Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: From the Super Bowl to the pandemic’s front lines - uOttawa Homecoming 2020

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: From the Super Bowl to the pandemic’s front lines - uOttawa Homecoming 2020

Join Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, professional football player and medical school graduate, for this Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series conference.

During this 45-minute online fireside chat in French, followed by a bilingual question period, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will discuss his experience as an orderly during the pandemic. Dr. Melissa Forgie, vice-dean of undergraduate medical education at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, will facilitate the discussion.

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Language: The lecture will be given in French but the question period will be bilingual.

Platform: Zoom

How to participate: Register on Eventbrite. On the day before the event, you will receive a link to connect to the Zoom call.


A professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif earned his MD from McGill University in May 2018, what he considers one of his greatest accomplishments. He is currently pursuing studies at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

He has long been the recipient of both academic and athletic awards. In February 2020, he was an integral part of the Kansas City Chiefs team that won the Super Bowl.

During the spring of 2020, Laurent lent a hand during the COVID-19 pandemic by working as an orderly in a long-term care facility in the Montreal area. In July 2020, he was the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19.

Despite his grueling schedule, Laurent has always been very involved in the community and seeks to get young people interested in physical activity and art, while promoting a balance between sports, art, and academics. In 2017, he and his long-time girlfriend Florence co-founded the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation, which aims to encourage young people to pursue sports, arts, and academics.

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