CME and Fiera Foods Announce New Scholarship Awards for Women in Manufacturing

Ottawa, September 5, 2018

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is pleased to announce the establishment of a scholarship awards program for women in manufacturing. In partnership with Fiera Foods, CME has created this scholarship to support the education of women who are planning to pursue a career in manufacturing. CME and Fiera Foods will award a total of 10 scholarships each in the amount of $4,000 beginning 2018 through to 2020.

“The manufacturing sector offers rewarding, innovative and lucrative careers for women but, unfortunately, only a small proportion of women, less than 6%, choose that path. This needs to change,” said Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) National Board of Directors Chair Rhonda Barnet, President & COO of Steelworks Design. “By encouraging the studies of 10 deserving women who will soon enter the manufacturing workforce, the women in manufacturing scholarship awards will help shape the female role models of tomorrow and will be instrumental in bridging the gender gap.”

“Canada’s manufacturing sector is a pillar of our economy that presents rewarding opportunities for women. I am very proud that my daughter chose a career in manufacturing and I am looking forward to seeing more women have the chance to enter and succeed in our sector,” said Boris Serebryany, President and CEO of Fiera Foods. “By partnering with CME, we’re excited to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our scholarship recipients so they can help shape the future of the sector.”

Four scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded this year to Canadian students who identify as female, are pursuing post-secondary studies or apprenticeship in a field relevant to manufacturing and, are planning to join the manufacturing workforce after graduation. Participants are invited to submit their application, a 1000-word essay explaining their interest in a career in manufacturing, by September 24th.

The recipients of the scholarship will be announced by Fiera Foods President and CEO Boris Serebryany on November 7th as part of the CME 2018 Annual General Meeting and Manufacturing Conference.  


Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and, compete around the world. Our focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.


Stefi Proulx

Director of Communications & Branding

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

(613) 292-6070