CAE, L3Harris Technologies, and Thales Canada shared that Babcock Canada will be added to the list of companies participating in the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award (CILA). CILA has previously invested nearly $1 million in awards, internships and company mentorships since its launch in 2019.

Women in Canada today still comprise less than 25 percent of employment in STEM occupations. Together, these Canadian defence companies are working to change that by advancing CILA’s two goals: to develop and invest in future leaders in aerospace, maritime, defence and security industries and to promote a more diverse workforce.

In 2022, CILA will award up to 10 fully paid internships and executive mentorships to women enrolled in STEM programs at universities and colleges across Canada. In addition, recipients receive a one-time $6,000 bursary and the opportunity for full-time employment upon program completion.

“Ensuring that Canada remains a global leader in innovation means creating opportunities for all Canadians and increasing diversity in STEM-related fields. This important initiative supports young Canadian women as they begin careers in the aerospace, marine, defence and security industries. This will ensure Canada has the talent needed to lead the world in the jobs of the future,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“Diversity drives innovation. Together, we’re committed to collaborating in creating the types of opportunities that will lead to better representation of women across our industry, and ultimately to better outcomes,” said Chris Pogue, CEO, Thales Canada.