About MCSC

From Awareness to Expertise. MCSC's Vision for a Thriving and Inclusive Construction Industry


To strengthen Manitoba’s construction sector workforce by promoting the construction industry as a career of choice and through high value training programs to address current and future skills and training gaps.


A skilled workforce that meets Manitoba’s construction sector needs

Our Values

Member Driven

We work collaboratively with and through our member organizations in everything we do.


We act as a collective with a common purpose, delivering value to the construction industry as a whole.


We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in building the construction industry workforce together with our partners.


In the boardroom and on the job site we value community, safety, ethical and respectful business practices, fair market competition, and a pioneering approach to the future through leadership and innovation.


We believe in sustainable long-term partnerships with government, stakeholders, and employers of all sizes.


We complement each other and work to eliminate duplication of services and resources.

Strategic Goals

Promote the Construction Sector as a Career of Choice

Connect with the future workforce to promote the construction sector as a career. To achieve this, deploy targeted awareness programs. Serve key demographic groups, including Indigenous individuals, youth, women, and newcomers. Highlight the sector’s appeal and inclusivity to attract a more varied and skilled workforce, ensuring a sustainable and thriving future for the construction field.

Engage Industry to Identify Skills and Training Gaps

Engage with industry stakeholders to address skill and training gaps in the construction sector. Collaborate with member organizations to identify specific gaps in skills and training requirements. Prioritize these gaps to allocate resources effectively. Select the most suitable partners for developing and delivering targeted training programs. This is key to ensuring alignment with industry needs. Finally, measure results to reveal valuable insights into the effectiveness of the training initiatives, allowing for continuous improvement and adaptation to evolving industry demands.

Deliver Skills Based Training

Execute skills-based training initiatives with a strategic focus on several key areas. First and foremost, form partnerships to develop and deliver effective training programs. Enhance existing courses and expand their market reach to ensure broader accessibility. Simultaneously, protect and manage intellectual property associated with the training materials to maintain quality and consistency. Secure funding to sustain and scale these training efforts.

Deliver Immersive Training Technology

Incorporating immersive training technology into the construction sector demands a focused approach. Firstly, identify suitable immersive technologies that can enhance training experiences. Establish technology partnerships for developing and implementing these tools effectively. Seamlessly embed immersive technology into training and awareness activities, ensuring a holistic approach to skill development. Create engaging and effective learning environments that harness the power of immersive training technologies, ultimately enhancing the skill sets of its workforce.

Our Team

Carol Paul

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Carol is the liaison between industry, education, and government. She writes proposals for provincial, federal, industry, and community-driven projects and coordinates activities with the MCSC team.

Executive Director

Harleen Kaur

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Harleen assists MCSC project managers in preparing training and presentation materials for program delivery. She supports the financial manager with administration requirements and databases. She is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operation in a busy work environment.

Program Assistant

Nermine Awad

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Nermine creates digital content for MCSC events and training courses to be used across all of our digital channels, increasing engagement with audience and stakeholders.

Content Marketing/Creative Designer

Ramir Diaz

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Ramir is a journeyperson electrician, a high school instructor and a coordinator of education and training. He hosts career awareness events with youth, immigrants, women and Indigenous people. Ramir collaborates with industry to develop and deliver construction micro courses that ladder adults to high school, Apprenticeship and post-secondary programs.

Coordinator of Education & Training

William Kirkness

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William works with Indigenous communities to address skill gaps on local construction projects. He coordinates the delivery of training for employment. William bridges the gap between employers and Indigenous workers to improve recruitment and retention practices in remote Manitoba communities.

Indigenous Liason

James Murphy

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James presents to students, adults, teachers, counsellors, administrators and parents on careers in construction using digital game based learning tools. He presents at schools, career fairs, employment centres, military in transition programs and community organizations for youth at risk, immigrants and Indigenous peoples. James manages construction micro courses delivered in Winnipeg and surrounding areas.

Community & Youth Liason

Our Board of Directors

Lanny McInnes

Vice-Chair • Manitoba Home Builders Association

Colleen Munro

Chair • Hugh Munro Group

Darryl Harrison

Winnipeg Construction Association

Andrew Reimer

All-Fab Building Components Inc.

Chris Lorenc

Manitoba Heavy Construction Association

Greg McDonald

Randall Homes

Joan Harris-Warren

Secretary Treasurer • First People Development Inc.

