John Furlong along with Jack Poole was the leader of the team that bid for, organized and staged the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Furlong believed that the Games could be a true nation builder with the power and reach to touch every Canadian and elevate the country. His leadership of the 2010 Olympics is well documented. The event was delivered to Global acclaim and on budget.
In 2009, Furlong was named Canada’s Most Influential Sports Figure by both the Globe and Mail, and by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Globe and Mail named Furlong Canada’s Nation Builder for 2010 and the Canadian Club named him Canadian of the Year. In 2010, Furlong was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of British Columbia. Subsequently he has been presented the Canadian Armed Forces highest civilian medal and the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal.
Furlong’s contributions to sport have landed him with numerous major citations such as the IOC’s Olympic Order (Gold), Canada’s Olympic Order and the IPC’s Paralympic Order. He was voted Canada’s Sport Executive of the Year for his contributions to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid, as well as Vancouver’s most prestigious tourism award for the promotion of Vancouver and Canada around the world. He has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as the 2004 W.A.C. Bennett Award Winner and was named BC’s Sportsman of the decade.
He has been awarded with 6 Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Laws (5) and Technology (1) from UBC, The Justice Institute of BC, the University of Victoria and BCIT, UNBC and the University of Calgary.
Over his career Furlong has chaired the BC Games, The Northern Games and filled key roles for BC at 7 Canada Games and two Western Canada Games.
Since 2010 he has provided counsel and advice various cities around the world bidding for and staging the Olympic Summer and Winter Games.
He is the Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Team, Chair of The Canada Sevens annual stop for the World Series of Rugby in Vancouver an event he helped secure for Canada and the recently retired Chair of Canada’s Globally Recognized Own the Podium Program.
He Chairs the Board of Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charity helping remove financial obstacles that prevent access to sport by children across Canada.
John co-authored the highly covered report into the Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots and his book ‘Patriot Hearts – Inside the Games that changed a Country’ became a #1 Canadian Best Seller.
Furlong is a highly sought after Public Speaker. He sits on the Boards of Canadian Tire and the Rocky-Mountaineer (a board that he currently chairs).
Wednesday, March 4, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Opening Plenary Session – Inside the Games that Changed a Country