerside, PEI , (902) 438-2009

RFP submission deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 (4 PM Atlantic Time)

Employment Opportunities posted

The Prince Edward Island 2009 Canada Games Host Society is seeking individuals to fill the following positions. Detailed job descriptions and statement of qualifications may be obtained by contacting the Games’ Office (1-888-438-2009).

Athletes’ Village Division Coordinator
(Based at Western Office, Summerside, term of employment March 17, 2008 (or earlier if convenient) to September 30, 2009, salary commencing at $35,000/annum + benefits)

Services & Turnaround Division Coordinator (Based in Western Office, Summerside, term of employment March 17, 2008 (or earlier if convenient) to September 30, 2009, salary commencing at $35,000/annum + benefits)

Warehouse Manager
(Based in Slemon Park, term of employment from April 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009, salary commencing at $30,000/annum + benefits)

GES System Administrator / Analyst
(Based in Eastern Office, Charlottetown, term of employment March 17, 2008 (or earlier if convenient) to September 30, 2009, salary commencing at $30,000/annum + benefits)

Please forward application in the form of a cover letter indicating the position being applied for and outlining your interest and qualifications for the respective position, and include a resumé and two references to:

Office of the CAO
PEI 2009 Canada Games
40 Enman Crescent
Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6

or by email to:

jobs@2009canadagames.ca

CLOSING DATE: February 27, 2008

All applicants are thanked for their interest in these positions, but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. `

Multi-Party Agreement signed for 2009 Games

February 8, 2008 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Partners preparing for the 2009 Canada Games in Prince Edward Island announced today that the Multi-Party Agreement confirming support to the Host Society is now official. The Multi-Party Agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Honourable Helena Guergis, Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport); the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Provincial Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour; Larry Smith, Chair and Sue Hylland, President and CEO of the Canada Games Council; and Joseph Spriet, President of the PEI 2009 Canada Games Host Society.

The Multi-Party Agreement defines the Host Society rights associated with hosting the 2009 Canada Games and provides the terms and conditions for each party in regards to financial and organizational support in the execution of the Games. The 2009 Canada Games will take place August 15-29th, across Prince Edward Island.

Sue Hylland explained how the signing of this agreement is an indication of support and cooperation amongst all the partners involved in these Games. “The cornerstone of the Canada Games is our ability to cooperate and merge agendas for the development of our next generation of national, international and Olympic champions while executing an outstanding Games. It is the commitment of all levels of government that contributes to the success of these Games and that commitment has been in place since the very first Canada Games in Quebec City in 1967.”

“The signing of the Multi Party Agreement represents a significant milestone for our Host Society,” stated Joseph Spriet. “The Host Society will access a number of federal and provincial programs to enable us to meet our budget obligations, but this agreement, in particular, provides funding of approximately $16 million from both levels of governments, giving us a strong foundation from which to continue building support.”

The 2009 Canada Games, which will include golf and triathlon for the first time and also features events for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, marks the 22nd time in history the Games have been held and the second time on Prince Edward Island. As well, the 2009 Canada Games will represent the first time the event has been hosted province-wide as opposed to being awarded to a municipality.

“As the largest single investor of sport in this country, the Government of Canada is proud to be part of the 2009 Canada Games in Prince Edward Island”, said Helena Guergis, Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport). “The Canada Games are an important event for the development of Canadian athletes with valuable training and competition experience and an opportunity for those who wish to pursue their objectives as the next generation of Canada’s national team members.”

“Our government is pleased to support the 2009 Canada Games through this Multi-Party Agreement,” said Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Provincial Minister responsible for Sport. “This is the largest sporting event ever to be held in our province and – with an estimated economic impact of more than $90 million dollars – it is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our province, and to support our own young athletes.”

During this action-filled two-week period beginning August 15, 2009, over 4,400 participants including athletes ranging in age from 12 to 23 will compete against each other in 18 sports for the right to claim the Canada Games Flag as their own.

