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.

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Montreal will host the first Education of the Future Festival at the Olympic Stadium from May 14 to 17! 

As part of its 10th anniversary, Youth Fusion is announcing the first Festival Education of the Future, a large-scale event that will bring together 10,000 young people from all over Québec, from Kujjuuarapik to Québec City, through Amos and Montréal-Nord, who participate in the organization’s 13 programs.  

 For 4 days, the participants will participate in several activities related to their field and will present their work in kiosks open to participants and to various renowned judges. Opening and closing galas will be held each day where students will receive awards and honours. There will also be a fashion show on Tuesday featuring the students’ creations. 

“It is absolutely inspiring to bring together in one big Festival thousands of students from all regions of Quebec to share the projects carried out during the year, whether in fashion design, video game creation, environmental design, the arts or entrepreneurship. We are also looking forward to unveiling our new artificial intelligence program. It will certainly be very formative for all participants!” said Gabriel Bran Lopez, Founding President of Youth Fusion. 

This Festival is a unique event in the field of experiential learning and promotes perseverance at school, with the aim of reducing drop-out rates. Indeed, the model developed by Youth Fusion 10 years ago is producing results that are also of interest to other countries.

This event will also be an opportunity to honour the main partners who have believed in Youth Fusion from the very beginning. A special ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 15. In 2008, a pilot project was developed with 7 coordinators from Concordia University in two Montreal schools. Now, in 2018, the organization works in more than 250 schools in Quebec and Ontario, employs 240 university coordinators, mobilizes more than 20 universities, 50 businesses, 30 school boards and works with 15,000 students on a daily basis!

Please note that the Festival Éducation du Futur is a private event for school boards, parents, teachers and coordinators, by invitation only. 

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Youth Fusion welcomes its new Executive Director

Gabriel Bran Lopez, President and Founder of Youth Fusion, is proud to welcome Lyndsay Daudier as Youth Fusion’s new Executive Director. “We are happy to welcome Lyndsay, a committed woman whose collaborative leadership and managerial skills will contribute to the expansion of our organization. She will be in charge, amongst other tasks, of Youth Fusion’s development”. “I am deeply honored that my previous engagements with youth through other educational plateforms over the last few years will now continue to grow through Youth Fusion” says Ms. Daudier.
Ms Daudier has been working in the social innovation field in Montreal for the past number of years. She studied in Urban planning, Law and Management.