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Honda Canada Foundation and FIRST Robotics Canada Announce Gold National Partnership

$150,000 national partnership will help bring STEM-related programs to Canadian youth

Toronto, ON June 17, 2021- Honda Canada Foundation announced a new partnership with FIRST Robotics Canada, to encourage young people to pursue a post-secondary education in engineering and technology and prepare them for a bright future.

The $150,000 contribution made today by Honda Canada Foundation will help build an inclusive community, with meaningful mentorship opportunities that will empower young people to think big and build their future in the workforce. Together, the partnership will connect Honda Canada Foundation with the FIRST Canada Community to share their knowledge of STEM fields and support youth exploring a future in engineering. Continuing the company's legacy of community giving, Honda Canada Foundation is excited to support the 2021-22 FIRST Robotics Competitions and student-led teams through this gold-level partnership.

“Supporting young people by providing them with the opportunity to build a career in engineering and technology aligns with our corporate philosophy of enabling the realization of dreams,” says Tony Facciolo, Chair of Honda Canada Foundation and Vice President of Honda Financial Services. “As a result of the pandemic, so much has been put on hold over the past year, it’s important for us to focus on the path forward and the next generation as they plan their entry into the workforce.”

"We are thrilled with our new partnership with Honda Canada Foundation," said Mark Breadner, President of FIRST Robotics Canada. "Honda Canada Foundation's focus on family, education and engineering align with our community's focus to inspire kids in science and help FIRST Robotics Canada continue our critical mission to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need for their futures."

Through the FIRST Robotics Canada program, participants have shown significant gains in workforce skills such as teamwork, communications and problem-solving. Together with Honda Canada Foundation the program will continue to make an impact, by encouraging young people to pursue further studies in science, technology, engineering, and math.

About Honda Canada Foundation
Established in 2005, the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) aims to enable the realization of dreams through various annual philanthropic activities and funding to non-profit registered charities across Canada where Honda customers and associates live, work and play. The HCF focuses on four key pillars – family, environment, engineering and education – and each year more than $2 million is disbursed to groups in need. More than six million Canadians have benefited from Honda Canada and Honda Canada Foundation funded charitable programs. For more information, please visit www.hondacanadafoundation.ca

About FIRST
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international non-profit organization designed to inspire students to pursue further studies and careers in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Students develop skills in problem-solving, innovation, leadership, teamwork, design, manufacturing, programming, and testing. FIRST programs reach 300,000 students in 70 countries. FIRST Robotics Canada, a Canadian non-profit started in 2002, reaches 30,000 Canadian students.