FEATURE STORY MOUNTIE PRIDE IN RIDER NATION by Laura Dillman Ripley J ust days after Mount Allison proudly hosted the 2013 CIS Uteck Bowl this fall, former football Mountie Olivier Eddie (’10) was busy preparing for another big game in Canadian football — the 101st CFL Grey Cup. Eddie’s work leading up to the Grey Cup was focused primarily on celebrations and events surrounding the game. “There’s much more than the game. The festival events started days before the Grey Cup game. I helped organize a provincial tour and the Grey Cup parade in Regina, held the week before the game,” he says. “It was amazing to see how many fans came out to partake in the festival and to cheer on the Riders in what was a very cold week.” This level of fan support and engagement is one he can relate to as a former Mountie. “It was really exciting to see both teams I care for doing so well this fall,” he says. “The Riders have a strong fan engagement across the country and you can see support growing for Mount Allison athletics over the past few years. As an alum Eddie works in corporate sponsorships for the 2013 CFL host team and Grey Cup champions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It was the fourth Grey Cup win for the Riders and the first on their home field in Regina. Eddie was part of the team on the sidelines, instrumental in bringing the event to the national stage. “I started working with the Riders as part of my internship for my MBA last year,” he says. “I’m fortunate to work with an organization that’s so well respected. When you say you work for the Riders, people just start smiling.” 18 / Winter 2014 / RECORD