At CANSEC  the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development supported the valued partnership of L3 Technologies Canada, CAE Canada and Thales Canada in creating the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award (CILA), a program that aims to invest in and develop future leaders in the aerospace, maritime, defence and security industries while promoting a more inclusive workforce.

Women enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at universities across Canada will be eligible to apply for this award, which will provide financial aid, mentorship and employment opportunities. Leaders from L3, CAE and Thales announced the CILA program with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, earlier today, May 29, 2019.

In 2019, CILA will offer 10 female applicants who demonstrate advanced leadership and strong academics the opportunity to receive a fully paid internship/co-op position, a CAD$6,000 award upon the successful completion of the paid co-op or internship, and an opportunity for employment post-graduation. STEM advisors within each company will mentor individual recipients while they work on innovative projects that support their education. To enhance the unique student learning and networking experience, recipients will work with their fellow award recipients across the three sponsoring technology companies and participate in executive-led presentations and workshops.

In this first year, CILA is open to students entering the final year of an undergraduate program across eight universities in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

The initial launch of the program represents an industry investment of more than CAD$300,000 in awards, internships and company mentorship.