TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - La Fondation de
l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) [The UQTR Foundation] held a press conference today at the University to announce National
Bank's exceptional donation of $500,000 to its 2009-2014 Major
National Bank's significant contribution will fund the creation of the
National Bank Research Chair in SME Innovation and Risk Management, in
accordance with UQTR's rules and regulations. The aim of this chair is
to heighten understanding of the innovation-inducing processes and
mechanisms in SMEs. It will also investigate factors of success and
failure, which, in addition to innovation projects, are likely to
affect the survival of SMEs.
"National Bank is especially proud to join forces with the UQTR
Foundation by facilitating the creation of the National Bank Research
Chair in SME innovation and risk management. This exceptional
partnership is testimony to the ready willingness of National Bank to
contribute to the dynamism of local businesses and the vibrancy of the
Quebec business community. It also demonstrates the importance we
attach to innovation, a valued asset of the Bank", declared Mrs
Patricia Curadeau-Grou, Executive Vice-President - Risk Management at
National Bank and Major Fundraising Campaign Co-Chair.
Mr André Paradis, Interim Rector of UQTR expressed his satisfaction with
National Bank's exceptional support to the campaign. "Such a generous
contribution attests to your commitment to a knowledge-based society.
Your tangible support to our University for developing and implementing
innovative projects is a vital source of leverage for our professors to
conduct dynamic research. Furthermore, the funding of this new chair
will enable the Institut de recherche sur les PME [SME Research Institute] and its members to participate in the development of Quebec's small to
medium sized businesses, thereby helping to make our economy more
efficient and competitive, both regionally and internationally. For our
students, it will foster a stimulating research environment conducive
to optimal development and the acquisition of new knowledge.
Mr Paradis took the opportunity to thank Mrs Patricia Curadeau-Grou for
her valuable collaboration and her commitment as co-chair of the
Fundraising Committee of the UQTR Foundation's 2009-2014 Major
Fundraising Campaign. "Your pivotal role enhances the development of
new expertise for the betterment of the society of tomorrow. We are
sincerely grateful," he declared.
Mr Jacques Roy, Senior Vice-President of the UQTR Foundation, offered
these words: "We are particularly grateful to the National Bank whose
substantial financial contribution will promote student success and
support our University's development efforts. UQTR is an emblematic
institution in our region, imparting knowledge, stimulating economic
activity and social values and enriching culture and creation."
Launched under the motto Investing in Knowledge, the aim of UQTR Foundation's 2009-2014 fundraising campaign is to
support the University's development in key sectors and boost student
aid. The first phase of the campaign, carried out within the University
community itself, secured pledges of almost $2.8 million, demonstrating
a strong commitment by the employees and students to their University.
The second phase is currently underway and seeks to engage businesses,
partners and friends of UQTR. This campaign, whose ultimate objective
is set at $20 million, has garnered $17 million in donations to date.
The UQTR Foundation's 2009-2014 Major Fundraising Campaign, the third of
its kind in the organization's history, seeks to raise the funds
necessary to carry out over twenty priority projects. Of the $20
million campaign goal, $5 million is earmarked for scholarships and
grants for students at all levels.
Over $12 million will be allocated to research and training projects in
various fields: child and family development, ecocomposite materials,
nanomaterials, SMEs, academic success, intellectual deficiency,
biomass, Quebec historical documents, geographical and environmental
history of Quebec, hydrogen and aquatic ecology.
$1.2 million of the donations raised during the campaign will go towards
acquiring and updating library equipment and resources, as well as
implementing academic technology projects. Finally, $1.5 million will
be used to construct and outfit university pavilions (School of
Engineering and Student Life Pavilion).
A donation to the UQTR Foundation's Major Fundraising Campaign
represents a solid commitment to present and future generations of
students and researchers. The funds raised will enable the University
to maintain its unique position and consolidate its regional presence,
while enhancing its profile nationally and internationally.
The implementation of the fundraising campaign's priority projects is an
integral part of UQTR's strategic development plan. Responding to the
needs of the community, the projects will strengthen the collaboration
between the different actors in the University region.
The UQTR Foundation
Established in 1986, the UQTR Foundation is dedicated to supporting
students and the development of UQTR. To date, it has contributed over
$18 million to this cause. Thanks to both major and annual fundraising
campaigns, the Foundation has been able to meet the needs of both
students and the University (equipment, research, library) as well as
establish a large general endowment fund. Its principal donors are
businesses and business people, foundations, associations and
professional orders, graduates, employees, retirees, students, parents
and friends of UQTR.
SOURCE UQTR Foundation
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