BMO Financial Group donates $2 million to Campus Montréal

May 20, 2015

Montreal, May 20, 2015 – BMO Financial Group has announced it is donating $2 million to Campus Montréal, the major fundraising campaign for HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Université de Montréal. This large donation will finance two research chairs at the Université de Montréal, one in diversity and governance and the other in cultural and religious diversity management.

“Diversity is an asset,” affirmed Guy Breton, Rector of the Université de Montréal. “It is also a strength that helps define our city, and this substantial donation by BMO Financial Group will enable us to deepen our understanding and knowledge of it in order to help institutions and organizations better adapt to social pluralism.”

“Understanding and promoting cultural and religious diversity and sound governance are essential to the revitalization of Montreal and its continued growth and prosperity,” stated L. Jacques Ménard, President de BMO Financial Group, Quebec. “We are very proud to join the Université de Montréal in this effort and to support this exemplary, world-renowned academic and research institution.”

The chair in diversity and governance will become an interdisciplinary centre of excellence focusing on “coexistence” within highly diverse societies. The chair will notably include a task force, and the emphasis will be on understanding the phenomenon of diversity, managing it and measuring its impacts, as well as on the entities that define and support it. The chair will also participate in the development and deployment of pluralism adaptation strategies within various institutions and organizations.

The chair in religion, culture and society, created in 2004, will adopt a new name and direction in order to become a site for multidisciplinary research and the dissemination of knowledge on the new religious landscape and its impacts within the public sphere. The chair’s new mission will be to develop the expertise needed to manage cultural and religious diversity. It will also examine the relationships between religion, State, society and identity. The chair’s other areas of focus will be the improvement of coexistence in a religious and spiritual context and the interrelationship between Canadian Francophone communities and religious diversity.

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