We pride ourselves in supporting organizations that focus on experiential learning and training. As such, we are happy to support Bois Urbain, a training and work facility in Montreal where 18–45-year-olds are educated in furniture refurbishing to create high quality products. Since its inception in 1994, they have trained over 1700 people, 30% who are women. We are always happy to support women in underrepresented careers.
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.
Support of the K-12 Collective Impact Coalition (including the expansion of the Engineer in Residence program) that will develop and share best practices, standardization, and evaluation for STEM outreach while connecting NGO’s, industry partners with other organizations and their local communities.
Habitat for Humanity
With the help of Habitat families, donors, community partners and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa builds affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for local families.
“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.”
“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!”
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