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Jack Poole

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John W "Jack" Poole, OC, OBC April 14, 1933, Mortlach, Saskatchewan – October 23, 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia was a Canadian businessman who, as the head of the VANOC bid committee, was responsible for bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to Canada

He died of pancreatic cancer shortly after midnight on October 23, 2009, hours after the Olympic Flame was lit at the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay, in Olympia, Greece

Poole was made a member of the Order of British Columbia in 2003 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006


  • 1 Professional history
  • 2 Family
  • 3 Legacy
  • 4 References

Professional history

Poole graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1954, with a degree in civil engineering He subsequently entered the field of real estate development in which position he hired BC Premier Gordon Campbell, then a teenager, as a laborer; Poole later joked that he had given Campbell "his first job", and that by choosing Poole to chair VANOC, Campbell "gave me my last" Poole co-founded and Daon Development Corporation, the second-largest real estate development company in North America until its collapse in the early 1980s recession when it was purchased by Bell Canada Enterprises


Poole was born the son of John Poole, a grain dealer He is survived by his second wife Darlene, four daughters, a stepson and his extended family One of his grandsons, Blake Hawksworth, is a Major League Baseball pitcher His granddaughter Erin Hawksworth is a reporter


Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza

To honour his work and achievement for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics, the former Thurlow Plaza was renamed Jack Poole Plaza in his memory The external cauldron for the games was chosen to be built at the Jack Poole Plaza as well


  1. ^ a b c Mason, Gary 2009-07-02 "VANOC Chairman Jack Poole Never Quits" BCB Business Online Archived from the original on 2009-10-26 Retrieved 2009-10-23 
  2. ^ Concert Properties Bio
  3. ^ "Vancouver Olympic chairman Poole dies" CBC news October 23, 2009 Retrieved 2009-10-23 
  4. ^ "Jack Poole passes away peacefully", vancouver2010com
  5. ^ "Order of British Columbia citation" 
  6. ^ "Order of Canada citation" 
  7. ^ College of Engineering: Wall of Distinction at the University of Saskatchewan
  8. ^ Winning name of his game: Jack Poole has a big challenge to bring Winter Olympics here, from The Province, January 27, 2002 archived at IOCCca
  9. ^ "Erin Hawksworth" Archived August 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine at MyFoxBostoncom
  11. ^ Vancouver Convention Centre » Jack Poole Plaza Archived June 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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