Universities and Colleges / Journalism

dalhousie university

Dalhousie University – WeAreAllCS

WeAreAllCS Leadership Program – Faculty of Computer Science

Funding provided for Women In Technology Entrance Scholarships, Leadership Program Scholarships, Consulting Student Positions, and Programming – WinSETT Emerging Leaders Certificate. Support of the Foundation designed to enhance the impact of Computer Science education for female-identifying graduates, and increase representation in leadership roles for women in tech in industry, by providing a sustainable and impactful program of support for female-identifying students, now and in the future, as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on education and the workplace for underrepresented groups. The Scholarship will provide opportunities for female-identifying students in the second half of their degree to develop professional and leadership competencies as well as engage in networking with industry.

heritage college

Heritage College

Bursaries for housing for women in CEGEP programs * bursary available

Informed Opinions

Telling it like it is from a women’s perspective.

rotman school of management

Rotman School of Management

Bursaries for the MBA program. * bursary available

Youth Programming

Boys and Girls Club

Funding for Heatherington Youth Centre and Camp Smitty


Funding for IT training for women

Partners for Youth

Partners for Youth

Funding for PEI/New Brunswick  Making Waves Youth Training

healthy relationship for youth

Healthy Relationships for Youth

Healthy Relationships for Youth (HRY) is a school-based, peer-facilitated, violence prevention program developed by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association and offered in partnership with schools locally and across the province. Grade 11 and 12 students are trained to deliver a series of twelve HRY sessions to Grade 9 students in partnership with the Healthy Living classroom teacher. The interactive sessions are designed to reduce the risk of violence for youth through developing their skills and knowledge about creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

The HRY program is funded by the Leacross Foundation and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Spark the Change was a specific event run by AWRC (Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre) as part of the Healthy Relationships for Youth Programming


habitat for humanity greater ottawa

Habitat for Humanity

Supporting new builds for families in the Ottawa/Outaouais Region. New build in Orleans supports 16 new homes called Leacross Landing

Women Building Futures

Training women in Western Canada in numerous under-represented careers  such as heavy machinery operators,  crane operators and welders.


“My name is Jessica Mayenburg, and I am graduating this year (2021) from Carleton University. My term at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute – supported by the Leacross Foundation – was my first co-op job in my field, and it set the foundation for all of the co-op terms to follow. I had the privilege to learn a lot about the hospital environment, and took this forward with me in the rest of my degree. I am so grateful to Roslyn Bern and to the Leacross Foundation for taking this initiative to offer young women the opportunity to get involved and get experience. The support has truly been life-changing.”

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit Chile and the IMPAC4 congress. I learned a great deal about public speaking and I want to continue in research studying Arctic plants. I began my Masters degree at UBC studying the genetics of ancient Arctic Mountain Heather.”

Cassandra Elphinstone

“I was extremely fortunate to receive a Leacross Foundation scholarship in the second year of the Rotman MBA program. The news of receiving this award stands out in the many memories of my MBA experience, as it gifted me with peace of mind as I finished my degree, helped me to alleviate the pressure of growing student loans, and enabled me to choose my next step based on my strengths and interests, rather out of financial necessity. It allowed me to pursue an entrepreneurial path, first working at a startup accelerator before starting my own business focused on improving startup organizational health. Having Roslyn and the Leacross team’s support on every step of my journey has encouraged me to dream bigger, something I wish all young, ambitious women had the opportunity to do. Thank you Leacross Foundation!”

Cailin Hillier
MBA, MSc, BASc, founder, Rotman class of 2018

“The Leacross Foundation supported me financially when completing my MBA at the Rotman School of Business, but since then, my relationship with Leacross has morphed into much more than that. Leacross has given me mentorship and training. Leacross has taught me about resilience when I needed it most, but most importantly, because of Leacross, I now have a new network of likeminded, driven woman that I can reach out to without hesitation.”

Dulce Garcia, Principal Advisor – Aluminium Recycling at Rio Tinto
Rotman Graduate 2017