BNP Paribas (Canada)

BNP Paribas (Canada)

September 29, 2011 17:00 ET

Launch of the Book Famille Chagnon pour l'enfance: BNP Paribas (Canada) Highlights the Social Commitment of the Chagnon Family (Lucie and Andre Chagnon Foundation)

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2011) - To underline its commitment to the Chagnon family, who won the BNP Paribas Wealth Management Grand Prix for Philanthropy in 2010, BNP Paribas (Canada) presented the book Famille Chagnon pour l'enfance to Mr André Chagnon during a cocktail evening in Montreal, September 29. This event brought together directors from BNP Paribas (Canada) and members of the Chagnon family. Mr André Chagnon is chairman of the board and CEO of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation.

Created by BNP Paribas Wealth Management in partnership with the International Herald Tribune and New Philanthropy Capitals in 2008, the Individual Philanthropy Awards, which include two categories – the Grand Prix and the Jury's Special Prize, reward remarkable initiatives of major philanthropists around the world. The winners are chosen by an independent jury, composed of experts from the worlds of art, culture, entrepreneurship, and non-profit organizations. This world-renowned prize was awarded to the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation on the occasion of the Second Philanthropy and Sustainable Development Event organized by BNP Paribas in Paris, 2010, at a time when the largest private foundation in Canada, was celebrating its 10th anniversary. Mr Claude Chagnon, President of the Foundation, was present to accept the prize.

Following the creation of this prize, BNP Paribas created a dedicated book series. Every year, it releases a publication about the winner, its initiative and its commitment. The launch of the book Famille Chagnon pour l'enfance was the latest event in this honorary process.

"BNP Paribas (Canada) is proud to present this book to the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, a local organization that had managed to distinguish itself as one of the most important foundations in the world", said Anne Marie Verstraeten, President and CEO of BNP Paribas (Canada).

"My family and I are very touched by this gesture, which recognizes our commitment to fight poverty for children in Quebec", said André Chagnon. "We would like to warmly thank BNP Paribas for this book, which successfully captures the personality and mission of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation."

Published by Democratic Books (Paris), the book is vivid, colourful, fun and touching. As well as a detailed history of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and the Chagnon family, written by Guy-Pierre Chomette, Famille Chagnon pour l'enfance contains a number of photographs of children and family helped by the Foundation (with captions for each photo). The photographer Flore-Aël Surun has managed to perfectly capture the essence of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation.

Famille Chagnon pour l'enfance is available now in bookstores around Quebec.

About the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to prevent poverty. To accomplish this, it strives to give young Quebecers access to education, allowing them to develop their full potential from birth until the age of 17. The Foundation aims to ensure children benefit from conditions that answer their needs – and those of their families.

About BNP Paribas (Canada)

Since 1961, BNP Paribas (Canada) has been offering Canadian businesses and institutions a full range of specialized financial services and investment products. The bank is recognized for its expertise in commodity markets and financial institutions. BNP Paribas (Canada) leverages its vast international network in support of Canadian exporting companies. BNP Paribas (Canada) is headquartered in Montreal and has offices in Toronto and Calgary.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is one of the strongest banks in the world*. With a presence in more than 80 countries and more than 200,000 employees, including 160,000 in Europe, BNP Paribas is a European leader in worldwide financial services. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Retail Banking, the Group has four domestic markets in Europe (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across the Europe-Mediterranean zone and boasts a large network in the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia.

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BNP Paribas Wealth Management is the eurozone's leading private bank, and is ranked 7th largest private bank globally. Present in nearly 30 countries, it has 247 billion euros of assets under management as of the end of March 2010. It employs more than 5,300 asset management professionals based in every major financial centre, helping its clients optimize and manage their assets. For more information, go to www.wealthmanagement.bnpparibas.com.

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