“The FIRST Robotics Competition is a great way to inspire young people to study sciences, most particularly technology and engineering, and to pursue careers in these fields. We are very excited to launch this program in southern Alberta. It’s a great way for our employees to share their experience with students. As mentors, they must support them throughout the process of building and programming the robot and in creating marketing tools for the team.”
–Olivier Lefebvre, General Manager of Lethbridge Pratt & Whitney Canada plant
“The opportunity for the Nbissing students to take part in FIRST Robotics is a tremendous enrichment to their educational experience. The opportunity to collaborate and work on their robot gives them self confidence. In addition, the team is exposed to science and technology education beyond what we can provide.
Everyone belongs: the artistic student, the journalistic student and the builders. There is a social aspect as well. It is a truly motivating experience. It is not just about building a robot. It is competitive and collaborative; it is an opportunity to practice gracious professionalism.”
–Chief Marianna Couchie, Nipissing First Nation
“The opportunity to participate in FIRST Robotics provides a wide variety of learning opportunities for our students and staff. The experience with the science and technology of robotics is the “tip of the ice berg” – there are opportunities to use all the gifts that our students have – their creativity for logo designs and other visual promotions for the team, the public relations, communications activities and the business aspects all contribute to what can be a very well rounded and collaborative learning experience. Working in partnerships requires skills that all those involve learn by doing. True partnerships result in gains for all.”
–Fran Couchie, Director of Education, Nipissing First Nation
“FIRST Canada and SYNNEX have an excellent partnership. This relationship allows SYNNEX to support in many ways with staff, services, volunteers, and mentors. FIRST Canada robotics programs make a huge difference in our young generation, encouraging STEM education and creating a pipeline for new confident and trained student leaders to enter the workforce.”
– Kevin Murai, President & CEO, SYNNEX Corporation
“I have been involved with FIRST Canada since its inception. The quality of the students in the FIRST program is exceptional — with demonstrated technical experience and maturity, clearly FIRST Canada is creating Ontario’s next generation of technical leaders. I have been pleased to hire many of these FIRST students as full time employees as well as coop students.”
–Eric Broda, Vice President, Architecture, North American Commercial and Retail Banking, TD Bank
“We see our sponsorship of FIRST Robotics as an investment in the future, inspiring talented young people to pursue further studies and careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering. These students are not only building robots for competition, they are developing the skills they need to be the innovators, engineers, project managers, businesspeople and leaders of tomorrow.“
–Paul Rietdyk, P. Eng. Vice-President, Engineering, Construction, & Storage and Transmission Operations, Union Gas Limited
“The TDSB is proud to be the founding education sponsor of FIRST Canada. This year we will have over 150 FIRST Teams from Kindergarten to grade 12 involving over 3000 students, teachers and mentors. Since we began our involvement, we have had approximately 25,000 students participate. FIRST is an excellent opportunity for students to learn communication, leadership and teamwork skills as well as increase their interest in STEM and future careers.”
–Donna Quan, Director TDSB
“Hatch got involved with FIRST to shamelessly promote young people going into the engineering and technical professions. All the tenets of FIRST work in harmony with that goal and also with the Hatch culture. The concept of gracious professionalism, fun, excellence and teamwork are foundation skills that are universal for both life and career success. What started with sponsorship of one team, 1334, in 2008 has now blossomed into our Gold Corporate Sponsorship of FIRST Robotics Canada as well as the support of 8 individual teams in GTA and Sudbury regions.
In addition to that, our offices in other places are promoting FIRST with both Calgary and Abu Dhabi working to catalyze new teams in these locations.
On reflection, that decision to support FIRST in 2008 has delivered more than we could have ever anticipated. These 7 years later not only have we seen enormous success in the teams through wins in competition but more importantly we’ve seen the growth and success of these excellent young people, Evan Crawford is a great example.
Evan was involved in team 1334 in our first year of support. Though these many years, Evan has achieved a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Queen’s University and commenced work with Hatch. I enjoy mentoring young people and have had the pleasure of providing some mentorship to Evan since he started. Because of FIRST we’ve been able to provide Evan with advice and the opportunity to allow him to thrive. Additionally, Evan continues to give back by helping FIRST including the effort to launch a team with our client in Calgary, a great example with a great future.
I feel very strongly that wealth is primarily created through technical innovation and the young people that experience FIRST will be the leaders who create this wealth and create it with gracious professionalism!”
–John Pearson, Global Managing Director, Energy, Hatch