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MONTRÉAL, Nov. 15, 2023 – In partnership with Université Laval, BMO today announced the launch of the BMO Young Indigenous Leaders Program, an initiative that will support forestry students through scholarships for internships, specific community projects and mentorship opportunities.
Led by Jean-Michel Beaudoin, professor in the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences and Chair of Educational Leadership in Indigenous Forestry, the program will also provide forestry students with greater access to educational resources and partnerships to help them make progress academically and professionally. The program is made possible through a $500,000 donation from BMO.
“For over 30 years, BMO has been building strong relationships and providing consistent support to 270 Indigenous communities,” said Grégoire Baillargeon, President, BMO, Quebec. “The BMO Young Indigenous Leaders Program supports progress for the next generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs, enabling them to develop their full potential through access to educational resources as well as mentoring and business network development opportunities that promote a thriving economy, sustainable future and inclusive society.”
New horizons, without barriers
In line with BMO’s Purpose, to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, the BMO Young Indigenous Leaders Program will:
“BMO and Université Laval share a desire to showcase the voices, legitimacy and skills of young First Nations leaders. This distinctive experiential program will strengthen the development of their forestry skills and entrepreneurial spirit. It will also foster their professional integration and position them as experts in forest regions,” said Sophie D’Amours, Rector of Université Laval.
BMO engages with Indigenous customers, colleagues, and communities across three pillars—education, employment and economic empowerment—that rest on a platform of inclusion for all. Our commitment to developing an inclusive society that is free of barriers and to supporting the socioeconomic progress of Indigenous communities includes the following:
For more information about BMO’s commitment to supporting Indigenous communities, visit www.bmo.engagements-autochtones.
BMO’s commitment to Indigenous communities
For over 30 years, BMO’s Indigenous Banking Unit (IBU) has been working with Indigenous communities to support their economic self-determination. Through a network of branches and business banking offices both on and off reserve, BMO has offered financial products and services, including housing and renovation financing, trust services, investment management solutions, and long-term financing for on-reserve infrastructure and economic development. In addition, BMO has partnered with First Nations University of Canada to create the e-learning course Nisitohtamowin, An Introduction to Understanding Indigenous Perspectives in Canada, which is available to all for free.
For more information about how BMO works with Indigenous communities in Canada, click here to view BMO’s annual Indigenous Partnerships and Progress Report.
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