Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 08, 2013 12:16 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation to be Presented at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 8, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the first Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation to eight recipients, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 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 better over the academic year while playing on one or more of their university's varsity teams. These "Top Eight Academic All-Canadians" are selected by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Below is the list of the top eight 2012-2013 recipients of the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation:

  • Monica MacDonald - University of New Brunswick - Swimming - Kinesiology
  • Travis Gibbons - Acadia University - Hockey - Kinesiology/Professional Studies
  • Émilie Chamard - Université de Montréal - Soccer - Medicine (Neuropsychology)
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - McGill University - Football - Medicine
  • Alicia Brown - University of Toronto - Track & Field - Visual Culture & Communications
  • Steven Takahashi - Western University - Wrestling - Kinesiology/Health Science
  • Jaki Ellis - University of Alberta - Volleyball - Kinesiology/Physical Education & Recreation
  • Paul Clerc - University of British Columbia - Soccer - Kinesiology/Health Science

Each year, over 2 600 Canadian Interuniversity Sport student-athletes achieve an academic average of 80 per cent or higher, demonstrating their commitment to success in the classroom as well as on the playing field. These recipients represent the best and brightest, having achieved outstanding academic success while representing their university on varsity teams.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11 000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 55 universities and 4 regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. Canadian Interuniversity Sport also provides high-performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at winter and summer universiades, as well as at numerous world university championships. For further information, visit

Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must present themselves at the Princess Anne Entrance by 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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