RBC commits $3.5 million for programming at Waterloo Region universities, college

WATERLOO — The RBC Foundation has committed $3.5 million over the next five years to support students and future programming at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College.

The collaboration is part of RBC Future Launch’s 10-year, $500 million commitment to helping Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. Graduates from these programs will have the capabilities to contribute to Canada’s skills revolution and be among the next generation of leaders in sustainability and the skilled trades industries.

The donation, announced Tuesday at the Perimeter Institute, will include $2 million to the University of Waterloo to help launch its new interdisciplinary degree program; the Bachelor of Sustainability and Finance Management.

RBC Foundation’s $650,0000 donation to Conestoga College will support the expansion of the Jill of All Trades program — a series of hands-on workshop events designed to introduce young women in Grades 9-12 to the potential of careers in the skilled trades such as automotive service, carpentry, masonry, welding, and electrical trades.

Wilfrid Laurier University will receive $850,000 to help fund research, teaching and experiential learning opportunities in the area of climate change management, to help prepare students for emerging careers in the ever-evolving climate industry.

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