The Russians are coming…and so are the Koreans, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Scotland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Italy, China, and Team Canada.   North Bay is poised to welcome the world into our back yard and this is going to be a tremendous event for our City and the entire district.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and its members, wish the organizing committee headed up by Rick Miller and Dave Bennett, nothing but the best of luck, as the first stones are thrown commencing Saturday.  For the past few years, Rick and Dave have been organizing, preparing and recruiting to get this event, to this stage.  The countless hours that the committee and the hundreds of volunteers have committed, is a testament, to just how much North Bay means to them.

The culmination of all the hard work by these volunteers, will allow North Bay to be showcased to literally, the entire world.  TV Cameras, newspaper reporters, photo journalists and bloggers will be focused on our area and we have the chance to make lasting impressions, on millions of people around the globe.  We will have a first-class event in a first-class facility, that we call Memorial Gardens.

Over the next two weeks, we are going to have an influx of out of town/country guests and let’s welcome them to our City and district.  Not only will these next couple of weeks be an opportunity to show the world, what North Bay and area is all about, but it is also an economic driver for many of our businesses.  Curling Canada estimates the economic spinoff to be in the range of Twelve Million Dollars, that will be spent during the World Women’s Curling Championship.  Our restaurants, hotels, and many other businesses will have direct benefit from this event, during what is usually, the slowest part of the year.

As we head into this event and the reconfiguration of the Gardens to host an event of this scale, as a community, we also need to recognize the North Bay Battalion organization.  The Battalion will soon be embarking on a return to post season action and without their co-operation and support, this event would not be taking place.  The Battalion have played excellent hockey since the Christmas break and have clinched a spot in the post season playoffs.  It is going to add some extra pressure on the team not having home ice available during the curling; however, the organization recognizes the importance of hosting this international event to North Bay and area,

Good luck and thank you to both organizations as we welcome the World to our community.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.