Ottawa Heart Institute

Biomedical Engineering for Women at the Ottawa Heart Institute

Number of Paid Internships: 2

Applicants: Two women in undergraduate or graduate biomedical engineering programs.

Calendar Timing: Applications are reviewed by staff at the Ottawa Heart Institute prior to the May to September internships of each calendar year.

Nature of experience: Interns will have hands on opportunities to work in the Ottawa heart Institute training with experienced staff in many areas of the research hospital. Opportunities for witnessing surgeries and engagement with key technologies allow participants to go beyond theoretical applications.

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Bois Urbain

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.

Boys and Girls Club

Funding of the Leacross Foundation Technology & Study Space at the Heatherington Taggart Parkes Family Clubhouse, and programming at Camp Smitty.

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Canadian Children's Book Centre

Funding provided in support of Book Week 2023 – bringing creators to schools across Canada.

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Canadian Museum of Nature Foundation

As of Fall/Winter 2023, funding has been provided to The Canadian Museum of Nature Foundation (Nature Foundation) for the Canadian Museum of Nature to hire three students in STEM who identify as female – providing them with the opportunity to obtain high-quality professional experiences in natural history collections management over a 16-week term.

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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.



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Engineers of Tomorrow

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.

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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.

Informed Opinions

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


Funding for IT training for women.

Partners for Youth

Partners for Youth

Funding for PEI/New Brunswick  Making Waves Youth Training and Sport3 initiatives.

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Rotman School of Management

Bursaries for the MBA program. * bursary available

University of Ottawa

Support of MakerLaunch with BGCO and other events coming soon! 


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