GM Canada sponsors Skills Ontario
By Adam FreillConstruction
Company supporting initiatives to empower young women to pursue careers in skilled trades and tech.
GM Canada has signed on to sponsor Skills Ontario’s Young Women’s Initiatives, a program that Skills Ontario has been running for more than 20 years.
Through experiential learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities, the organization has reached thousands of young women with an aim to inspire them to explore career paths they may have never considered before or might have even been discouraged from considering. Initiatives include Career Exploration Events, an International Day of the Girl virtual activity series, an International Women’s Day Conference, and more.
As a not-for-profit organization committed to empowering youth to explore skilled trades and technologies, Skills Ontario relies on the support of businesses in the community to continue delivering programs to young Ontarians.
“We are very grateful to GM Canada for joining us as a sponsor,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “Working together and setting skilled trade and technology leaders up for success is crucial. Skilled trades and technologies play an imperative role in our lives and continuing to support these fields and the professionals working within them benefits us all. Together, we can build our future skilled workforce.”
“As a woman in trades, I’m proud to work for GM as we dismantle barriers and perceptions that prevent women from pursuing careers in skilled trades and technology,” says Jennifer Cowdrey, an engineer who works at the CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ont. “We’re working with Skills Ontario to help empower women to be their own advocates and to pursue what they believe in, working collectively to make work a more inclusive place.”