Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

IMII announces 2022/2023 iMpowered scholarship recipients

Supporting women and Indigenous students on their career path for the minerals industry

September 13, 2022  – International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII), a unique supporting innovation supporting network for Saskatchewan’s minerals industry, is pleased to announce the recipients of its iMpowered scholarship.  On behalf of its minerals industry members – BHP, Cameco, Mosaic and Nutrien and Innovation Saskatchewan – seven students are receiving scholarships totaling $125,000. 

The iMpowered scholarship recipients for the 2022/2023 academic year are:

  • Vera Sayese, Minerals Exploration Techniques Program, Northlands College
  • Royce Bigsky, Chemical Technology Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Nicole Launders, Mine Engineering Technology Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Jodi Delorme, Environmental Engineering Technology Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Case Langevin, Mine Engineering Technology Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Brandon Roberts, Resource and Environmental Law Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Lauren Pedersen, Civil Engineering – Masters of Science – Thesis, University of Saskatchewan

“IMII supports diversity and inclusion in Saskatchewan’s minerals industry and has placed significant focus on developing programs with our partners to build an inclusive workforce for the industry,” says Al Shpyth, IMII’s executive director.  “Supporting the next generation through initiatives like the iMpowered scholarship is one important thing we can do to sustain the future of our industry.”

"Congratulations to our iMpowered Scholarship recipients, Royce, Nicole, Jodi, Case and Brandon," says Brenda Suru, dean (interim) School of Mining, Energy & Manufacturing, School of Natural Resources & Built Environment, and Co-operative Education. "The iMpowered Scholarship provides students with financial stability, allowing them to focus on their education. Sask Polytech is committed to supporting diversity across the breadth of our programs. This scholarship is helping build a more diverse and inclusive minerals workforce in Saskatchewan. I encourage eligible students to apply for future iMpowered Scholarships!"

The iMpowered scholarship is for women and Indigenous students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computer-science post-secondary education programs, who have a direct financial responsibility to their family and are interested in careers in the minerals industry. The iMpowered scholarship is part of a five-year commitment to help build a diverse, inclusive and qualified workforce for Saskatchewan’s minerals industry.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients, we’re proud to support your goals through this scholarship!

This media release was originally published by IMII.


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