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McKesson Canada partners with #movethedial to Launch New Scholarship for Women in STEM

Program aims to increase the participation and leadership of women in tech


TORONTO—September 18, 2019—McKesson Canada and #movethedial today announced the establishment of a new scholarship for women in STEM to support the work and achievements of Canadian women in their chosen STEM fields. 

The new program, funded by McKesson Canada, will offer four scholarships of $5,000 (CAD) and tickets to the #movethedial Global Summit, brought to you by TD, to women who are pursuing university studies in STEM fields.

“We’re thrilled to support this important scholarship, and to build on our ongoing commitment to develop strong women leaders at McKesson Canada and across the country,” said Paula Keays, President of McKesson Canada. “Gender diverse companies outperform their peers by close to 15%. Investing in building a pipeline of ready-now talent is both the smart and the right thing to do. I’m pleased to be playing a small part in helping young women in STEM achieve their goals and drive better business results in Canada.”

Inaugural scholarship winners will be announced at the 2019 #movethedial Global Summit on November 14 in Toronto.

"It's no surprise to anyone that women are underrepresented when it comes to STEM,” said Jodi Kovitz, CEO of #movethedial. “In fact, Canadian women make up just over 30% of STEM bachelor degree recipients. To play a part in closing the gender gap, we're very excited to launch this scholarship to support and engage young women who are entering the sector." 

The selection committee to choose the four winners of the scholarship will include members of McKesson and #movethedial.

Applicants will enter key information on the online sign-up portal, including a 400-word essay outlining their efforts to improve diversity in technology and how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals. Applicants must: be enrolled in a STEM field of study (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at an accredited Canadian university or college; be a resident of Canada identifying as a woman; be in good academic standing; be able to attend the #movethedial Global Summit in November of the scholarship-application year; and, willing, to have their name and image to be used wherever the scholarship program is mentioned. 

The scholarship is being administered by The Walrus Lab, the client services division of The Walrus.

For additional information about how and where to apply, please visit

About McKesson Canada

Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health care industry to provide patients better, safer care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada. For more information, please visit

About #movethedial
#movethedial is a global movement committed to advancing the participation and leadership of all women in technology. Founded on the premise that advancing the full talent pool will make Canada’s tech industry the strongest and most inclusive in the world, #movethedial believes the opportunity for equity for all women-identified people exists at a global level. Proudly headquartered in Toronto, Canada, #movethedial is working to drive support and commitment to the #movethedial movement at home and internationally. Learn more at:

About The Walrus

The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism in The Walrus and at, produce national, ideas-focused events, including our flagship series The Walrus Talks, and train emerging professionals in publishing and non-profit management. The Walrus is invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.


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