Canon Canada (Brampton, Ontario), an industry leader in digital imaging solutions, has created the Canon Canada Environmental Studies Scholarship. Canon’s commitment to the environment is guided by its worldwide corporate Kyosei philosophy. That is, all people regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future. The Canon Canada Environmental Studies Scholarship will be presented annually for the next five years to students at York University and the University of British Columbia. The scholarships will help the universities provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers committed to sustainability and protecting the environment.
“Canon Canada is proud to support students working toward careers in environmental studies, and proud to support programs that share the company’s commitment to environmental education and responsibility,” said Nobu Kitajima, President and CEO of Canon Canada. “Investing in today’s youth at York University and UBC will help develop these future leaders and change makers of tomorrow. This next generation of environmental advocates are innovative thinkers, and we’re excited to see the sustainable difference they’ll make in their local and global communities.”
York University will select two recipients each year from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Applicants will submit an essay on how corporations can reduce the environmental impact of their day-to-day operations. Recipients will be chosen partly on the originality of their essay, and partly on their academic achievements. UBC will make their scholarship available to outstanding students pursuing a Bachelor of Science and majoring or honouring in environmental sciences. They will select one recipient each year based on academic merit. These new environmental scholarships continue Canon Canada’s commitment to supporting post-secondary students dedicated to moving their chosen industries forward. Since 2008, Canon Canada has supported Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Photography Program with scholarships. In addition to presenting special awards to two high-achieving graduates, Canon Canada annually presents scholarships to the top students in years 1, 2 and 3 of the program. In 2019, Canon Canada also launched a new annual awards sponsorship with Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM).