Seaspan and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation made major donations to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver and Camosun College in Victoria in May 2021.
BCIT received $450,000 to support The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Open Arms Expansion. $300,000 will directed toward the Career Exploration and in-class trades and technology program, while $150,000 will support the community-based technology program.
A grant of $444,000 was also made to Camosun College, which will fund new bursaries and scholarships for women in trades and Indigenous learners, as well as specialized equipment and a soon to be developed micro-credential in marine welding.
The grant is part of the Foundation’s Diversifying the Tools for Success initiative. Of the $444,000 investment, $100,000 will be allocated annually for three years ($300,000 total) towards student scholarships and bursaries for women and Indigenous trades students. The funding will focus on wrap-around supports including tuition assistance, food security, childcare, work clothing and equipment, and more in order to help students thrive. Additionally, a one-time grant of $144,000 will go towards the purchase of advanced equipment including new marine welding booths and virtual training consoles.
“Our vision of driving Canada’s marine industrial base on the West Coast requires the critical components of innovation, leadership and world-class trades,” said Mark Lamarre, CEO of Seaspan Shipyards. “This donation demonstrates a commitment and investment in our long-term success, to attract, train and retain the labour force and expertise we need to deliver on our National Shipbuilding Strategy commitments.”