Government launch of "Stratégie québécoise de l'entrepreneuriat" - QESBA looks forward to English sector involvement in province-wide entrepreneurial project

MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) reacted positively this morning to the announcement of an ambitious entrepreneurial program launched by Quebec Premier Jean Charest; Line Beauchamp, Vice-Premier and Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Economic Development Minister Sam Hamad.

The strategy is based on five principles: Reinforcing the entrepreneur, developing a culture and cultivating qualities for future entrepreneurs in the school system, supporting the entrepreneur in the development of enterprises, simplifying bureaucracy in the support of young entrepreneurs and motivating regional involvement.

Mme Beauchamp also announced that one school per region would be involved in a pilot project teaching students how to start a small business, with the school taking on this entrepreneurial vocation much as others have such popular programs as "sport-études" and "arts-études".  QESBA President David D'Aoust noted that the English sector has always favored student innovation and leadership, and will look to this initiative to provide English member-boards with needed government support. "The motor of our economy is education. It teaches future entrepreneurs to be creative thinkers and see opportunity where many do not. Our young entrepreneurs are tomorrow's business leaders," he noted.

"Teaching our students that they can be their own employers and can seek the support needed to reach their entrepreneurial potential can only give Québec positive results down the road," said Vice-President Frank Verrillo, who represented QESBA at the launch. "We look forward to English sector involvement, in the regions as well as greater Montreal."

QESBA is the voice of English public education in Quebec representing some 105,000 students.

SOURCE QUEBEC ENGLISH SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION

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