Shawn Wood

Construction Association Of Rural Manitoba

Natasha Farren

Flynn Group of Companies

Chris Fortier

Excel 7 Ltd.

Our Annual Reports


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“This past year marks the end of a four-year contract and the beginning of a new contract that includes a 41 % increase in funding from the province! This increase is a testament to the great work of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council staff team and board of directors. The province listened to industry needs by providing additional funding to address the industry’s skill gaps and labour shortages.

In 2022-3 MCSC delivered industry driven training in remote indigenous communities where 92 graduates found emplyement. In addition, MCSC coordinated delivery of the Clan Mothers Healing Village where 8 Indigenous women, impacted by sexual violence, completed their grade 12, MCSC carpentry training and are employed with Clan Mothers social enterprise.

MCSC hosted the Manitoba Women in Trades Conference featuring over 50 presenters and 425 attendees. This led to the development and delivery of an employer workshop to support the recruitment and retention of women and a workforce diversity strategy. In addition, MCSC presented at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Supporting Women in Trades Conference in Halifax, NS with Manitoba Status of Women. The presentation featured the success story of 60 Indigenous women who found employment in remote communities across Manitoba.

As a result of industry partnerships, 15 micro-credentialed courses were delivered over the past year including glazier, drone technology, framer, finisher, water and wastewater installation, design build, safety, concrete forms, mould and asbestos, and blast hole drilling. MCSC completed the development and dissemination of a VR/ AR game on the safe use of chainsaws in collaboration with industry stakeholders with funding through Workers Compensation Board, Research Workplace and Innovation Program.”

Download • Annual Report 2022-2023


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“Collaboration has been the key to success for MCSC over the past year. The MCSC board of directors worked diligently to update the bylaws and the four-year strategic plan. The board developed a skill gaps analysis process and a new communication plan to prepare for the four-year plan submission to the province (2023-6).

MCSC collaborated with several sector councils including Manitoba Environmental Industries Association to develop and deliver a water and waste installation course piloted in Cross Lake and New Media Manitoba to survey the current state of technology in construction.

Collaboration with the educator working group led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, delivery of the Introduction to Heavy Construction course with young women in River East Transcona School Division and applied research on sustainability and technology in construction in partnership with Manitoba Industry Academia Partnership (MIAP) and Red River College Polytechnic.

A partnership with Manitoba Status of Women, Province of Manitoba has led to the delivery of job readiness, safety training, blast hole drilling, water and waste installation and the framer course with Indigenous women in four remote communities. Upon completion, the women were employed on local construction projects. Collaboration with the Employment Opportunities Unit, Provincial Services Branch led to a collaboration with Grey & Ivy on an innovative design build course with Indigenous youth in Barren Lands.”

Download • Annual Report 2021-2022


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“Despite a year-long pandemic, the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) has exceeded the Province of Manitoba’s expectations. MCSC faced the Covid-challenge with innovative solutions to achieve their education, engagement and awareness outcomes. New partnerships were invaluable in 2020-21.

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA) partnered with MCSC on the development of the Water Distribution/Water and Waste Installer Program. New Media Manitoba (NMM) partnered with MCSC on Try a Trades North to bring career awareness technology to northern Indigenous communities and schools. Film Training Manitoba (FTM) partnered with MCSC to plan a Women in the Film Industry Summit with lessons learned from the 2020 Manitoba Women in Trades Conference. The film industry hires qualified trades people so there is much in common between our sectors!

Northern Manitoba Sector Council (NMSC) partnered with MCSC on training delivery in northern Manitoba. Yellowquill College partnered with MCSC to grant high school credits for students completing the MCSC framer course. Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) registered and supported our young women throughout program delivery. In addition, the Educator and Immersive Working Groups have led to important partnerships with MCSC and between working group members. It is the partnership with Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), Business Development and Strategic Initiatives Program, that is to be recognized for accrediting MCSC’s industry led training courses as micro- credentials in the post secondary education system. MCSC actively serves on the MITT Industry Stakeholder Committee.”

Download • Annual Report 2020-2021


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“When I look back over 2019, it gives reason to celebrate the accomplishments of a team driven to make a difference. Normally I don’t report statistics but the results of 2019 are staggering in terms of participants attending awareness, engagement and education events, those finding employment, returning to school, moving forward in their career or simply experiencing success.

