Author: Fusion Jeunesse

Gabriel Bran Lopez receives Governor General’s Meritorious Service Decoration (civil division)

OTTAWA, March 26, 2019 – Mr. Gabriel Bran Lopez, Founding President of Youth Fusion, was awarded the Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division) today by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, at the official ceremony for the presentation of Canadian Honours at Rideau Hall.

Mr. Bran Lopez was recognized for his excellence, courage, and exceptional sense of duty in his role as head of Youth Fusion, which he founded in 2009. Mr. Bran Lopez was one of ten Canadian recipients to receive this Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division).

Gabriel Bran Lopez is also co-founder of FIRST Robotics Quebec and was president of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal for two terms, in 2015 and 2016. He has received several distinctions and other prestigious awards. These include: EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a Mercuriades award from the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec, YMCAs of Quebec’s Peace Medal, Personality of the Week according to La Presse and Radio‑Canada, the Public Policy Forum’s Emerging Leaders Award, the Ashoka Fellowship, and the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation Fellowship.

About Youth Fusion

Youth Fusion’s mission is to help foster school perseverance, employability, a sense of direction, and civic engagement in youth by implementing innovative experiential learning projects that build ongoing partnerships bridging academic and professional environments. Each week, Youth Fusion supports more than 12,000 youths in 200 establishments across Canada. Since January 2019, the association has extended its activities internationally with an educational pilot project in France, involving 225 youths.

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Youth Fusion is recruiting Coordinators for its projects in Ontario!

BMO Financial Group to donate $1 million to Youth Fusion for Indigenous communities

BMO Financial Group to donate $1 million to Youth Fusion for Indigenous communities


MONTREAL, May 22, 2018 – BMO Financial Group is pleased to announce a donation of one million dollars to Youth Fusion for aboriginal programming. This substantial donation is intended to maintain and enhance existing Youth Fusion projects in aboriginal communities in Quebec and to promote the expansion of these programs throughout Quebec and the rest of Canada.


Currently, Youth Fusion projects in aboriginal communities include:

  • Weekly activities for over 5,000 Inuit and First Nations youths living in more than 20 communities in Nunavik and the James Bay area.
  • Support for young Indigenous students attending John Abbott College and Dawson College.

“As an active participant in Canadian communities, BMO believes in the promise of personal growth and success through lifelong learning and access to education. Education is at the heart of our philanthropy and we are extremely grateful for this valuable support, which will benefit aboriginal communities throughout Quebec and the rest of Canada,” said Gabriel Bran-Lopez, president of Youth Fusion.


“Youth Fusion has implemented many innovative projects designed to engage, motivate and stimulate young people in our Indigenous communities, and to make them feel more committed to their communities,” said Claude Gagnon, Managing Director, Operations, BMO Financial Group, Quebec. “We want to use this contribution to encourage young aboriginal people to stay in school. We want to give them tools to integrate into society, to become leaders in their communities and, in so doing, to contribute actively in their communities’ development.”

BMO and Youth Fusion have been working together for several years now to inspire youth to stay in school. This partnership contributes to reducing the dropout rate by creating projects that motivate students, providing an incentive for them to stay in school.

About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $728 billion as of January 31, and a team of versatile and highly dedicated employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.


About Youth Fusion

Youth Fusion is an award-winning charity that contributes to the persistence in school, employability and civic engagement of youth by developing innovative experiential learning projects that create ongoing links between school systems and the community. Every week, we work with 15,000 young people in over 250 schools in rural, urban and Indigenous communities.

Mitch Garber will be the spokesperson and ambassador for the first Education of the Future Festival, organized by Youth Fusion

From May 14 to 17, the first Education of the Future Festival organized by Youth Fusion will be held at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, bringing together more than 10,000 students over 4 days. Entrepreneur Mitch Garber will be the spokesperson and youth ambassador.

Gabriel Bran Lopez, Founding President, and Lyndsay Daudier, Executive Director of Youth Fusion, are particularly pleased to announce Mitch Garber’s presence at the Festival Education of the Future, a major event that will mark the organization’s 10th anniversary. Mr. Garber regularly speaks on issues related to education in general but also on the issue of early school leaving in particular. His notoriety and experience as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cirque du Soleil and in various fields present at Fusion Jeunesse, such as entrepreneurship, will undoubtedly inspire many students.

“Drop-out rates are a major challenge for our society and, as a father, I am honoured to participate in this unique Festival for Quebec Youth! said Mr. Garber, a well-known entrepreneur and investor from Montreal.

Mr. Garber will be present on Tuesday, May 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a tour of activities in the fields presented this day: artificial intelligence, robotics, video games, science and technology, entrepreneurship and leadership. At about noon, Mr. Garber will address the 1000 students in attendance at a special recognition ceremony that will highlight the major partners who have supported Youth Fusion since its inception.

Youth Fusion’s mission is to contribute to perseverance, employability and civic engagement by implementing innovative experiential learning projects that create ongoing links between school environments and the community. Each week, the organization accompanies 15,000 students in over 250 schools in rural, urban and Indigenous communities.

On Mitch Garber: 

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