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11 Mar 2009

Nudge in the right direction for upcoming entrepreneurs

Pierre-Luc Desgagné, chairman of the board of Fondation LOJIQ; Ode Belzile, coordinator – donations and communications, J. Armand Bombardier Foundation; Bernard Voyer, explorer and Fondation LOJIQ ambassador; Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations; and Alfred Pilon, LOJIQ executive. Photo: Robert Laflamme

In the presence of Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation announced on March 9 that it was donating $100,000 to the Fondation des Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (“Fondation LOJIQ”), to support tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. The donation provides direct assistance for young entrepreneurs who deploy a formative business project in France.

Bombardier’s support confirms the Foundation governors’ commitment to contribute to training for the next generation of entrepreneurs, among other ways by allowing young Québec businesspeople to gain international experience. The funds granted by the Foundation will be dedicated to entrepreneurial encouragement grants aimed at helping young professionals deploy a business creation, start-up or consolidation project in France.

Minister Arcand stressed that “Fondation LOJIQ’s support is vital for full deployment of the services offered by the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec, and shows [...] the spirit of cooperation that guides the government and business world when it is time to help young Quebecers make their mark at home and around the world.”

Created in 2007, Fondation LOJIQ provides financial support for the three agencies that make up the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ), namely the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ), the Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ) and the Office Québec Wallonie Bruxelles pour la jeunesse (OQWBJ). LOJIQ programs focus on vocational development for 18- to 35-year-olds and allow participants to widen their intercultural horizons.

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