For nearly 50 years, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation has been involved in helping communities through its philanthropic, educational and cultural actions. Its history is constantly evolving, in the image of the man whose name it bears.

1965

Creation of the Foundation

After Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s death in 1964, Yvonne L. Bombardier establishes one of the first Francophone family foundations in Québec. Along with her daughters Janine, Claire and Huguette, the famous inventor’s wife continues his work with the charities he had supported throughout his lifetime.

1967

The Foundation takes root in Valcourt

The Foundation’s brand-new head office is constructed at 1000 Avenue J.-A.-Bombardier in Valcourt, in the Eastern Townships. In the basement, cultural activities and a library are accessible to Valcourt residents.

1971

The J. Armand Bombardier Museum is inaugurated

The J. Armand Bombardier Museum is inaugurated in Valcourt to promote the life and work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier through his inventions. The visitors discover, among other things, the old Bombardier Garage, the inventor’s first workplace, which has been annexed to the Museum.

1972

The Cultural Centre takes shape

From the beginning, the Foundation assigns an important place to cultural and educational activities for the people of Valcourt. Initially held in the basement of the Foundation’s head office building, these activities quickly grow to such a scale that a building must be constructed to accommodate them.

1978

Janine Bombardier succeeds her mother as head of the Foundation

In 1978, after the death of Yvonne L. Bombardier, the building accommodating the Foundation’s cultural activities is named the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre. Janine Bombardier then succeeds her mother as President of the Foundation.

1981

The Foundation’s donations pass the $1 million milestone

After 16 years of existence, thanks to the financial assistance of the Bombardier family and corporation, the donations bestowed by the Foundation pass the $1 million milestone. The Foundation is active in four fields of intervention: education, healthcare, community support, as well as arts and culture.

2000

The Foundation opens an office in Montréal

The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation’s rapid growth leads to the opening of the Philanthropic Activities Office in Montréal. The Foundation, which is Canada-wide in scope, thus moves closer to the organizations it supports.

2007

The Foundation marks the Joseph-Armand Bombardier centennial

The 100th anniversary of Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s birth is marked by many activities, both at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum and at the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre. One hundred years after his birth, Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s spirit continues to shine and the family tradition is perpetuated. Four of his granddaughters now sit on the Board of Governors.

2010

The foundation’s donations pass the $100 million milestone

After 45 years of existence, the Foundation’s donations pass the $100 million milestone. The Foundation paid out its 100 millionth dollar to Moisson Montréal, the largest food bank in Canada.

2011

Community-based philanthropy is extended

Closely involved in the advancement of the organizations it supports, the Foundation launches an organizational capacity development program. Through different workshops, activities and conferences, the Foundation offers its partners and their staff opportunities for learning and networking, with the goal of creating a community of practice.

2015

The Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary

An opportunity to bring together foundations, community organizations, partners, collaborators, social entrepreneurs, Foundation Governors… under the theme of social innovation.
The Foundation adopted a new visual identity and the various components of its capacity building program were united under the name Philagora.

2016

Inauguration of the J. Armand Bombardier Museum of Ingenuity

Closed for a year, the institution has gone through a major transformation of its infrastructure and content.The new Museum celebrates the ingenuity of the human mind: it draws on the work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his successors to present ingenious solutions, which were developed with the goal of meeting specific mobility needs.

The Museum deploys two multimedia experiences, numerous artifacts, an interactive environment, an idea studio and even a Fab Lab, along with an animated patent showcase, a room dedicated to educational workshops, and relaxation areas. In short, the Museum is a first-class site where visitors can enjoy a unique and memorable experience.