Governor General to Honour Outstanding Student-Athletes

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation for the 2017-2018 season to eight recipients during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.

The Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation recognizes student-athletes who have maintained an average of 80 per cent or higher over the academic year while playing on one or more of their university’s varsity teams. U SPORTS selects one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four conferences.

Below is the list of the eight 2017-2018 recipients:

Atlantic University Sport (AUS)

Ciera Disipio – Cape Breton University – Women’s Soccer – Bachelor of Arts,
Community Studies

Sven Stammberger – Dalhousie University – Basketball – M.B.A. Corporate Residency

Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ)

Amélie Augé – Université de Sherbrooke – Track and Field – Chemistry (Ph.D.)

Francis Carter – Concordia University – Wrestling – Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience

Ontario University Athletics (OUA)

Alina Dormann – University of Toronto – Volleyball – Biology/Health & Disease

Nick Vanin – Western University – Football – Doctor of Medicine

Canada West (CW)

Edward Ilnicki – University of AlbertaFootball Commerce

Kate Pexman University of Calgary Volleyball Geomatics Engineering

U SPORTS is the national brand for university sports in Canada. Every year, close to 20 000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as through numerous World University Championships. For more information, visit


Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later
than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the event.

Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

For more information about the Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian commendation or to arrange interviews with the recipients, please contact:

Alan Hudes
905-508-3000 ext 242
647-991-5343 (cell)

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