2019 Canada Winter Games CEO updates Red Deer city council on progress

Kicking it off by showing the 2019 Canada Winter Games promotional video, narrated by Red Deer’s own Ron MacLean, the games board chair and CEO gave their semi-annual update to city council.

Scott Robinson, CEO, said the games is under budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year and capital projects throughout the community are on track and on budget.

“We’re on track, if anything we’re a little ahead, compared to other games in terms of fundraising and sponsorships,” he said.

A large component of the capital projects, is the new Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness and Sport on the Red Deer College campus that is currently under construction. Robinson said the next major capital focus for the games committee is the Celebration Plaza project, which will repurpose Central Elementary School into a core part of the games.

The committee estimates the games, which will happened Feb. 15 to March 3 in 2019 will have an economic impact of $132 million and create 2,000 jobs in the lead up to and during the event.

Local sponsorships are on track, Robinson said, saying they have about 25 per cent of what they hope to generate. He said they have $5,163,00 to raise in local sponsorships.

On the local fundraising side, they have reached 24 per cent of their target and hope to raise an additional $1,718,125.

From the three levels of government, the municipality all of its capital contribution, the province has sent 95 per cent of its contribution and the federal government has sent 24 per cent of its contribution. Robinson said they are working with federal and provincial governments for more grant opportunities.

Robinson also laid out some upcoming milestones for the games. The mascot design rollout starts this spring, merchandise sales start by this Christmas and tickets for the games go on sale in the summer or fall of 2018.

The legacy plan, the aftermath of the event both capital and cultural, is still being developed. Robinson said they hope to have it completed by the end of April and to the games society board by June 13.

So far 18 staff have been hired, mostly at the manager level, and more than 100 volunteers are already actively involved in the games. Robinson anticipates to have about 300 volunteers active by the fall.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

WATCH: Setters Place grand opening in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Setters Place officially opened to the public Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

Women’s marches underway in Canadian cities, a year after Trump inauguration

Women are gathering in dozens of communities across the country today to… Continue reading

Red Deer councillor balks at city getting stuck with more funding responsibilities

Volunteer Central seeks municipal funding after being cut off by government

Olds chicken barn burns to the ground, no livestock harmed

More than 100,000 chickens were saved as fire crews prevent the blaze from spreading

Bear video meant to promote conservation: zoo owner

Discovery Wildlife Park says it will look at other ways to promote its conservation message

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month