Barrie, Ontario — Cox Automotive Canada has created two new awards in hopes to encourage diversity in the automotive industry.
Two eligible students at Georgian College’s Automotive Business School of Canada who recognize an automotive industry opportunity to drive change or champion its transformation will be awarded $2,500 each.
The inclusion award will go to a student that identifies as Black, and the Diversity award will go to a student who identifies as female, Black and/or of Indigenous ancestry.
Both awards also recognize and support the efforts being made by Accelerate Auto, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing Black representation in the Canadian automotive industry.
“The globalized nature of the auto industry requires a diverse workforce that welcomes everyone, which is why we are proud to support Accelerate Auto’s vision with Georgian College’s help to champion students with inclusive values as future leaders,” said Maria Soklis, President, Cox Automotive Canada & Brazil. “Diversity and inclusiveness are not only pillars at Cox Automotive Canada but shape our business success by attracting and keeping the best talent. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity in the automotive sector.”
Beginning in the fall semester of 2021, the awards will be presented to students in good academic standing in either the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management) (Co-op) program or the Automotive Business (Co-op) program. Georgian College will manage the selection process, while Cox Automotive will fund the initiative.