Telesat aims to close gender gap with national scholarship program for women in STEM

Telesat aims to close gender gap with national scholarship program for women in STEM

Press release from: Telesat Canada
Posted: Thursday February 3rd 2022

Telesat (NASDAQ and TSX: TSAT), one of the world’s largest and most innovative satellite operators, today announced the launch of an expanded National Women in STEM Scholarship Program 2022, as well as as the winners of the company’s inaugural program in 2021.

The scholarship program aims to bridge the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors and helps to inspire, prepare and enable more women to join these fields large and rapidly growing.

Now open for applications, the Telesat Women in STEM Scholarship Program 2022 aims to continue inspiring the next generation of female innovators and leaders. It will provide eight (8) full-time students with a scholarship of $5,000 each. New for 2022, the program will accept applicants from all years of an undergraduate program.

Scholarship applications are accepted until 1:00 p.m. ET on March 15, 2022. Telesat wants this program to reflect the great diversity of Canada and we strongly encourage Indigenous and visible minority students to apply. Scholarship Partners Canada (SPC), a division of Universities Canada, administers the scholarship program on behalf of Telesat. For more information on the scholarship program, eligibility and application, visit https://www.telesat.com/scholarships.

“We all benefit when women choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Marci Ien, Canada’s Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth. “My firm colleagues and I are committed to leveling the playing field and delivering on the promise to improve access to training and education in these in-demand fields. I want to congratulate the impressive 2021 winners and applaud Telesat’s leadership in showing the next generation of women and girls that a career in STEM is more than possible. »

As part of Telesat’s inaugural 2021 program, eight (8) inspiring women from across Canada who were in their third or fourth year of a bachelor’s degree program in a STEM field were each awarded $5,000 scholarships .

“I am grateful for this opportunity provided by Telesat, and I am proud to be a woman scientist and engineer,” said Lauren Healy, third-year biochemistry and chemical engineering student and 2021 scholarship winner. again, I am thrilled to encourage other very capable women to pursue studies in science and engineering.”

To see the biographies of the 2021 Women in STEM scholarship winners, visit https://www.telesat.com/scholarships.

“Attracting more women to STEM, where they make up only about a quarter of those employed in these fields, is a key initiative for Telesat, and should be for other organizations in Canada and beyond,” said Michele Beck, Senior Vice President, Canadian Sales and a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. “Leveraging Canada’s rich diversity and encouraging and supporting those who are underrepresented in STEM programs will be critical to the long-term success of our business and the country.

About Telesat

Building on a heritage of engineering excellence, industry-leading reliability and customer service, Telesat (NASDAQ and TSX: TSAT) is one of the world’s largest and most trusted satellite operators. more prosperous. Telesat works collaboratively with its customers to deliver mission-critical connectivity solutions that solve the world’s most complex communications challenges, delivering powerful benefits that improve their operations and drive profitable growth.

Continually innovating to meet the connectivity demands of the future, Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network, will be the first and only LEO network optimized to meet the rigorous demands of telecom, government, maritime customers. and aeronautics. Operating under its international priority Ka-band spectrum rights, Telesat Lightspeed will redefine global satellite connectivity with ubiquitous, affordable, high-capacity links with fiber-like speeds. For updates on Telesat, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit www.telesat.com.

Media Contact:
Gregory FCA for Telesat
Charity Lacey
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+1 929 561 5991

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