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Jean Robert Nolet, CFRE (1943 – 2017)

A great philanthropist has left us

It is with immense sadness that BNP Philanthropic Performance announces the death of its co-founder, Jean Robert Nolet, at the age of 73. “We have lost a leader who marked his generation in a number of ways, both through his extraordinary contribution to the growth of philanthropy and through his commitment to clients in Montreal and across Quebec and the Atlantic provinces,” said Christian Bolduc, President and CEO of BNP.


A man of vision and determination

An active and engaged player among the generation of builders of modern Quebec, Jean Robert participated in the major social changes that have come to define the North American francophone society of today. He worked with vision and determination in the philanthropic world for 35 years.

Director General of the Montreal YMCA Foundation from 1983 to 1990, he implemented and managed an endowment and planned giving program that earned him an award of excellence and that continues to serve as a model for the some 2,000 YMCA establishments in North America.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1988, a designation bestowed on him by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and since 1996 a Certified Development Executive, a title awarded by the Executive Leadership Institute of Indiana University, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (CCP, now known as Imagine Canada) and the Association des professionnels en gestion philanthropique (APGP).

Jean Robert generously shared his vast knowledge and experience across Quebec and the Maritimes. He notably implemented the first training activities offered in French in the country for fundraising. A partner and vice-president at Navion for nine years, in 1999, together with Christian Bolduc, he co-founded what has become BNP Philanthropic Performance, a consulting firm offering a team of respected advisors whose philanthropic expertise is instrumental to organizations and their missions.


His philanthropic legacy

In order to ensure that Jean Robert’s unique and inspiring vision of philanthropy lives on, and in accordance with his wishes, the Fonds philanthropique de bourses Jean Robert Nolet (BNP) has been created at the Fondation Québec Philanthrope.

If you wish to pay homage to the work of Jean Robert, you are invited to contribute to the fund Fonds philanthropique de bourses Jean Robert Nolet (BNP).

BNP Philanthropic Performance will match every dollar contributed.


Complete biography of Jean Robert Nolet.