MONTREAL, May 16 /CNW Telbec/ - With the closing of the 15th edition of Operation Back to School, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal is proud to announce record results. From March 1 to April 30,
2011, 315 speakers―businesspeople representing every sector of
activity―made more than 350 presentations to groups of students in
grades 9, 10 and 11.
"Once again this year, businesspeople responded in great numbers to the
Board of Trade's call," said Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "Many met with students, while
others offered stay-in-school scholarships on behalf of their
organization. The importance of young people staying in school for the
future prosperity of Quebec is one of the top concerns of the business
world. Recent events in support of this cause, including the Journées
de la Persévérance Scolaire held in February, are testimony to this."
"The interest schools showed in the program was also impressive," Mr.
Leblanc said. "We are pleased to announce that we had a strong presence
on the eastern part of the island, an area very much concerned about
motivating kids to stay in school."
"The Board of Trade is proud of the level of involvement of
businesspeople, who made inspirational speeches about how they got to
where they are today and about the importance of motivation, showing
students that the essential ingredients of success are work,
perseverance and determination," Mr. Leblanc said. "In particular we
would like to thank Sylvain Vincent, chairman of the board of the Board
of Trade and patron of Operation Back to School 2011, for his active
participation in the program and its promotion."
The Board of Trade would also like to thank the following Back to School
ambassadors, who offer stay-in-school scholarships to participating
students: ArcelorMittal, the Comptables Agréés de Montréal, Ernst &
Young, FCT, Qualité Habitation, BMO Financial Group, Pratt & Whitney
Canada and Ubisoft. Operation Back to School is made possible through
the financial support of MR3 Montréal Relève, in partnership with Youth Fusion and Montreal Hooked on
Speakers who participated in Operation Back to School and the entire
business community are encouraged to take the collaboration further by
offering a one-week exploratory career internship this summer to help a
young person choose a career. For more information about MR3 Montréal Relève's Student Business program, please contact Maude
Lajeunesse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514 270-3300, ext. 4.
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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