2022 Conference Program

Conference Program

March 16, 2022

07:30

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

08:30

Conference Opens 

Opening Remarks:

Delia Veronica Joseph

Master of Ceremonies

I am Delia Veronica Joseph, Certified Mediator for over 20 years, Certified Life Coach for 12 years, Healing Facilitator and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, and currently a Mediator for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Delia has developed and facilitated workshops at the Victim Offender Mediation Association conference in Philadelphia, PA. Closer to her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba Delia has facilitated victim sensitivity workshops for Justice Committees, facilitated Community Justice Forums, as well as regularly facilitated Colour of Fear, a full day workshop addressing racism.

Opening Prayer:

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Grandmother Moon Lodge

Mae Louise Campbell is from the Ojibwa-Saulteaux Metis Nation. She has birthed five children and is a Granny and great Grandmother to many. She grew up in the small Metis northern communi-ty of Kississing Lake-Cold Lake MB, her family originates from Waterhen she is 1 of 8 children birthed to William and Marie Campbell.

 

Elder Mae Louise life’s work is centred on protecting and resurrecting that which was almost erad-icated under centuries of colonization; our Indigenous Spiritual Values and PrinciplesIt is with a sense of urgency that she encourages all peoples at every level to commit to bringing back our Ancestral Indigenous knowledge for it is perhaps our only real hope to bring balance into a world that has suffered the consequences of colonial powers for far too long.

 

The scale and scope of Elder Mae Louise’s vision is large and keeps her very busy. She is the Elder in Residence at Red River College and University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work (Selkirk campus). Guest Elder and Traditional Knowledge Educator at STFX University, Coady Institute through their National Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program.She sits on Mayor Bowman’s Indigenous Advisory Circle. She developed and operated a Healing Lodge called Grandmother Moon Lodge for 18 years assisting Indigenous women to find their purpose in life through holistic Indigenous values and principles.She is Wisdom Keeper on the Grandmother Council of Manitoba known as Kookum Kaa Na Da Maa Waad Abinoojiiak Council: Grandmothers Protecting our Children. Additionally she has sat on the First Nations Advisory Committee Board to Canada’s Prenatal Nutritional Program of Manitoba. Elder advisor for the Canadian Women’s Foundation on their National Task Force Report on; Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada and most recently was a Recipient of 2016 Inspire National Aboriginal Achievement Awards under the Spiritual -Cultural category. Currently she is Elder and co-founder on a project Clan Mothers Healing Village and Knowledge Centre a contemporary sustainable innovative holistic model of healing, education and training that will support Indigenous women and girls who have been victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

 

Informally, Elder Mae Louise is Grandmother/Elder/Advisor to many organizations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and across Canada which employ “Indigenous value based healing systems” in their approach to working with our families, communities and All Our Relations.

At the age of 85, Elder Mae Louise is unwavering in her belief that; “this dogmatic colonized political world will only change with guidance from our original advisors; the Grandmother Councils, and the Clan Mother Tribal systems which came before us that created culturally intelligent systems of governance and were Matrilineal led resulting in nurturing gentler communities across this Earth Mother of Ours. She believes this is a main focus for all Indigenization conversations so peoples can implement change with in governance systems that are currently not working bringing a more balanced way forward for all peoples.

Greetings from the Province:

Hon. Ralph Eichler

Minister of Economic Development and Training

09:00

Keynote Speaker:

Nadine Spears

Owner/President, Metal Depot Ltd.

With a personal mission to inspire, educate and motivate everyone to reach for their “best selves” in every phase and aspect of their life, Nadine brings 25+ years of corporate, business to business and local entrepreneurship experience to the table.

She has worked in Finance, Manufacturing and the Construction industry in various positions and capacities for the past 25 years and has owned and operated the Metal Depot for the last 14.  

She is a single mom, dog owner, business owner and employer of 9 full time staff (8 of whom are women and the 9th is her ex-husband!)
In her spare time Nadine has a passion for solo international travel and house sitting, learning to play the piano, and camping.

Fun Fact:  Nadine hopes to walk the Camino de Santiago for her 60th birthday in 2023
Metal Depot specializes in custom metal fabrication, light manufacturing and resale of metal roofing, siding and all related accessories. 
Metal Depot is proud of its core values:

    • Own it – No Blaming!
    • Learn it – No Limits!
    • Share it – No Ego!
    • Deliver it – No Excuses!

They are especially proud of their beautiful new design center & fabrication shop and welcome anyone in for a tour!

With a personal mission to inspire, educate and motivate everyone to reach for their “best selves” in every phase and aspect of their life, Nadine brings 25+ years of corporate, business to business and local entrepreneurship experience to the table.

She has worked in Finance, Manufacturing and the Construction industry in various positions and capacities for the past 25 years and has owned and operated the Metal Depot for the last 14.  

She is a single mom, dog owner, business owner and employer of 9 full time staff (8 of whom are women and the 9th is her ex-husband!)
In her spare time Nadine has a passion for solo international travel and house sitting, learning to play the piano, and camping.

Fun Fact:  Nadine hopes to walk the Camino de Santiago for her 60th birthday in 2023
Metal Depot specializes in custom metal fabrication, light manufacturing and resale of metal roofing, siding and all related accessories. 
Metal Depot is proud of its core values:

    • Own it – No Blaming!
    • Learn it – No Limits!
    • Share it – No Ego!
    • Deliver it – No Excuses!

They are especially proud of their beautiful new design center & fabrication shop and welcome anyone in for a tour!

09:30

Networking Break

10:00

Panel Discussion: 

Manitoba Women Leaders

Five construction industry leaders speak candidly about their experience, observations, and ideas for positive change as women in a male-dominated industry.

Panelists

Jaime is a partner at Econo Wall and Ceilings. EWC employs skilled interior systems mechanics and specializes in steel stud framing, drywall installation and finishing, and acoustic ceilings and panels. Jaime’s official roles are in human resources and safety, and that keeps her calendar pretty full. However, you might also catch her taking on a whole bunch of other tasks, like organizing the annual ping pong tournament or purchasing a gong for the estimating department.

With her in-depth background in management, sales, and coaching, Jaime brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and is especially interested in providing an engaging working environment where employees are appreciated and always encouraged to learn and grow. Notable recent EWC projects include Alloway Hall, Red River College Innovation Center and the Co Op food store on Sterling Lyon.

Jaime graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Psychology Honours degree, and more recently has completed Certificates in both Applied Management and Human Resources Management. In her spare time, Jaime has completed her formal coaching certification and within her coaching company, The Amaryllis Project, she specializes in helping women smash their goals by growing their confidence and crushing their self doubts.

Teri is the Vice President – Administration and Health and Safety Manager in the general contracting firm, Parkwest Projects Ltd. She has been working in the construction industry in various roles for the past 20 years. Teri has a diploma in Business Administration, is a National Construction Safety Officer, a Professional Gold Seal Certified Construction Safety Practitioner, and holds a Canadian Risk Management designation. She believes in continuing education and is currently working towards a Human Resource Management Certificate.

 

Teri is an avid volunteer in the construction industry and was on the founding board of Winnipeg Construction Association’s Manitoba Women in Construction (MWC). She serves as a Director-At-Large on the Winnipeg Construction Association’s (WCA) Board of Directors, and is a WCA representative on the Manitoba Construction Sector Council Board of Directors. Teri is a member of the Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal Advisory Committee and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba’s Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Manitoba Chapter of the General Contractors Alliance of Canada.

 

Angelique (Angie) Cusson is a Human Resource professional with almost 20 years’ experience of senior and leadership positions in human resource management.  She has experience working in a variety of industries including: Federal, Provincial and now Municipal Government, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics, & Corporate HR services.  She has taught the HR Certificate Program through Red River College and has owned her own HR consulting business for the last 10 years.  To compliment her professional experience, Angie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and has also attained a Master’s degree in Social Science specializing in Global Human Resources from the University of Liverpool in 2015.

Angie has worked across rural Manitoba and parts of Northern Canada during her career, she has a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of managing government funded organizations in smaller communities, as well as, in medium size and Capital cities.  In her current role she has returned to Winnipeg and is now focused on achieving smart, sustainable HR services as the Director of Human Resource Services for the City of Winnipeg.  As the most senior HR professional at the City, she is responsible for leading a team of 160 HR staff in a hybrid model of specialty and generalist services across eight major departments that includes; Winnipeg Transit, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services, Community Services, Water & Waste, Public Works, Planning, Property & Development, indirectly the Winnipeg Police Service and Corporate Support Services including the Office of the Mayor and City Council.  HR Services will continue to focus on assessing and developing HR programs to meet the evolving needs of a complex workforce of over 10,000 people, and will work with all levels of the senior management team to support strategic planning efforts and the vision of our next CAO to a be sustainable and vibrant City growing towards a population of a million people.

