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 2019 stay-in-school scholarships

A look back at the awarding of the 2019 scholarships.

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From left to right : Maroua Harras – École secondaire Évangéline; Félix Pierre Gravereaux - École secondaire Eulalie-Durocher; Frédéric Bourque - Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Laval; Owen Erb - St. Thomas High School; M. Frédéric Plamondon Simard, directeur, Investissements et Planificateurs financiers, Montréal-Est, Banque Nationale, et responsable des projets caritatifs pour le Regroupement des CPA de Montréal; Natacha Provost-Charrette - Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Laval; Michel Leblanc, président et chef de la direction, Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain; Jisi Esber - École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit; Darine Haddad, directrice, marchés locaux , RBC; Michelle Adams, conseillère principale, communications et communautés, Aluminium, Rio Tinto; Alexia Morrissette - École secondaire Marie-Anne; Joanne Bergeron, vice-présidente, Développement durable, Aéroports de Montréal; Meg-Anne Poirier - École secondaire Monseigneur-Richard; Kim Simmonds, première directrice, Gestion des applications, CN; Frédérick Poissant - Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Huntingdon; Émily Filiatrault-Bertrand - École secondaire Monseigneur-Richard; Debby Cordeiro, vice-présidente, communications et image de marque, Pomerleau; Mélanie Dunn, présidente et chef de la direction, Cossette; Alexandre Hamel-Martin - École secondaire Père-Marquette; Myka Narcisse Chapleau - École secondaire Amos; Andrée Mayer-Périard, directrice générale, Réseau réussite Montréal; Marie-Élaine Normandeau, directrice générale, Montréal Relève; Marie-Ange Jadotte, enseignante, École secondaire Père-Marquette; Ekta Patel - École secondaire Lucien-Pagé. 

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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