Fonds AM1581 - Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation fonds

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Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation fonds

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10.14 m of textual records

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In 1997, a group of Vancouver organizers and entrepreneurs created the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Society (the Society), an organization dedicated to bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to the region. In February 1998, the Vancouver City Council officially sanctioned the Society's efforts, though declined to offer any initial funds to aid development of the proposal.

In December 1998, the Canadian Olympic Association (COA, which became the COC - Canadian Olympic Committee - in April 2002) selected Vancouver over competing cities Calgary and Quebec City as Canada's official candidate for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

On June 11, 1999, the Society's duties were incorporated into the more broadly based Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation (BidCorp), which was responsible for organizing, developing and submitting Vancouver s official bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the organization responsible for choosing Olympic host cities. BidCorp's shareholders were comprised of three classes, each entitled to one vote: municipal members (representing the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler), COA members, and provincial government members.

On July 2, 2003, the IOC selected Vancouver as the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. After this decision, BidCorp wound up its affairs and was replaced by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a not-for-profit corporation responsible for the planning, organizing, financing, and staging of the Games.

During its operational life, BidCorp had a total bid budget of $34 million, with 54 percent of the funds provided by government and public corporations, and 46 percent provided by private companies and individuals. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia each contributed $9.1 million to Vancouver s Olympic bid efforts, while the City of Vancouver eventually contributed $750,000.

In addition to preparing and delivering the official bid proposal to the IOC, BidCorp served several major functions. It secured the funds to support the bid candidacy by obtaining contributions of individual and corporate sponsors, the provincial government, and the federal government. Through the use of sustained advertising and related publicity programs, it promoted Vancouver as an ideal site for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It conducted feasibility, planning, and impact studies for sport venues, athlete accommodation sites, and transportation infrastructure. Finally, it provided a unified organizational voice to interact with outside parties, including governments (First Nation, municipal, provincial, federal, and foreign), businesses (sponsors and contractors), related organizations (IOC, and COA/COC) the media, and the public.

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Fonds contains records relating to the operation of Vancouver Whistler Bid Society, which became the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation. Records consist of minutes, correspondence, policy documents, reports, studies, plans, advertising materials, financial statements, agreements, contracts, event materials, etc.

The fonds has been organized into the following sixteen broad series, based on existing organizational categories or business units: Administration, Athlete and Sport Development, Bid Candidature Plan, Bid Society, Board Secretariat, Communications and Media Relations, Community Relations and Volunteers, Culture and Youth, Finance and Procurement, Fundraising Sales and Services, Government Support and Services, International Relations, OCOG Planning, Sport Relations, Sports and Venues, and Villages and Operations.

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Except where noted, the arrangement mirrors the records classification system of the Corporation. Series titles were taken from the broad administrative categories or major business units of the organization. Sub-series usually reflect primary categories (number blocks) assigned to particular administrative sub-divisions. File titles were assigned by the organization, and often correspond to secondary or tertiary number categories within the original classification system. The order of items within files reflects their state upon transfer to the repository.

Physical files incorporate the following information which faithfully reflects the contents of the original file folder labels: the series is listed in square brackets, the original records classification identification numbers are listed to the right of the series, the sub-series is listed in the upper land-hand corner, while the original file headings themselves are indented beneath the sub-series title.

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Restrictions apply to some files; please consult the archivist.
Restriction details: Files throughout this fonds contain personal information (e.g. email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, etc.) about identifiable third-party individuals. Researchers must complete an "Agreement for Access to Restricted Records" form to be approved by an archivist in order to view the records in these files.
Act reference: FOIPPA sec. 19(1)(a)
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