MISSISSAUGA, Ont.–Jon Saunders, VP Finance, Polaris Transportation Group, will participate in a mentorship movement launched this week by the Government of Canada. The new mentorship program will “help further the careers of women in the nation’s trucking industry, and identify best practices that can better support the hiring and retention of under-represented demographic groups”.
Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, is challenging leaders across the country to make a difference in a woman’s career by pledging to be her champion, and reached out to Saunders to take part in the initiative.
Larry Cox, President of Polaris states, “We are very proud to have Jon representing us in this initiative. We look forward to the results of his mentorship with a very capable young lady on our logistics team”.
Women make up nearly half of the Canadian work force but only a small percentage of the various careers available in the transportation industry. Mr. Saunders comments, “The individual selected as a mentee shows a lot of potential and I am excited to mentor her over the next year. My objective will be to further develop her confidence and the self-belief required to successfully advance in this industry. It will also serve as a foundation to develop further efforts in this area.”
In addition to the mentorship program, Polaris is also collaborating with the Richard Ivey School of Business in a co-op program over the summer of 2015. A male and female participant from the highly recognized school will start their summer placement with Polaris in May of this year. The two candidates are on the Dean’s list in the HBA program (Honours Business Administration). Jon Saunders adds, “One of the challenges we face as an organization is fueling our growth with bright young candidates that will make our industry their home. Both the mentorship program and the co-op placements are examples of our commitment to show initiative and leadership in this area”.