Wesgroup Equipment donates $50,000 to BCIT and spurs more support for women in trades

On this International Women’s Day, BCIT Foundation is excited to announce Wesgroup Equipment has recently made a $50,000 donation in support of BCIT students and programs, spurring even more support for women in trades.

Their generous gift (which will go toward bursaries and scholarships for students in programs including Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation, and Professional Sales – Marketing) has resulted in a matching donation from the BCIT Women in Trades and Technology (WITT). Because of Wesgroup’s contribution, WITT has allocated a further $2,000 bursary to a female student, with first preference to a student in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program.

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“Wesgroup’s generous donation and continued support speaks to the company’s commitment to cultivating British Columbia’s next generation of leaders,” says Jackie Jacob, executive director, BCIT Foundation. “And BCIT’s Women in Trades and Technology’s additional contribution is a great example of how the institute works closely with our industry partners to support the recruitment of women pursuing a career in trades.”

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Wesgroup Equipment, a full-service construction equipment and material handling distributor, was just named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2019. Strongly supportive of women, the company employs a growing number of women as managers, parts representatives, and sales people. Since 2016, Wesgroup and its family of companies have been contributing profits earned from the rental of their specially painted pink forklifts (Pink Forklift Program) to the Canadian Cancer Society in aid of breast cancer research.

For more information about giving, visit the BCIT Foundation website.

2 thoughts on “Wesgroup Equipment donates $50,000 to BCIT and spurs more support for women in trades”

  1. We are delighted to be partnering with such a world class institution such as BCIT. We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership and continuing to support the Heavy Mechanical trades and Sales and Marketing students.

  2. Thank you for the generous donation, there are so many deserving students who can benefit from these contributions.


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