HEADS UP On The Concussion Issue


Love Competition Hall McGill Sports Centre 475 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1S4

An all-star lineup of experts in the fields of sports and neurology will share a stage on Jan. 27 to discuss concussions, a serious injury that has only recently been getting the attention it deserves.

Entitled HEADS UP On The Concussion Issue, the event will be hosted by world champion diver Alexandre Despatie, and is broken into two separate parts: 

Public Lecture

The expert panel will include former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter, Lieutenant-Colonel Markus Besemann, Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Rehabilitation, Dr. Debbie Friedman, Director of the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting & Prevention Program, Dr. Angela Genge, Director of the ALS Clinical Research program and Clinical Research Unit at The Neuro, Dr. David Mulder, former Chief of Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital, Dr. Alain Ptito, Director of the Department of Psychology of the McGill University Health Centre, and Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

Ken Dryden, the former NHL hockey goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens, and Dr. J Scott Delaney, team physician for the Montreal Alouettes and the Montreal Impact, will provide keynote speeches.

Meet and Greet the Pros Cocktail

Athletes from the Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Alouettes, the Montreal Impact, and Tennis Canada will be present for autographs and questions at the Meet and Greet the Pros Cocktail. Attending the cocktail event will be:

Alexandre Despatie – World Champion Diver and concussion sufferer
Anthony Calvillo - Montreal Alouettes quarterback (Retired)
Bruno Heppell – Montreal Alouettes Fullback (Retired)
Eugenie Bouchard – Canadian professional tennis player
Ken Dryden – Former Montreal Canadiens Goaltender and Hockey Hall of Famer
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – Kansas City Chiefs NFL football guard
Martin Bedard - #37 The Montreal Alouettes long snapper
Mike Richter - Former New York Rangers Goaltender and Hockey Hall of Famer
Nicolas Boulay - #56 the Montreal Alouettes linebacker
Tanner Marsh – Football Quarterback (Montreal Alouettes, 2013)

According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, traumatic brain injury (TBI) “is the key cause of disability in individuals under the age of 45, and constitutes an important global health burden that has until now defied conventional approaches to diagnosis and therapy development because of its heterogeneity and complexity.”

Events schedule:

Scientific Poster Session: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. - free

Meet and Greet the Pros Cocktail: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - tickets $175

Public Lecture: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - tickets $20

A tax receipt will be issued for part of the ticket amount. Cocktail ticket includes admission to the public lecture on concussion following the cocktail. All proceeds go to concussion research.


Love Competition Hall
McGill Sports Centre
475 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1S4

To purchase tickets for the public lecture, click here.

To purchase tickets for the cocktail event, please call Jesse Radz at 514-398-1248

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.




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