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Canon Canada launches scholarship for environmental studies students


November 23, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

Canon Canada Inc. is launching the Canon Canada Environmental Studies Scholarship, which will be presented annually for the next five years to students at York University and the University of British Columbia (UBC). The scholarships will help the universities provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers committed to sustainability and protecting the environment.

“Canon Canada is proud to support students working toward careers in environmental studies, and proud to support programs that share the company’s commitment to environmental education and responsibility,” said Nobu Kitajima, president and CEO of Canon Canada Inc. “Investing in today’s youth at York University and UBC will help develop these future leaders and change makers for tomorrow. This next generation of environmental advocates are innovative thinkers, and we’re excited to see the sustainable difference they’ll make in their local and global communities.”

York University will select two students each year that are being educated at the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Applicants will submit an essay on how corporations can reduce environmental impact of their day-to-day operations. Recipients will be selected based on both the originality of their essay and on their academic achievement.

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“York’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change is a community of students, staff, faculty, alumni and partners united in addressing some of the greatest challenges facing people and the planet,” said Alice J. Hovorka, Dean and professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. “We are grateful to have Canon Canada as an industry partner who is championing a greener future. We are especially appreciative of Canon’s generosity in supporting student access to the environmental knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in the world.”

UBC’s scholarship will be available to one outstanding student per year that is pursuing a Bachelor of Science and majoring or honouring in environmental sciences. Recipients will be selected based on academic merit.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to Canon Canada for supporting Environmental Science students at UBC through the new Canon Canada Scholarship in Environmental Science,” added Dr. Tara Ivanochko, director of environmental sciences, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in the Faculty of Science. “This scholarship will recognize the broad achievements of an exceptional Environmental Science student at UBC, every year for the next five years. Support like this not only relieves the financial burden of a student during this challenging time, it encourages students to tackle the critical environmental problems facing our world today and to strive to make a difference in their local communities. This new Canon scholarship is a strong signal to students and to society that these goals are valued.”

Canon Canada has demonstrated its commitment to environmental sustainability in several ways, including running an employee volunteer program across Canada and working with local schools for Environmental Education Day. Canon Canada’s headquarters has also been awarded LEED Gold Certification for New Construction and Major Renovations, and has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019 and 2020. It has also earned a Gold Award for being the Most Environmentally Progressive Technology Company at the Canadian Printing Awards

These new scholarships for York University and UBC continue the company’s commitment to supporting post-secondary students.

Canon Canada also supports Sheridan College’s Honours of Bachelor of Photography program with scholarships, and in 2019, the company launched a new annual awards scholarship with Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management.