Fortier calls for fostering young entrepreneurs

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Photo: Owen Egan.

Principal Suzanne Fortier / Photo: Owen Egan.

Principal urges business leaders to help students fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions

The last Innovation Report of the Conference Board of Canada brought encouraging news for Quebec and Canada. But we can do much better, McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier told the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday.

“Quebec and Montreal have immense creative potential,” she said during a luncheon event on “The Value of Entrepreneurship.” Suzanne Fortier shared the stage with Michèle Boisvert, Executive Vice-President, Business Outreach, of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Montreal has a rich pool of students brimming with talent, energy and ambition, Fortier noted. “Generation Y, as I am learning at McGill, is truly Generation Why Not?,” a generation of people ready to have an impact on their local and global communities.

In order to help unleash that potential, the city’s businesses and financial institutions need to help create a more supportive climate, Fortier said. Successful, experienced business people, for example, can pitch in by mentoring students and sponsoring internships.

At McGill, “our strategy is to offer all our students – not only those in management – opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial potential,” Principal Fortier said.

Among the recent initiatives at McGill to foster entrepreneurship:

“Helping to make Montreal a hub for innovation is one of my priorities as Principal of McGill,” Fortier said.


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