John Furlong OC, OBCPresident and CEO
John Furlong inspired the vision behind, and led the team that bid for, organised and staged, the highly successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010.
Furlong was there at the beginning of the candidature phase and went on to become CEO of the Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC), leading the organisation through many trials and tribulations, all the way through to the closing ceremonies. He was relentless in his pursuit to deliver an edition of the Olympic Games that would touch the hearts and minds of every Canadian.
Many urged Furlong to set the Vancouver 2010 goals at a more attainable level, saying his vision was unreachable. Furlong refused and, through an exhaustive 10-year journey, went on to deliver what has now been recognised as one of the most successful Winter Games editions ever.
Furlong has been described as a sports hero, nation builder and the ultimate crisis manager. Known for his masterful storytelling and innovative leadership style, he continues to inspire audiences with the many remarkable and fascinating untold stories behind the Games.
For his leadership of the 2010 Games, Furlong was named an officer of the Order of Canada and member of the Order of British Columbia. He also received the IOC’s prestigious Olympic Order in Gold.