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Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: #40, Saäd Rafi

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Toronto's 50 Most Influential: #40, Saäd Rafi
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Saäd Rafi

Pan Am Games

40 Rafi led the effort that turned the city’s cynicism—over HOV lanes, overcrowding, ticket sales, and more—into pride. The Games sold more than 1.1 million tickets (about 92 per cent of available tickets), recruited 23,000 volunteers, set the stage for Canada’s record-setting medal haul and came in under his $2.5-billion budget (making himself eligible for a $430,000 bonus in the process). Panamania, the Games’ cultural component, was the surprise star, and Kanye West’s performance at the closing ceremonies caught the ­attention—if not always the approval—of the country.

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