Get Involved With 2010 Opportunities

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Discovering business opportunities related to the 2010 Winter Games. Telling your business or community story to journalists from around the world.These are some of the topics covered in the RBC 2010 Legacies Now Speaker Series, which enables British Columbians to learn from international experts in the Olympic and Paralympic Games industry.

Sponsored by RBC , CTV, the Vancouver Sun and the Province of B.C., the RBC 2010 Legacies Now Speaker Series has brought n i n e s p e a ke r s t o c o m mu n i - ties throughout B.C . A tenth speaker, Di Henry, will present in Kamloops, Cranbrook,Vancouver and Victoria, Dec. 1-5.

Henry is an Olympic Torch Relay expert. She has more than 20 years of experience as a producer and director of international events, and has worked on 13 torch relays. In her presentations, she will share ideas for organizing successful community celebrations and capitalizing on the potential economic benefits of the 2010 Torch Relays.

Henry says the relays will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for British Columbians to celebrate, and feel connected to, the 2010 Winter Games.

“Whether or not the 2010 Torch Relays are coming to your community, there are ways to feel engaged,” Henry says. “Community celebrations, events that inspire youth to be more physically active, procurement opportunities for businesses – these are all opportunities that can be inspirational for communities.”

Betty MacLeod, RBC’s vice-president, Olympic business development, says the response to the RBC 2010 Legacies Now Speaker Series has been very positive. “Our clients are finding tangible ways to be a part of the excitement around the 2010 Winter Games.The international experts we’ve helped bring to B.C. have provided inspiration as well as practical, actionable information.”

The RBC 2010 Legacies Now Speaker Series hosted ten internationally-acclaimed speakers who shared their Olympic and Paralympic expertise with businesses and communities throughout BC.

From 2006-2008, these speakers visited several communities to share their knowledge and experience. They also participated in an interview which was webcast live and archived online at The program was sponsored by RBC, CTV, the Province of British Columbia and the Vancouver Sun.