The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence Awards $126,000 to 38 Student Athletes through the National Bank Bursary Program

Montreal, December 16, 2019 – As part of the 28th National Bank Bursary Program, the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ) has awarded $126,000 in individual bursaries of $2,000 or $4,000 to 38 student athletes. The ceremony was held today at National Bank’s head office.

The National Bank Bursary Program recognizes student athletes in the Hopeful, Elite, and Excellence categories between the ages of 13 and 26 from all over Quebec.

“We’re very happy to be continuing our long-standing collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. As well as encouraging young people who are models of perseverance and determination, we believe that each and every recipient can encourage other young people to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, continue their studies and get involved in the community,” said Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank.

“We’re very proud to be associated with National Bank, a prestigious institution and loyal partner. Over the years, the National Bank Bursary Program has effectively supported more than a hundred student athletes, some of the most inspiring in the province,” stated Claude Chagnon, President of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

For this edition of the National Bank Bursary Program, 21 Academic Excellence bursaries were awarded, 16 Athletic and Academic Support bursaries were distributed to promote the balance of sport and education, and one Perseverance bursary was awarded to highlight the determination of an athlete facing difficult circumstances.

From among the hundreds of student athletes supported by the Bank over the past decades, some have truly made their mark internationally. They include tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime, who is one of the top 25 tennis players in the world; freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury, Olympic Gold medalist in moguls; cross-country skier Alex Harvey, double World Champion; weightlifter Christine Girard, Olympic gold and bronze medalist; hockey players Mélodie Daoust, Charline Labonté and Caroline Ouellette, several-time Olympic gold and silver medalists; and divers Jennifer Abel and Roseline Filion, winners of multiple medals internationally.

2019-2020 National Bank Bursary Program Recipients

Last name Sport Age Amount * City School
Haitam Aboufirassi Tennis 14 $2,000 S Montreal (Verdun) Académie les Estacades
Louella Allana Basketball 16 $4,000 EX Laval École Saint-Laurent
David Baillargeon Squash 23 $4,000 EX Lévis (Saint-Nicolas) TÉLUQ
Caroline Beauchamp Alpine Skiing 19 $2,000 EX Mont-Royal Collège André-Grasset
Alex Bellemarre Weightlifting (81 kg) 21 $4,000 S Macamic Université de Montréal
Antoine Bouchard Judo (73 kg) 25 $4,000 EX Saguenay (Jonquière) Université du Québec à Montréal
Jules Burnotte Biathlon 22 $4,000 S Sherbrooke Cégep de Sherbrooke
Emilia Cabrera Mallette Table Tennis 16 $4,000 EX Laval École secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry
Olivia Chamandy Diving 19 $4,000 P Westmount Collège André-Grasset
Maude Charron Weightlifting (63 kg) 26 $4,000 S Rimouski Université du Québec à Rimouski
Maksim Chelmaev Figure Skating 16 $2,000 EX Laval École secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry
Mélodie Collard Tennis 16 $4,000 EX Gatineau Académie les Estacades
Antoine Cyr Cross-country skiing 21 $4,000 S Gatineau Cégep à distance
Noémie Fiset Long Track Speed Skating 24 $4,000 EX Quebec City Université Laval
Sarah-Maude Fortin Tennis 17 $4,000 EX Montreal (Verdun) University of Nebraska High School
Matys Gagnon Baseball 16 $2,000 S Montreal (Lachine) École secondaire Dalbé-Viau
Alisson Gobeil Paralympic Swimming 14 $2,000 S Alma Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour
Rébéka Groulx Artistic gymnastics 13 $4,000 EX Longueuil (Saint-Hubert) École secondaire Gérard-Filion
Annabelle Guay Softball 16 $2,000 EX Terrebonne École secondaire des Trois-Saisons
Anton Jacobs-Webb Para hockey 19 $4,000 S Gatineau Heritage College
Sophia Jensen Sprint kayaking 18 $4,000 S Chelsea John McCrae Secondary School
Vincent Jourdenais Sprint kayaking 21 $4,000 EX Trois-Rivières Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Rose Kanemy Water Polo 17 $4,000 EX Pointe Claire John Abbott College
Sarah L’Allier Tennis 13 $2,000 S Montreal (Verdun) Collège de Montréal
Emy Legault Triathlon 23 $4,000 S Notre-Dame de-l’Île-Perrot TÉLUQ
Jessica Li Figure Skating 16 $2,000 EX Brossard École secondaire De Mortagne
Gaby Malenfant BMX 22 $4,000 S Drummondville Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Alexis Marceau Short Track Speed Skating 21 $4,000 EX Rivière-du-Loup McGill University
Audrey McManiman Snowboard (snowboard cross) 24 $4,000 S Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare Université Laval
Léa Morin Karate (kata) 16 $2,000 EX Sherbrooke École secondaire Le Salésien
Benjamin Nadon Freestyle Skiing (Moguls) 16 $2,000 EX Laval Collège Laval
Mathieu Ouellet Swimming 16 $2,000 S Alma Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour
Louis Paradis Freestyle Skiing (Moguls) 16 $2,000 EX Quebec City Collège François-de-Laval
Aurélie Rivard Paralympic Swimming 23 $4,000 S Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Université de Montréal
Josie-Anne Synnott Judo (78 kg) 18 $4,000 EX Sept-Îles Collège de Maisonneuve
Loïc Tremblay Diving 13 $2,000 EX Quebec City (L’Ancienne-Lorette) École secondaire Cardinal-Roy
Annabelle Xu Tennis 15 $4,000 EX Montreal (Saint-Laurent) Académie les Estacades
Tommy Xu Table Tennis 18 $4,000 S Brossard Cégep à distance
* EX: academic excellence / S: athletic and academic support / P: perseverance

“Rose Kanemy est accompagnée de M. Martin Lavigne, président de la Financière Banque Nationale, gestion du patrimoine, membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation ainsi que de M. Louis Vachon, président et chef de la direction de la Banque Nationale.”

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About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ)        

The FAEQ ( is recognized for its personalized approach, rigorous management style, and influence in sport and education circles. In 2019, it awarded $1,500,000 in individual bursaries to 500 student athletes from all over Quebec, to whom it will also provide academic guidance and sport/study conciliation services. Two public events benefitting the FAEQ will take place next year: URBAN SUGAR SHACK with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Windsor Station (visit for details) and the fourth edition of the DÉFI 808 BONNEVILLE, a festive cycling and corporate event on September 18 and 19, 2020 at Mont Tremblant (visit for details).

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For more information:

Annie Pelletier

Director of Communications and Partnerships
Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
Tel.: 514-252-3171 ext. 3538

Stéphanie Rousseau

Senior Advisor – Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: 514-394-5684