Muriel Torchia Shyjak has been blazing trails and looking to make a difference since stepping into the construction industry in 2005. She holds a degree in Environmental Design and a combined 10 years of experience as both a Commercial and Industrial Lighting Designer and a Marketing Coordinator for an electrical wholesaler on a National team. Muriel and her partner purchased MG Electrical/Mechanical Services Ltd in 2011 and she began a new chapter in her career as business owner of an electrical, mechanical, and technical contracting company in Winnipeg. She has worked in almost every capacity at her company, knowing that being successful means understanding all aspects of the business. Muriel was managing her company’s large projects and field teams when the opportunity arose to join the University of Manitoba’s Architectural and Engineering Services department as a Project Manager. On a year-long sabbatical, Muriel continues to wear multiple hats and is still passionate about seeing other women enter and succeed in the construction industry. She sits on several advisory boards, volunteers at mentorship events, and speaks at events to promote and encourage meaningful change.

Bonnie Pankratz is the President and founder of AXIS Inspection Group Ltd, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba  AXIS is an Industrial solutions provider serving the North America steel industry. Bonnie has over 25 years of experience in the industrial welding industry and has spent the past 15 focusing on Welding Inspection, Non-Destructive Testing as well as Weld Qualification training and testing.

Bonnie’s experience includes business development and management with ASME, CSA and various Welding procedure and quality requirements, Industry Facility Maintenance Inspection planning and execution, Various Welding inspection and NDT methods and the implementation and maintenance of ISNET, COR Safety, ISO 9001 and other quality and safety requirements for industrial applications.

“Remember the front windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror for a reason. Seek out opportunities, and don’t be afraid to fail, learn from your mistakes but don’t focus on them, and always look ahead at what is possible rather than think about what may not be”. Be proud of the time, work and effort you put in, because you may be inspiring someone else to do the same.”

 

Moderator

10:55

AM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Recruitment and Advancement of Women in Trades A Workshop for Employers

Supporting Reservists’ Employment in Construction

Maj Burch was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB as the oldest child of four. She was a cadet for a number of years, which led to her joining the Army Reserve as a Combat Engineer NCM in 2004 as part of a high school co-op program.

 

Maj Burch joined the Combat Engineers in Winnipeg, when the unit was lodged with the Fort Garry Horse. She completed Engineer trades training and achieved the rank of Master Corporal, then became a commissioned officer in 2010. Maj Burch finished the Army Operations Course in July 2015, and was promoted to Major in 2016.

 

Maj Burch was a Troop Commander in 31 Engineer Squadron for two years, then the squadron commander of 31 ES in Winnipeg for three years. She is currently the Deputy Commanding Officer of 38 CER, as well as the Squadron Commander for 31 ES. Maj Burch deployed as part of the Domestic Response Company in 2014 to fight the floods in Portage la Prairie, and has participated in numerous brigade and engineer exercises over the course of her career. She is part of 38 CBG’s Arctic Response Company Group, most recently as the 2IC for the company on Ex ARCTIC RAM 16 last February in Resolute Bay, NU. Maj Burch was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.

 

Maj Burch holds Bachelor degrees in Science (2010) and Education (2013), both obtained at the University of Manitoba. She currently teaches grades 9-12 at Pinawa Secondary School in Pinawa, MB in the subjects of mathematics, chemistry and physics. She also referees basketball and is an active participant in the school’s extensive Outdoor Education program.

 

Maj Burch enjoys traveling, and spent a short period of time teaching Grade 2 students in Thailand. Her hobbies include cooking, fishing and spending time outside with her dog. She and her husband, Tyson, live in Beausejour, and enjoy camping and road trips together

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. Role of the High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)

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

Karen Walsh is the Executive Director for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) in Newfoundland and Labrador a position which she has held for the past 9 years – this position provides Karen with the opportunity to work with women who are interested in or trained in the construction trades and help them advance through their careers. Karen is also the Project Consultant for the newly opened Office to Advance Women Apprentices in five other provinces
in Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

 

Karen’s background is in Adult Education, she is a trained Life Coach, holds a diploma in Community Leadership, is trained in Dale Carnegie Leadership, and is a Trainer/Speaker with the John Maxwell Certified Coaching Program. Karen has worked for many years in the area of apprenticeship and adult education and spends many hours volunteering her life coach skills to single mothers and women seeking guidance.

 

Karen is a firm believer that “our limitations begin and end in our minds” and in her work with advancing tradeswomen she encourages them to make stepping stones out of obstacles so that they don’t see their challenges as barriers but a road to cultural change.

Karen Walsh is the Executive Director for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) in Newfoundland and Labrador a position which she has held for the past 9 years – this position provides Karen with the opportunity to work with women who are interested in or trained in the construction trades and help them advance through their careers. Karen is also the Project Consultant for the newly opened Office to Advance Women Apprentices in five other provinces
in Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

 

Karen’s background is in Adult Education, she is a trained Life Coach, holds a diploma in Community Leadership, is trained in Dale Carnegie Leadership, and is a Trainer/Speaker with the John Maxwell Certified Coaching Program. Karen has worked for many years in the area of apprenticeship and adult education and spends many hours volunteering her life coach skills to single mothers and women seeking guidance.

 

Karen is a firm believer that “our limitations begin and end in our minds” and in her work with advancing tradeswomen she encourages them to make stepping stones out of obstacles so that they don’t see their challenges as barriers but a road to cultural change.

Karen Walsh is the Executive Director for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) in Newfoundland and Labrador a position which she has held for the past 9 years – this position provides Karen with the opportunity to work with women who are interested in or trained in the construction trades and help them advance through their careers. Karen is also the Project Consultant for the newly opened Office to Advance Women Apprentices in five other provinces
in Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

Karen’s background is in Adult Education, she is a trained Life Coach, holds a diploma in Community Leadership, is trained in Dale Carnegie Leadership, and is a Trainer/Speaker with the John Maxwell Certified Coaching Program. Karen has worked for many years in the area of apprenticeship and adult education and spends many hours volunteering her life coach skills to single mothers and women seeking guidance.

Karen is a firm believer that “our limitations begin and end in our minds” and in her work with advancing tradeswomen she encourages them to make stepping stones out of obstacles so that they don’t see their challenges as barriers but a road to cultural change.

High school, done differently is a reality for students at Seven Oaks School Division’s Seven Oaks Met School, Maples Met School, and Met Centre for Arts & Technology. These interest-driven high schools connect curriculum-based learning and student passions with the real world. Met students earn all required credits while participating in hands-on learning, tailoring their work to the areas of study they’re most interested in – whether that interest lies within mechanics, medicine, or music. They follow the Big Picture Learning Network’s one student a time philosophy, which assumes students learn best when actively participating in their own education and doing something they are passionate about.

Maribeth Tabanera, is the Learning Through Internship Coordinator at all three Met Schools. Their role is to connect students with mentors and internships in the community. Maribeth is an alumnus of Red River College and University of Winnipeg’s Industrial Arts/Technology Education program, and throughout their career has been an advocate for women exploring future careers in traditionally male-dominated industries. Maribeth and their student will share best practices and stories regarding young women pursuing a career in the trades.

Moderator

3. Indigenous Women in Construction: A Story of Success – MB Status of Women Project

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!

Jennifer uses her experience in construction to bring career awareness and digital technology to remote Indigenous communities across Manitoba. Students, teachers, counsellors, parents and administrators are virtually placed on the construction site to learn more about opportunities in the construction industry. The virtual and augmented reality resources are downloaded on the equipment in schools for future access.

Moderator

4. Women in Journey People-Together We Can Do it!

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.

Alexis Isaac entered into the Boilermakers
Union Local 555 as an apprentice at 22
years of age. During her Apprenticeship
training, she worked for her Local 555 in
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and north-west
Ontario. She traveled to Alberta to work
for Local 146. Alexis has worked on tanks,
fertilizer plants and in many different
types of refineries.
Alexis completed the first three levels of
her Apprenticeship training at Red River
College. At the age of 25 years old, Alexis
Isaac received her Red Seal Boilermaker
Certificate.
Alexis stays in this career because she likes
to learn new things and finds the work
she does rewarding and challenging all at
the same time. Alexis wants to empower
other women to join the trades because
working in the trades is rewarding.
Alexis’s advice to other women looking to
pursue a career in trades is: “Just do it! The
hard work pays off and its worth it at the
end when you have your red seal ticket.
You will have endless opportunities all
over the world.”

Jenna Nowicki is a level 2 welder apprentice.
Prior to entering welding, she worked as a
secretary, sales associate and waitress for four
years. Jenna felt something needed to change.
She wanted financial independence and a job
she could be proud of. Not being financially
independent made paying for school difficult.
Luckily a girl at the beauty shop she was
working at told her about Trade Up Your Future,
a government program to help get women
into trades.
The first day was scary, there were sparks
everywhere. The first week was hard. She was
one of two females and older than most of the
other students. She was in tears a few times.
Jenna graduated as valedictorian from
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology,
with a job already lined up. She participated
in numerous courses during her program that
promoted women in trades. This led to strong
lasting connections that have helped her
along the way. She made lasting friends during
the welding program who are now great
connections in the welding community.
Currently she is building swimming pools out
of shipping containers for a local Winnipeg
company while also running a small custom
build home business. She still loves welding
and fabrication.

