Suncor increases funding for 2014 ‘Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence’ program

September 9, 2014

CPC and Petro Canada logos
$500,000 program benefits 50 athlete and coach pairings

Calgary, Alberta (Sept. 9, 2014) Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, today announced the 2014 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) recipients along with a major increase in funding for the program. The 2014 FACE recipients from across Canada represent both summer and winter sports, and athletes competing in individual or team events.

This year, Suncor, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) increased the funding amount for each athlete and coach pairing from $8,000 to $10,000. In total, this increases Suncor’s annual financial commitment to the program from $400,000 to $500,000.

“The FACE program is the cornerstone of our Olympic and Paralympic legacy and we are excited to increase the funding for both coaches and athletes, fuelling their dreams to compete on the international stage,” said Louis Côté, director, loyalty and strategic partnerships, Suncor. “The drive and discipline of the athletes and coaches chosen is astounding. Congratulations on becoming this year’s FACE recipients.”

The COC, CPC, and their National Sport partners work together each year to run the FACE program, which 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, which highlights Petro-Canada’s long-term support and recognition of the value of coaches to the development and performance of athletes. These coaches incur their own costs on the road to developing the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic stars of tomorrow.

“It’s wonderful to see renewed and strengthened support from Petro-Canada, who has supported Canadian athletes for more than 25 years,” said Marcel Aubut, COC president. “We look forward to cheering on the athletes as they continue to gear up for success on the world stage.”

“On behalf of our athletes and coaches, we would like to thank Petro-Canada for helping build a strong parasport system in Canada and investing in tomorrow’s champions,” added Gaétan Tardif, president, CPC. “These grants will provide vital funding for athletes looking to compete against world-class competition.”

Beginning with the Petro-Canada Torch Scholarship Fund in 1988 and continuing through its re-launch as the FACE Program in 2007, the program has provided more than 2,600 Canadian athletes and coaches with almost $9 million in direct financial support. These resources help athletes achieve national carded status and coaches improve their skills.

This year’s group of recipients includes five previous recipients (Donna Vakalis, Jazmyne Denhollander, Julia Ransom, Virginie Chénier, Zachary Burt), along with Dylan French, the Canadian flagbearer at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The 2014 FACE program recipients are:



Home Town


Alex Cairns

Para-Alpine Skiing

Richmond, BC

Nick Brush

Alex Tougas


Pitt Meadows, BC

Ken Cools

Alexander Elliot


Kitchener, ON


Alexandre Corriveau


Quebec City, QC

Stephane Lapointe

Audrey Vaillancourt


Quebec City, QC

Martin Tremblay

Britt Mayer

Wheelchair Rugby

Prince Albert, SK

Kevin Kirkup

Carle Brenneman


Richmond, BC

Marcel Mathieu

Catrine Lavallée


Montreal, QC

Caroline Franc

Catherine Dubois

Ice Hockey

Charlesbourg, QC

Pascal Dufresne

Daniel Dubreuil

Long Track Speed Skating

Lévis, QC

Gregor Jelonek

Donna Vakalis

Modern Pentathlon


John Hawes

Dusan Boskovic

Water Polo

Ottawa, ON

Michel Roy

Dylan French


Richmond, BC

Victor Gantsevich

Erin Rafuse


Toronto, ON

Mark Asquith

Evan Neufeldt


Saskatoon, SK


Faith Zacharias


London, ON

Lioudmila Zakharenko

Filip Ilijevski

Table Tennis

Toronto, ON

Max Surprenant

Gamal Assaad


London, ON

Paul Midgley

Halle Pratt

Synchronized Swimming

Edmonton, AB

Jennifer Tregale

Jack Kosterman

Wheelchair Basketball

New Westminister, BC

Marni Abbott-Peter

Jazmyne Denhollander

Slalom Canoe

Chilliwack, BC

Michal Staniszewski

Jenny Zhao


Etobicoke, ON

Paul ApSimon

Jérémy Briand


Montreal, QC

Luc Morin

Jessica Furlan


Winnipeg, MB

Wynn Gmitroski

Julia Ransom


Penticton, BC

Richard Boruta

Kayla Mack


Saskatoon, SK

Francois Ratier

Keven Saint Jean


Montreal, QC

Alexandre Villeneuve

Kevin Macdonald

Ski Cross

Mississauga, ON

Stanley Hayer

Kyle Reyes


Brampton, ON

Hiroshi Nakamura

Laura Bietola

Mountain Biking

Greenwood, ON

Dan Proulx

Liam Hickey

Wheelchair Basketball

St. John’s, NL

Todd Hickey

Lucas Rumball


Scarborough, ON

Chris Silverthorn

Marissa Papaconstantinou


Markham, ON

Bill Stephens

Martin Duif

Wheelchair Rugby

Dorchester, ON

Garett Hickling

Mathea Stevens

Modern Pentathlon

Rockland, ON

John Hawes

Megan Lane


Collingwood, ON

Volker Moritz

Mirela Rahneva


Ottawa, ON


Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

Cross Country Skiing

Morin-Heights, QC

John Jaques

Rachel Honderich


Toronto, ON

Jennifer Lee

Rachel Klassen


Saskatoon, SK

Guntis Rekis

Roman Sadovsky

Figure Skating

Toronto, ON

Tracey Wainman

Rowan (RJ) Barrett Jr.


Mississauga, ON

Mark Wharton

Ryan Van Praet


London, ON

Carolyn Murray

Sebastien Beaulieu

Alpine Snowboard

Quebec City, QC

Patrik Haudet

Sebastien St-Germain


Montreal, QC

Karina Kosko

Sebastien Gagnon

Short Track Speed Skating

Laval, QC

Laurent Daignault

Tony Gil


Vaughan, ON

Robert Ratcliffe

Val Sweeting


Redvers, SK

Renee Sonnenberg

Virginie Chénier


Montreal, QC

Sylvain Cadieux

Zachary Burt


Ajax, ON

Dave Burt


For more information on the FACE program, visit

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Suncor Energy 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 Energy 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

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