Laurent turned a deaf ear when asked to choose between his two passions. It’s all about balance. Don’t give up on your passions! he tells the young people he meets at the many talks he gives at schools. As a result, Laurent knows the science behind nutrition, and what it takes to get peak performance for himself and others.

An award winner as both a scholar and professional athlete, Laurent received the 2020 Lou March Trophy as Canada’s Athlete of the Year, Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Sportsperson of the Year award, the 2021 ESPY Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award and was also named as Quebec’s  Spokesperson for the Hooked on School Days Week since 2019. 

Sodexo Canada is very excited and proud to announce that Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be our brand ambassador for our Imagine by Sodexo programs.

A Powerhouse Partnership

As an award-winning professional athlete and a scholar, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has a passion for both sports and medicine. He knows the science behind nutrition and how food can fuel greatness in students and athletes.  


As the ambassador for our Powering Performance and The Circuit programs, Duvernay-Tardif visits participating Canadian schools to meet, teach and inspire students. He shares his expertise on healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, and how food can improve cognitive function, concentration, and energy.

Multi-Dimensional Programs

Learn more about the programs Duvernay-Tardif supports.

The Circuit

The Circuit for Imagine Higher Education supports and empowers student athletes through science-backed sports nutrition, technology and facilities management solutions. Whether a pre-game snack, or a clean, safe practice space, The Circuit ensures your student athletes have everything they need to stay at peak health and can perform their best — both in the classroom and on the playing field.

Learn more about The Circuit

Powering Performance

Powering Performance for Imagine Schools (K-12) is an innovative health and wellness programme that pairs fresh, exciting meals with nutrition education. Students learn how different foods can sustain them both physically and mentally, which means they’ll be empowered to make smart, healthy decisions today and in the future.

Learn more about Powering Performance

In the Media

Equipping Our Children to Make Smart Food Choices

The time for change is now. I am proud to be a part of a team of experts, including Isabelle Huot, Melissa Hardy, and Martin Lapointe in writing this open letter to tackle nutrition issues and the lack of targeted initiatives. We call on parents and decision-makers in the education field to change the game. Let's work together to make sure our youth are informed about the benefits of good food and the consequences of poor choices—because eating right will fuel their success and help them become their best selves, whatever path they choose. Show your support by clicking the link below.

Read the open letter in full