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July 9th: CANADA OLYMPIC EXCELLENCE DAY

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July 9th, you are invited to celebrate Canada Olympic Excellence Day at 500 René-Lévesque Ouest!

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State of the Art Canadian Olympic House Opening in Montreal with IOC President Thomas Bach in attendance

MONTRÉAL — Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President Marcel Aubut announced that the opening of the new Canadian Olympic House, located at 500 René-Lévesque Boulevard West in Montreal, will take place on July 9, 2015 as part of Canada Olympic Excellence Day. In doing so, the COC extends its presence into Quebec and will now have a headquarters office in Montreal, consolidating its leadership role as Canada’s first Olympic city, almost forty years after the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

This event will be held with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in attendance. This will be both a unique and memorable day that will include festivities in the streets of Montreal and the raising of the Olympic rings on the roof of the COC office building to which everyone is invited. The World Sport Luncheon featuring exceptional speakers, including Mr. Bach, who will address more than a thousand guests as the head of the Olympic Movement.

A new state of the art conference room will also be ready to receive its first guests and will serve as a technologically-advanced multi-purpose centre that will provide businesses and organizations alike with unlimited opportunities to hold all kinds of events, such as conferences, TV, radio and multimedia productions.

The highlight of Canada Olympic Excellence Day will be the raising, in the evening, of the Olympic rings atop the building’s roof where they will shine bright in the Montreal sky. This prestigious symbol will be featured with the permission of the International Olympic Committee and will be raised at the conclusion of a large-scale show featuring Quebec and Canadian singing stars. This will be a defining moment full of emotion. This day will put Montreal Olympic sport in the spotlight at a time when international media will be in Canada to cover the Pan Am Games that will begin in Toronto the next day on July 10.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will be in attendance throughout the entire day and will be returning for the first time as President of the IOC to the city where he won a gold medal in fencing in 1976. Others will take the stage during the World Sport Luncheon at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, including NBC Sports Group President Mark Lazarus and Olympians Justine, Chloé and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. The President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait will also be in attendance throughout the day.

This great initiative is made possible thanks to the financial support of our private sector partners, as well as the City of Montreal and the governments of Quebec and Canada.

“The opening of the Canadian Olympic House will contribute to the rebirth of Montreal as the country’s first Olympic city. Montreal is becoming a true hub of international sport and we will have the privilege of hosting the most prominent sport leaders from around the world. With this in mind, I encourage the people of Montreal, Quebec and Canada to celebrate this important moment in our history with us.”

Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

“I am pleased to learn that the Olympic rings will be installed here in Montreal. This is the ultimate dream for all athletes. By installing them here, it makes us feel like this dream is becoming more accessible. Congratulations to the Canadian Olympic Committee for this wonderful initiative. The Canadian Olympic House will certainly inspire a new generation of Olympians and greatly contribute to the development of sport in Canada.”

Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Sochi 2014 gold medallist, Freestyle Skying

“We are very pleased that the Canadian Olympic Committee has chosen our great city as the home of the new Olympic House. This confirms once again Montreal’s reputation as a prime business environment for accommodating national and international organizations. In addition to generating some one hundred quality jobs, Canadian Olympic House will raise Montreal’s profile both in Canada and abroad.”

Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

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