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Distinguished Guests Expected at Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada Event

MONTREAL – Today, the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada announced an impressive list of personalities including Canadian Olympians, drivers and Formula 1 teams’ representatives and Quebec artists are expected to be in attendance at its “Grand Evening” event on June 6, 2013. The event is among the year’s most prestigious social occasions and officially kicks off the Formula 1 weekend, one of Canada’s largest annual sporting events. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur and the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

Tickets for the “The Grand Evening” are in high demand for the fourth year in a row and organizers are delighted that leaders and influencers from the sport, business and artistic communities have joined forces once more to support this year’s event.

“My sincere thanks to the many dedicated individuals and sponsors who are working tirelessly to make this an evening to remember, said Marcel Aubut, Canadian Olympic Committee President and Chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. “Together, you are helping to ensure that athletes, coaches and high performance sport in Canada receive the support that they deserve.”

This year’s event is expected to draw an unprecedented amount of athletic prowess. In attendance will be 27 of Canada’s finest athletes, spanning various generations, and who have collectively earned an impressive 49 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals.

Members from virtually every F1 team competing in this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal will also be attending “The Grand Evening.” The guest list comprises of some of the racing world’s biggest names, including: Three-Time World Champion, Sebastian Vettel (Team Redbull); fellow German driver, Nico Hülkenberg (Team Sauber); and Venezuelian Pastor Maldonado (Team Williams).

“It is through the support of the Formula 1 community and its representatives, that year after year, we are able to continue donating to such deserving local charities,” added François Dumontier, President and CEO of Octane Racing Group and President of the Grand Prix F1 du Canada.

Some of Quebec’s foremost artistic successes will also be in attendance at this year’s event. The list of artists already confirmed include: internationally renowned Montréal-born pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre who will share the stage with Elisapie Isaac, Annie Villeneuve and Ima, Grégory Charles, Claude Dubois and Breen Leboeuf.

Bernard Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group will once again act as Honourary Co-Chair, sharing the responsibility with Marcel Aubut, Partner at Heenan Blaikie LLP and President of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

The Grand Evening, an official activity of the 2013 F1 Grand Prix du Canada, will take place at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Gallery in Montreal. Remaining tickets are individually priced at $1,000 and include cocktails at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm and subsequent evening activities. Tables of ten are offered at $10,000. For more information, please visit http://www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca or contact the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada administration at 514-350-4731.

Athletes attending:

Jennifer Abel

Diving

Two-Time Olympian and London 2012 Bronze Medallist

Meaghan Benfeito

Diving

Two-Time Olympian and London 2012 Bronze Medallist

Alex Bilodeau

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Two-Time Olympian and Vancouver 2010 Gold Medallist

Jean-Luc Brassard

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Four-Time Olympian and Lillehammer 1994 Gold Medallist; Sochi 2014 Assistant Chef de Mission

Caroline Calvé

Snowboard

Vancouver 2010 Olympian

Isabelle Charest

Short Track Speed Skating

Three-Time Olympian and Three-Time Olympic Medallist

Alex Despatie

Diving

Four-Time Olympian and Two-Time Olympic Medallist

Chloé  Dufour-Lapointe

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Vancouver 2010 Olympian

Justine  Dufour-Lapointe

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

2013 World Bronze Medallist and Sochi 2014 Hopeful

Roseline Filion

Diving

Two-time Olympian and London 2012 Bronze Medallist

Dominick Gauthier

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Nagano 1998 Olympian

Mathieu Giroux

Long Track Speed Skating

Vancouver 2010 Gold Medallist

Erik Guay

Alpine Skiing

Two-Time Olympian

Jenn Heil

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

Three-Time Olympian and Two-Time Olympic Medallist

Émilie Heymans

Diving

Four-Time Olympian and Four-Time Olympic Medallist

Benoît Huot

Swimming

Four-Time Paralympian and 19-Time Paralympic Medallist

Mikaël Kingsbury

Freestyle Skiing (Moguls)

2013 World Champion and Sochi 2014 Hopeful

Nathalie Lambert

Short Track Speed Skating

Two-Time Olympian and Three-Time Olympic Medallist; Vancouver 2010 Chef de Mission

Philippe LaRoche

Freestyle Skiing (Aerials)

Lillehammer 1994 Silver Medallist

Dominique Maltais

Snowboard

Two-Time Olympian and Turin 2006 Bronze Medallist

Marie-Ève Marleau

Diving

Beijing 2008 Olympian

Andréanne Morin

Rowing

Three-time Olympian and London 2012 Silver Medallist

Annie Pelletier

Diving

Atlanta 1996 Bronze Medallist

France St-Louis

Ice Hockey

Nagano 1998 Silver Medallist

Antoine Valois-Fortier

Judo

London 2012 Bronze Medallist

Tania Vicent

Short Track Speed Skating

Four-time Olympian and Four-Time Olympic Medallist

Aleksandra Wozniak

Tennis

London 2012 Olympian

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