2009 Canada Games: Funding Partners
Government of Canada
Government of Prince Edward Island Canada Games
Canada Games 2009

2009 Canada Games propose Athletics Facility for UPEI

January 23, 2008 Charlottetown, PEI – The 2009 Canada Games Host Society announced today that UPEI is their first pick for the location of the Athletics Facility that will be used for both Athletics competition and the Closing Ceremony during the Games.

Because the facility is still in the concept phase, the venue location cannot be confirmed nor a definite cost determined until several project approvals are received. The concept does call for a 400m synthetic competition track, natural grass infield, grandstand with permanent seating for 1400, timing tower, results room and equipment storage.

One such approval that is required to move the project forward is from Charlottetown City Council, who, tonight at a public meeting, will hear a request from UPEI to designate the Athletics Facility as one use of their lands that are part of a “comprehensive development zone”. The venue will also be on the agenda at UPEI’s Board of Governors meeting Thursday night for their endorsement, and funding approval is expected later this month from the various orders of government.

Several sites were considered for the Athletics Facility over the past two years, including Stonepark Intermediate School, during a process that included a study commissioned by the City and consultation with the sport community. After considering many factors such as environmental impact, physical accessibility, proximity to other facilities, and legacy, the Host Society and the Province of PEI determined that UPEI would be their preferred location.

The Host Society’s President Joseph Spriet said, “From a Games-time operations and maintenance perspective, the UPEI site offers several advantages. With the Athletes’ Village for the Games also located on campus, participants will be able to walk to the venue and we will have plenty of parking for spectators.”

Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Carolyn Bertram added, “This venue will be a tremendous legacy for the Island sport community. UPEI has demonstrated an amazing capacity over the years to build and maintain facilities that have strengthened the entire Island community. With this state-of-the-art facility we will be opening the doors for opportunities that previously didn’t exist for athlete development, sport programming and event hosting. This is a very exciting step forward for our Canada Games, UPEI, our sport community and all Islanders!”

The Host Society expects to easily clear these procedural “hurdles” for the Athletics Facility and looks forward to, along with their partners, formally confirming the project in the very near future.

About the 2009 Canada Games

The primary objective of the Canada Games is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth. The Games provide the stimulus for Canadian youth to reach their athletic potential, pursue personal excellence and develop socially and culturally within the context of ethical competition.

The organizing committee for the 2009 Canada Games was formed in 2005 after Prince Edward Island was awarded the rights to host the event. The committee was incorporated as the PEI 2009 Canada Games Host Society, a not-for-profit corporation and is committed to planning and delivering an outstanding athlete-centred, province-wide, multi-sport and cultural event that: promotes stakeholder excellence, is of national significance, has sustainable legacies and is fiscally responsible.

The 2009 Canada Games will be hosted on Prince Edward Island from August 15-29 including approximately 4,400 athletes, coaches, and managers competing in 18 sports over the two week period. A cultural component called the National Artist Program, with young artists from each province and territory taking part, is also included in the Games schedule.

The 2009 Canada Games is truly a Prince Edward Island event with activities happening right across the province. Week one of the Games will be based in the western part of the province with the Athletes’ Village at Slemon Park near Summerside, with week two based in the eastern part of the province and the Athletes’ Village moving to the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island, the Canada Games Council and the Host Society.

Employment Opportunities posted: Senior Manager

The Prince Edward Island 2009 Canada Games Host Society is seeking an individual to fill the following position. This individual will be a member of the senior management team, reporting to and guided by the Chief Executive Officer – Operations. Detailed job descriptions and statements of qualifications may be obtained by contacting the Games’ Office (1-888-438-2009).

Term of employment: As soon as possible to September 30, 2009.

Salary established at $50,000/annum + benefits.

Please forward applications in the form of a cover letter indicating the position being applied for and outlining your interest and qualifications for the respective position, and include a resumé and two references to:

Office of the CAO
PEI 2009 Canada Games
40 Enman Crescent
Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6

or by email to:

jobs@2009canadagames.ca

CLOSING DATE: December 31, 2008

All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position, but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no telephone enquiries except to obtain the job description.

