“Long before BMO declared our Purpose – to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life – Jacques Ménard was living it. A proud Concordia alumnus, his legacy endures today at BMO, engrained in the way we work: growing businesses and communities for a thriving economy, and supporting the access to high-quality education that helps young people develop careers and fosters creativity,” says Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group.
Claude Gagnon, President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec, says Ménard’s impact as a humanitarian and executive inspired the gift: “BMO is supporting business education and fine arts practice for the benefit of students and the organizations that hire them.”
The L. Jacques Ménard–BMO Centre for Capital Markets will provide students an education grounded in theory and practice. The Centre will develop future finance professionals and drive scholarly research on the challenges faced by the industry.
“The L. Jacques Ménard – BMO Centre for Capital Markets fully supports our strategic imperative to promote collaborative and impactful research, as outlined in the school’s newly adopted strategic plan,” says Anne-Marie Croteau, dean of the John Molson School of Business.
Annual BMO Fine Arts Internships will allow standout undergraduate students in Art History, Film Studies, Film Production and Film Animation, Design and Computational Arts, or Studio Arts an opportunity to acquire experience with external organizations. Stipends for student internships will be remunerated thanks to the BMO Fine Arts Internships to help cultural organizations thrive.
“The BMO Fine Arts Internship Program will offer invaluable professional experience to gifted undergraduate students at museums, cultural festivals, exhibition spaces, community theatres, arts and entertainment groups, artist-run centres and more,” says Annie Gérin, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Paul Chesser, vice-president of Advancement at Concordia, says L. Jacques Ménard took pride in Concordia’s roots and our university’s role in educating the next generation.
“Jacques dedicated his professional life to BMO — like many of the 700 Concordia grads who work for the company — and it is heartening that BMO is honouring Jacques’ legacy at both our institutions,” says Chesser. “We are grateful that BMO has generously given to the Campaign for Concordia in honour of Jacques’ legacy.”
The family of L. Jacques Ménard adds: “We thank BMO, Darryl White and Claude Gagnon, friends and cherished collaborators. We thank Concordia University as well, an institution so dear to his heart. We are deeply grateful for this act of generosity made in his memory.”
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