Assistant Equipment Manager
CFL: 16th season
Stampeders: 15th season
Taillefer is in his 15th season with the Stampeders. He previously worked one season with the Toronto Argonauts as assistant equipment manager in 1998.
Taillefer became assistant equipment manager with the Stamps on Apr. 21, 2008. His main role is ensuring the safety of players by assisting with the fitting of the correct protective equipment. He also assists with daily field set-up and tear-down during practice weeks and, on the road, sets up the lockers for the players. At each game, he is responsible for the quarterback headsets and watching for any equipment issues, fixing them on the fly as quickly as possible.
Taillefer has worked more than 200 games in his career including six Grey Cup appearances.
Taillefer received his Sports Equipment Specialist certificate in 1996 from Humber College, where he met Argos equipment manager Danny Webb, who offered him a job with the Argos for the 1998 season. When he and wife Jen were expecting their first child in 1999 – daughter Jacey – he left his seasonal position with the CFL and began a nine-year career working for New Balance Canada. During this time, he and his family – which included the arrival of son Zak in 2002 – lived in Guelph, Ont. Taillefer continued to work as the visiting team clubhouse attendant during these years.
Away from the stadium, Taillefer stays busy assistant coaching his son’s hockey teams, playing and listening to music, woodworking and following the San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and University of Tennessee Volunteers.