Makenna Ducharme, a level 2 electrician,
chose the trades because of the high
school Apprenticeship program at
Kildonan East Collegiate where she
was able to obtain her level 1 as an
electrician. Makenna decided to try the
trades because she wasn’t a person who
enjoyed sitting at a desk all day.
From there she went on to Red River
College where she received her level
2 Apprenticeship. Makenna joined the Office to Advance Women Apprentices last
summer when she was in need of assistance in
finding employment.
Makenna grew up watching her father, uncle
and aunt work in their trades as plumbers.
Being in a trade wasn’t really something she
thought of doing but watching her aunt
inspired her. Some of Makenna’s hobbies are
hunting, fishing (summer and winter), being
with friends and playing hockey.
For Makenna being a tradeswoman doesn’t
feel like work. It challenges her while having a
great wage. If you are considering the trades
Makenna says go for it! Try something and see
where it takes you. That’s exactly what she did
to find a career that she enjoys; even if it takes
a few different tries it’s worth it!

Bonny Normand has been working in the flooring trade for over 10 years doing installs on laminate, hardwood, and vinyl plank flooring.  She specializes in new home construction at Moore Woodworking, a sub-contractor to The Floor Show.

 

Bonny was introduced to the trade by helping out at job sites with her husband, the owner of Moore Woodworking. Her ability to maintain a safe work environment, adapt to different jobsite conditions, and provide a keen eye to detail, made this trade a perfect fit for her.  Bonny also maintains all the invoices, billing, and paperwork that is involved with Moore Woodworking.

 

Bonny always feels a great sense of accomplishment at the end of every job. Seeing the transformation from beginning to end is very satisfying. She also enjoys working in a fast paced, productive environment that changes and challenges her from jobsite to jobsite.

 

Bonny would encourage other women to explore a career in the trades. Her experience has been very rewarding, with constant room for growth, both professionally and personally.

Samantha Lewis is a red seal carpenter.
Working along side her handy-man dad as
a child young child she was inspired to work
in the trades. She took the pre-employment
program at Red River College in 2014 and
after successfully completing the program,
she applied to Bockstael Construction to work
as a level one Apprentice. She was hired that
summer and has spent her entire construction
career with them. Commercial construction,
which is highly focused on concrete, is a side
of carpentry that she did not know of, but
she really enjoys it. She likes working outside
and using her body physically. Seeing the
beginning and behind the scenes stages of
new builds, keeps her interested. She loves
that every job site is different and that you
never stop learning the craft. Working for a
family-run company and along- side many
supportive coworkers can be rare but is an
aspect of her job that she has never takes for
granted.
Why pursue a career in construction? “If
you have the slightest interest in working
with your hands, or tools. If builds and
renovations spark your curiosity, if you enjoy
seeing visual progress of something you’ve
worked on, the trades are for you.
Don’t let anything like not having experience
or the fact that it is a male dominated industry
get in your way. There are many resources
here in Manitoba to get you started, as well
as support groups to help you feel more
comfortable. But most important, like any
career choice, you should do something that
you are fully interested in. And as long as you
go in with a positive attitude, ready to learn
and give it your best, you will succeed!

Moderator

5. Newcomer hub-IPW and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

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.

Rijad Hadzic is self-made business person whose determination for success has become a source of family pride. Rijad has been working in the construction field for 12 years. He learned the ups and downs of the trade by being physically and intellectually immersed into the daily operations of running a construction business. Rijad has successfully established a business model where profit and partnerships can be equally made without compromising one another.

 

Rijad is an expert on the construction work cultural dynamics which  he mastered throughout his interaction with partners and staff from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Rijad developed a mutually beneficial relationship with our Indigenous communities and shared his knowledge in the field with different Indigenous business partners and learned culturally appropriate business working methods.

Arnaud Rumbete immigrated to Canada 13 years ago; he spent 4 years in Montreal, Quebec and has been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the last 9 years. Arnaud is originally from Burundi, a small country in east Africa.

He started working in Construction in the spring of 2012, despite having no prior experience in the construction industry and barely speaking English, Arnaud persevered beyond the physical and mental demands of the field.

Today, Arnaud is full-time, self-employed in the construction industry and has been for the past 5 years. The journey of running his own business has its challenges but Arnaud believes that with passion, perseverance and love for what one does, we can overcome many obstacles.

Arnaud understands the challenges that immigrants face when settling in Canada, he gives back to his community by hiring minorities and by providing guidance and mentorship.

Moderator

11:55

Networking Break

12:00

Lunch

Keynote Speaker

Mary Van Buren,
President of the Canadian Construction Association

“I’ll have what they’re having.” Taking your place at the table.

Mary Van Buren, president of the Canadian Construction Association will share her career path. From aspiring journalist to leading the association of one of Canada’s most important economic sectors, Mary will share some of the challenges she’s overcome and the stories of those who inspired her along the way. As a champion of organizational transformation, she has first-hand experience in facing obstacles head on while remaining focused on achieving excellence.

1:00

Keynote Speaker

Wendy Hofford,
President of WH Strategic Drive Inc.

Wendy is the President of WH Strategic Drive Inc. a facilitation, training and consulting firm specializing in Clifton Strengths, Leadership development, Human Resources, and Human Behaviours in the Workplace.
Wendy draws her experience from her years as a director of operations, and senior human resource roles where she was instrumental in transforming organizations from struggling to thriving. She has proven that effective leadership works.
Working in various industries as Director of Operations, HR Director, National Construction Safety Officer, Executive Coach, Strategic Leadership Trainer and Advisor for over 15 years, Wendy shares her experience and knowledge to all levels of the organization from front line to senior management to increase effectiveness, engagement and productivity.

Find your Voice and use it!  Discover what it takes to be heard!

Imagine being in a meeting, office, or job site, where you feel that your input is not needed or taken seriously?  If you are someone that doesn’t need to imagine it because if has happened to you, you are not alone.  No matter the industry, when women work in male-dominated environments, many struggles to find their voice and to be heard.  To be recognized as a valuable member of the workforce for any organization, a person must first be confident in themselves and that they belong there.

Delivering her message with experience, insight, and humour, Wendy shares her stories, strategies, and concepts to remind you that you have what it takes to find your voice and use it.

Wendy’s engaging, energizing, and informative keynote presentation will leave the audience reflecting on their own challenges, their voice, and a sense of empowerment to be heard.

This keynote will touch on the top 3 strategies

What it takes to find your own voice and gain more confidence?

How we can strengthen our voices and support each other?

How employers can support women in the workplace and build a better culture?

 

1:40

Networking Break

2:00

PM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Use of Technology to Attract, Engage, Educate New and Existing Employees

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.

Shelly Plett, OHS Certified, NCSO, started her career in the Heavy/Civil Construction Industry over 26 years ago. Her father was a Civil Superintendent for a heavy construction company and introduced Shelly to the industry at a young age.  She started from the ground up – laboring, flagging, operating heavy equipment, administrating/managing small projects, and working in the health and safety field.  26 years ago, seeing women on a construction site was far rarer than it is in today’s world!

 

In 2004, Shelly started her own consulting firm, SWS Training & Consulting Inc. geared towards heavy/civil clients to provide applicable, honest and reliable services.  Over the years it has grown and has changed to meet industry demands and was previously known as Safety with Shelly – CONSULTING SERVICES Ltd.  Since 2016, SWS primarily focuses on Heavy Equipment Operator Training, safety training, equipment training and consulting.  Shelly proudly boasts their training is FOR industry, FROM industry. SWS is a PVI (Private Vocational Institute) in Manitoba and currently has a 20%-30% female enrolment rate.  This is great for the Construction world!

 

Being able to have the “from the ground up experience” has enabled Shelly to fully understand the industry’s training and program needs from a broader perspective.  It’s never a simple answer and often requires lots of planning within complex situations.  

 

Shelly strives to continue growing her business, and would encourage any woman looking to get into the heavy/civil industry to keep pursuing their dreams.  Being a part of this industry, you are literally shaping the earth one project at a time.  A piece of advice (from her father) that has helped Shelly overcome many obstacles and challenges in this ever changing, diverse, tough but rewarding industry, is this: “If someone else can do it, so can you”.  Always be respectful, keep your integrity.   Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom. In fact, look for an entry level job to get your foot in the door.  Then don’t stop.  Keep moving, and keep growing.

Shelly Plett, OHS Certified, NCSO, started her career in the Heavy/Civil Construction Industry over 26 years ago. Her father was a Civil Superintendent for a heavy construction company and introduced Shelly to the industry at a young age.  She started from the ground up – laboring, flagging, operating heavy equipment, administrating/managing small projects, and working in the health and safety field.  26 years ago, seeing women on a construction site was far rarer than it is in today’s world!

