Two Indigenous students in Western Canada are pursuing their academic dreams with a little help from DCC.

For the second year in a row, DCC is sponsoring two $2,500 bursaries for Indigenous post-secondary students. Offered through the national Indigenous charity Indspire, these bursaries are open to students in engineering, planning and environmental sciences programs.

The 2024 recipients are Aidan Cadieux, who is studying for a diploma in Engineering Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Nathaniel Willing, who is in the Master of Arts (Planning) program at the University of British Columbia.

This year, DCC organized a tour for each student of the DCC site closest to his home. The tours gave the students the chance to meet senior leaders and learn more about potential careers at DCC—even when everything didn’t work out exactly as planned.

Nathaniel had some unexpected commuting trouble on his way to DCC Chilliwack on February 22, 2024. However, he made it to Chilliwack later in the day, where he received a warm welcome from Steven Denault, Site Manager, and Danny Gruner, Regional Director, Pacific.

Aidan visited DCC Edmonton (CFB Edmonton) on March 14, 2024. He toured the site with Derrick Cheung, President and CEO, and Skye Kaus, Site Manager. After the tour, the trio had a casual lunch with site employees and Victoria Neary, Regional Director, Western.

“DCC is proud to participate in this program to support the next generation of professionals in our industry,” says Derrick. “Indspire helps ensure that Indigenous students are prepared for the jobs of the future.”

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