MONTREAL, May 15, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal closed the 18th edition of Operation Back to School last night during a ceremony held
at Ubisoft. Ten $1,500 scholarships were awarded to persevering high
school students in the metropolitan area who took part in the program,
which took place from March 1 to April 30. During this time, close to
150 professionals from the Montréal business community went back to
school to make over 300 presentations.
"The Board of Trade has always cared a great deal about the success of
youth, because they are the future of our city," said Michel Leblanc,
President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
"Every year, we are pleased to see that our members share this
conviction and take action for school retention by participating in
Operation Back to School. One hour in a classroom can create a spark
that restores the confidence and hope of young people in their future."
"This program gives students a chance to draw inspiration from the
motivating backgrounds of business people and better understand the
realities of the job market and the challenges they will face in their
careers," Michel Leblanc said. "They see the effort and determination
that will be required of them so that they too can have a brilliant
To close the 18th edition of Operation Back to School, with the support of its
ambassadors, the Board of Trade awarded ten scholarships to students
who have distinguished themselves for their perseverance in school.
They were selected by a random draw among nominations submitted by
teachers. The scholarships will be deposited in a Universitas
registered education savings plan.
"For these young people, a $1,500 scholarship is worth much more than
its face value," Mr. Leblanc said. "It gives them the means to pursue a
postsecondary education and the career of their choice. But more than
that, the scholarship is a source of pride and accomplishment."
The following students from high schools and community organizations
Kendrix Avendano, école secondaire Saint-Laurent
Victor Bertrand Ouellette, école secondaire Père-Marquette
Willsburg Césaire, école secondaire Amos
Ronit Dhar, école secondaire Saint-Henri
Vanessa Forgues, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Huntingdon
Kee'Shawn Giles, LaurenHill Academy (Junior Campus)
Caroline Grenier-Collard, centre Gédéon-Ouimet
Deborah Kabagema, école secondaire Évangéline
Kenslee Sheildon Charles, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Côte-des-Neiges
Mélissa Trieu, école d'éducation internationale de Laval
Operation Back to School is made possible through the financial support
of Montréal Relève and the participation of its GOLD ambassadors:
ArcelorMittal and Leger - The Research Intelligence Group, as well as
its SILVER ambassadors: Comptables professionnels agréés de Montréal,
EY, L'Oréal Canada and Ubisoft. The Board of Trade also thanks its
association partners: Academos E-mentoring, Youth Fusion, Montreal
Hooked on School and Universitas.
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
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
For further information:
Michelle LLambias Meunier
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4042
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