Official 2009 Canada Games Clothing now on sale

November 23, 2007 Charlottetown, PEI – The 2009 Canada Games Host Society along with Event Max Merchandising & Promotions Ltd. today announced that official 2009 Canada Games clothing is available, just in time for Christmas.

Top-quality adult and youth clothing by various well-known manufacturers including jackets, vests, performance polos and a variety of shirts bearing the 2009 Canada Games logo are available now at Source for Sport locations in Charlottetown and Summerside.

The 2009 Games represents the ninth time Event Max has been involved with the design, manufacturing and distribution of clothing for the Canada Games. British Columbia-based Event Max won the right to manage the merchandise program as Official Merchandising Licensee for the 2009 edition of the Games by responding to a request for proposals that was issued by the Friends of the Games Division, the fundraising arm of the 2009 Canada Games. Event Max also supplies gear for Canadian Curling Association events such as the Scotties.

Host Society President, Joseph Spriet explained that Event Max is working with local retailers such as Source for Sports to sell the branded clothing as Authorized Retailers. “We are pleased to have the expertise of Robin Henry of Event Max to help position the 2009 Canada Games through a merchandise program, but we also wanted to ensure Island companies could participate and benefit as well. Therefore, we are thrilled to welcome the first of our Authorized Retailers to the program, Source for Sports.” Other retailers who are interested in becoming an Authorized Retailer are asked to contact Robin Henry toll-free at 1 877 763 8608 ext.12 or email to robin@eventmax.net.

Wayne Carew, Vice president and volunteer leader of the Friends of the Games Division added, “When Islanders purchase a 2009 Canada Games garment, they can feel confident knowing that they are receiving the high quality associated with the Games, while also supporting the financing and staging of the event.”

Event Max will be developing new and unique clothing and accessories, adding to the product line early in 2008.

About the 2009 Canada Games
The primary objective of the Canada Games is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth. The Games provide the stimulus for Canadian youth to reach their athletic potential, pursue personal excellence and develop socially and culturally within the context of ethical competition.

The organizing committee for the 2009 Canada Games was formed in 2006 after Prince Edward Island was awarded the rights to host the event. The committee was incorporated as the PEI 2009 Canada Games Host Society, a not-for-profit corporation and is committed to planning and delivering an outstanding athlete-centred, multi-sport and cultural event that: promotes stakeholder excellence, is of national significance, has sustainable legacies and is fiscally responsible.

The 2009 Canada Games will be hosted on Prince Edward Island from August 15-29 including approximately 4,400 athletes, coaches, and managers competing in 18 sports over the two week period. A cultural component called the National Artist Program, with young artists from each province and territory taking part, is also included in the Games schedule.

The 2009 Canada Games is truly a Prince Edward Island event with activities happening right across the province. Week one of the Games will be based in the western part of the province with the Athletes’ Village at Slemon Park near Summerside, with week two based in the eastern part of the province and the Athletes’ Village moving to the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island, the Canada Games Council and the Host Society.

2009 Canada Games launch provincial campaign aboard cruise ship

October 10, 2007 Charlottetown, PEI -The Honorable Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island, the Honorable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs, and Labour, and Mr. Joseph Spriet, President of the PEI 2009 Canada Games Host Society today hosted Prince Edward Island business leaders at a lunchtime reception on the Charlottetown waterfront aboard one of Holland America Lines’ cruise ships, the ms Maasdam, for the official launch of the Games’ Provincial Sponsorship Campaign.

Wayne Carew, vice-president of the Friend of the Games Division, the fundraising and sponsorship arm of the Host Society, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the ‘Cruisin’ to the Games’ event and explained, “There are tremendous opportunities available to the Island business community in becoming a 2009 Canada Games sponsor while at the same time great potential for building relationships and working together to make these Games the “best ever”.

Business leaders were told that $14.3 million of the $33 million total budget for the 2009 Canada Games will be spent on new and renovated facilities from Souris to Tignish while $18.7 million would be spent on operating the Games by feeding, housing and transporting the visiting athletes. Of the total Games budget , the Host Society, through the Friends of the Games Division, must raise $7 million.

