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Scott named to VANOC's board of directors

First official supplier of Games also named

Two-time Olympic medalist Beckie Scott is joining the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

She replaces Catriona Le May Doan, who resigned her position in accordance with VANOC’s contractual and constitutional bylaws.

"I am honoured to have been invited by the Canadian Olympic Committee to serve on the Board of Directors…," said Scott. "…I am looking forward to the opportunity of working alongside many exceptional sport and business leaders who serve in the VANOC board and I will endeavour to build on the foundation left by Catriona."

Scott became eligible to sit on the VANOC board following her appointment as an International Olympic Committee member in February.

The VANOC government bylaws state that all Canadian IOC members are to be included in the COC’s appointment to the board. The COC has the right to appoint seven members to the board. In order to create a space two-time Olympic gold medallist Le May Doan had to resign.

In 2002 Scott, from Vermillion, Alberta, became the first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.

"The COC is pleased to appoint Beckie Scott to the VANOC Board of Directors," said COC president Michael Chambers. "We look forward to Beckie providing a unique perspective on athlete issues leading up to 2010.

"We are confident that the Olympic Winter Games experience, IOC Athlete’s Commission voice, and unparalleled anti-doping advocacy background will be a great asset to the VANOC board."

Recently the City of Vancouver appointed the executive chairman of A&W Canada, Jeff Mooney, as its representative on the Vancouver Organizing Committee board.

Marion Lay resigned her position on the board when Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan indicated that he wanted a change. Both said it was a mutual decision.

Other changes are also anticipated on the board as the three federal appointments were all made by the previous Liberal government. It is expected that the new Conservative government will want to make its own appointments in the near future.

Meanwhile VANOC has also announced its first official supplier of the Games. Haworth Inc. is a global industry leader in sustainable modular interiors and adaptable workspaces and is headquartered in Holland, Michigan.

"Today the 2010 Games team grows stronger as we welcome Haworth and its team of 1,950 Canadian employees to our family," aid John Furlong, VANOC CEO.

Part of the reason Haworth was successful in its bid was its leadership in sustainability.

"Everyone at Haworth is thrilled about this opportunity and we are excited to show the world our high standards," said Gary Scitthelm, president of Haworth Canada.