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VigilantGlobal is a Montreal-based RD firm that designs and implements high-performance systems for the world of electronic finance. We focus on creating innovative and state-of-the-art financial software solutions that make the technology challenges of today the opportunities of tomorrow.Vigilant Globalfosters creative collaboration to achieve technological greatness and innovative spirit in the creation of high-performance systems.We bring together the brightest minds to foster new ideas and implement them with the most sophisticated technology available anywhere.
While we work to design and implement innovative software solutions, we also endeavor to be a trusting and responsible member of the community in which we work and live.Vigilant Futures commits to enriching community life because there is no greater value than advancing the well-being of our community. We are active participants in youth projects in and around Montreal, and help provide the resources they need to access opportunities they deserve. We strive to instill confidence in the belief education is the pathway to their future success.
BMO Financial Group-Quebec, Bell, Bombardier Inc., CAE, Hydro-Québec & Vigilant Futures have joined forces
MONTREAL, Feb. 17 - Youth Fusion is thrilled to announce that BMO Financial Group-Quebec, Bell, Bombardier Inc., CAE, Hydro-Québec and Vigilant Futures have joined forces to send 45 Montreal students to FIRST, an international robotics competition.
FIRST is a competition designed to offer young people an exciting and hands-on experience in science and technology. The objective is precise: students have six weeks to build a highly functional robot, capable of playing soccer, and worth $25,000. During this period, the students work with university experts and engineers, enabling them to expand their scientific knowledge. The robots will be under construction in Montreal until February 23rd, and the competition will take place in Toronto in April.
In its long history, FIRST has never hosted Montreal public high school students. Thanks to the support of the official partners: Mr. L. Jacques Ménard, President of BMO Financial Group-Quebec, Mr. Laurent Beaudoin, Chair of the Board of Bombardier Inc., Mr. Thierry Vandal, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, Mr. Stéphane Boisvert, President of Bell Business Markets, Mr. Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE, and Mr. Arvind Ramanathan, Director of Vigilant Futures, four robots are currently under construction by 45 youth from four different high schools: Honoré-Mercier (CSDM), Pierre-Dupuy (CSDM), Saint-Henri (CSDM), and Henri-Bourassa (CSPI). Moreover, Mr. François Michaud, Canada Research Chairholder in Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems, and Mr. John Charlton, Special Projects Manager at Loyola High School, are part of an extensive group of mentors who support the teams.
Mr. Ménard, Chair of Youth Fusion's board since November 2009, is pleased to realize that the business community "responded positively to this opportunity, as this competition is an ideal platform to promote technological innovation, scientific fields and the educational success of youth.
Youth Fusion is a non-profit organization that mobilizes universities to counter dropout rates. Last September, Youth Fusion announced that all of Montreal's universities had agreed to join forces to encourage kids to stay in school. Their formula is simple: Youth Fusion sends university students, working as project coordinators, into high schools to implement projects that motivate teenagers to stay in school, and strengthen their school spirit and sense of belonging.
For this robotics project, Youth Fusion hired four university students - two from l'École Polytechnique and two from l'École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) - each student is assigned to one high school.
For further information, please visit: http://www.youthfusionquebec.org/en/robotics.php