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VIA Rail and football: part of the Canadian fabric

November 30th 2012 by Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Grey Cup Train (Credit: CFL)

There were two great Canadian football happenings last week-end.

On one hand, the Vanier Cup was disputed before a record crowd of more than 37,000 fans and where Laval University’s Rouge et Or won for a 7th time since 1995 when the team was first created. The Marauders of McMaster University fought hard to keep a perfect record this season and preserve a streak of 21 consecutive wins in the past two seasons to no avail; Laval won 37-14.

On the other hand, the 100th Grey Cup saw the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts play what could have been a close game but at the end the Argos were too strong and they claimed the victory. The Toronto team delighted their fans with a 35-22 win.

Football played across Canada at all levels is part of the fabric of Canada just as passenger trains are unifying Canadians from all regions. VIA Rail was a very proud sponsor of the Grey Cup train, a special museum train that crossed the country, stopping in 27 cities, sharing the 100th edition of the Grey Cup with Canadians along its route. As such, we wish to salute the winners of this year’s Vanier Cup and the Argonauts for their wins.

Congratulations to all the teams that took part in this memorable Canadian football season.

About Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed President and CEO of VIA Rail in May, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. He has over 30 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.
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