Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB Canada, has been named to the Board of Directors of FIRST, Quebec chapter. As the only female among the nine board members, Nathalie brings to the table a new perspective and ABB’s rich 40-year history in the field of robotics.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST is more than robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills, something that Pilon and ABB believe is key for the next generation of great thinkers. To-date the not-for-profit reaches over 530,000 students in 90 countries, has more than 255,000 mentors and volunteers, offering close to 80 million in college scholarships with 2,000 individual scholarship opportunities, and host close to 3,000 events.
" FIRST promotes the learning of young people in science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM), inspiring the next generation of great thinkers. We hope that by mobilizing children at a young age, we will encourage them to explore these areas in a new and creative way,” said Ms. Pilon
“We believe that emphasizing the importance of teaching science and technology right from the early stages of primary school and offering these programs, nurtures the future of science and technology and creates a sense of pride and encourages these young minds to explore their potential,” said Rose Lyndsay Daudier, Executive Director, FIRST Quebec.
In addition to Pilon’s commitment as Board Member, ABB Canada has committed to a Silver level sponsorship and to the mentorship program, whereby experts empower students from underserved communities to realize their academic and career potential. Mentors will not only foster their education but create further networking opportunities.
ABB is synonymous with innovation in robotics. As a pioneering technology leader in digital industries, the company’s 40 plus years of experience is writing the future towards industrial autonomous systems that can adapt and even learn in changing situations. In 1974, ABB introduced the IRB 6 robot and kick-started the modern industrial robotics era and since then, the impact of robots on manufacturing processes and industrial productivity has been revolutionary.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s marketleading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com
About ABB in Canada
In Canada ABB has a strong history of over a hundred years of Canadian innovation and the company continues to expand and localize its offerings for customers. With its Canadian corporate headquarters in Montreal, ABB operates close to 50 facilities and employs approximately 4,000 people across the country. www.abb.com/ca