Today, BNP Philanthropic Performance welcomes new Philanthropy Consultant Mélysa Rivard.
Montréal, December 16, 2022 – BNP Philanthropic Performance is pleased to welcome new Philanthropy Consultant Mélysa Rivard, whose experience, skills and expertise will be assets on the Québec QC team, thus allowing many organizations in the region to reach their full potential.
An eclectic expertise for Mélysa Rivard
After obtaining a CÉGEP college diploma in visual communications in 1999, Mélysa Rivard began her professional career by helping her family open several Da Giovanni restaurants in Quebec City, from 1999 until 2001. She then joined CIMCO Refrigeration, providing support to management as an administrative assistant, from 2001 until 2005. Mélysa next worked for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission from 2005 until 2007, as secretary to the social services department. Her work with the Commission was her first philanthropic endeavour.
In 2007, Mélysa decided to go back to school. Earning a real estate broker certificate from Collège de l’Immobilier du Québec landed Mélysa a job as a real estate broker with REMAX, where she worked from 2008 until 2010. She then joined Qualtech. As sales and administrative assistant for four years, she provided support to the CEO, created computer graphics, followed up on sales and monitored sales representatives’ performance. As marketing assistant for the following two years, she provided technical, logistical and administrative support for promotion and follow‑up in the marketing department. Moving up the corporate ladder, Mélysa was then promoted to the position of communications and marketing co-ordinator. In addition to these responsibilities, starting in August 2017 she was the executive assistant, continuing to allow Qualtech to move forward.
A need and desire to help others
Mélysa has always wanted to use her strengths and experience for people’s benefit. After making her mark at Qualtech, in February 2018 she decided to join Opération Enfant Soleil where, as development and partnership co‑ordinator for a year and a half, she not only spent time helping sick children, a cause that has always been close to her heart, but also discovered the world of philanthropy. Mélysa then worked at the Club de Golf du Lac Saint-Joseph until January 2021 as marketing director, with additional responsibilities for business, dining and event development. At the same time, as a budding entrepreneur, in November 2020 she opened the Blue Boardshop, a business that creates and markets stand‑up paddle boards.
In May 2022, determined to learn more about marketing, Mélysa began studying toward professional certification in Web marketing strategy with the agency La Fusée.
Throughout her career, Mélysa has acquired know-how, knowledge and understanding in marketing, communications, team management and business and event development. Today, she brings this expertise to bear in philanthropy, a field she has always cared about, in her new position at BNP Philanthropic Performance. Mélysa will channel her energy to expand the firm’s outreach in Quebec, offering more organizations hands-on accompaniment as they move forward.
As Christian Bolduc, CEO of BNP Philanthropic Performance and BNP Goldie Canada, noted, “Today we are pleased to welcome Mélysa as the newest member of our philanthropy team in Québec QC. Mélysa has broad, varied experience that will help maintain and expand our development in Quebec by working with more organizations to meet their philanthropic and structural goals. At BNPro, we make it a priority to offer support to as many organizations as possible; that’s why we seek out individuals with expertise who are motivated and inspired.”