Canada’s Leading Defence Companies Expand Collaboration on Leadership Award for Women in STEM

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, June 13, 2022 – Babcock is delighted to be working with L3Harris Technologies, Thales, and CAE, to support 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 leading 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.

Company leaders made the announcement today with Canadian Minister Francois-Philippe
Champagne at CANSEC on June 2, 2022.

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 Canada 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.

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

CILA enables industry to invest in and deepen the talent pool, while ensuring the promise of exceptional careers for Canadian women across a range of STEM-relates fields.

France Hébert, Vice-President & General Manager, CAE Defence and Security Canada

Each of CILA’s partner companies has a unique set of advanced engineering capabilities and technologies that will definitely be of interest to women in STEM programs seeking to start promising careers.

Richard Foster, Vice President, L3Harris Technologies Canada

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.

Chris Pogue, CEO, Thales Canada

In joining the CILA partnership, we look forward to creating unique experiences and opportunities for women in STEM programs to contribute meaningfully to the growth of Canadian industry.

Jerry McLean, CEO of Babcock Canada

Students interested in applying for the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award can learn
about how to register as well as understand the criteria for selection by visiting

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