Terry Wright

Executive Vice President - Services and Games Operations

Terry Wright calls himself a professional organizer. It’s hard to disagree: with more than 15 provincial, national and international events under his belt, during the last three decades he has played a significant planning role in some of the world’s most prestigious athletic competitions.

As Executive Vice President, Service Operations and Ceremonies, for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Wright faces one of his most ambitious organizing challenges yet. In addition to strategic planning, his portfolio encompasses all Games services, including media, villages, security, logistics, transportation; and culture and ceremonies. 

Wright has been involved with the Vancouver 2010 project since 1997, when he authored the first feasibility study on the potential to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler. As Vice President, Bid Development and Operations with the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, he led the project’s operational and planning efforts, subsequently serving on the transition team between the Bid and the Organizing Committee.

His penchant for organizing goes back to his university days, when he spent summers managing Queen’s University’s on-campus convention business. Shortly after completing his education, Wright became a senior manager with EXPO 86, moving on to head the planning division for the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1999 Pan American Games.

Wright has provided core planning support to numerous international events, including other Commonwealth and Pan American Games, Goodwill Games and the World Masters’ Games. A Chartered Accountant by training, he has lectured extensively for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and co-founded a software company that provided resource management to major world events.

Working for Canada’s Games is a “true honour,” says Wright. “The Games are a stepping stone to improving our social fabric locally, provincially and nationally through the examples we set and legacies we leave in sport, cultural development and economic growth.”

Wright brings a true “coast to coast” perspective to VANOC. Born in Gander, Newfoundland and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, he headed west to Vancouver to pursue his CA designation after obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University. He now calls Victoria home, where he lives with his wife, two sons, one daughter and Portuguese Water dog.

An avid sports fan, Wright enjoys golfing and skiing although he gets an equal kick participating from the sidelines as a children’s basketball and soccer coach.

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