Expelled from school, he now manages $million

News 22 March, 2018
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    Frédéric Billion, in its factory of Ideal Products Techniflamme combustion in Sherbrooke.

    Stephanie Gendron

    Thursday, 22 march, 2018 00:00

    Thursday, 22 march, 2018 00:00

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    A business man, a native of Rivière-du-Loup who has been expelled from his school board when he was just a 14-year-old can’t understand that we come to do the same thing to a student of this region.

    At the end of the 1980s, Frédéric Billion was 14 years old and had been struggling to succeed in their secondary 1 due to a disorder of attention, dyslexia, behavior disorders, and the divorce of his parents.

    He was then expelled from all schools of the commission scolaire Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup.

    “I am aware that I was far from a perfect case, but I was especially in need of assistance. No one had figured out how to hook me in school, ” he notes.

    At the head of a company

    At age 14, he played odd jobs at the minimum wage as a petrol pump attendant and in fast food before training, technology gas. He is said to have gone through a lot of difficulties due to the decision of the school board to exclude.

    Today, he runs a business of manufacturing equipment for coating bituminous Sherbrooke, which employs nearly 80 people and made millions in sales.

    Recently, a student from Rivière-du-Loup has been excluded from the school board to have, among others, the trade of prescription drugs and for not having complied with his agreement for reinstatement.

    The child and his parents have been heard by the board of commissioners and the situation has been extensively analysed before deciding to deport him.

    Very disappointed

    This decision has disappointed Frédéric Billion, which believes that schools have a lot more resources at his time and that we should never deport a 14 year old boy. “In 2018, I still do not understand the reasons for which we come to make decisions as drastic for the future of our children. At the time, they were perhaps less equipped, but today they are “, he said.

    The father of three teenage boys who also have difficulties at school, he finds that they receive all the support necessary to succeed.


    He hopes that the commissioners reconsider their decision with the support of specialists. It also opens the door to the young student is targeted to discuss his history with him.

    “It is so easy to break. In my case, it pushed me to have courage and succeed. But for others, it may lead to flirting with suicide “, said Frédéric Billion.

    The young expelled from Rivière-du-Loup is required to attend when the school until the age of 16. It can go in another school board, private school or do home school.