Former Police Chief Rick Hanson will lead the city’s new “Calgary Bid Exploration Committee” for the 2026 Olympics.
Hanson says it will be a “fact-focused exploration”, with the hope to get the best information to determine whether the city should put its name in the hat for the Games.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi believes the group assembled will do a great job, representing everyone from businesses to athletes.
“You’ll see it’s half men and half women and represents athletes, coaches, people who’ve been involved in the Olympic movement, business people, community leaders, people in the arts,” Nenshi told reporters on Monday. “It’s a really, really nice mix of different ages as well.”
He also says nothing should be taken away from the fact that the Flames is on the committee, despite the talks about CalgaryNEXT to replace the Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.
“That has literally nothing to do with this discussion, literally nothing to do,” Nenshi said. “In fact, we’ll have to look into a master hosting plan that involves existing infrastructure as well as potential new infrastructure. So those two processes for council are very different.”
The committee will finish up an interim report to Calgarians by January, and a final report by next July.