Spokesperson and ambassadors
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, right guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, is the first active NFL player to have graduated in medicine. His story is so unique that the Kansas City Star has dubbed him “the most interesting man in the NFL.”
Laurent, who hails from Mont St-Hilaire, Quebec, is also very involved in the foundation he created in 2017. The LDT Foundation aims to promote balance between sports, arts and studies for young people, driven by the belief that physical activity and creativity are essential to children’s educational success.
As an accomplished athlete, a medical graduate and an arts lover, Laurent is known as a Renaissance man! Find out more.
Jessie Grignon Tomás is a 29-year-old athlete who has been playing Ultimate Frisbee for 12 years.
Her athletic career in Ultimate Frisbee has been filled with obstacles (she tore her right ACL in 2011 and the left one in 2013) but also national success (runner-up in 2008 and 2009, champion in 2010 and 2012) and international success (bronze medallist in 2016 and 2017, silver medallist in 2010 and world champion in 2012). In 2015, she received the title of Female Athlete of the Year, an award presented by the Fédération Québécoise d’Ultimate. In 2017, she was selected among the seven best women in the country to represent Canada in the World Games in Poland.
At 10 years old, Lysanne Richard saw high divers for the first time during a show at Village Vacances Valcartier. “I knew right away that I wanted to do that,” she recalls. The athlete from Chicoutimi practised traditional diving instead before studying at the National Circus School in Montréal. She then pursued a career in the circus world, notably working with the Cirque du Soleil (Zarkana) and The 7 Fingers (Amuse). In the meantime, she had three children who often accompanied her on tour with their dad.
As a high diver, Lysanne Richard was two-time winner of the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition, and she won first place in the FINA World Championships in 2016. Find out more.
Mature and thoughtful, Patrice Labonté shines as both a lawyer with a brilliant career and a high-level track athlete. Patrice won bronze at the 2017 Pan American Half Marathon Championships and finished seventh in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie. More recently, he ranked eighth in the overall standings and third among Canadians at the 2018 Marathon de Montréal with a time of 2:25:29. He hopes to qualify for the Marathon event of the 2020 Olympic Games while pursuing his practice as a white collar defence lawyer. As part of his job, Patrice also handles some sports law cases to help combat sports doping.
In his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, Pascal Dion was a member of the men’s 5000m relay team that won bronze. Less than a month later, he won his first world championship medal, helping the relay team capture silver.
Dion first represented Canada internationally at the 2015 Winter Universiade where his highlight was a fourth-place finish in the 1500m. That came after he was forced off the ice for four months in 2014, due to a fall inflicting two cuts on his back. After undergoing a lot of physiotherapy, he competed at his first national selection trials just a couple of months after his return to skating. Pascal Dion is a kinesiology student at UQAM and he enjoys giving back to the community by getting involved, among other things, regularly with the youth club Pointe-Aux-Tremble, where he gave his first shots.
Chloé started gymnastics at 5 years old. This rising star recently won several medals at the Canada Games in Red Deer.
She placed first in the all-around finals, on the uneven bars and in the team competition, and second on the vault.
Lauriane first donned Canada’s jersey as a member of the National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Team. She has won several world championship medals and helped Team Canada win gold at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and silver in Pyeongchang in 2018. She currently plays with the Montreal Canadiens. Find out more.
Browne made her World Cup debut in December 2012 when the circuit came to Quebec City. She became a full-time member of the World Cup team in 2016-17. The season prior she had finished second in the overall Nor-Am Cup standings when she posted five victories. In her first FIS World Championship appearance in 2017, she finished 26th in the 30km mass start. The only other Canadian woman to ever break into the top 3o in that event was Beckie Scott, which gave her great hope for the future. Browne raced in five events in her Olympic debut at Pyeongchang 2018. Find out more.
Swimmer Audrey Lacroix has competed in three Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) qualifying each time for the 200-metre butterfly semi-final, her favourite event. Her international distinctions include 6 medals at the Commonwealth Games, including the gold medal in the 200-metre butterfly in 2014 in Glasgow, as well as 5 medals in two appearances at the Pan American Games. A testament to her longevity, she won the 200-metre butterfly at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto twelve years after winning the gold medal at the same event at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. During her 16-year career on the national swimming team, Audrey competed in seven FINA World Championships, reaching the 200-metre butterfly final in 2007 and 2009 and the semi-finals on five occasions.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Politics from the Université de Montréal and a Certificate in Administration from Téluq. She now works as a writer and social media manager. Find out more: Facebook, Instagram, audreylacroix.ca.
Joliane started practicing judo at the age of eight because her older brother did. Why judo? She loves the challenges that come with each match and the complexity of the sport. Three people have greatly influenced her sporting career: a primary school teacher, her first judo teacher, and her physical trainer. Her excellent performance led her to her first Olympic Games in London in 2012. Today, Joliane is a physical education teacher.
Started playing tennis at age 7, following her older sister into the sport. Françoise Abanda has been a rising star in Canadian tennis since she began training at the National Training Centre in Montreal in 2009. Abanda played Fed Cup for Canada for the first time in 2015. In April’s World Group Playoff versus Romania she earned her first victory against a top-50 opponent, defeating world number 33 Irina-Camelia Begu. Abanda’s career high WTA singles ranking of 175 was reached in October 2014.