The Canada Games Council Conducts Site Visits in British Columbia

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The Canada Games Council Conducts Site Visits in British Columbia

August 9, 2010 British Columbia – The Canada Games Council (CGC) Bid Evaluation Committee is conducting site visits in British Columbia as part of the evaluation process to choose the host of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The host of the 2015 Games will be announced in just over a month.

The seven-member evaluation team, chaired by Canada Games Council Vice-Chairman and President of the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Yukon, Piers McDonald, will be visiting each community for one day during this week. The CGC Bid Evaluation Committee will visit Prince George August 9, Kamloops August 10, and Kelowna August 11. These visits will then be followed by CGC bid evaluation meetings in Vancouver for the remainder of the week.

The evaluation process included Phase I; a review of the potential communities technical components (Sports Venues, Games Village and other key venues) to provide a report to the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee. During Phase II, the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee assessed the Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposals, conducts site visits and then provides a final ranking and report to the CGC Board of Directors. The site visit allows the bid communities the opportunity to reinforce their information, add value to the written descriptions in the bid proposal and answer questions posed in writing from the Bid Evaluation Committee upon receipt of the bid proposals.

During the site visits, information is provided to the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee during a pre-set agenda identical for each community,” says Piers McDonald, Bid Evaluation Committee Chair, Canada Games Council. “Although the relative weighting of each section is a constant reminder, the creativity in which the material is presented is certainly at the community’s discretion.”

The official launch of the 2015 Bid Process took place in June of 2009, when the Canada Games Council embarked on a fifteen-month process to select the host of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. 10 communities attended the first information session having until August 7, 2009 to submit their letter of Intent to Bid. The three communities of Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George then entered into the technical review of information phase by providing the required information by October 2, 2009.

After the technical phase, up to three short listed bid communities were given until May 28, 2010 to submit their Bid Proposal to the Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee who reviewed the material and are now conducting the site visits in each community

The Canada Games Council’s Bid Evaluation Committee will be responsible for making a recommendation on the award of the Games to the Council’s Board of Directors. The final recommendation from the Canada Games Board of Directors will be delivered to the Province of British Columbia and then announced publicly by the Council and the Province on September 17, 2010 in Vancouver.

Having hosted the 1973 Canada Summer Games in New Westminster and Burnaby and the 1993 Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, the 2015 Canada Games will mark the third time the Games are hosted in the province of British Columbia and the first time for British Columbia to host a winter Games.

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

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

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