Conference Program

February 18th, 2020

First Day of the Conference

07:30

Networking and Continental Breakfast

08:30

Conference Opens 

Opening Remarks:

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais

Master of Ceremonies

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster who’s been on Canada’s media scene for nearly two decades. She is a highly sought master of ceremonies, event planner, promoter, advocate, speaker, volunteer and marriage commissioner. She has showcased Indigenous artists and their music throughout her career and is now the Indigenous Music Development Program Coordinator for Manitoba Music.

Opening Prayer:

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Grandmother Moon Lodge

Greetings from the Province:

Hon. Ralph Eichler

Minister of Economic Development and Training

09:00

Keynote Speaker:

Monique Buckberger

District Manager, PCL Construction

Monique is the district manager for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Winnipeg), responsible for buildings, civil, and Special Projects operations in Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. She began her career with the Winnipeg district in 1995, working on the Norwood Bridge. Since then she has held numerous roles in different districts, including that of operations manager in Regina and most recently project director in BC Region. Monique brings an extensive skill set in both buildings and civil infrastructure work. During her career with PCL, she has worked on many notable projects, including the Regina Stadium, Manitoba Hydro Place, the Disraeli Bridges, and The Post (formerly known as Vancouver Post Office Redevelopment). Monique graduated from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. She is a CCA Gold Seal Certified project manager and holds a certificate in project management (honours) from Red River College.

09:45

Networking Break

10:15

Panel Discussion:

Proper Attraction, Onboarding and Retention of Women in Trades

Manitoba Women in Trades panel discussion with employers outlining and providing input on proper attraction, onboarding and retention into the construction industry. This panel will discuss and outline all job types from project management, estimating, drafting, site engineering and of course trade and apprentice trades in the field.

Panelists

Moderator

11:15

AM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC):

Supporting Reservists’ Employment in Construction

The objective of this seminar is to inform employers, HR professionals, and potential reservists about the Canadian Forces Reserves, the various roles Reservists are employed in, and explain how the Canadian
Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) supports both reservists and employers. Many Reservists are employed in trades in both their civilian jobs and with the Reserves.  As part of the presentation you will hear from a female Reservist who will speak about her role in the Canadian Forces and how it connects with her civilian construction career.

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2. Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA)

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices began in Newfoundland in 2009 with the intent to enhance the entry and advancement of women in the skilled construction trades. Ten years later there has been a substantial increase in the representation of women in the trades with many achieving Red Seal Status. Six offices in total are now in place across the nation. Karen Walsh will share OAWA’s history and what specific steps have led to OAWA’s success

Moderator

3. Career Strategy & Mindset Coaching to Help You Lead, Laugh & Level Up

Anna is all about supporting you on your journey to value and share the very best of yourself so you can :

  • Connect with your inner leader
  • Navigate your career with confidence
  • Seek our opportunities to contribute and shine
  • Overcome imposter syndrome
  • Ask for what you want without apology
  • Find greater purpose in your work and energy in your workday to have more fun!

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4. Building Credibility in the Canadian Workplace

Credibility is the catalyst of your influence and persuasion that drives you as a professional. Jessica powerfully conveys that building your credibility and managing your reputation is good business. That is why Jessica LoRusso stresses the need for credibility training and development first prior to any other personal or professional development.

Moderator

5. Communication/Language Barriers & Equality in the Construction Industry

This seminar will focus on the various language and equality barriers newcomers/immigrants go though when seeking and applying for a career within the construction industry. Advice and effective strategies will be shared from newcomers/immigrants that have gone through the process. Moderator will include insights from a skilled trades organizational perspective.

Moderator

11:45

Networking Break

12:15

Lunch

Lunchtime Entertainment

Rhonda Head

Rhonda Head is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Canada.  Rhonda is a Mezzo-Soprano and has released 5 CDs to date, and numerous singles and is working on her 6th CD.  Rhonda has received 14 nominations in total and won six International music awards since she began her music career in 2010. She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Rhonda is pleased to share her music with you.  Rhonda says, “No matter what language you sing in, you can hear the beauty of the music through the melody.”

13:15

Panel Discussion:

Cultural Background in Relation to Culture in the Workplace

Presenters will be sharing differences between international culture and what culture is like within the work environment. Discussions will include culture shock, gender in leadership roles, what the workplace looks like compared to your previous culture of work, expectations and cultural/workplace celebrations.

