New Kindergarten – Grade 12 Programming Aims to Inspire the Next-Generation Workforce, as National Shipbuilding Strategy Powers Sustainable, Competitive Marine Industry in Canada

North Vancouver, BC – Today, Seaspan Shipyards announced a $300,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning national charitable organization that has been providing Canadian youth and educators with engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for more than 25 years. Seaspan’s three-year commitment will support the roll-out of new Kindergarten–Grade 12 (K-12) programming across Canada designed to educate and inspire youth about STEM careers in the marine and shipbuilding industries.

Seaspan’s contribution to Let’s Talk Science will be used to develop digital resources, conduct outreach for students, and deliver professional development and career enrichment resources for educators. Starting in April 2021, English and French students will have opportunities to explore future STEM careers – both trades and professional – in Canada’s renewed and thriving shipbuilding and ship repair ecosystem.

2020 has focused attention on the importance of scientific literacy and the role of STEM skills in a rapidly changing world. Let’s Talk Science’s approach to STEM engagement builds those attributes and develops critical thinking, problem-solving, evidence-based decision-making skills, and much more.

Career opportunities in today’s marine industry are more diverse and dynamic than ever. As marine businesses, including modern shipyards like Seaspan, continue to leverage new and emerging technologies in every aspect of their operations, the demand for both traditional and advanced STEM competencies will become more critical. The large non-combat vessels being built by Seaspan for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy require scientists, engineers, mathematicians, naval architects and physicists through to experts in ship construction, including robotics, artificial intelligence, welding and icebreaking steel technologies. These high-tech ships and floating research laboratories will help Canada achieve some of its most important objectives, including climate change research, ocean and marine science, and national security.

The investment in Let’s Talk Science is part of Seaspan’s commitment under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to enhance education and skills development in the marine and shipbuilding industries in Canada.

In place of an in-person announcement, today the company also released a video with special messages from several stakeholders and representatives of Seaspan’s current workforce.

QUOTES

“Seaspan Shipyards and Let’s Talk Science are working together to ensure a sustainable future for Canada’s marine industry. By giving students the opportunity to learn about Canada’s marine industry, Seaspan is investing in the future of this innovation-driven field. This is exactly the kind of value-adding initiative we imagined when we created the National Shipbuilding Strategy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Thanks to Seaspan’s multi-year investment, we can do even more to engage youth and educators in learning about the diversity of careers that are available with STEM skills and knowledge. And we can do more to showcase the importance of STEM in skilled trades.”
– Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science

“For Canada’s shipbuilders and marine businesses to seize opportunities in a global, innovation-driven economy, both traditional and applied STEM competencies will become increasingly critical. Seaspan’s contribution to Let’s Talk Science will also focus on promoting STEM education needed in the skilled trades. We hope this investment will spark curiosity in young people to explore and consider the wide variety of rewarding STEM-related career paths in shipbuilding.”
– Dave Hargreaves, Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Seaspan Shipyards

QUICK FACTS

ASSOCIATED LINKS

National Shipbuilding Strategy
Seaspan Shipyards
Seaspan NSS
Let’s Talk Science

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @MoreThanShips
LinkedIn: Seaspan ULC
Instagram: @SeaspanULC
Twitter: @LetsTalkScience
Instagram: @ltscience_ps
Facebook: @LetsTalkScience
LinkedIn: Let’s Talk Science

ABOUT SEASPAN SHIPYARDS

Seaspan Shipyards, a division of Seaspan ULC, is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce of 2,700 in North Vancouver and Victoria, the company has proven itself to be a trusted partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the NSS. In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.

Seaspan Shipyards Media Contact
Keelan Green
green@prospectus.ca
613-220-2016

ABOUT LET’S TALK SCIENCE

An award-winning, national, charitable organization, Let’s Talk Science has provided engaging, evidence-based STEM programs for more than 25 years at no cost for Canadian youth and educators. Through the generous support of its partners and donors, Let’s Talk Science is able to provide educators with opportunities to discover and use effective learning strategies to develop and strengthen students’ questioning and problem-solving skills; and offer experiential and digital programs that engage youth in meaningful STEM learning. Since its inception in 1993, Let’s Talk Science has impacted over 9.5 million Canadian youth and educators.

Let’s Talk Science Media Contact
Sarah Hogeveen
Senior Communications Officer
shogeveen@letstalkscience.ca
1-877-474-4081 ext. 239

A PROPOS DE PARLONS SCIENCES

Partenaire de premier plan dans le monde de l’éducation au Canada, Parlons sciences est un organisme de bienfaisance national résolu à inspirer et à inciter les jeunes à acquérir les compétences dont ils auront besoin pour devenir des citoyens engagés et accomplis dans un monde en constante évolution. Pour ce faire, il propose une gamme complète de programmes axés sur les sciences, les technologies, l’ingénierie et les mathématiques (les STIM) qui visent à soutenir les jeunes, les enseignants et les bénévoles d’un bout à l’autre du pays. Le bureau national de Parlons sciences se trouve à London, en Ontario. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur l’organisme, rendez-vous à parlonssciences.ca.

Personne-ressource
Sarah Hogeveen
Agente des communications
shogeveen@parlonssciences.ca
1-877-474-4081 ext. 239