The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

What is operation back to school?

Operation Back to School is an annual event of conference testimonials held in public and private, French and English high schools in the Greater Montréal area. Community organizations in the Montréal area that work to keep kids in school are also encouraged to host speakers.

Thanks to this project initiated by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, in the past 20 years, more than 4000 businesswomen and businessmen have gone “back to school” to share their experience and their passion with around 150,000 high school students to encourage them to stay in school.

Each year, more than 300 groups receive visits, involving around 10,000 young people.

What is the goal of these encounters?

Operation Back to School was developed to stem the dropout rate among students. The encounters help young people understand that success involves work, perseverance and determination. They also demonstrate that it is normal to face obstacles along the way and that it is important to forge ahead and pursue one’s dreams.

These encounters also make it possible to create closer ties between schools and companies by providing students and teachers better information about the job market and offering business people an understanding of the realities facing the younger generation.

Stay-in-school scholarships

At the end of Operation Back to School, teachers who take part in the program can nominate a student from their group who has demonstrated commitment and perseverance for a stay-in-school scholarship. A selection committee, made up of members of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, will choose the winners from among the nominations received.

Awarding of the 2017 stay-in-school scholarships

A look back at the awarding of the 2017 scholarships.

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From left to right : Andrée Mayer-Périard, Executive Director, Montreal Hooked on School; Josée- Anne Derome, Student Business Partnership Coordinator, Montréal Relève; Rémi Vuong, Strategic Consultant, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, belairdirect; Kayhailiah Fitzpatrick – Riverdale High School; Ould-Brahem Wafik – école secondaire Amos; Bleona Alloushi – école secondaire Monseigneur-Richard; Jonathan Michel – école secondaire Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur; Pierre Pomerleau, President and CEO, Pomerleau Inc.; Altagrace Marve Louis – école secondaire Antoine-de-St-Exupéry; Abline Sajous – école secondaire Antoine-de-St-Exupéry; Christopher Victor Gervais – centre Gédéon-Ouimet; Steve Mwamba Tshibasu – école secondaire Eulalie-Durocher; Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal; Frédéric Plamondon Simard, Financial Planner, Nationale Bank and Professional chartered accountant of Montreal CPA’s.

Tel. : 514 871-4000, ext. 4095

Operation Back to School 2016 is made possible through the financial support of:

For over 20 years, Montréal Relève has been working for the city’s socioeconomic development by increasing access to immersive professional experiences. Through internships, conferences, visits and workshops to prepare younger generations, MR welcomes almost 2,200 participants every year. MR has five projects and programs for different clienteles, including Student Business, its flagship program.

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Operation Back to School is produced in cooperation with our association partners: