AC Invites You to Help Select ‘Athlete of the Year’


Air Canada is asking Canadians to help select the winner of the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award 2015.

Voters can go to and vote for one of three finalists for the award who were chosen for demonstrating a drive for excellence, leadership and integrity. The voting ends Dec. 4 with the winner to be announced Dec. 11.

“The Air Canada Athlete of the year Award was launched in 2012 to inspire Canadian athletes in their quest for excellence. With less than a year before the Canadian flag enters the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the summer Olympic Games in Rio on Aug. 5, they are in the final stretch of intense preparation,” said Craig Landry, vice-president of marketing at Air Canada. “We are inviting the public to vote online for the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award 2015, and send messages encouraging them in their commitment and dedication at being at their best – values we also share as a proud Canadian brand.”

Last year, the award went to freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, in 2013 to short track speed skater Charles Hamelin and in 2012 to soccer player Christine Sinclair.

In order to raise the athletes’ profiles and engage all Canadians, the winner will be chosen by a public vote from a short-list of finalists selected by a committee representing Air Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, athletes, the government, media and also last year’s Award winner. This year’s finalists are: Derek Drouin – Athletics (High Jump); Shawnacy Barber – Athletics (Pole Vault); and Mark de Jonge – Canoe/Kayak Sprint (K-1 200m).

The winner will receive two Business Class tickets to anywhere in the world Air Canada flies, as well as Super Elite 100K status in Air Canada’s Altitude program for one year. To cast your vote now and be eligible for a chance to win two Economy Class round-trip tickets anywhere Air Canada flies in North America, visit .