 

In 2004, Shelly started her own consulting firm, SWS Training & Consulting Inc. geared towards heavy/civil clients to provide applicable, honest and reliable services.  Over the years it has grown and has changed to meet industry demands and was previously known as Safety with Shelly – CONSULTING SERVICES Ltd.  Since 2016, SWS primarily focuses on Heavy Equipment Operator Training, safety training, equipment training and consulting.  Shelly proudly boasts their training is FOR industry, FROM industry. SWS is a PVI (Private Vocational Institute) in Manitoba and currently has a 20%-30% female enrolment rate.  This is great for the Construction world!

 

Being able to have the “from the ground up experience” has enabled Shelly to fully understand the industry’s training and program needs from a broader perspective.  It’s never a simple answer and often requires lots of planning within complex situations.  

 

Shelly strives to continue growing her business, and would encourage any woman looking to get into the heavy/civil industry to keep pursuing their dreams.  Being a part of this industry, you are literally shaping the earth one project at a time.  A piece of advice (from her father) that has helped Shelly overcome many obstacles and challenges in this ever changing, diverse, tough but rewarding industry, is this: “If someone else can do it, so can you”.  Always be respectful, keep your integrity.   Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom. In fact, look for an entry level job to get your foot in the door.  Then don’t stop.  Keep moving, and keep growing.

Program Director, Lori has been with Skills Manitoba for 13 years and has been instrumental in the growth and development of the vast array of skilled trades and technologies awareness programs that Skills Manitoba offers the Community.

Program Director, Lori has been with Skills Manitoba for 13 years and has been instrumental in the growth and development of the vast array of skilled trades and technologies awareness programs that Skills Manitoba offers the Community.

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2. Human Resource Needs in the Construction Sector

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.

With 19 years of experience as the Electrical Joint Training Committee’s Program Coordinator, Rosa has been an integral team member in many of the EJTC’s initiatives and success stories. 

One initiative she is most proud of is the development of the EJTC’s highly successful Electrical Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) course.  Rosa was involved since its inception in 2004 in everything from assisting in policy writing, to setting up curriculum guidelines and procedures to navigating through all the regulatory bodies for the course. Her personal satisfaction came from the interaction with students who went on to graduate from the EJTC’s apprenticeship program to become successful electrical journeypersons with bright futures ahead of them!

Rosa is excited about the EJTC’s latest project – ‘A Quest for Balance’ – and about the opportunity to encourage more women into the trade.

Angelique (Angie) Cusson is a Human Resource professional with almost 20 years’ experience of senior and leadership positions in human resource management.  She has experience working in a variety of industries including: Federal, Provincial and now Municipal Government, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics, & Corporate HR services.  She has taught the HR Certificate Program through Red River College and has owned her own HR consulting business for the last 10 years.  To compliment her professional experience, Angie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and has also attained a Master’s degree in Social Science specializing in Global Human Resources from the University of Liverpool in 2015.

Angie has worked across rural Manitoba and parts of Northern Canada during her career, she has a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of managing government funded organizations in smaller communities, as well as, in medium size and Capital cities.  In her current role she has returned to Winnipeg and is now focused on achieving smart, sustainable HR services as the Director of Human Resource Services for the City of Winnipeg.  As the most senior HR professional at the City, she is responsible for leading a team of 160 HR staff in a hybrid model of specialty and generalist services across eight major departments that includes; Winnipeg Transit, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services, Community Services, Water & Waste, Public Works, Planning, Property & Development, indirectly the Winnipeg Police Service and Corporate Support Services including the Office of the Mayor and City Council.  HR Services will continue to focus on assessing and developing HR programs to meet the evolving needs of a complex workforce of over 10,000 people, and will work with all levels of the senior management team to support strategic planning efforts and the vision of our next CAO to a be sustainable and vibrant City growing towards a population of a million people.

Angelique (Angie) Cusson is a Human Resource professional with almost 20 years’ experience of senior and leadership positions in human resource management.  She has experience working in a variety of industries including: Federal, Provincial and now Municipal Government, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics, & Corporate HR services.  She has taught the HR Certificate Program through Red River College and has owned her own HR consulting business for the last 10 years.  To compliment her professional experience, Angie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and has also attained a Master’s degree in Social Science specializing in Global Human Resources from the University of Liverpool in 2015.

Angie has worked across rural Manitoba and parts of Northern Canada during her career, she has a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of managing government funded organizations in smaller communities, as well as, in medium size and Capital cities.  In her current role she has returned to Winnipeg and is now focused on achieving smart, sustainable HR services as the Director of Human Resource Services for the City of Winnipeg.  As the most senior HR professional at the City, she is responsible for leading a team of 160 HR staff in a hybrid model of specialty and generalist services across eight major departments that includes; Winnipeg Transit, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services, Community Services, Water & Waste, Public Works, Planning, Property & Development, indirectly the Winnipeg Police Service and Corporate Support Services including the Office of the Mayor and City Council.  HR Services will continue to focus on assessing and developing HR programs to meet the evolving needs of a complex workforce of over 10,000 people, and will work with all levels of the senior management team to support strategic planning efforts and the vision of our next CAO to a be sustainable and vibrant City growing towards a population of a million people.

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3. Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges – A workshop for Women Entering or Working in Trades

Susan Huebert is a Winnipeg writer and editor with experience in working with materials for both children and adults. She has a certificate in technical communication, as well as qualifications in English literature, librarianship, and other fields.

 

Since 2009, Susan has been writing career profiles on the trades, various professions, and more for the online educational company, Jobs People Do. In addition, she has written articles on various topics for CBC Manitoba, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications.  

 

As a resume and cover letter writer, Susan draws on her skills as an amateur journalist on the University of Winnipeg radio station to elicit essential details and her experience in writing to find the best and most effective way of highlighting people’s skills. 

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. Post-Secondary Institutions: How are they responding to the needs of women?

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.

Jennifer Cooper has been working as an electrical designer at SMS Engineering for just over a year. Prior to that she apprenticed and completed her red seal as a construction electrician. She plans to focus her future in the construction industry on lighting design.

Traci Cluff is a Red Seal Carpenter who gained her apprenticeship working in both the residential and commercial construction sectors.

 

Traci has worked in the construction industry totaling 9 years, both as a Carpenter and in the office where she has completed a rotation in Site Administration,  Estimating and most recently Project Coordination.

 

Traci is pursuing a certificate in Project Management through Red River College and volunteers with Manitoba Women in Construction on their Trades Outreach Committee.

Traci Cluff is a Red Seal Carpenter who gained her apprenticeship working in both the residential and commercial construction sectors.

 

Traci has worked in the construction industry totaling 9 years, both as a Carpenter and in the office where she has completed a rotation in Site Administration,  Estimating and most recently Project Coordination.

 

Traci is pursuing a certificate in Project Management through Red River College and volunteers with Manitoba Women in Construction on their Trades Outreach Committee.

Traci Cluff is a Red Seal Carpenter who gained her apprenticeship working in both the residential and commercial construction sectors.

 

Traci has worked in the construction industry totaling 9 years, both as a Carpenter and in the office where she has completed a rotation in Site Administration,  Estimating and most recently Project Coordination.

 

Traci is pursuing a certificate in Project Management through Red River College and volunteers with Manitoba Women in Construction on their Trades Outreach Committee.

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5. Sector Council Partnerships

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.

Jennifer Cooper has been working as an electrical designer at SMS Engineering for just over a year. Prior to that she apprenticed and completed her red seal as a construction electrician. She plans to focus her future in the construction industry on lighting design.

Ms. Ostermann has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of environmental and sustainability management system development and improvement. She has led the development of corporate management systems and associated improvement initiatives. She has management, operational and consultative experience in utility, aerospace, clean-tech, academic and telecommunications sectors. She is an Environmental Professional, certified through the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board and is a trained EMS Lead Auditor. Ms. Ostermann has a Bachelor of Science in environmental toxicology and a Master of Environment focusing on the use of existing, well-functioning management systems to enhance corporate sustainability performance.

Carla Devlin is a career driven and goal oriented entrepreneur, General Contractor, and land developer. President of Carrington Property Developments with 18 years’ experience to her accreditation, Carla has a list of renovations and new builds spanning from custom built luxury homes, infill housing, lakefront cottages and multifamily projects.

 

Creator of 6 thriving condo boards, Carla remains President of Silver Ridge Condominiums in East St. Paul and Red Oak Condominiums in Winnipeg. Carla owns and manages 30 rental properties in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Community Futures North Red since 2017.

 

Carla was elected in 2018 as Councillor for Ward 1 in the RM of East St. Paul where she will serve a 4-year term. Her passion and commitment to this position are evident as she works collaboratively with Council members for the common good of her community.

 

Carla is a proud mother of four children: Paityn (21), Daimin (16), Emily (12), Brenin (9) and knows the value of a dollar and hard work. Instilling these values in her children, Carla taught them at a very young age how to own and operate a business. In 2014, Serendipity Shave Ice debuted at the Kenora Harbour with four eager new entrepreneurs at the forefront. Also, following in her mother’s business savvy footsteps, Paityn is currently in the 4th year of university, studying at the Asper School of Business.

