Type of entity
Authorized form of name
Parallel form(s) of name
- Comité d’organisation des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques d’hiver de 2010 à Vancouver
Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules
Other form(s) of name
- The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Identifiers for corporate bodies
Dates of existence
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) was established on 30 September 2003, two months after the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation won its bid for the 2010 Games from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
VANOC was established in accordance with the Olympic Charter to organize the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (“the 2010 Games”) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in February 2010. VANOC’s mandate was to support and promote the development of sport in Canada by planning, organizing, financing and staging the 2010 Games. Though many of VANOC’s board members served with the Bid Corporation, the two institutions had distinct mandates.
VANOC was guided by a 20-member board of directors nominated by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations. As an organization, VANOC reported to the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee. Its chief officer was John Furlong. VANOC's vision was a stronger Canada whose spirit is raised by its passion for sport, culture and sustainability. Its stated mission was “to touch the soul of the nation and inspire the world by creating and delivering an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies.”
The XXI Olympic Winter Games was staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. The X Paralympic Winter Games was staged in Vancouver and Whistler from March 12 to 21, 2010.
VANOC was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the Canada Corporations Act, and awarded Public Authority status under the Act.
MANDATES AND SOURCES OF AUTHORITY:
The mandate and governance structure of VANOC were provided for in the Multiparty Agreement for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, signed 14 November 2002. Parties to this agreement were the Government of Canada (as represented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage), the Province of British Columbia (as represented by the Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services), the City of Vancouver, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. The Multiparty Agreement established the obligation among the parties to create an organizing committee for the games, and their responsibilities to support the planning and execution of the games if Vancouver's bid was successful.
VANOC's self-stated mandate was: "To support and promote the development of sport in Canada by planning, organizing, financing and staging the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."
Prior to October 2008, there were seven major divisions encompassing the following listed functions:
(1) Finance, Legal and CEO’s Office:
Administration; CEO Office; Finance; Project and Information Management; Government and Partner Relations; Legal Services; Procurement; Risk Management and Assurance Services; Venue Construction Administration
(2) Human Resources (later “Workforce”), Sustainability and International Client Services:
Aboriginal Participation; Human Resources; International Client Services; Sustainability; Workforce
(3) Service Operations and Ceremonies:
Accommodation; Broadcast Integration; Ceremonies; Cleaning and Waste; Cultural Olympiad; Food and Beverage; Government Service Integration; Logistics; Look of the Games; Olympic and Paralympic Villages; Overlay; Press Operations; Security Integration; Snow Removal; Transportation
(4) Sport, Paralympic Games and Venue Management:
Anti-Doping; Event Services; Medical Services; NOC-NPC Services (National Olympic Committee/National Paralympic Committee); Paralympic Planning; Sport; Venue Management
(5) Technology and Systems:
Accreditation; Energy Services; Information Systems; Internet (Technical); Technical Infrastructure; Timing and Scoring Results,
(6) Revenue, Marketing and Communications:
Brand and Creative Services; Commercial Rights Management; Communications; Community Relations; Editorial Services; Internet Management; Licensing and Merchandising; Media Relations; Sponsorship Sales and Servicing; Ticketing; Torch Relays
Beginning October 15, 2008, after the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, a shift began from centralized planning to venue and facility-based planning and operations. As a result, the organizational structure changed to six major divisions encompassing the following listed functions:
(1) CEO Office
(2) Sport and Games Operations:
Accreditation; Anti-Doping; Information Systems ; Information Technology; Internet Technical; Medical Services; NOC/NPC Services; Official Languages; Paralympic Planning; Sport; Technical Infrastructure; Timing and Scoring Results; Venue Management; Workforce
(3) Services and Games Operation:
Accommodation; Broadcast Integration; Cleaning and Waste; Energy Services; Event Services; Logistics; Look of the Games; Olympic and Paralympic Villages; Overlay; Press Operations; Security Integration and Contract Security; Snow Removal; Transportation; Urban Domain Ops (was Government Service Integration); Venues Food and Beverage ; Villages Food and Beverage
(4) Revenue, Marketing and Communications:
Administration; Brand & Creative Services; Commercial Rights Management; Communications; Community Relations; Editorial Services; Finance; Internet Management; Licensing & Merchandising ; Media Relations; Procurement; Project & Information Management; Risk Management & Assurance; Sponsorship Sales and Servicing; Ticketing; Torch Relay
(5) Celebrations and Partnerships:
Ceremonies & Spectaculars; Corporate Strategy & Partnerships ; Cultural Olympiad; International Client Services
(6) Construction, Inclusivity, Legal and Special Projects:
Aboriginal Participation; Legal Services; Sustainability ; Venue Construction