Canadian Canoe Museum: Ron Whetung to be Torchbearer for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

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The Canadian Canoe Museum is honoured and proud to announce that Board member Ron Whetung as a Pan Am torchbearer in Peterborough. Taking place on Thursday June 4th, Ron and the torch will be carried in one of two 26’ voyageur canoes with the Canoe Museum through the historical Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice and OLG, is coming to the City and County of Peterborough. In total, more than three-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the Pan Am flame and share the spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015 to officially open the Games.

The Canadian Canoe Museum is honoured and proud to announce Ron Whetung as a Pan Am torchbearer in Peterborough.

The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique and compelling national heritage cultural centre that conveys the canoe's essential role in the growth and development of Canada for the last 20,000 years, an enduring icon of what it is to be Canadian for all Canadians. The museum is responsible for the care of an exceptional, world class collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft and is reputedly the world's largest collection. The Canadian Canoe Museum provides numerous experiential and memorable ways to Discover the Heart of Canada through both visits to the museum, our web site and through our artisan and on-water programming for children, youth and adults. The Canadian Canoe Museum is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Kawartha region. Its stories and history about how Canada came to be from the home of the First Peoples and what it is to be Canadian resonates with all Canadians, far beyond our Kawartha roots.

Ron graduated Lakefield College School, attended Trent University, and Ryerson University. Ron's career started as assistant to the Administrator of Employment and Economic Development at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and followed with a license in real estate since 1985, and a builder of homes and commercial properties. Ron is also a partner and shareholder in business development and finance.

Ron has joined various boards and councils, currently holding a board position as a third term director for the Canadian Canoe Museum and a board position as a first term director for the Economic Development Corporation of the Curve Lake First Nation.

Ron as an active member of his community and proud supporter of his First Nationals Heritage has been a volunteer for the hospital and the local school board, a sponsor of local sports teams, a participant in dragon boat racing, a donor to various charities, and regularly attends local and national events.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice and OLG, is supported by community partner CIBC and signature supporters Star Media Group and Metroland Media, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Porter Airlines. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games. The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015 with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto. The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors. For more information, visit


Richard Tucker, Executive Director, The Canadian Canoe Museum

Ron has given selflessly and tirelessly to the Peterborough community including The Canadian Canoe Museum and Curve Lake First Nation. We are very proud and honored to have Ron representing the local communities and the museum for the torch relay.
I really want to thank the sponsors and organizers of the Pan Am Torch Relay and the City of Peterborough for their encouragement and support in developing such a unique segment of the torch relay that recognizes the canoes’ key role in the history and life of the Kawartha region as part of Canada and to its residents, visitors and First Nations communities.