Yvon Charest Bursaries

Two bursaries of $5,000 for children of iA Financial Group employees


We are back with the 5th and final edition of the Yvon Charest Bursaries, in honour of our former president and CEO, who helped build the prominent, forward-looking company that iA Financial Group has become.


Congratulations to our two 2023 bursary recipients

More than 1,000 employees voted. Thank you for participating!

Recipient in the age 15 and under category

Tommy Vachon, 6 years old, QC

$5,000 Bursary

Leucan Challenge for My Friend Zachary


My name is Tommy, I’m 6 years old and I’m in the first grade. I have a friend at school named Zachary who has leukemia. Zachary is in grade 3, he has 2 sisters and 2 brothers, and his mom volunteers a lot in our little town.

There’s going to be a Leucan challenge at my school on May 31, 2023. I don’t want to cut my hair, I’m scared. So, my parents are donating money to the kids who are going to cut their hair. I’d like to get the grant to donate to the Leucan challenge, to help Zachary.

Recipient in the age 16+ category

Zachary Laplante, 22 years old

$5,000 Bursary

Tennis for Disadvantaged Kids

My project is to offer tennis lessons to children from disadvantaged areas. My plan is to help initiate kids to the sport by teaching them the fundamentals of tennis. This will allow them to start playing tennis in public parks. As an expensive sport, tennis is not accessible to everyone. These funds will allow me to reserve courts and hire an assistant if there is a significant number of registrations.

The funds will also provide for subsidized equipment from a Tennis Canada program. The result will be to encourage everyone to practice tennis, to use public infrastructure and to encourage socialization in a population that is experiencing isolation. Furthermore, the development of gross motor skills also promotes the development of fine motor skills. The kids will be recruited through schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.



  • February 9 to February 28, 2023

    Submission period

  • March 1 to March 17, 2023

    The committee, made up of employees from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City, will choose 10 submissions (5 per category) from those received. Committee members will not see the employee’s name, the child’s name or where they are from, to guarantee transparency.

  • March 21 to April 4, 2023

    Employees will be asked to vote on the submissions that inspire them the most (their 1st choice and 2nd choice for each category).

  • April 11, 2023

    Announcement of the recipients

Eligibility criteria

  • One submission per child
  • The child’s parent must be a permanent, temporary or contract employee of iA Financial Group or a Career network advisor
  • The employee must be active when the bursary is awarded, if applicable
  • The bursary must be used for the submitted project or dream no later than December 31, 2024.

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