The 2009 Canada Games will have upwards of 150 hours of television coverage to the rest of the country and will give Prince Edward Island a wonderful opportunity to present itself as a great place to visit, a great place to do business and a great place to raise a family.

By becoming a provincial sponsor, a business will be granted special rights and benefits by the Host Society including marketing opportunities, tickets, and hospitality. Reception attendees were shown a presentation giving more detail on the program while they enjoyed the ship’s culinary and musical offerings. Holland America was a sponsor of the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.

Carew added, “Over the next few months, our team of volunteers and staff will be approaching businesses ‘Island-wide’ inviting them to participate in our fundraising efforts. This will be the largest single event ever held on PEI so we are challenging the business community to ask themselves what they as business owners and managers can do, what their company can do, and what their employees can do to help. Becoming a Games sponsor will be a ‘win-win’, offering businesses a chance to connect with new audiences through the Canada Games relationship.”

The 2009 Canada Games will be hosted on Prince Edward Island from August 15-29 and features 4,400 athletes, coaches, and managers competing in 18 sports over the two week period. A cultural component called the National Artist Program, with young artists from each province and territory taking part, is also included in the Games schedule.

The 2009 Canada Games is truly a Prince Edward Island event with activities happening right across the province. Week one of the Games will be based in the western part of the province with the Athletes’ Village at Slemon Park near Summerside, with week two based in the eastern part of the province and the Athletes’ Village moving to the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown.

The Canada Games Council, owners of the Canada Games, has also broadened its focus from Games only to Games and between Games initiatives. This new focus on resources, programs, activities, tools and events for Canada’s youth between the Games, 52 weeks a year, is called Dreams and Champions. The first goal of Dreams and Champions is to Inspire Dreams in Canada’s youth and encourage them to participate in sport and physical activity. The second goal is to Build Champions by providing the programs, tools and support young athletes need to reach and succeed at high levels. Over the next several years, the Canada Games Council will work with other partners in Canada’s sport system to build an inventory of programs so more young Canadians have access to what they need to stay involved in sport and physical activity.

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the country’s premiere multi-sport event, representing the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games are proud of the contribution to Canada’s sport development system and leave a lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride, and national unity.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the government of Canada provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

Employment Opportunities posted: Division Coordinators

The Prince Edward Island 2009 Canada Games Host Society is seeking individuals to fill the following positions. These individuals will be guided by a volunteer Vice President of the respective Division and be responsible to a Senior Manager. Detailed job descriptions and statements of qualifications may be obtained by contacting the Games’ Office (1-888-438-2009).

Volunteer Services Coordinator
Ceremonies, Protocol & Hospitality Coordinator
Official Languages Coordinator
Medical Services Coordinator

Term of employment for all positions will be from January 7, 2008 to September 30, 2009.

Salary commencing at $35,000/annum + benefits.

Please forward application in the form of a cover letter indicating the position being applied for and outlining your interest and qualifications for the respective position, and include a resumé and two references to:

Office of the CAO, PEI 2009 Canada Games, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6 or by email to: jobs@2009canadagames.ca.

CLOSING DATE: November 2, 2007

All applicants are thanked for their interest in these positions, but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Employment Opportunity posted – Program & Accounting Coordinator

The Prince Edward Island 2009 Canada Games Host Society is seeking a Program & Accounting Coordinator. Reporting to the Chief Administration Officer (CAO), the Program & Accounting Coordinator will support all accounting and procurement activities and will be the lead staff person responsible for the management and execution of government funding programs.

A detailed job description and statement of qualifications may be obtained by contacting the Games’ Office (1-888-438-2009).

Location of Main Work Environment: Charlottetown, PEI

Term of Employment: December 3, 2007 – September 30, 2009.

Salary: Commencing at $35,000/annum + benefits.

Please forward application in the form of a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position, and include a resumé and two references to:

Office of the CAO, PEI 2009 Canada Games, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6 or jobs@2009canadagames.ca

CLOSING DATE: October 19, 2007

All applicants are thanked for their interest in these positions, but only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.