 

Despite her busy lifestyle, Carla understands the importance of work-life balance and spends as much time as possible with family and friends. Whether it is relaxing at her cottage on Lake of the Woods, enjoying watersport with her kids, or challenging herself to a round of golf, Carla is living life to its fullest! 

Kim is the catalyst of BAM. Her unrestrained passion for creating a strong bioscience industry in Manitoba has shaped the province in incalculable ways. With Kim in leadership, BAM is continually advocating for opportunities and innovation in Manitoba’s bioscience industry and her people-focused approach has reflected in an extensive expansion of the sector’s workforce development.

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3:05

Panel Discussion

Mentorship and Role of Organization that Support Women

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

Ellowyn is currently an Instructor in the Construction Management Degree Program at Red River College. With a Civil Engineering degree and a Supply Chain Management Professional designation, she’s experienced numerous perspectives in the construction industry. Ellowyn now uses her current position as an instructor to tie her consultant, owner and contractor perspectives together and share her wisdom with the students at RRC. Ellowyn was the first female elected to the WCA Executive Board of Directors and is currently serving in the role as treasurer. She likes to get involved in initiatives that help spark the interest of women and girls to the industry that she loves.

When asked why she chose to get involved with MWC, she replied, “The construction industry has provided a wonderful career and excellent lifestyle for myself and my family. I wanted to be part of something that helps other women realize the positives of the industry as well as help make it more accessible to other women.”
Ellowyn enjoys spending time with her husband and son, be it on the golf course or the archery range!

Nina Widmer is a certified Red Seal Journeyperson Bricklayer
who completed her program at Red River College. She has been working in the Masonry industry for the past 15 years. Her love for all thing’s masonry started at a young
age, when her father would take her along to watch and work on historical masonry restoration job sites. “For me,
it is incredibly important to help restore and preserve our
masonry heritage. Those buildings are some of the  most fundamental building blocks of our country and I want to make sure their architectural presence will continue on for
generations to come.” With that in mind, she created her company Widmer
Castings Inc. with her partner Scott, in 2013. They specialize
in the replication of architectural masonry units and also
custom build precast concrete for new construction because they want to be a part of this generations building legacy.
“The sense of accomplishment you get at the end of each
day when you step back and see what you have built with
your own two hands, and you know that it will be there for
generations to come, is incredibly satisfying.”
Having been the first female in Manitoba to enroll in the Bricklayer apprenticeship program, Nina knows what it’s like to be a female in a male dominated industry. It has become one of her goals in life to be a part of the movement that
supports and encourages more woman to try the Trades. “There are so many opportunities in the trades to learn, grow and financially support yourself. My hope is that more
woman will want to join and be a part of an industry that is continuing the growth and prosperity of our beautiful
province and country.”

Nina Widmer is a certified Red Seal Journeyperson Bricklayer
who completed her program at Red River College. She has been working in the Masonry industry for the past 15 years. Her love for all thing’s masonry started at a young
age, when her father would take her along to watch and work on historical masonry restoration job sites. “For me,
it is incredibly important to help restore and preserve our
masonry heritage. Those buildings are some of the  most fundamental building blocks of our country and I want to make sure their architectural presence will continue on for
generations to come.” With that in mind, she created her company Widmer
Castings Inc. with her partner Scott, in 2013. They specialize
in the replication of architectural masonry units and also
custom build precast concrete for new construction because they want to be a part of this generations building legacy.
“The sense of accomplishment you get at the end of each
day when you step back and see what you have built with
your own two hands, and you know that it will be there for
generations to come, is incredibly satisfying.”
Having been the first female in Manitoba to enroll in the Bricklayer apprenticeship program, Nina knows what it’s like to be a female in a male dominated industry. It has become one of her goals in life to be a part of the movement that
supports and encourages more woman to try the Trades. “There are so many opportunities in the trades to learn, grow and financially support yourself. My hope is that more
woman will want to join and be a part of an industry that is continuing the growth and prosperity of our beautiful
province and country.”

Moderator

3:50

Closing Remarks 

4:00 – 5:30

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

Join us for the meet and greet and opportunity to network with attendees and the entertainment of Frannie Klein.

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

Mae Louise Campbell is from the Ojibwa-Saulteaux Metis Nation. She has birthed five children and is a Granny and great Grandmother to many. She grew up in the small Metis northern communi-ty of Kississing Lake-Cold Lake MB, her family originates from Waterhen she is 1 of 8 children birthed to William and Marie Campbell.

 

Elder Mae Louise life’s work is centred on protecting and resurrecting that which was almost erad-icated under centuries of colonization; our Indigenous Spiritual Values and PrinciplesIt is with a sense of urgency that she encourages all peoples at every level to commit to bringing back our Ancestral Indigenous knowledge for it is perhaps our only real hope to bring balance into a world that has suffered the consequences of colonial powers for far too long.

 

The scale and scope of Elder Mae Louise’s vision is large and keeps her very busy. She is the Elder in Residence at Red River College and University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work (Selkirk campus). Guest Elder and Traditional Knowledge Educator at STFX University, Coady Institute through their National Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program.She sits on Mayor Bowman’s Indigenous Advisory Circle. She developed and operated a Healing Lodge called Grandmother Moon Lodge for 18 years assisting Indigenous women to find their purpose in life through holistic Indigenous values and principles.She is Wisdom Keeper on the Grandmother Council of Manitoba known as Kookum Kaa Na Da Maa Waad Abinoojiiak Council: Grandmothers Protecting our Children. Additionally she has sat on the First Nations Advisory Committee Board to Canada’s Prenatal Nutritional Program of Manitoba. Elder advisor for the Canadian Women’s Foundation on their National Task Force Report on; Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada and most recently was a Recipient of 2016 Inspire National Aboriginal Achievement Awards under the Spiritual -Cultural category. Currently she is Elder and co-founder on a project Clan Mothers Healing Village and Knowledge Centre a contemporary sustainable innovative holistic model of healing, education and training that will support Indigenous women and girls who have been victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

 

Informally, Elder Mae Louise is Grandmother/Elder/Advisor to many organizations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and across Canada which employ “Indigenous value based healing systems” in their approach to working with our families, communities and All Our Relations.

At the age of 85, Elder Mae Louise is unwavering in her belief that; “this dogmatic colonized political world will only change with guidance from our original advisors; the Grandmother Councils, and the Clan Mother Tribal systems which came before us that created culturally intelligent systems of governance and were Matrilineal led resulting in nurturing gentler communities across this Earth Mother of Ours. She believes this is a main focus for all Indigenization conversations so peoples can implement change with in governance systems that are currently not working bringing a more balanced way forward for all peoples.

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

Angelique (Angie) Cusson is a Human Resource professional with almost 20 years’ experience of senior and leadership positions in human resource management.  She has experience working in a variety of industries including: Federal, Provincial and now Municipal Government, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics, & Corporate HR services.  She has taught the HR Certificate Program through Red River College and has owned her own HR consulting business for the last 10 years.  To compliment her professional experience, Angie is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and has also attained a Master’s degree in Social Science specializing in Global Human Resources from the University of Liverpool in 2015.

Angie has worked across rural Manitoba and parts of Northern Canada during her career, she has a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of managing government funded organizations in smaller communities, as well as, in medium size and Capital cities.  In her current role she has returned to Winnipeg and is now focused on achieving smart, sustainable HR services as the Director of Human Resource Services for the City of Winnipeg.  As the most senior HR professional at the City, she is responsible for leading a team of 160 HR staff in a hybrid model of specialty and generalist services across eight major departments that includes; Winnipeg Transit, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services, Community Services, Water & Waste, Public Works, Planning, Property & Development, indirectly the Winnipeg Police Service and Corporate Support Services including the Office of the Mayor and City Council.  HR Services will continue to focus on assessing and developing HR programs to meet the evolving needs of a complex workforce of over 10,000 people, and will work with all levels of the senior management team to support strategic planning efforts and the vision of our next CAO to a be sustainable and vibrant City growing towards a population of a million people.

Branch Manager
Flynn Canada Ltd.

  • CET certified
  • Worked for Flynn for 15 years in various roles from estimating to project management and operations manager to branch manager now
  • Prior worked for a small architecture firm completing site inspections and drafting/specification

Travis Paul started his career in the construction industry 24 years ago as a carpenter apprentice. Following in his father’s footsteps, Travis became interested in the construction industry at an early age. He received his Red Seal Journeyperson Carpentry certificate in 2000, at which point he started to oversee small construction projects. In 2002, he became a Project Superintendent, and he then spent the next 10 years managing a wide range of construction projects from small tenant improvements, to large complex commercial construction projects. In 2013, he transitioned into the role of Field Manager, which kick started his management career. Since then he has moved through the roles of Construction Manager and Operations Manager, and finally into his current role as Vice President and District Manager of Manitoba for Bird Construction.

