5th Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 18:30 - 21:15

Where: National Arts Centre, Ottawa

A Vision Too Far? - Lessons from the Games that Changed Canada

This prestigious lecture honours Mr. Osbaldeston's distinguished 35-year career as a public servant by raising awareness about the challenges, issues and opportunities facing Canada's public service.

In a passionate speech that had the audience on their feet at the end, John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games delivered the 2010 Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture, "A Vision Too Far? Lessons From the Games That Changed Canada," in Ottawa on November 18, 2010.

Furlong is the leader behind the team that the successfully organized the entire 2010 Games. From the very beginning of the project, Furlong stressed that he envisioned that the Games could be a true nation builder, helping to improve the fabric of Canadian society.

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About John Furlong

John Furlong is the leader behind the team that organized and staged the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. From the very beginning of the project, Furlong envisioned that the Games could be a true nation builder, helping to improve the fabric of Canadian society. IOC President Jacques Rogge remarked in a Canadian Press interview at how  Vancouver had taken on the Games in a way that was "unheard of in the Olympic movement,'' and considered them as belonging to all of Canada, not surprised that the Games had become a catalyst for national unity. 

Prior to his appointment at VANOC in 2004, Furlong was the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. In his role, he became the Bid’s international face and key spokesperson, tirelessly clocking more than 1.2 million miles in his travels to promote the Bid.

Around the Rings Magazine has listed Furlong as one of the worlds top five most influential Olympic Officials in both 2009 and 2010.  Most recently, he was named Sport BC’s Sportsman of the Decade.

Furlong has been involved with athletics all his life, having competed at the international level in Basketball, European handball and Squash. He became Canadian Squash Champion in 1986. Furlong has been a long time member of the Canadian Olympic Committee and has led many high profile sport organizations in Canada.  

In 2009, Furlong was named Canada’s Most Influential Sport Figure by both the Globe and Mail and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and listed #1 on Vancouver Magazine’s Vancouver Power 50 2009 list.

 

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