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Pierre Lavoie is a family father from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean who, struck by the death of two of his children suffering from lactic acidosis, a rare hereditary disease very present in this region, decided to turn these tragedies into a mission for medical research. He began by focusing his efforts on raising awareness of this deadly disease in his part of the province and finding different ways to fund medical research. Considered at the time as a determined athlete who had participated in several Ironman races, he became a committed athlete and created the Défi Pierre Lavoie in 1999 which, among other things, allowed him to raise the funds required to set up a team of researchers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. In 2003, the research made it possible to identify the gene responsible for lactic acidosis and gave hope to future parents through the invention of a screening test.

A few years later, in 2008, the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie was launched with the mission of: "creating a culture of preventive health in Quebec by encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyle habits". We are determined to continue to develop the fitness movement, to fight obesity and to increase health prevention. »

In addition to being a formidable competitor, Pierre is a speaker, an excellent popularizer of science and a proud spokesperson. He is an incredible motivator who knows how to transmit his energy to convince people that it is possible to overcome difficulties and challenges by facing them with the right attitude. He alone personifies courage, the power to believe in oneself and consideration.

Social commitment:

  • President of the Lactic Acidosis Association
  • Spokesperson for CORAMH (Corporation for Research and Action on Hereditary Diseases)
  • Founder of the Club cycliste acidose lactique (10-17 years old)
  • Founder of the Défi Pierre Lavoie, which has raised $650,000 in four editions for research on lactic acidosis.
  • Co-founder of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie


2005 - Member of "L'Ordre des 21"
2005 - Personality of the Year, Humanism, Courage and Accomplishment category, La Presse Excellence gala
2005 - Meritorious Service Medal of the Governor General of Canada
2006 - Knight of the National Order of Quebec
2009 - Personality of the Year, Courage, Humanism and Personal Accomplishment category, La Presse/Radio-Canada Excellence Evening
2010 - Doctorate honoris causa from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
2010 - Winner of a Maurice de l'Hommage Jacques-Beauchamp, Gala SPORTSQUÉBEC
2011 - Medal of Honour of the National Assembly
2011 - Gold Medal of the Order of Merit of the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec
2011 - Medal of Honour of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal
2012 - Member of the Order of Canada