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U SPORTS proudly announced Monday that Ben Matchett, Director of Athletics for the University of Calgary Dinos, has been appointed as Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Lucerne 2021 FISU Winter Universiade.

Matchett will represent Canada for the fourth time at a FISU World University Games (WUG) having previously served as Communication Manager both at the Naples 2019 FISU Summer Universiade and the Granada 2015 FISU Winter Universiade. He was also a Communications Officer at the Belgrade 2009 FISU Summer Universiade.

“It’s always an honour to represent your country, and I’m grateful to be given this opportunity for Lucerne 2021.” “International opportunities are key to a rich student-athlete experience, and I look forward to working closely with the Mission Staff and the rest of the delegation to provide the best possible experience for our athletes in Switzerland.”

Ben Matchett - Chef de Mission

The announcement comes Monday as U SPORTS, the National University Sport Federation of Canada, celebrates the sixth annual International Day of University Sport as proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and marked every Sept. 20 since 2016.

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Matchett’s Mission Staff also includes Mary MacDonald and Lia Taha Cheng, both of whom served as Manager of Sport and International Programs with U SPORTS from 2009-16 and 2016-17, as Assistant Chef de Mission and Operations Manager, respectively. Rounding out the group are Communications Manager Stéphane Jobin of Université Laval, and former Bishop’s Gaiters Digital Coordinator Clare Webb as Communications Coordinator. 

“Ben is the perfect choice to lead our Canadian delegation in Switzerland,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “After directing Team Canada’s coverage in the Summer of 2019, and gaining impressive operational experience over several years with the Dinos, he has earned the opportunity to take the next step with our International Program. We are excited for him to be able to represent us with pride in a safe environment in December.”

The medical staff is led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janet McMordie of Lakehead and Chief Therapist Jacques Lavergne, and also includes physician Dr. Erika Persson (Alberta) along with therapists Nadine Smith (Carleton) and Andrea Prieur (York).


Position Name Affiliation
Chef de Mission Ben Matchett Calgary
Assistant Chef de Mission Mary MacDonald U SPORTS
Operations Manager Lia Taha Cheng Royal Canadian Legion
Communications Manager Stéphane Jobin Laval
Communications Coordinator Clare Webb Bishop's
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janet McMordie Lakehead
Chief Therapist Jacques Lavergne U SPORTS
Physician Dr. Erika Persson Alberta
Therapists Nadine Smith Carleton
Andrea Prieur York

All procedures involving Team Canada's participation in the Games with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic will be determined by the U SPORTS national office, under the guidance and recommendations of U SPORTS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Taryn Taylor, Dr. McMordie and Lavergne, as well as FISU and the Lucerne 2021 Local Organizing Committee.

“Our top priority will always be the health and safety of our student-athletes and the entire Canadian delegation,” added Matchett. “Led by our outstanding medical team, we will work diligently with FISU and the Organizing Committee to ensure that the proper protocols are in place, and ensure the safety of our student-athletes.”

Mission Staff Biographies