TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2015) - Celestica receives the inaugural William Edmond Logan Award from Canada's oldest scientific organization, the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience). The award recognizes Celestica's outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.

Celestica receives the Award based on its involvement and support of youth Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Ontario. Through its financial and volunteer support, Celestica has increased access for youth to hands-on engineering and technology programs.

Celestica's support allows at-risk youth and lower-income families in its local Community of Thorncliffe Park to attend educational STEM programs at the Ontario Science Centre free of charge. Previously, Celestica facilitators enhanced the participant experience in Robotics Workshops at the Ontario Science Centre by bringing real-world experience to this program that inspired youth to explore STEM by constructing and operating robots. In addition, Celestica sponsors Scientists in Schools and Junior Achievement.

"As a Toronto-based global technology company, Celestica believes it is important to foster local expertise in the critical STEM areas to develop the next generation of technology leaders," said Mike Andrade, Executive Vice President, Diversified Markets, Celestica. "At Celestica, we believe it is important to ignite a passion for STEM programming in youth and encouraging youth to pursue a career in the technology field that will drive innovation in Canada. We are honoured to receive the William Edmond Logan Award from RCIScience."

RCIScience is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists. Through public lectures and webcasts, we expand science dialogue and promote informed decision making in our communities. Founded in 1849, RCIScience is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada, with a long tradition as an independent, not-for-profit organization. We are known as a credible source of scientific information, helping the public understand the vital role that science plays in our lives.

For many years, RCIScience has recognized Canadian individuals who contribute to the understanding of science through the Fleming Medal and Citation, named for RCIScience's co-founder Sir Sandford Fleming. Past winners include Helen Hogg, Bob McDonald, and Chris Hadfield. This year, a similar award, named for RCIScience's 3rd President, was created to recognize organizations who have achieved similar goals.

The inaugural William Edmond Logan Award will be presented at the 10th Annual RCIScience Canadian Science Dinner, on the evening of April 23, 2015 at MaRS. This unique and exciting evening gives an opportunity to talk science with some of Canada's top researchers and science policy experts.

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Media Contact: Royal Canadian Institute for Science
Kirsten Vanstone