Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 17, 2009 18:50 ET

Minister of State Lunn Announces Creation of "2010 and Beyond" Panel

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the creation of a panel on post-2010 high performance sport in Canada. The "2010 and Beyond" Panel will make recommendations that will build on the positive momentum being achieved in Canadian sport today.

"Our Canadian athletes will own the podium at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and I am committed to ensuring that we have the best possible leadership strategy in place so that we can build on that success," said Minister of State Lunn. "It is vitally important to make the right choices in moving forward for our athletes, and with the creation of this panel, we will have the right advice on the best course of action for 2010 and beyond."

Canada's high-performance sport system is at a pivotal point in its evolution, and new goals will need to be set in order to keep the momentum going. Minister of State Lunn has been approached by the sport community to develop a clear post-Games plan that would build on the success to date and provide concrete recommendations for the future. In response to this, he is inviting sport leaders and organizations to bring to the panel their views and advice to guide future decisions.

The mandate of the Panel will be to analyze the progress of Own the Podium and other related high-performance initiatives and make recommendations that will carry forward the innovation and positive momentum in Canadian sport today. The Panel will conduct its review while taking into consideration the current design, structure, and leadership of high-performance initiatives, the relationship between funding partners, sources of funding, accountability, governance, service delivery and performance targets beyond 2010.

The Panel will begin its work on July 20, 2009, and will deliver its recommendations by fall 2009. The members of the Panel include David Zussman, Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management, University of Ottawa, who will serve as Chair; Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc; George Heller, former President and CEO of the Victoria Commonwealth Games; former Olympian Cathy Priestner Allinger; and Karen O'Neill, former COO of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

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Terms of Reference

"2010 and Beyond Panel"


Introduction:

The Government of Canada recognizes the significant efforts made in Canada over the last few years to ensure that our high performance system takes full advantage of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver in 2010. To this end, innovative partner based programs such as Own the Podium have been developed to help Canada achieve its goal to be the number one nation at the Winter Olympics and top three nations in the Paralympics. The sport community and Canadians in general appreciate the success to date of our high performance athletes and look forward to best ever performances in Vancouver.

Canada's high performance system is at a pivotal time in its evolution, and new goals will need to be set in order to keep the momentum. The Minister has been approached by the sport community to develop a clear post-Games plan that would build on our success to date and provide concrete recommendations for the future. In response to this, the Minister is inviting sport leaders and organizations to bring forward their views and advice that will guide future decisions.

The 2010 and Beyond Panel will analyze the progress we have made to date and explore options for the continuation of targeted high performance programs for the future. This panel will be drawn from Canadian leaders from the sport, private and public sectors.

Mandate and scope of the review:

The 2010 and Beyond Panel will analyze the progress of Own the Podium and other related High Performance initiatives and make recommendations that will build on the positive momentum that is felt in Canadian sport today.

The Panel is asked to conduct its review while taking into consideration the following elements:

-design, structure and leadership of high performance initiatives

-relationship of funding partners

-sources of funding

-accountability

-governance and service delivery

-performance targets beyond 2010

Panel Composition:

The Panel will be comprised of the following individuals:

David Zussman (Chair)

Chantal Petitclerc

George Heller

Cathy Priestner

Karen O'Neill

Consultation process:

The Panel will conduct roundtable meetings where individuals and organizations can come forward to present their views and suggestions. The panel will also invite written submissions.

Report timeframe:

Final report- by early fall 2009

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-934-1131
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155