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The business community takes action on school retention: Operation Back to School kicks off!

The business community takes action on school retention: Operation Back to 
School kicks off! 
MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Against the backdrop of Hooked on 
School Days, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is pleased to launch 
the 2013 edition of Operation Back to School, running from March 1 to April 
30. This 17(th) edition will provide a framework for close to 
300presentations by business people to 10,000 students in high schools and 
organizations that work with young dropouts. 
"The Board of Trade is delighted to be holding Operation Back to School for 
the 17(th) consecutive year, because we believe that school retention is 
fundamental to fuelling the development of the city's knowledge economy," said 
Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan 
"The involvement of so many Board of Trade members shows not only the business 
community's interest in this issue, but also its desire to mobilize to 
encourage young people, our future," Michel Leblanc said. "The anticipated 
large turnout for the business luncheon on school retention, organized in 
partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, and the growing number of speakers 
volunteering for Operation Back to School demonstrate how important this issue 
is to the business community. 
During Operation Back to School, business people discuss their career paths, 
challenges they overcame and the determination they required. Students have a 
chance to explore prospects for employment. Additionally, with the help of 
Operation Back to School partners, over $15,000in stay-in-school 
scholarships are awarded to students who attend a speaker's presentation and 
whose application is submitted by their teacher. 
The business community is encouraged to volunteer once again for Operation 
Back to School to take concrete action on school retention. Details are 
available here: 
Operation Back to School is made possible through the support of MR(3) 
Montréal Relève and the participation of Gold Ambassador ArcelorMittal, as 
well as Silver Ambassadors Bureau en gros/Staples, the Ordre des comptables 
agréés du Québec, Ernst & Young, L'Oréal Canada and Ubisoft. The Board of 
Trade would also like to thank its association partners Youth Fusion, Montreal 
Hooked on School and Universitas. 
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. 
Sylvie Paquette Advisor, Media Relations Board of Trade of Metropolitan 
Montreal Phone: 514 871-4000, extension 4015 Twitter:@chambremontreal Follow 
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