Éric Bujold, President, National Bank Private Banking 1859

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Emilie Vallières

Eric Bujold

For the past 12 years, Éric Bujold has been involved in the Conseil d’Admi­nistration de la Fondation Jeunes en Tête. He mobilizes the business world including montréal-centreville to offer better access to mental health resources.

Why are you so concerned with the mental health of the younger generations?

I strongly believe that young men and women play an important role in our society in terms of helping our culture and values grow. So for me, these young men and women represent the future. They’re who influence us and lead us down new paths. What I love about the foundation is that we have big ambitions; we want to have a direct impact on our youth’s mental health.

More than 1 in 3 young people claim to experience psychological distress.

How do you think COVID-19 has impact­­ed this? The damages are huge. La Fondation Jeunes en Tête intervenes by directly reaching out to them. During the crisis, we managed to revisit the way we do things, even if we couldn’t visit schools. We needed to maintain contact with these young men and women and help guide them towards solutions.

You’re president of National Bank Private Banking 1859. How does your business experience help you in your role with the foundation?

No matter what role I’m playing, people are what matter most. I was born in Gaspésie, in one of the poorest regions in Canada, but a region that’s rich in humanity and good values.

What will our youth be like post-COVID?

Some of the negative impacts will be felt for years to come. Our youth will need to learn to deal with that. La Fondation Jeunes en Tête focuses on prevention and tries to go about it in a positive manner.

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