Let’s take a look at James, our Community and Youth Liaison’s role in bringing career awareness to youth in and around the City of Winnipeg. James delivered 66 presentations and 19 career fairs in 2019 influencing 3,955 students and 99 teachers/counsellors. When James asked students before a presentation, how many would consider a career in construction, 660 raised their hands. Upon completion of his engaging presentation that includes virtual reality and game-based learning tools, 941 said they would consider construction as a career. That is a 30% increase!

Jennifer, our Virtual Trades Coordinator who brings career awareness to remote northern Indigenous communities shared our newest technology, 360-degree virtual reality videos of 14 trades. Youth could virtually see and hear tradespeople while they explored the worksite. Jennifer visited over 40 Indigenous communities, spoke to 2,043 students and 134 teachers/principals. In 2019, MCSC contributed $185,000 to bring career awareness to our Indigenous youth living in remote regions of our province. MCSC’s innovative approach to bringing journey people to the community was greatly appreciated by these community schools.”

Download • Anual Report 2019-2020


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“MCSC has taken education and training to the next level. There is no longer need to market our products; there is a huge demand to deliver MCSC resources in partnership with industry, colleges, Indigenous communities, schools, community centres and immigrant agencies.

In 2018, the Community and Youth Liaison presented career awareness to 3,339 grade 5-12 students and attended 20 career fairs. The Indigenous Liaison delivered job readiness, framer and flatwork technician training in 12 communities. The Director of Education and Training mentored 64 immigrants and helped support their transition to work.

Two new staff members were added to the MCSC staff complement. Ramir Diaz, electrical journeyperson/vocational education instructor is the new Education and Training Coordinator and Jennifer Daniels, who has a background in construction and facilitation of career awareness in the inner city, is the new Virtual Trades Coordinator.

These additions have brought energy and fresh ideas to the team.”

Download • Annual Report 2018-2019


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“Four years ago, the Manitoba Construction Sector Council “(MCSC) set out on a journey to become sustainable as an organization. We reached out to partners who would support our plans for the future and form strong partnerships. When challenged, we created at new ways to work around the obstacles we encountered. MCSC works towards goals for all the right reasons. Our focus is our audience including Indigenous people, women, youth at risk, immigrants, and refugees. Their stories of success give us the strength to continue when we become discouraged, tired or disheartened.
This past year took us to new heights but also new challenges. We developed a flatwork technician course so our Indigenous adults could learn how to pour driveways and sidewalks for home builders, a trade high in demand. We found partners who specialized in the field to develop the curriculum and industry who supported the delivery of training on the job site. Without the determination of La Donna Ogungbemi-Jackson this couldn’t have become a reality.”

Download • Annual Report 2017-2018


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“This year marks the third anniversary of my position as Executive Director. When I started in this role, we discussed as a staff developing the MCSC as a sustainable organization with externally funded projects. We expected at that time there would be a change in government and decided it would be in our best interests to pursue sources outside of the government’s contribution to compliment our core provincial budget. We all agreed this would allow us the flexibility to work on some incredibly exciting projects that matched our skill sets and interests. The leadership style would shift to allow each staff member to manage their own projects. This required a very motivated and committed staff team. MCSC has the right team and has grown leaps and bounds towards sustainability.”

Download • Annual Report 2016-2017 • Ongoing Growth


Excerpt from the Executive Director’s Message

“As I reflect over the past year, I need to first acknowledge the contributions made by the MCSC staff. The team has really taken our organization to a next level. Ron Castel and James Murphy are the frontline of the sector council. Their active contributions in communities and schools across the province have given MCSC a reputation of excellence. They have built partnerships, advised on committees, developed awareness, informed leaders and facilitated change. La Donna Ogungbemi-Jackson has brought professionalism and expertise to the team. Her ability to develop a program from a concept through to delivery and evaluation is marveled by all who work alongside her. Her attention to detail and passion for innovation and quality has led to the development of a blog, newsletter, engaging websites and Facebook. She is a leader and mentor. Rick Wang and Alex DiGirolamo are the administration team of the organization. They work diligently to improve processes, develop quality databases, reports, manuals and records. They are the problem solvers who jump in to support the needs of the team without hesitation. As well, they present a superior level of professionalism in the administration and documentation processes of MCSC.”

Download • Annual Report 2015-2016 • Building a Skilled Workforce

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