MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - During Hooked on School Days, the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is pleased to launch the 2012
edition of Operation Back to School (OBS), which will take place from
March 1st to April 30. This sixteenth edition will see business people give close
to 400 testimonial-talks to Secondary 3, 4, and 5 students. Some 12,000
students will therefore be taking part in these meetings.
"Quebec's success and that of its major city are inextricably linked to
the quality of our workforce and our collective ability to encourage
students to get their diplomas. It is with this challenge in mind that
the Board of Trade implements its Operation Back to School program year
after year. Education has been one of our organization's key priorities
since its very beginning, 190 years ago. Our predecessor's initiatives,
like more recent efforts—such as OBS or the Student Business program,
to which the Board of Trade contributes—bear witness to the importance
that we place on training our youth," stated Michel Leblanc, President
and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
"In Operation Back to School, business people describe their
professional career path, the challenges they had to overcome, and the
work required to do so. The students they meet are given a chance to
ask questions and get informed about the various avenues open to them
on the job market, while also allaying their fears and sharing their
points of view. Both the professionals and the students taking part in
the program emerge with a better understanding of each other's reality.
Also, since last year, with the help of our partners, we have been
awarding over $15,000 in stay-in-school scholarships to students that
have heard a speaker's testimonial and have been nominated by their
teachers," continued Michel Leblanc.
"The business community has been getting actively involved to ensure the
future of our next generation. Several community members are in fact
contributing to the discussion on student retention. The matching event
we have held for the past two years in collaboration with Rio Tinto
Alcan as part of Hooked on School Days, the high rate of participation
in the ensuing business luncheon, and the growing number of speakers
joining Operation Back to School show the importance that the business
milieu is placing on this issue," concluded Michel Leblanc.
Business people are invited to take part in great numbers in Operation
Back to School, and thereby actively contribute to promoting student
retention. Complete details are available at the following URL: www.btmm.qc.ca/back_to_school.
Operation Back to School is made possible through the support of MR3 Montréal Relève, as well as through the participation of GOLD
Ambassadors: ArcelorMittal, Ernst & Young, and Vidéotron; and SILVER
Ambassadors: the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, L'Oréal Canada,
Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Ubisoft. The Board of Trade also thanks its
associative partners: Youth Fusion, Montreal Hooked on School, and
Universitas Trust Funds.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000
members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business
community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants,
and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized
services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of
innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is
Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
SOURCE BOARD OF TRADE OF METROPOLITAN MONTREAL
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