Proud sponsor: TransCanada was a proud sponsor of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.
After two-weeks of record-breaking competition, Canadian athletes came together at the 2015 Canada Winter Games Closing Ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments, share memories and offer a heartfelt thank-you to the City of Prince George.
The Ceremony – presented by TransCanada and held at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) – included a parade of provincial teams, the extinguishing of the Canada Games Flame, acknowledgments from the Governor General and the official passing of the Canada Games Flag from the Mayor of Prince George to the Mayor of Winnipeg – the 2017 Canada Summer Games host city.
Then it was time to celebrate. The ceremony ended with musical entertainment, an ice sculpting demonstration and a spectacular firework finish.
“I grew up in Prince George and I’ve worked at UNBC since before the campus opened,” says Rob Van Adrichem, vice-president external, UNBC. “From both perspectives, the Closing Ceremony, presented by TransCanada, was a real source of pride for me. It feels great knowing that thousands of us in Prince George worked together to present a terrific Games and to have had such an impressive finale hosted at UNBC – which itself attracts so many young people to the region – couldn’t have been better.”
For TransCanada, the Closing Ceremony signified the end of a successful sponsorship that was two years in the making. As an Official Sponsor of the Games, the company helped to bring the event to life. TransCanada representatives also took on their own roles as hosts to local community members.
“As a member of the northern B.C. community we were thrilled to be able to experience the Games with some of our local partners, says Kiel Giddens, land, community, and Aboriginal relations liaison at TransCanada. “Altogether 35 TransCanada representatives were able to host over 150 guests from northern B.C. communities at events over the two-weeks. We received great feedback from our guests and had a lot of fun ourselves.”
TransCanada also sponsored the 2015 Canada Winter Games Pre-closing Ceremony Reception where 200 attendees from Prince George and across Canada gathered to celebrate the success of the 2015 Games. During the reception’s formal program, TransCanada’s Alex Pourbaix, executive vice-president and president, development, offered sincere congratulations to the City of Prince George, the Canada Games Council and Host Society on a successful Canada Games.
With more than $13 billion in proposed natural gas pipeline projects to support B.C.’s emerging LNG industry, TransCanada’s sponsorship of the 2015 Games is just one of the ways the company is supporting its northern neighbours. The North Montney Mainline Project, Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project, Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project are expected to help meet export demands and generate long-term economic stability for the region. Read more about TransCanada’s dedication to responsible development in our 2013 CSR Report.