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ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS QUEBEC TO MARK NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY ON NOVEMBER 16

MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 12, 2007- A Quebec-wide symposium, using videoconferencing technology, will link Secondary V students to the world of entrepreneurship on Friday, November 16 (10:30 a.m. to Noon). Riverdale High School will host the videoconference at 5060 Blvd. Sources in Pierrefonds.

Students from seven English schools throughout Quebec (full list of schools and partners attached) will take part in this day to formally mark the second annual National Entrepreneurship Day.  

This second annual National Entrepreneurship Day is engaging students through a number of local activities designed to develop and showcase entrepreneurial culture amongst youth and to encourage the various actors to get involved in their development, including the education, community, socio-economic and government sectors, and, of course, entrepreneurs!  This event in the English-speaking community will complement a number of events happening across Quebec in the francophone community.  Activities happening in each region are noted at www.jnce-ned.qc.ca.

Youth from the schools will work independently on local activities designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and values. Then, via a province-wide videoconference, students will share their learning, including how they can continue their project ideas throughout the school year.  Videoconferencing will be made available through local Community Learning Centres, established by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) last year to promote education and community development in the English-speaking community by providing a wide range of services and activities to help English speakers meet such pressing challenges as youth retention, access to services in English and sustaining the viability and vitality of their respective communities.

Spearheaded by the Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (R-CJEQ), National Entrepreneurship Day is an initiative within the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.  To celebrate and contribute to this event, a number of organizations in the English-speaking community have mobilized to partner with the R-CJEQ to further promote this opportunity and develop an entrepreneurial culture among youth.  These organizations include representation from the Carrefour jeunesse emploi NDG, Community Table and its Community Economic Development and Employability Committees (CEDECs), Guidance-Oriented Approach to Learning (GOAL) Network, Services aux Communautés Anglophone of the Ministère de l’Éducaton, du Sport et du Loisir, which oversees the development of Community Learning Centres located in English educational institutions throughout Quebec.

François Charron, host of Salut Bonjour on TVA and creative entrepreneur from a very young age, is the official spokesperson for National Entrepreneurship Day.  Mr. Charron believes strongly that the current generation is an entrepreneurial one requiring care and attention and that it is vital that young people today learn how to focus their creative energy for it to flower.
Malik Shaheed, an entrepreneur and former VJ, host, producer and reporter for MusiquePlus, will host the videoconference event happening in the English-speaking community. Raised in an English-speaking environment, Malik is known throughout Quebec, in part due to his first album Franglais, created as a tribute to his love and passion for the French culture.

For more information: 

Josée-Ann Cloutier
Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi 
(514) 516-5956       josee-ann@cjereseau.org

Michael Cohen
English Montreal School Board, Communications
514-483-7200 ext. 7243         mcohen@emsb.qc.ca

Backgrounder

Students from seven English Schools will be participating in National Entrepreneurship Day, organized by the partners listed below.  The nine schools are:

Quebec High School (Central Quebec School Board)
Laurier MacDonald High School (English Montreal School Board)
James Lyng High School (English Montreal School Board)
Riverdale High School (Lester B. Pearson School Board)
Pontiac High School (Western Quebec School Board)
Grosse Iles High school (Eastern Shores School Board)
C.E. Pouliot (Eastern Shores School Board)

Organizing Committee

Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec
Josée-Ann Cloutier
Provincial Coordinator for Youth Entrepreneurship (Anglophone sector)
Office:    (514) 393-9155
Cell:        (514) 516-5956
josee-ann@cjereseau.org
www.cjereseau.org/

Community Table and local CEDECs (Community Economic Development and Employability Committees)
Kirsten Hathaway
Communications Officer
Office:    (888) 641-9912
Cell:        (514) 755-7043
Kirsten.hathaway@communitytable.ca
www.buildingcommunities.ca

Community Learning Centres
Linton Garner, Coordinator
Office:    (450) 622-2212
Cell:        (514) 715-8547
lgarner@learnquebec.ca
www.learnquebec.ca

Guidance Oriented Approach to Learning (GOAL)
Sandra Salesas
Provincial Coordinator
Tel: (514) 485-0931 or 450-622-2212
sandra.salesas@csmb.qc.ca
www.learnquebec.ca/en/content/mels/goal/

Carrefour jeunesse emploi Notre-Dame-de-Grace
Despina Sourias, Entrepreneurship Awareness and Promotion Officer
Office:    (514) 482-6665
despina@cje-ndg.com
www.cje-ndg.com



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca