Suncor Energy: Recipients of 2015 Petro-Canada ‘Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence’ program announced

October 15, 2015

Cody Salomons

Calgary, Alberta (Oct 15, 2015) – Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, today announced the 2015 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) program recipients. The 2015 FACE recipients from across Canada represent both summer and winter sports, and athletes competing in individual or team events. Each athlete and coach pairing receives $10,000. Petro-Canada’s annual financial commitment to the program is $500,000.

COC, Petro Canada, CPC logos

“From coast to coast, Canada has many outstanding athletes and coaches and we’re honoured to support tomorrow’s Team Canada,” said Marc Goodman, director, loyalty and strategic partnerships, Suncor. “Each year we’re inspired by the dedication of our FACE program recipients. Congratulations to the Class of 2015.”   

Developed by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and facilitated by their National Sport partners, the FACE program provides developing, pre-carded Canadian athlete and coach pairings with funding to help fuel their dreams.  Coaches are selected along with the athletes they directly coach as they often incur additional costs on the road to developing the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic stars of tomorrow.

“Petro-Canada has supported Canadian athletes for more than 25 years and we are excited for this year’s funds to reach new athletes in need,” said Chris Overholt, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee. “The funding Petro-Canada’s FACE program provides is crucial in ensuring the next generations of athletes receive the resources they need to succeed. Thank you, Petro-Canada.”

The FACE program, formerly the Petro-Canada Torch Scholarship Fund, was launched in 1988 and has provided more than 2,700 Canadian athletes and coaching pairs with almost $9.4 million in direct financial support.

“On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, I’d like to thank Petro-Canada for investing in Canada’s dedicated, up-and-coming athletes and their hard-working coaches,” said Gaétan Tardif, President,Canadian Paralympic Committee.  “These grants will provide valuable funding for athletes looking to make their mark internationally and go on to pursue their dreams of representing Canada on the world stage. I have no doubt we will be seeing some of these names again in the future, on the podium at Rio, PyeongChang or beyond”

In the past, the FACE program has provided financial grants to Canada's top athletes. In the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, there were more than thirty FACE recipients competing and contributing to Canada’s overall medal count, including; Patrick Chan, Mélodie Daoust, Kaitlyn Lawes, Marielle Thompson, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jim Armstrong, Mark Arendz, Mac Marcoux and Dennis Thiessen.  Some notables from London 2012 Games included, Jasmin Glaesser, Rosie MacLennan Robbi Weldon, and Mark Tewksbury, Canada's Chef de Mission at the London 2012 Games and Barcelona 1992 Olympic gold medalist.

The 2015 FACE program recipients are:





Robbie Andison

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Oakville, ON

Guillaume Turgeon

Danielle Arbour

Wheelchair Basketball

Goulds, NL

Todd Hickey

Loïc Beaulieau


Sherbrooke, QC

Charles St Hilaire

Zoe Bergermann

Snowboard cross

Erin, ON

Rene Brunner

Kristen Cameron

Wheelchair Rugby

Charlottetown, PEI

Garett Hickling

Carsen Campbell


Vail, CO

Richard Boruta

Marie Corriveau

Cross-Country Skiing

Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC

François Pépin

Brianna Delmaestro

Figure Skating

Burnaby, BC

Aaron Lowe

Kevin Drury

Ski Cross

Toronto, ON

Sead Causevic

Sabrina Duchesne


St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC

Johanne Giradin

Max Gallant


Victoria, BC

Steve MacBride

Maria Gheta

Synchronized Swimming

Timisoara, Romania

Johana Vasquez

Ioana Gheta

Synchronized Swimming

Timisoara, Romania

Johana Vasquez

Kinley Gibson


Edmonton, AB

Cameron Jennings

Scott Gow


Calgary, AB

Roddy Ward

Xavier Grenier-Talavera


Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC

Kyla Rollinson

Rachel Honderich


Toronto, ON

Jennifer Lee

Alex Hyndman


Morpeth, ON

Sebastien Travers

Emmanuela Jada


Kharfoum, Sudan

Colette McAuley

Audrey Jean-Baptiste


Montreal, QC

Cliff Mitchell

Matt Joosten

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Toronto, ON

Guillaume Turgeon

Collinda Joseph

Wheelchair Curling

Stittsville, ON

Carl Rennick

Jessica Klimkait


Whitby, ON

Kevin Doherty

Mathieu Leduc

Ski Cross

Chicoutimi, QC

Stanley Hayer

Marine Lewis

Mountain Bike

Piedmont, QC

Ian Hughes

Derek Livingston

Snowboard (Halfpipe)

Scarborough, ON

Ben Boyd

Alex Loginov


Toronto, ON

Steve Price

Monica Lubczynski


Pointe-Claire, QC

Julian Badea

Carter Malyk


Calgary, AB

Guntis Rekis

Chelaine McInroy

Para-Alpine Skiing

Surrey, BC

John Newton

Marko Mediugorac

Table Tennis

Sherbrooke, QC

Maxime Surprenant

Nicolas Nadeau

Figure Skating

Boisbriand, QC

Yvan Desjardins

Kristel Ngarlem


Montreal, QC

Mark Nehme

Hamilton Nguyen


Husum, Germany

Joan McDonald

Rachel Nicol


Lethbridge, AB

Peter Schori

Étienne Papineau


Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

Robert Ratcliffe

Russell Pennock


Calgary, AB

Bart Ujack

Jocelyn Peterman


Red Deer, AB

Paul Webster

Kyle Reyes


Toronto, ON

Hiroshi Nakamura

Cody Salomons


Strathroy, ON

Chris Williams

Jasmine Sepandi

Ski Jumping

Halifax, NS

Gregor Linsig

Liam Smedley

Canoe/Kayak Slalom

Dunrobin, ON

Michal Staniszewski

Taryn Suttie


Saskatoon, SK

Justin Rohde

Adam Tenwolde

Canoe/Kayak Sprint

Dartmouth, NS

Chad Brooks

Rosalie Tremblay

Speed Skating

Saint-Félicien, QC

Marc Gagnon

Cameron Wheelan

Beach Volleyball

Barrie, ON

Adriana Bento

Carmen Whelan


Aurora, ON

Iana Nadtotchii

Juliette Wheler

Long Track Speed Skating

Saskatoon, SK

Tim Comfort

Brandie Wilkerson

Beach Volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland

Dana Cooke

Derek Zaplotinsky

Para-Nordic Skiing

Smoky Lake, AB

Bjorn Taylor

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Suncor is Canada's leading integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates more than 1,450 retail stations and 250 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-Points™, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit

Canadian Olympic Committee

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) leads the achievement of the Canadian Olympic Team’s podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. Independent and predominantly privately funded, the COC delivers resources that Canada’s elite athletes need to perform at their best and give their everything every day. The backbone of Canada’s Olympic movement, the COC works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. By sharing our athletes’ stories, we inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit


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