2013 Great Trekker Luncheon with the Pan Am Games' Barbara Anderson (in Toronto)

The seventh annual Great Trekker Luncheon in Toronto featured Barbara Anderson, BSc’78, Chief Financial Officer TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, in conversation with Alison Smith, Senior Correspondent at CBC News.

From major multinationals to early-stage entrepreneurial businesses, Anderson's career has included senior leadership roles in a range of organizations.  To deliver the Games on time and on budget, she will be busy building strong financial teams, implementing financial and information management systems and process and establishing performance measurement frameworks. What does it take to deliver a major event on time and on budget?  How do we prepare our cities for such large international gatherings?  What are the anticipated social, cultural and economic benefits for Toronto?  What are the major challenges being faced?