Panelists

Moderator

14:15

PM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Skills Manitoba

Young Women’s Conference

An overview of Skills Manitoba’s Young Women’s conferences which introduces young women from grades 6 through 12 to trade and technology careers available in today’s employment market.

Moderator

2. The Quest for Balance:

A Digital Recruitment Campaign

For 36 months, starting February 2019, to January 2022, EJTC will break new ground in Canada in applying digital marketing strategies to the recruitment of women to the skilled trades in British Columbia. The campaign will be innovative in terms of the volume of data collection available through marketing tools and in the application of data to the development of messaging. Women look at career options differently than their male counterparts, and this needs to be reflected in the campaign’s creative choices. Women want to know how a career will affect their lives as a whole, and not just the hours they are at work.

Moderator

3. Matching Credentials to a Construction Job Posting

This session will focus on perfecting your cover letter and resume geared towards construction-based job postings/applications. This discussion will cover the various resources for job seeking and the many different ways and methods to apply for employment to secure your career.

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4. Building Confidence to Create a Construction Career Path

How do women start a career and find success within the construction industry in areas such as general contracting, estimating, design, supervision or project management? Hear from women in different areas of the construction industry who will share their experiences and offer advice as they explore the endless possibilities of a career in construction.

Moderator

15:00

Panel Discussion

Education to Support Women in Trades

High schools and Manitoba colleges will share what they are doing to advance women in trades. Find out what is available, how to access training and learn about the endless career possibilities for women in trades.

Panelists

Moderator

15:45

Closing Remarks – Day 1

16:00 – 18:00

Meet and Greet Event **Space is Limited, Sign Up Required**

Join Shaneen Robinson Desjarlais, the event emcee, and a host of diverse women entertainers who will inspire you as you mingle with conference attendees. Entertainers include Indigenous Juno nominee, Tracey Bone, Metis singer, song writer and fiddle player, Sierra Noble, Inuit throat singer, Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Jamaican/Canadian published poet, singer-songwriter, Ingrid D. Johnson & the Funky Fresh Crew. It will be an event to remember!

February 19th, 2020

Second Day of the Conference

07:30

Networking and Continental Breakfast

08:30

Conference Begins 

Opening Remarks:

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais

Master of Ceremonies

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster who’s been on Canada’s media scene for nearly two decades. She is a highly sought master of ceremonies, event planner, promoter, advocate, speaker, volunteer and marriage commissioner. She has showcased Indigenous artists and their music throughout her career and is now the Indigenous Music Development Program Coordinator for Manitoba Music.

Greetings from the City:

Deputy Mayor Markus Chambers

Deputy Mayor of the City of Winnipeg

09:00

Keynote Speaker:

John Bockstael

President/CEO of Bockstael Construction & Chair of the Board of the Canadian Construction Association

John is president & chief executive officer of Bockstael Construction Limited, a fourth-generation company and one of Manitoba’s largest regional general contractors. He is a professional engineer, Gold Seal Certified and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John joined the CCA board in 2005 and has chaired the CCA General Contractors Council and Standard Practices Committee, joining the executive in 2010. He has also served 14 years on the board of the Winnipeg Construction Association including two as president, and is the outgoing chair of Canadian Construction Innovations.

09:45

Networking Break

10:15

How to Thrive in Construction as a Woman

What do women face as leaders in the construction industry? This seminar will focus on the role of women in the construction industry, the challenges and how best to survive and succeed. Join two women leaders who will share their journey that includes those unwritten teachings that led to their success as construction company owners.

Moderator

11:15

AM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Use Labour Market Information to Find High Demand Trades

Dive into how many women are currently employed in Manitoba’s construction industry and what percentage of the workforce they make up, how many women are employed in the 34 on-site trades and occupations tracked by Build Force and what percentage of this workforce women make up and then finally get more specific into which trades and sectors have a higher representation of women verses which ones requires further improvements.

Moderator

2. Recruiting and Retaining Women in Trades

This 3-year project focused on increasing the number of First Nations women in trades through community engagement to identify issues and solutions, establishment of partnerships with industry and governments for change, development and promotion of the Tools for Change Handbook and the establishment of a Pan-Canadian Network of women leaders. Learn how you could be involved to make a difference in the recruitment and retention of First Nations women.

Moderator

3. Overcoming Barriers to Women in Trades

Eva will offer her views on the systemic barriers’ women can face when pursuing a career in the trades. These are similar to other disadvantaged groups such as Indigenous people.

