The William Edmond Logan Award recognizes IBM Canada's demonstrated commitment to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to youth. "The large number of students reached through these initiatives, in particular aboriginal students, and the manner in which these programs engage IBM staff is impressive", stated RCIS President Peter Love in the award statement. "We are delighted to recognize another venerable institution for its work in building public awareness of science."
IBM Canada's STEM 4 Girls initiative officially launched in 2016 with a commitment to youth across Canada in grades six through to post-secondary with a particular focus on female students. Programmes are designed to teach students specific STEM skills ranging from robotics to cybersecurity, with a strong focus on mentorship, outreach, and female-focused recruitment in post-secondary schools. In its first year alone, IBM Canada's STEM programme reached more than 1000 students and has doubled that number within the first few months of 2017.
"By encouraging youth to innovate and problem-solve, IBM's STEM programme equips them with skills that will stay with them as they move forward in their education", stated IBM Canada President Dino Trevisani. "Year after year we see the demand for jobs related to STEM increasing, and preparing our young people for the new collar jobs of the future is incredibly important."