INS Québec and Montréal Relève continue to support athletes in their career transition

Montreal, November 1st, 2018 – For a fourth consecutive year, Foot in the Door, the innovative mentorship and internship program created by Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) and Montréal Relève, will provide high-performance athletes with an immersive experience. Both organizations have planned for twenty athletes to intern in their field of interest or study. High-performance athletes’ career transition is a pivotal moment in their life and Foot in the Door’s goal is to empower them so that these major changes are easier.


Since 2015, 35 INS Québec athletes have taken part in this program thanks to Montréal Relève’s network of more than 1,000 partner organizations representing fifteen of the metropolitan area’s major industries.


“We know that transitioning careers is an important moment for many high-performance athletes, often before they begin to withdraw from sports,” explains Gaëtan Robitaille, President and Chief Executive Officer of INS Québec. “With Foot in the Door, we offer athletes the opportunity to explore their professional interests through internships adapted to their busy schedule. We are happy to continue collaborating with Montréal Relève and that it is once again contributing to the overall development of Quebec athletes.” »


“INS Québec athletes win by realizing how far their skills as an athlete can take them in the job market. Participating in overall athlete development by offering our expertise and providing them with professional internship experiences, for us, is a concrete way of supporting future Montreal-based athletes and ensuring that we keep them here.” – Marie-Élaine Normandeau, Executive Director of Montréal Relève.


In July 2016, the Montreal-based Foot in the Door program became part of the Canada-wide athlete well-being program Game PlanTM and is now a model for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network nationwide.


The participants in Foot in the Door’s latest groups are:

Cédrik Blais (short track speed skating) – food service intern at Manitoba Restaurant

Sandrine Mainville (swimming) – intern at BCF Business Law

Ève Routhier (alpine skiing) – communications intern with Zone Franche, a public relations agency

Alexandra Tessier (rugby) – intern in supply chain management at Groupe Marcelle

Jacqueline Simoneau, sports medicine intern at the CEPSUM Photo: Sarah Seené for Montréal Relève
Ève Routhier, Foot in the Door 2018 meritorious intern for her communications internship at Zone Franche with Gaëtan Robtaille, President and Chief Executive Officer of INS Québec. Photo: Julien Tomas for Cosmos images.

About Institut national du sport du Québec |

Institut national du sport du Québec is a “Catalyst of dreams—one athlete at a time” and acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sports in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 17 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park, which is home to ten high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports medicine, sports science and personal development services to more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,220 next-generation athletes and the 900 coaches that mentor them. Thanks, in particular, to the support of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the Institut is pursuing an ambitious research and innovation program. INS Québec also receives support from Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts.


About Montréal Relève |

Montréal Relève is a non-profit organization that has been actively pursuing the city of Montreal’s socioeconomic development since its creation in 1995. More than 20,000 people have had the opportunity to explore the professional world and develop their network of contacts. Montréal Relève supports 2,500 people annually with career exploration opportunities. The organization was cofounded by the City of Montreal and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and is primarily financed by Stationnement de Montréal.



To learn more about Institut national du sport du Québec:

Evelyne Déry
Communications Coordinator
Institut national du sport du Québec –


To learn more about Montréal Relève:

Laurie Vesco
Communications Advisor
Montréal Relève –


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