Travis now leads a team of 150 full time construction professionals working throughout Manitoba and North Western Ontario. His team is focused on safely executing a variety of construction projects including schools, water & waste water treatment plants, industrial buildings, retail stores, hotels, and offices. Bird Construction works in all of the major contract delivery models from Design Build, Construction Management, P3, GMP, IPD, and Design Bid Build. The company’s vision is to be a premiere Canadian contractor driven by passion and dedication, while building lasting relationships with clients built on trust and a collaborative spirit.        

Lesley Whitten is the Manager of Project Managers at FWS Group of Companies. She has been with FWS since 2008. Lesley has over 14 years’ experience in the construction industry. Her experience in project management includes design build, design bid build, and construction management. Examples of projects include green field grain elevators, large scale grain elevator retrofits, bulk fertilizer storage facilities, and multi-story condo buildings. In her current role, Lesley is responsible for overseeing all the project managers within FWS. She holds CET, PMP, and CM-Lean designations.

Tanya has a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. Tanya has 14 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. In 2005 Tanya started with UMA Engineering now known as AECOM and in July 2017 started with M.D. Steele Construction as a Project Manager.  Tanya has held roles as Project Manager, Construction Manager and Contract Administrator for various large, complex bridge, road, rail and airport projects such as Fermor Avenue Bridge over the Seine River, Plessis Underpass Project, Winnipeg Airport Authority Site Redevelopment and the Red River Floodway Expansion.

Moderator

11:15

AM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC):

Supporting Reservists’ Employment in Construction

Maj Burch was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB as the oldest child of four. She was a cadet for a number of years, which led to her joining the Army Reserve as a Combat Engineer NCM in 2004 as part of a high school co-op program.

 

Maj Burch joined the Combat Engineers in Winnipeg, when the unit was lodged with the Fort Garry Horse. She completed Engineer trades training and achieved the rank of Master Corporal, then became a commissioned officer in 2010. Maj Burch finished the Army Operations Course in July 2015, and was promoted to Major in 2016.

 

Maj Burch was a Troop Commander in 31 Engineer Squadron for two years, then the squadron commander of 31 ES in Winnipeg for three years. She is currently the Deputy Commanding Officer of 38 CER, as well as the Squadron Commander for 31 ES. Maj Burch deployed as part of the Domestic Response Company in 2014 to fight the floods in Portage la Prairie, and has participated in numerous brigade and engineer exercises over the course of her career. She is part of 38 CBG’s Arctic Response Company Group, most recently as the 2IC for the company on Ex ARCTIC RAM 16 last February in Resolute Bay, NU. Maj Burch was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.

 

Maj Burch holds Bachelor degrees in Science (2010) and Education (2013), both obtained at the University of Manitoba. She currently teaches grades 9-12 at Pinawa Secondary School in Pinawa, MB in the subjects of mathematics, chemistry and physics. She also referees basketball and is an active participant in the school’s extensive Outdoor Education program.

 

Maj Burch enjoys traveling, and spent a short period of time teaching Grade 2 students in Thailand. Her hobbies include cooking, fishing and spending time outside with her dog. She and her husband, Tyson, live in Beausejour, and enjoy camping and road trips together

Peggy May was born and raised in Winnipeg and is proud to call Manitoba home.

 

Peggy is a strategic leader with expertise in piloting organizations and delivering on the mission, vision and values of the organizations she has been responsible to. She excels at fostering relationships with stakeholders, partners, tenants, community and staff.

 

Her career has been a collection of dynamic experiences in the hospitality, entertainment and transportation industries.  She began her career in Winnipeg in the hotel industry, where she became entrenched in the tourism and hospitality community to raise Winnipeg‘s profile as a destination. 

 

She spent 15 years managing and developing the brand and distribution of IMAX theatres around the globe. During her tenure with IMAX Corporation, she held progressively responsible roles in sales, operational management, training and marketing for international operations managing market initiation for new theatres in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.  

 

Peggy spent 10 years with the Winnipeg Airport Authority as the marketing and Commercial Partnerships Director. She is proud of her contributions as one of the senior managers assigned to the “Activation Team” responsible for ensuring the operational and service success in the development of the new terminal.

 

Today, as the Chief Executive Officer for Southport Aerospace Centre Inc, she is focused on maintaining and growing the economic impact that Southport makes on the region. Southport’s total employment impact of 970 jobs has an economic output of $170 Million. It is a thriving community, including an airport, aviation and aerospace training facilities, manufacturing and educational institutions, a large residential area and several recreational options.

 

A community builder, supporter and volunteer, she has served as Director and Chaired numerous boards and committees. Currently, she contributes on the Boards of the Regional Community Airports of Canada and Portage Regional Economic Development and proud to serve as Vice-Chair for Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Governance Chair on the Travel Manitoba Board.

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.

Moderator

2. Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA)

Karen Walsh is the Executive Director for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) in Newfoundland and Labrador a position which she has held for the past 9 years – this position provides Karen with the opportunity to work with women who are interested in or trained in the construction trades and help them advance through their careers. Karen is also the Project Consultant for the newly opened Office to Advance Women Apprentices in five other provinces
in Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

 

Karen’s background is in Adult Education, she is a trained Life Coach, holds a diploma in Community Leadership, is trained in Dale Carnegie Leadership, and is a Trainer/Speaker with the John Maxwell Certified Coaching Program. Karen has worked for many years in the area of apprenticeship and adult education and spends many hours volunteering her life coach skills to single mothers and women seeking guidance.

 

Karen is a firm believer that “our limitations begin and end in our minds” and in her work with advancing tradeswomen she encourages them to make stepping stones out of obstacles so that they don’t see their challenges as barriers but a road to cultural change.

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

is a Career Strategist and Mindset Coach with 20 years experience in the field of Career Development. Anna began her career working with newcomers as they embarked on their first job search in Winnipeg and later worked on government strategies to help professionals get reestablished in Canada. These days she enjoys speaking to groups about mindset and how it affects a person’s career journey. Using a creative, holistic and mind-body approach, she enjoys developing strategies to help people feel empowered in their careers and lives. 

You can find Anna at www.strut4success.com 

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!

Moderator

4. Building Credibility in the Canadian Workplace

Canada’s Leader in Credibility & Reputation Management

Owner of Powered Profit, Powered by Jessica

 

What can you truly accomplish without credibility and a positive reputation? Asks Jessica LoRusso

 

Through Jessica LoRusso 20 plus years as an entrepreneur building several million dollar busineses, she has discovered that Credibility is the power that determines your believability and reputation both personally and professionally.  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.

 

In addition to leading teams, constructing business plans and designing process and codes of conducts, Jessica LoRusso has volunteered her time as Past President with the ALS society; Finalist for Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Building Business and Excellence in Service Categories) and Winner of Rookie of the Year, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

 

Niche services that Jessica and her team provide are Credibility and Reputation Management, Civility at Work, Industry Leader Strategist and Culture in the Workplace training with the International Civility Consortium Trainers. Jessica is one of twelve civility master trainers in the world and promotes her second book bestselling book, “Be Believable” and recently launched her third co-author book, “The Faces of Civility”.

 

Contact: call 204 770 4864   or email

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.

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

Rijad Hadzic is self-made business person whose determination for success has become a source of family pride. Rijad has been working in the construction field for 12 years. He learned the ups and downs of the trade by being physically and intellectually immersed into the daily operations of running a construction business. Rijad has successfully established a business model where profit and partnerships can be equally made without compromising one another.

 

Rijad is an expert on the construction work cultural dynamics which  he mastered throughout his interaction with partners and staff from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Rijad developed a mutually beneficial relationship with our Indigenous communities and shared his knowledge in the field with different Indigenous business partners and learned culturally appropriate business working methods.

Arnaud Rumbete immigrated to Canada 13 years ago; he spent 4 years in Montreal, Quebec and has been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the last 9 years. Arnaud is originally from Burundi, a small country in east Africa.

He started working in Construction in the spring of 2012, despite having no prior experience in the construction industry and barely speaking English, Arnaud persevered beyond the physical and mental demands of the field.

Today, Arnaud is full-time, self-employed in the construction industry and has been for the past 5 years. The journey of running his own business has its challenges but Arnaud believes that with passion, perseverance and love for what one does, we can overcome many obstacles.

Arnaud understands the challenges that immigrants face when settling in Canada, he gives back to his community by hiring minorities and by providing guidance and mentorship.

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.

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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

Olalekan Kehinde has a broad range of experience as an Architect and Project Manager of residential, commercial, institutional and light industrial projects. His work history is very extensive and comprise of experience in various aspects of architectural design, construction documentation, and contract administration.

He worked on client projects in affordable, multi-unit residential design across in Nigeria, Cameroun, Tanzania and also Canada where he currently resides.

He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (MNIA) and the Architect’s Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). He received trainings in the area of Sustainable Architecture from the University of Lincoln, England and he has contributed to ongoing discussions and academic research work in the built environment. He authored over 10 research papers in journals and conference proceedings on debates that surround theories of social sustainability, urban space/ecology, and the emerging trends in the contemporary modern architecture.

He is a newcomer in Winnipeg and currently works with the Affinity Architecture Inc.

Mila Mirkin has been working as a Transportation Designer at AECOM for the last four years, focusing on streets, roads and highway design.


