Hot ticket: We’re bringing an NFL Superstar to PCMA Convening Leaders 2021

published on December 22, 2020
Montréal Partners Tourisme Montréal: News and People

It’s been a tough year. The silver lining of any challenging situation is the opportunity for learning and reinvention — ultimately, the chance to become better. Here at Business Events Montréal, we are asking ourselves big questions. What does reinvention look like? What does re-skilling look like? What does leadership look like? One way to address these questions is to explore case studies, to learn from people who have made uncommon decisions and found new ways to serve their communities, new ways to be purposeful.

One such individual is an NFL Super Bowl winner who made a game-changing decision: to pause his football career in order to help the medical system during the pandemic.

Meet Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

You might have heard of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a guard for Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, Sports Illustrated named him a 2020 Sportsperson of the Year. Not only is Laurent an NFL icon, he also graduated from Montréal’s McGill University with a degree in medicine. The massive man — who comes with a massive heart — chose to opt out of the 2020 NFL season to assist his community during the Covid-19 pandemic by working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in the Greater Montréal region.

You can hear what he has to say about his journey during PCMA Convening Leaders 2021. The event, which takes place 11-15 January, will essentially be a community design lab for what business events will look like in a post-pandemic world.

What can you expect from this session?

  • Access to a person who has made tough decisions, and who emerged a winner.
  • Perspective from an elite individual with a community mindset.
  • Inspiration to explore what “reinvention” means for you.

See more information — including how to register — on the Convening Leaders website!

Made in Montréal

Born in a suburb just outside of Montréal, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif started playing football in his teenage years. From 2010 to 2013, he was member of the McGill University Men's football team. In 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Laurent to a four-year contract. In February of 2020, the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, their first championship in 50 years.

4 fun factoids about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif:

  • He was the recipient of the 2020 Lou Marsh Trophy, a title awarded annually by a panel of journalists to Canada's top athlete, professional or amateur.
  • At the age of 14, his family went on a yearlong sailing trip to the Bahamas.
  • In 2019, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
  • He is a big guy: 6’5” tall, 321 pounds.




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