  • Few women in management and supervisory roles and in the overall trades industries
  • Very few role models
  • Single mothers need for quality and reliable childcare
  • Washroom facilities
  • Perception that trades is only for men
  • Use of offensive language on the job site
  • Travel requirements of the job 

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4. A Need for Trades People in the Film Industry

Film Training Manitoba will discuss the need for trades people in the Trade Industry. The industry is growing because there is a lot of productions going on in Manitoba. Netflix and Amazon just to name a few are setting up shop in our province. There are also smaller production companies that are getting bigger budgets and are exhausting their crew base; there is a need for carpenters, electricians (lighting and special effects) people with a background in trades who are willing to find their way into the Film Industry.

Panelists

Moderator

5. Understanding the Work Load Vs. Mental Health

Richard comes from an entrepreneurial background in the construction field. Richard has dealt with many major life obstacles including depression, self image, homelessness and stress. Because of his life experiences he has made it his life’s mission to help people find the success in their lives which they truly deserve. Everyone has been put here for a reason and has the ability to be truly great! It is on us, as individuals, to actively seek it out!

Moderator

11:45

Networking Break

12:15

Lunch

Lunchtime Speaker

13:15

Unconscious Bias and Advancing Women at Work

The truth is gender bias is so ingrained in society that it’s almost automatic, meaning even the most progressive among us can be guilty of it. The good news is once you learn how to identify your own unconscious bias, you can make a conscious choice to work against it. Can you spot your own unconscious bias in everyday conversations, biases that are stopping women from achieving equality at work?

With breakthrough technologies, social movements, globalization, polarizing politics, and the #MeToo movement, diverse and inclusive workplace cultures are more important than ever. Companies and leaders must ensure their organization uses all their diverse talent to remain innovative and competitive now—and in years to come. Policies and promises aren’t enough; there needs to be bold, meaningful action to create a future where women are just as successful as men

Moderator

14:15

PM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Safety in the Workplace/Employee Rights

The presentation will deal with general responsibilities, the harmonized regulatory changes of November 2018 and the regulation review and changes from 2019.

Moderator

2. Money Management:

Budgeting for Success

Money management/ budget for success… Manitoba construction industry in a multi billion industry, and is creating a wealth of employment opportunity from welders, electricians, estimators to field project engineers. This topic of discussion will focus on young women and men entering the construction trades and learning how to help them prepare for the financial aspect of a career in the trades. The presenter will share ideas about saving for your future with RRSP’s and Mutual Fund investments as well as some tips when looking for dental and health care plans.

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3. Personal Management Skills

How well do you know yourself? How much do you like yourself? What do other people think of you? How can you more be successful in dealing with different people? These are questions many people, especially women, struggle with. After participating in this seminar, you will have greater self-acceptance and a process for recognizing your many traits, understanding the effects your traits have on your thinking and behavior, and managing your thoughts and behavior to come across to others in the best possible way. During the seminar, you will gain practice in the areas of assertiveness and conflict resolution. This will increase your capacity for dealing with bullies and exercising your right to refuse dangerous work, if you find yourself in those situations. You will also gain practice managing the impressions others have of you, by increasing your confidence, professionalism, and effectiveness on the job.

Moderator

4. Benefits to Employing Indigenous Women in Trades

Employing Indigenous women in the trades does not have to be challenging; employers should see this as a way to build an inclusive workplace. Beyond this, the return on investment for an organization actively working to integrate more women into the workforce is worthwhile, not only for the bottom line but for the stronger workplace culture that gender diversity brings.

Build an Inclusive Business Strategy – Untapped recruitment provides a broader choice of applicants.

  • Recruitment – Connections to the Indigenous community
  • Employee Satisfaction – An enthusiastic workforce with a fresh perspective
  • Organization Performance – Opens a new market to access new talent and develop a high calibre staff

With the demand for construction workers projected to remain high throughout the coming decade, how are you preparing to fill the gap?

Moderator

15:00

Networking Break

15:15

Panel Discussion 

Hiring and Beyond:

Recruiting, Preparing, Rewarding, and Supporting

Indigenous women working in trades will come together to share their challenges and their success stories.

Learn what it takes to make it as a woman in trades and find out how these women became pioneers in the construction industry! The first Indigenous women carpenter journey-person/college instructor and the first Indigenous woman heavy equipment operator will be members on the panel!

Panelists

Moderator

16:00

Closing Remarks

Closing Prayer:

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Grandmother Moon Lodge

Day 2 Concludes – Conference Ends