Before coming to Winnipeg, Mila spent 18 years as a Traffic engineer in the Municipality of Holon and Nativei Ayalon – National Transport Infrastructure company, Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

With her extensive experience as an engineer both in Israel and Canada, Mila has learned new skills and applications regarding culture of engineering and tries to connect the two and bring something new to the table.


She enjoys spending free time with her family and in volunteering at various organizations and local events.

Opeyemi Akinola (‘Yemi’) is a certified Civil Engineering Intern who recently worked for the Geotechnical Department of KGS Group as a Field Representative on seismic refraction, underground water mains installation, and riprap installation projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Before becoming an Engineering Intern with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Yemi was a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in Nigeria where he worked as a Project Engineer, Construction Engineer, and Lecturer within the past 11 years. He has degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.

Yemi has a passion for soccer, volleyball and chess.

He is available for construction project management-related tasks including Project Planning, Estimating, Scheduling, Organizing, Coordination and Supervision. He is also available to render advice to Newcomers seeking to practice in the field of Engineering in Canada.

Manny is self-employed and is the CEO of Manny’s Consulting. As a general contractor, he is well established within the City of Winnipeg and throughout being the lead firm in many construction projects. Several construction accomplishments include the massive Sikh Temple at 1248 Wilkes Avenue, Gill International Travel agency at 894 Portage Avenue and a 32-unit condominium in Kingsbury.


As an immigrant himself, Manny has been providing insight to newcomers and immigrants arriving in Winnipeg. His passion and involvement in the community has surly impacted many
immigrants to continue pursuing their goals and to not give up hope as a newcomer into Canada. A perfect example of his dedication is guiding newcomers setting up and establishing their small business from planning, construction all the way to grand opening day! Even at a beginner scale, Manny also teaches newcomers and immigrants basic framing, carpentry and maintenance.


In his spare time, Manny loves coaching indoor soccer to youths, enjoys a good game of curling with his friends and even competes in fishing derbies.

Teslim is an experienced Project Management Professional (PMP)®, with a Bachelors degree
in Architecture, a Masters in Environmental Design and a Diploma in Project Management.
Teslim’s training, knowledge and experience in these fields have made him a well-rounded
project specialist in the construction industry.

Teslim has more than five years of work experience in architecture, construction and project
management. Primarily, he has handled residential projects focusing on the design and
construction of residential buildings. Teslim is currently working as an Assistant Project
Manager at Winnipeg Housing where he hopes to gain more knowledge of the field, add to his
skill set, become an asset and help realize company goals and objectives.   

In his spare time, Teslim loves to play/watch soccer, basketball and also loves cooking.

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14:15

PM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Skills Manitoba

Young Women’s Conference

Maria has been with Skills Manitoba for 14 years. She has successfully grown the organization from 3  to 30 Skilled  Trades Awareness Youth Programs province wide. Together with a strong Team of 8 staff has created a respected and thriving organization where youth get a “first” introduction to the exciting and fulfilling world of skilled trades and technology careers. The biggest growth area has been establishing 11 Young Womens Conferences throughout the Province of Manitoba. The team is always growing and innovating! Stay tuned for more exciting programs. 

Program Director, Lori has been with Skills Manitoba for 13 years and has been instrumental in the growth and development of the vast array of skilled trades and technologies awareness programs that Skills Manitoba offers the Community.

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.

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2. The Quest for Balance:

A Digital Recruitment Campaign

With 19 years of experience as the Electrical Joint Training Committee’s Program Coordinator, Rosa has been an integral team member in many of the EJTC’s initiatives and success stories. 

 

One initiative she is most proud of is the development of the EJTC’s highly successful Electrical Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) course.  Rosa was involved since its inception in 2004 in everything from assisting in policy writing, to setting up curriculum guidelines and procedures to navigating through all the regulatory bodies for the course. Her personal satisfaction came from the interaction with students who went on to graduate from the EJTC’s apprenticeship program to become successful electrical journeypersons with bright futures ahead of them!

 

Rosa is excited about the EJTC’s latest project – ‘A Quest for Balance’ – and about the opportunity to encourage more women into the trade.

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.

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3. Matching Credentials to a Construction Job Posting

Susan Huebert is a Winnipeg writer and editor with experience in working with materials for both children and adults. She has a certificate in technical communication, as well as qualifications in English literature, librarianship, and other fields.

 

Since 2009, Susan has been writing career profiles on the trades, various professions, and more for the online educational company, Jobs People Do. In addition, she has written articles on various topics for CBC Manitoba, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications.  

 

As a resume and cover letter writer, Susan draws on her skills as an amateur journalist on the University of Winnipeg radio station to elicit essential details and her experience in writing to find the best and most effective way of highlighting people’s skills. 

Yachar Barakat is an Employment Facilitator and Employment Liaison with The Immigrant Centre where he helps newcomers to Manitoba with resume and cover letter writing as well as job search and interview techniques.


Yachar has worked at The Immigrant Centre for 3 years and helped many people to obtain jobs in various areas.


Yachar has completed the Job Search Coach and Interview Skills Coach course from The Winnipeg Transition Centre, and working with a refugee cases for more than 6 years as a settlement counsellor and employment facilitator.

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

Jennifer Cooper has been working as an electrical designer at SMS Engineering for just over a year. Prior to that she apprenticed and completed her red seal as a construction electrician. She plans to focus her future in the construction industry on lighting design.

Traci Cluff is a Red Seal Carpenter who gained her apprenticeship working in both the residential and commercial construction sectors.

 

Traci has worked in the construction industry totaling 9 years, both as a Carpenter and in the office where she has completed a rotation in Site Administration,  Estimating and most recently Project Coordination.

 

Traci is pursuing a certificate in Project Management through Red River College and volunteers with Manitoba Women in Construction on their Trades Outreach Committee.

Carla Devlin is a career driven and goal oriented entrepreneur, General Contractor, and land developer. President of Carrington Property Developments with 18 years’ experience to her accreditation, Carla has a list of renovations and new builds spanning from custom built luxury homes, infill housing, lakefront cottages and multifamily projects.

 

Creator of 6 thriving condo boards, Carla remains President of Silver Ridge Condominiums in East St. Paul and Red Oak Condominiums in Winnipeg. Carla owns and manages 30 rental properties in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Community Futures North Red since 2017.

 

Carla was elected in 2018 as Councillor for Ward 1 in the RM of East St. Paul where she will serve a 4-year term. Her passion and commitment to this position are evident as she works collaboratively with Council members for the common good of her community.

 

Carla is a proud mother of four children: Paityn (21), Daimin (16), Emily (12), Brenin (9) and knows the value of a dollar and hard work. Instilling these values in her children, Carla taught them at a very young age how to own and operate a business. In 2014, Serendipity Shave Ice debuted at the Kenora Harbour with four eager new entrepreneurs at the forefront. Also, following in her mother’s business savvy footsteps, Paityn is currently in the 4th year of university, studying at the Asper School of Business.

 

Despite her busy lifestyle, Carla understands the importance of work-life balance and spends as much time as possible with family and friends. Whether it is relaxing at her cottage on Lake of the Woods, enjoying watersport with her kids, or challenging herself to a round of golf, Carla is living life to its fullest! 

Jennifer started her career with Jake Klassen’s Kitchen Gallery as a Kitchen and Bathroom Designer. She then went on to design custom homes with Huntington Homes.


Jennifer started with Qualico in 2014 as an Estimator for Kensington Homes. Over the years, Jennifer’s role has evolved and her duties have expanded to include home design and consulting for Foxridge Homes, who has won six MHBA Awards for Design in the last two years.


She has also provided expertise in drafting, home design, and product and materials selection for Kensington Homes.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and has successfully completed numerous design projects.


In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys travelling with her family and friends, going to the lake, and spending time with her family and their new puppies, Sadie and Duke.

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.

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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

Transition to Employment Manager, Red River College. School of Indigenous Education.

 

My focus for the last several years have been around developing the potential of Indigenous people. I understand the difficulties faced by Indigenous people in securing meaningful work and the challenges many of our youth face.

 

I began my career in the Canadian Armed Forces as an avionics technician and stayed in the aerospace sector in Manitoba for several years. I spent 8 years with Bristol Aerospace (now Magellan) and six years with Boeing Canada as a production manager on the 747 Program.

 

I spent 5 years in program management of open custody group homes in Kenora, Ontario and as the Finance Manager for Wauzhusk Onigum FN in Kenora.

 

I have worked in retail as the Director of Distribution for McDairmid Lumber and the General Manager of Neechi Commons in 2014.

 

Prior to joining Red River College in 2018, I was the Program Manager for the Community Reintegration Project with the Momentum Centre.

