The Montreal Fund was created in 1995 by the Canadian Radiation Protection Association with the proceeds of the IRPA-8 International Congress held in Montreal, Canada, in 1992. The fund is used to enhance radiation protection worldwide by supporting attendance of young professionals at IRPA Congresses. The Fund was transferred to IRPA in 2005 with a total amount of $75,000 (Canadian).
It is since managed by the IRPA Montreal Fund Committee, which consists of the President, Vice-President, Executive Officer, and Treasurer of IRPA. The Treasurer chairs the Committee, but does not vote on the Committee’s recommendations. The Committee has the responsibility to recommend to the Executive Council the amount available each year for distribution and the amounts to be distributed based on the requests received. The Montreal Fund is supported by contributions from Associate Societies and other stakeholders.
Distributions are made to support participation at IRPA regional and international Congresses of students and young professionals, preferably from developing countries and countries that do not have IRPA Associate Societies. They are normally made directly to the selected individuals or through the Congress Support Committees. Individuals are selected in accord with the Terms of Reference for the Montreal Fund Committee, available on this web site. Congress Support Committees are expected to provide an accounting of funds distributed (including names of recipients) to the Treasurer in due course following the closing of a Congress.
In the 2008-2012 period, the Montreal Fund contributed $16,000 (U.S.) to support attendees at regional Congresses in Nairobi, Kenya and Medellin, Colombia, and $21,800 to the IRPA-13 (Glasgow) Bursary fund. From 2012-2016, the Montreal Fund contributed $6,000 to support attendees at the regional Congress in Rabat, Morocco, and $26,000 to support attendees at IRPA-14 in Cape Town.