John Furlong from County Tipperary.
PROFILE – JOHN FURLONG
John Furlong born in Clonmel, Tipperary Ireland 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.
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.
John was also voted one of the 25 Most Transformational Living Canadians by Cisco and The Globe and Mail. Furlong was named Canada’s marketer of the year for the manner in which he led and promoted Vancouver 2010 and Canada to the world.
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, Vancouver’s Executive of the Year by the Vancouver Executive Association and in 2010 John was inducted as a Fellow of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
He has won Vancouver’s most prestigious tourism award for the promotion of Vancouver around the world, been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as the 2004 W.A.C. Bennett Award Winner and named BC’s Sportsman of the decade. He has competed internationally for his country in three sports.
He has been awarded with 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.
Today John is a Internationally Recognized Public Speaker, is Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Team, Chair of The Vancouver annual stop for the World Series of Rugby and Chair of Canada’s acclaimed Own the Podium Program.
Success at the 2010 Olympics