On February 15, 2015, the National Flag of Canada will turn 50! As we prepare for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the 50th anniversary of our flag is a milestone that will allow Canadians to reflect on our flag and what it represents — a nation strong, proud and free that is admired and respected at home and around the world. February also marks a special milestone for Vancouver, with February 12 being the 5th anniversary of the Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremony – a moment of huge pride for our city.
Please join us at this special event at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West to mark these two important anniversaries. We will be hearing presentations from John Furlong OC, OBC, CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as Senator Nancy Greene Raine OC, OBC, OD, gold medal winning alpine skier and Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century.
We will also enjoy a children’s choir performance, as well as a raffle to benefit Kid Sport. We encourage everybody to wear their Team Canada Olympic gear to the event!
Thursday, February 12
Early Bird: Member $50, Non-Member $60 before February 6th
Regular: Member $60, Non-Member $70 after February 6th
Online pre-registration Deadline: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Join the Canadian Club of Vancouver to enjoy member pricing for our annual events! Membership is only $50 per year – visit our website to download an application form.
About the Speakers
John Furlong OC, OBC
CEO, Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Presentation Title: The Vision that Changed a Nation
John Furlong has been described as a sports hero, nation builder and the ultimate crisis manager. Known for his masterful storytelling and innovative leadership style, he continues to inspire, regaling audiences with the many remarkable and fascinating untold stories behind the leadership of the Games.
Always a passionate ambassador for Canada, Furlong was honoured to be awarded The Officer of The Order of Canada and Member of the Order of British Columbia for his exceptional leadership of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which changed our nation, galvanized Canadians from coast to coast and showcased Canada to the world. Other recent honours include Canadian of the year, Marketer of the Year, Sport Executive of the Year, The Globe & Mail‘s Nation Builder of 2010 and, most recently, he has been voted one of the top 25 most transformational Canadians alive.
John now fulfills volunteer roles as Chairman of The Own the Podium program and Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Senator Nancy Greene Raine OC, OBC, OD
Nancy Greene Raine is one of the best known names in Canadian skiing.
Her success at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France made a lasting impression on Canadian skiers and non-skiers alike, and Nancy has stayed in the public eye ever since.
During Nancy’s nine year racing career, she won three U.S. Championship titles and nine Canadian titles. The introduction of the World Cup in 1967 coincided with Nancy’s arrival as one of the top ranked skiers in the world. Nancy won the gold medal for Canada in 1968 by a margin of 2.68 seconds – one of the most decisive wins in Olympic history.
The rest of the 1968 racing season is history. Nancy put together a string of victories in all three events and easily won her second overall World Cup title. In two years of World Cup racing, she had a total of 13 victories, the most by any Canadian and still one of the top overall averages today. Having reached her goals, Nancy retired from amateur racing at the age of 24 and embarked on a successful promotional career.