Covering the whole province of Québec, OPEQ (Computers for Schools - Quebec) has two sorting centers, six workshops and an administrative center. This structure enables us to process rapidly requests to pick-up as well as to provision schools and NPO with computers, laptops and other refurbished devices.
OPEQ in numbers
- 250 active donors
- 50,000 computers collected each year
- 6 workshops and 2 sorting centers across Québec
- Over 1,200 young people have benefited directly from our program and hundreds of thousands indirectly
- More than 233 000 computers have been refurbished and distributed to schools and non-profit organizations since the launch of the program in 1998. (April 1st, 2015)
- More than 16,700 tonnes of material recycled eco-responsibly. (April 1st, 2015)
Board of Administrators
OPEQ is a charity and non-profit organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and managed by a board of administrators comprised of individuals from the private sector, the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, all working as partners.
List of Board Members:
Administrator - President OPEQ
Senior Program Manager IS/IT, Bell Canada
Administrator - Vice-President OPEQ
Conseiller en ressources matérielles et en technologies de l’information,
Federation of Quebec School Boards
Administrator - Secretary OPEQ
Pensioner, Industry Canada
Administrator - Treasurer OPEQ
Pensioner, Royal Bank of Canada
Learning Resources, Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Analyste en informatique, Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Denis Marc Gagnon
Retiree, National Bank Financial
Administrator - OPEQ workshops Representative
Director at High School l’Envol and CFER Bellechasse
Administrator– Telecom Pioneers Delegate
Pensioner, Bell Canada
General Manager OPEQ
Business Analyst - IS/IT, Bell Canada
Our sorting centers receive computing equipment from private enterprises and ministries. Employees sort and test the devices to segregate the ones that meet our criteria against the ones who do not. Satisfactory items of good quality are then shipped to our technical workshops for an upgrade while the remainder is shipped to responsible recycling partners.
Our sorting centers participate to a number of social programs in association with carrefours jeunesse-emploi (CJE), with centers promoting professional and social insertion and with specialized schools and colleges.
Computing equipment that match our quality and performance standards are shipped to our partner-workshops to be upgraded by the technicians, as per our client’s requests. Our six workshops participate in their own manner to training, teaching, social insertion, employment referral, recuperation and recycling.
Atelier des Pionniers – Montréal
“Atelier des Pionniers de Montreal” provides job opportunities to pensioners as well as trainees and information technology students. Side by side, those individuals clean and upgrade computer systems accordingly to client orders. Sharing the knowledge is beneficial to both generations.
Atelier des Pionniers - Québec
Located within our sorting center, this workshop reconditions laptop computers. Specialized technicians upgrade and prepare laptops for our clients.
Carrefour Environnement Saguenay
Carrefour Environnement Saguenay is a “School-to-Work” institution that induces future employability by caring for the environment and promoting recuperation activities. This workshop is attached to the Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay and provides education to 25 youngsters regardless of their age and their previous schooling. Additionally, this center helps another fifteen adult students getting ready for the job market by training them to process residual matters.
CFER de Bellechasse
CFER de Bellechasse is a “School-to-Work” institution that targets dropouts with learning disabilities, between 15 and 18 years of age. This program prepares youngsters to transition from school to the job market. The program at CFER de Bellechasse lasts three year. A certificate of training in entrepreneurship and recuperation, recognized by the Quebec’s Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, is delivered to the students who complete successfully their program.
École-Entreprise du Centre Saint-Michel
This workshop is geared towards production as well as training. While refurbishing the equipment received from the private sector and ministries, it teaches adults new job-related skills like computer maintenance, shipping/receiving and office work.
Service Technologique La Relance (STLR)
Young trainees work at La Relance Technology Service to acquire a first hand work experience in computer upgrades, software verification, technical support, communication and web design. The organization coaches them in their future job search.