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Women in Manufacturing Scholarship recipients announced at CME conference


October 24, 2019  


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Tanya FordeLaurence DandurandKatie Neilson, and Autumn Quenville are recipients of the 2019 Women in Manufacturing Scholarship at last week’s Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)’s Annual Manufacturing Conference held in Toronto, Ont.

“Canadian manufacturing benefits greatly from increased female participation and needs even more female leaders to meet its full potential,” said Boris Serebryany, president and CEO of Fiera Foods. “We are proud to support growth opportunities for women within our organization and through this scholarship to play our part in addressing an ongoing and widespread challenge across the industry.”

The Women in Manufacturing Scholarship aims at empowering female leadership in the manufacturing sector, where women continue to be underrepresented.

“As a family, we are incredibly proud to support this remarkable group of women,” said presenter Carmela Serebryany. “All women face barriers in the workforce and the manufacturing sector in particular has its work cut out bridging gaps and ensuring opportunities are provided in an equitable way. Scholarships like this are a small step in the direction of closing the gender gap that has persisted for so long.”

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Tanya Forde, an Industrial Electrician apprentice at Tenaris Algoma Tubes from Thessalon, Ont.
  • Laurence Dandurand, from Chambly, Que., studying Mechanical engineering at l’École de technologie supérieure.
  • Katie Neilson of Burnaby B.C., a 4th year welding apprentice at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
  • Autumn Quenville from the Whitesand First Nation, taking the Mechanical Engineering Technician course at Confederation College.


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