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Feb 10 2015

Building lasting legacies

Posted by Coastal GasLink

Starting next week, Canada’s best amateur athletes will descend on Prince George, B.C. to compete for athletic greatness at the 2015 Canada Winter Games (CWG).

As an Official Sponsor of the 2015 Games and Presenting Sponsor of the Closing Ceremony, TransCanada is excited to support this event and feel the energetic-buzz from the over 2,400 athletes attending.

“We’re thrilled that TransCanada has come on board as an Official Sponsor of the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” says Stuart Ballantyne, CEO, 2015 Canada Winter Games. “By showing their commitment to the 2015 Games, TransCanada is investing in the community, the region and its future.”

“The 2015 Canada Winter Games is the largest multi-sport and cultural event to ever be held in Prince George,” says Rick Gateman, president, Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. “As a proud member of the northern B.C. community, TransCanada is very pleased to help bring this event to life. Many of our employees from across British Columbia and Alberta will travel to Prince George to experience the Games and cheer on the athletes. We are all excited to take part in celebrating youth, sport, culture and community in this region.”

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The first Canada Games were held in 1967 in Quebec City. Since then, they have grown into Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes. As the top young athletes in their sport, competitors from all 13 provinces and territories will come to the 2015 Canada Winter Games to compete for gold. Athletes compete in sports such as hockey, curling, figure skating, gymnastics, wheelchair basketball, ringette, snowboarding, skiing and much more.

“Some of the country’s best sports stars first showcased their skills at the Canada Games. Athletes like Sydney Crosby and Steve Nash both represented their provinces at the Canada Games,” says Ballantyne. “For many athletes, participating in the Canada Games is a major step towards potentially fulfilling an Olympic dream.”

The decision to sponsor the 2015 Games rested on more than giving Canadian athletes an outlet for their talent. It came from a desire to support an event that the company believes will have a positive, long-term impact on northern B.C.’s youth, community and economy. The 2015 Games are forecasted to generate an estimated economic impact of over $90 million for Prince George and northern B.C.

“At TransCanada, we believe athletics play an important role in empowering citizens to achieve their full potential in all aspects of life — especially when it comes to living healthy lifestyles and developing leadership skills,” says Andrea Jalbert, vice-president of Community and Sustainability. “Encouraging these qualities alone can help build strong, vibrant communities.”

With more than $12 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. Their 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 CSR Report.

View the French version of the 2015 Canada Winter Games sponsorship video.