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: www.ccmm.qc.ca/Back_to_school
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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