Mercedes-Benz Canada has served its customers in Canada for nearly 70 years, and our commitment to Canada is long-term. Driving Your Future is a Mercedes-Benz Canada initiative that aims to advance social change by empowering the next generation of Canadians through mentorship. We believe mentorship prepares young people for their futures, builds a sense of community and shapes a better future for all.
“Driving Your Future is an extension of how Mercedes-Benz leads and accelerates change. We are taking positive action by uplifting and empowering the next generation of Canadian youth to help them reach their full potential.”
Andreas Tetzloff, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada
Our National Partner: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) to ignite the potential of Canada’s young people through the power of mentorship.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) has been championing the health and wellbeing of young people by facilitating meaningful mentoring relationships with caring adults. By enabling these mentoring relationships, BBBSC helps children aged seven to 18 overcome adversities and develop skills to realize their full potential.
BBBSC has an ongoing and immediate need to identify mentors across the country. Every child who needs a mentor should be able to access one. However, there are currently 10,000 children across Canada awaiting mentorship. Through its partnership, Mercedes-Benz will help BBBSC address this waitlist challenge.
“Our partnership with Mercedes-Benz will unlock potential and foster resilience for children and youth through mentoring. Their bright future starts today.”
Jill Zelmanovits, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council driven by Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Canada is the proud title sponsor of BBBSC’s National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council (NYMAC). This nationwide consortium of youth experts (aged 17-28) representing diverse backgrounds is helping to shape the future of mentorship in Canada.
NYMAC provides consultation, undertakes projects, and takes a leadership role in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada on issues related to youth mentoring. NYMAC members ensure the voice of Canadian youth authentically informs the work of BBBSC.
“Working with peer mentors across Canada has broadened my horizons. My journey began as a student mentor. Each year, I work to develop more skills that position me to excel as a human being and as a professional. This support from Mercedes-Benz Canada will go a long way to boosting all our NYMAC colleagues to make positive contributions to the mentoring movement in Canada now, and in the future.”
David Awosoga, Co-Chair, National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council, for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada Employee Engagement
Mercedes-Benz employees want to make tangible contributions to the communities where we live and work. The Mercedes-Benz Canada corporate office in Mississauga, Ontario has partnered with the local chapter of BBBS (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel York), encouraging employee participation in BBBS programming and fundraising, and enabling meaningful volunteer opportunities.