Cox Automotive launches ABSC awards around inclusion, diversity

Cox Automotive Canada has created two new awards around inclusion and diversity for eligible students at the Georgian College Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC): The Cox Automotive Canada Inclusion Award and The Cox Automotive Canada Diversity Award.

As of fall 2021, the company will donate $2,500 for each award — to be given to two successful people who see an opportunity in the auto sector to drive change or champion its transformation. For the Inclusion Award, they would also need to self-identify as Black, whereas the recipient of the Diversity Award would need to self-identify as female, Black and/or of Indigenous ancestry.

“We are committed to promoting equal opportunity in the automotive sector.”

— Maria Soklis, President of Cox Automotive Canada & Brazil

“The globalized nature of the auto industry requires a diverse workforce that welcomes everyone, which is why we are proud to support Accelerate Auto’s vision with Georgian College’s help to champion students with inclusive values as future leaders,” said Maria Soklis, President of Cox Automotive Canada & Brazil.

Both awards are meant to recognize and support the efforts being made by Accelerate Auto, a not-for-profit organization aimed at helping increase Black representation in the Canadian auto industry.

“The Automotive Business School of Canada offers a range of programs that are an ideal launch pad for successful careers in automotive, and this is a fantastic opportunity,” said Jennifer Okoeguale, founding member of Accelerate Auto.

The announcement of the awards is also in commemoration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21, 2021.

Cox Automotive is working hard to champion inclusion, diversity and equity in the workplace, and has launched internal efforts like the organization’s Black Employee Network (BEN) and Women With Drive (WWD) employee resource groups. It is also supporting and collaborating with groups like Accelerate Auto and the BlackNorth Initiative on inclusiveness.

“Diversity and inclusiveness are not only pillars at Cox Automotive Canada but shape our business success by attracting and keeping the best talent,” said Soklis. “We are committed to promoting equal opportunity in the automotive sector.”

The awards will be presented to full-time Georgian College students in good academic standing, who are enrolled in either the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management) (Co-op) program, or the Automotive Business (Co-op) program.

Georgian College will manage the selection process, while Cox Automotive Canada will fund the awards for three years.

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