The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

What is Operation Back to School?

Operation Back to School organizes annual talks in high schools in the Greater Montréal area, in French and English as well as public and private schools. 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 23 years, more than 4200 businesswomen and businessmen have gone “back to school” to share their experience and their passion with around 160,000 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 2018 stay-in-school scholarships

A look back at the awarding of the 2018 scholarships.

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From left to right : Frédéric Plamondon Simard, Director, Investments and Financial Planners, Montréal East, National Bank, and Charitable Project Manager for the Montreal CPA Group; Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal; Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer CN; Louana Lyn Blinco – École secondaire Louis-Philippe-Paré; Yassine Sargha – École de la Traversée; Samuel Kuenzi-Valois – École secondaire Monseigneur-Richard; Khadim Diongue – Centre Gédéon-Ouimet; Erin Thomson – École secondaire Beaconsfield; Rolencia Siméus – Centre Ferland; Sandra Auclair-Tremblay – Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Huntingdon; Thara Louis-Jeune – École secondaire Amos; Xavier Brouillette – École secondaire Georges-Vanier; Marie-Élaine Normandeau, General Director, MR; Loussanda Kénol – École Évangéline; Pierre Pagé, Business Development Manager, belairdirect; Benoit Landry, Coordinator, Local Action Strategy, Réseau réussite Montréal.

Tel. : 514 871-4000, ext. 4095

Operation Back to School 2018-2019 is made possible through the financial support of:

For 23 years, Montréal Relève has been working on the socioeconomic development of the metropolis by increasing access to professional exploration experiences. Through internships, conferences, visits and workshops in preparation for succession, MR annually supervises more than 2,200 adolescents and young adults in their career choices. MR has several projects and programs addressed to different clienteles, including Student Business, its flagship program.

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