Université Laval – With the arrival of a pair of major partners for the 56th edition of Canada’s university football championship, the best teams in the nation will square off on Saturday, December 4 in the 2021 Scotiabank Vanier Cup presented by Levio.
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"Scotiabank is pleased to be associated with the Vanier Cup,” declared Jean-François Turgeon, Branch Manager and Vanier Cup champion in 1999 with the Rouge et Or. “Scotiabank’s corporate values and our community engagements are reflected in our commitment to youth sport; And as a former student-athlete, I can speak of the benefits and life-long memories one makes as a result of playing in this game.”
This association with the Vanier Cup is a natural fit for Scotiabank, a company that employs two other former Rouge et Or Vanier Cup champions, including Pascal Baillargeon and Louis-David Gagné. “All three of us are proud to be able to give back to this program and to support the sport that has helped us to develop into the people we are today.”
“It is a thrill to see our former varsity athlete’s involvement in this event,” said Julie Dionne, Co-President of the 2021 organizing committee. “Former athletes have the best interest of today’s student-athletes at heart and it’s a tremendous honour to work together to present the 2021 edition of the Scotiabank Vanier Cup presented by Levio.”
The 56th edition of the Vanier Cup is also counting on the support of Levio as presenting partner. Levio is a leader in digital transformation and business and technology consulting, with a strong presence in North America. Its commitment goes beyond its sponsorship of the game, as Richard Bélanger, Business Affairs Lead at Levio Québec also serves as co-president of the championship. Mr. Bélanger is a former member of the Rouge et Or and co-president of the 2021 event.
“Striving for excellence is at the heart what we do at Levio,” said Bélanger. “We work as a team with our clients and partners to ensure that they reach their goals and these are key values that student-athletes learn while playing U SPORTS football.”
The Hôtel Le Concorde Québec also signs on as a partner of the 2021 Scotiabank Vanier Cup presented by Levio, serving as the host hotel for the event. The two participating teams will stay at the hotel and will host several other championship events including the annual Meet the Coaches media conference and the annual All-Canadian Awards.
What makes this seventh edition of the Vanier Cup in Quebec City different from the seven others previously held in Quebec is the implication of former Rouge et Or student-athletes in this year’s event.
Beyond the corporate support of the event, no less than seven former gridiron stars are volunteering with the host committee. These alumni join a group of dedicated employees from the university athletic department to present the 2021 Scotiabank Vanier Cup presented by Levio.
Since its first edition in 2009, seven of the past 12 Vanier Cup championship games have been hosted at Stade Telus-UL. This year, Laval will host two other U SPORTS championships including the Cross-Country final on November 20, 2021 at the Plaines of Abraham and the 2022 U SPORTS swimming championships on February 25-27 at the Desjardins Pool inside PEPS.
The 2021 Scotiabank Vanier Cup presented by Levio pits the champions of the Uteck and Mitchell Bowls in the U SPORTS final. This season, the RSEQ champions host the Canada West title holders in the Uteck Bowl, while the Atlantic University Sport champs travel to Ontario to face the OUA Yates Cup champions on November 27.
The 2021 Scotiabank Vanier Cup championship game, presented by Levio kicks off at 1 pm on Saturday, December 4 at Stade Telus-Université Laval. Tickets for the championship are on sale to the general public. Early bird ticket pricing is available until November 12, 2021.
Unless otherwise stated, the 2021 Scotiabank Vanier Cup presented by Levio will require fans to follow the same public health regulations as regular-season Rouge et Or games. Regulations include wearing masks when moving around the stadium and presenting valid proof of vaccination (vaccine passport) for entry.