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Canadian Industrial Leadership Award

Together, L3Harris, CAE and Thales Canada are encouraging more diversity in today’s workforce with a goal of advancing women in Canadian industry.

We are committed to investing in future executives by providing mentorship as well as educational and leadership opportunities. In 2019, we will be awarding ten women in STEM University programs across Canada with a fully paid internship, a $6,000 CAD award*, and an opportunity for employment after successful completion of the co-op/internship and corresponding degree.

During their paid internship, each award recipient will be exposed to executive leadership and mentoring, will participate in cross-company learning activities and be involved in interesting project challenges to satisfy academic requirements and develop leadership skills.

CILA - What makes this award different?

CILA provides more than just financial support. It is a full leadership experience that complements academic and career interests including communications, networks, cyber, advanced manufacturing, electronics and commercial aviation.

CILA offers a collaborative, cross-company interactive experience to participate in networking opportunities and share best practices.

Recipients will work with nine other award winners across three major Canadian high-tech companies to learn more about the aerospace and defence industries!

CILA encourages recipients to be active in key company programs while being mentored by senior company executives. Students will be paired with STEM advisors who are aligned with specific projects that support their education. Collaboration with the University on specific R&D programs will help broaden the education experience.

Award details

Any female Canadian citizen or permanent resident enrolled in the final year of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at participating universities across Canada are eligible to apply.

Participating universities include:

• McMaster University – Hamilton, Ontario
    • Contact: Rachelle Ireson
• Queens University – Kingston, Ontario
• University of Ottawa – Ottawa, ON
• Concordia University – Montreal, QC
• Polytechnique Montréal – Montreal, QC
• McGill University – Montreal, QC
• École de technologie supérieure –  Montreal, QC
• Université de Sherbrooke – Sherbrooke, QC
• Dalhousie University – Halifax, NS

Yes. For our kick off in 2019, our goal is to address the need for a more level playing field across the Aerospace, Maritime, Defence and Security industries with the launch of the CILA program.

Fact: Did you know that women have accounted for only 30% of employment growth in STEM since 2010 and still make up less than one-quarter of employment in these occupations?

Together, we can increase the presence of women in STEM and redefine Canadian leadership roles. Let’s have some fun and start the conversation – tell us how you see yourself as a #FutureCanadianLeader.

Candidates will be required to meet certain eligibility and selection criteria including:

• Be female
• Have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada
• Write a 300 word essay outlining their leadership potential
• Supply two references supporting their leadership abilities
• Have a minimum academic standing of 80% (as of their third year)
• Successful interview

Each award recipient will receive $6,000 CAD after successfully completing their identified co-op/internship program.

Students can apply directly online through their co-op job board/career portal.

Dates are determined by your co-op/placement program. Please refer to your co-op office for dates that pertain to your program.



Follow all that’s happening at CANSEC 2019, Canada’s Global Defence & Security Trade Show, for some exciting news about CILA . CANSEC runs from May 29-30th, 2019 at the EY Center in Ottawa, Ontario.