Pan Am Games a massive HR undertaking

Committee plans to hire 400 staff, up to 25,000 volunteers
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2011

Organizing and staffing a large, international sporting event such as the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto is quite an undertaking that requires years of planning and forethought. Just ask the former vice-president of HR and sustainability at VANOC, the organizing committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

“Each year, you are dealing with different challenges,” said Donna Wilson. “You need to get the planning done early, decide what the recruiting will look like and backwards plan because your end date can’t change.”

By the time the Vancouver Winter Olympics kicked off last February, VANOC had hired 4,300 full-time, casual and temporary staff and about 23,000 volunteers.