Zenith meaning (2 definitions):
‘Zenith’, a double meaning to the word that correlates well with Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation’s objective and theme, which are:
To promote and help advance talent within Canada’s aerospace sector, empower them, champion equity, diversity, and inclusion, and encourage the industry’s local growth for a sustainable path forward.
Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation is a new not-for-profit organization with the mission to deliver a bespoke national mentoring program to early-career professionals for the Canadian aerospace industry through the Zenith Fellowship. There are other similar organizations in the U.S. with this niche-mission, but the Zenith Fellowship is the first in Canada, which sets it apart and makes it an important initiative for the Canadian Space sector.
Co-Founders Tahir Merali and Hira Nadeem are both very passionate about the Space industry, the future of Canada’s participation in all-things related to innovation and the future of the space sector.
Tahir is a project manager and professional engineer, with a Masters from the International Space University and two decades of experience in all corners of the space sector. He is currently the COO for one of Calgary’s Top 15 Startups of 2020, 4pi Lab Inc. developing an early wildfire detection satellite-based solution to eradicate catastrophic wildfires globally.
Hira is currently pursuing her Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, and was selected as the first Canadian Brooke Owens Fellow in 2020. Even if only in her early career, she has already participated in many initiatives in the Canadian and U.S. space sectors.
(I invite you to learn more about Tahir, Hira and the rest of the teams here.)
“A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of us to show us how they did it. A mentor walks alongside us to show us what we can do.” - Simon Sinek
Choosing a career in the space sector isn’t obvious or easy initially. How so?
Not obvious because unlike saying that one wants to become a teacher, doctor, even engineer, those terms are general and do not necessarily determine which industry you would later be working in. But for a young student or recent graduate to say they want to work in the space field specifically, something needed to have sparked that particular interest, whether it was: a documentary that wowed them, viewing a live spacewalk on NASA TV, seeing rockets launched, or even sci-fi books/movies; there had to have been some catalyst to say: “I want to work in the space sector!”
And not easy because a young person choosing to go in the space sector may have a limited mindset to know what it takes to enter this sector, which can greatly immobilize their dream of studying and working in the Space industry.
This is where mentorship can be such a huge factor for a young person deciding where they want their careers to go, how to navigate this path, and a little inspiration to keep them going and follow their dreams.
"A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." — Bob Proctor
This is exactly where the Zenith Fellowship comes in!
The Zenith Fellowship is a program that seeks to strike the appropriate balance between meaningful work experience, senior-level mentorship and passionate leadership, to best position the incoming generation of professionals for success.
The Zenith Fellowship’s first Call for Applicants will launch later this year, in September 2021, and the Fellows will be announced in January 2022. By summer of next year, the first group of fellows will be in the program working at their host companies and be able to partake in the Zenith annual Professional Development Summit.
So much more to come! Stay tuned!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any information on our mission, program, or how to become a host organization.
Iris Fisher is a Freelance Content Writer based in Montreal, Quebec. She has over ten years of accounting experience with engineering and various international consulting firms. She also created the "Women in STEM and Space" Facebook page where she publishes posts, interviews, and essays that elevate people in the STEM field.
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