Maribeth Tabanera is the Learning Through Internship Coordinator at the Seven Oaks Met School and Maples Met School. Born and raised in the North End community of Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg), she attended Tec Voc High School and completed a vocational diploma in Graphic Design. Maribeth holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Winnipeg, 2010), Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher Education Diploma (Red River College, 2012), and Bachelor of Education (University of Winnipeg, 2013). Maribeth has worked in the Seven Oaks School Division since 2013. In the past, she has taught Graphic Design, Art, Drafting, Electronics, Woodworking, Theatre Technology, and Career Development. Since 2017, Maribeth has been working with the students and staff at Seven Oaks Met and Maple Met School. Her main role is to connect students with mentors in the community to develop their skills towards their desired career path. Maribeth has had the privilege of pursuing the activities she has been most passionate about. Her life’s work is dedicated to providing all students with the same opportunity, in hopes of helping students reach their version of success.

Kate is currently Dean, Trades, and Access & Community Programs at Assiniboine Community College and serves as one of two co-chairs on the National Council of Deans of Apprenticeship, Trades and Technology NCDATT.

 

Kate’s involvement and passion for trades and apprenticeship training began at the BC Institute of Technology BCIT where she was Coordinator for Women in Trades and later Associate Dean, Mechanical Trades. While at BCIT, Kate served a secondment to the Industry Training & Apprenticeship Commission ITAC as the Executive Director, Operations. In this role, she represented BC on the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship CCDA.

 

In 2006 Kate became Dean, Industry and Trades Training at Selkirk College in the West Kootenay region of BC and in 2017 moved to Brandon, Manitoba where she is Dean, School of Trades, and Access & Community Programs.

 

During her professional career, Kate has actively participated in many trades related and equity seeking organizations and committees, often serving in leadership roles, including:

 

  • National Council of Deans of Apprenticeship, Trades & Technology NCDATT – Co-Chair (formerly CDTAC)
  • Education Working Group – Manitoba Construction Sector Council MCSC
  • Board Member Career Trek (Manitoba) – Providing opportunities to youth to explore skilled trades
    British Columbia Association of Trades and Technical Administrators BCATTA
  • Trades Advisory Committee – BC School District #20
  • Board Member, go2HR – The HR resource for the tourism industry in BC
  • Advisory Committee, Work Opportunities for Women – Trail Community Skills Centre
  • Management Committee – Trades Training Consortium of BC
  • Chair, Skills Training Committee – Lower Columbia Community Development Team
  • Women in Trades & Technology WITT National Network
  • Millwright/Machinist Trade Advisory Committee – BC Apprenticeship System
  • Equity Participation Advisory Committee – BC Human Resource Development Project

Dani has been working with her hands since childhood, keenly watching and helping her carpenter grandfather with any task he would allow. At 18 she went off to university as was expected of her. After completing a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from Brandon University, she moved to Vancouver and pursued her need to work with her hands. After working a number of labour jobs, the stars aligned and a last minute spot opened up at Selkirk Colleges Fine Woodworking Program in Nelson, BC. She jumped at the opportunity and three days later found herself nestled in the mountains learning a new craft that oddly already felt a part of her. After the program she found herself back in MB running her own business and opening up her own shop. In 2015 she successfully challenged her red seal in Carpentry. She has led crews in both residential and commercial construction, developing a keen interest in historic restoration and heritage buildings. In 2018 Dani began instructing in the Carpentry and Woodworking Program at Assiniboine Community College. ACC creates a new challenging environment where Dani continues to thrive and grow in her trade, inspiring others to pursue their passion.

Laura Foss was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick where she attended high school and university. In the fall of 2011, she attended the Heavy Duty Mechanics Pre-employment program at Assiniboine Community College. She received a job offer to Toromont CAT in Brandon, while completing her summer Co-op work placement. She quickly became an apprentice in the heavy equipment trade attending ACC to complete her apprenticeship levels and receiving her red seal. Laura continued working with Toromont Cat until she started her teaching career at ACC in the spring of 2015. She now teaches in the program she attended, Heavy Duty Pre-employment, and is passionate about education and women understanding their options in the trades.

Melissa Constant is an important part of the student recruitment team at University College of the North (UCN), located in the Pas, MB. As one of the only trades colleges/universities in northern Manitoba, UCN provides opportunities for northern residents to train close to home. Melissa presents to high school students and the general public regarding the post-secondary education and training opportunities at UCN’s The Pas and Thompson campuses and its 12 regional access centres throughout the north. One of the programs that UCN offers is called Student For the Day. Prospective students can attend a class and speak with current students and instructors before committing to full-time studies.

Marnie has been dedicated to the career development field for over 19 years working most recently in post-secondary institutions (university and college environments). Marnie is a strong advocate for more representation of women in trades and technology careers and formed the Women in Trades & Technology (WITT) student group at MITT. WITT has evolved and become an initiative at MITT, obtaining funding from the provincial government to reach out to women and encourage their interest and participation in  technology and trades programs.  Marnie is a member of the OAWA (Office to Advance Women Apprentices) Project Advisory Committee and the Maven Committee (promoting gender parity in technology).

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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

Colleen Munro is sole owner and President of Hugh Munro Construction Ltd. (HCML), a
heavy civil construction company. She has developed many partnerships with Metis
and First Nation people and signed agreements with a multitude of other First Nation
reserves. She brings her expertise and knowledge of this industry to these groups
providing education and training with a drive to help them become autonomous and
more productive.

 
While the heavy construction industry is cyclical in its nature Colleen employs between
130 and 350 of people annually covering all parts of the province and locations outside
of Manitoba as well.


In addition to HMCL Colleen is sole owner and President of a list of corporations
including Lilyfield Quarry Inc. Incorporated in 1972, Colleen has worked in the
business since 1977. She was named Secretary/Treasurer in 1982 and became
President in 2008.

Nicole Chabot is the Vice President at a L. Chabot Enterprises Ltd, a Winnipeg heavy
construction company specializing in sand, gravel and stone crushing and delivery; roadway
construction and earthworks projects.


As the Vice President at L. Chabot Enterprises, and one of a few female executives in the
industry, Nicole was the first female President of the Heavy Equipment & Aggregate Truckers
Association of Manitoba (HEAT MB Inc.) in 2011. Nicole has served on the Board of Directors for
the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) from 2011 to present. Her role with
MHCA has included Board Member and Chairing the WORKSAFELY Committee; presently she is
Vice Chair of the Executive Board of Directors. Nicole is a graduate of the University of
Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is a Gold Seal Certified Construction Safety
Professional.

 

In 2016, Nicole Chabot spearheaded a group of leading business owners and influencers in the
RM of Springfield who established a local Chamber of Commerce. She is the first and current
President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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11:15

AM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Use Labour Market Information to Find High Demand Trades

Klayton Goncalves is a senior economist with BuildForce Canada, where he has been at the forefront of the organization’s construction labour market forecast. Goncalves has an interest in workforce diversity and has conducted several research pieces on gender issues, including state of women in construction and wage gap analysis. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Waterloo, with a focus on labour
economics.

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.

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2. Recruiting and Retaining Women in Trades

Karen Harper is from Peguis First Nation. Karen is currently employed as Community Liaison
with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, in the Women, Children and Families unit. With the
AMC, Women’s Council, Karen advocates for women’s leadership development and improving
the socio-economic status of women, children, and families. Karen is the proud mother of 2
adult sons.

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.

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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

Allison Bile graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Theatre and French. 


Allison gained an interest in filmmaking through her involvement with the Winnipeg Film Group by attending workshops on experimental filmmaking and volunteering on short films in the costume department.  


In 2009, Allison served as a board member and Secretary on the Winnipeg Film Group. She has also served as volunteer for Cancer Care Manitoba.  In 2003, she completed an internship with FTM in the costume department and was a Permittee with IATSE 856 in costumes.


Allison joined FTM in 2006 and has been promoted to various positions within the organization. She has completed courses on Arts and Culture Management through the University of Winnipeg and is the process of obtaining a certificate on Human Resource Management through Red River College.

Maryam has Bachelor degrees in Arts, Theatre, Education, Fine Arts and a background in Conflict Resolution and Creative Writing. She has worked on more than 50 productions over 20 years as a Production Designer, Production Manager and Gemini Award winning Set Decorator. She appreciates both the cooperative nature of filmmaking and the skill and hard work that go into it.  Maryam brings practical production experience to the OSM Team as well as a deep, clear understanding of the Manitoba media production industry and a commitment to mentorship, business development and fairness.

Christina Kasperczyk is a Vancouver based photographer and camera operator. She has photographed and filmed in locations all throughout Europe, Malaysia, South Africa, the Middle East and many other countries. 

 

She began her career in media design for training and education, and soon made her way into commercial media, which has led to a successful transition into camera operating for film, television and digital platforms.

 

Christina worked her way through film’s competitive ranks, from camera trainee to camera operator. She has been extremely active in the film community for over 27 years. She is as proud member of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) including serving on the executive board for 22 years.

 

Along with her success in motion picture cameras, Christina is known for her compelling stills photography through her company Lumin Pictures Inc.

After discovering her love of lighting through the theatre program at the University of Manitoba, Ami joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union and hit the ground running. In the past 4 years she has worked on numerous productions, including Dog’s Journey, The Grudge, and Tales from the Loop. These projects afforded her the opportunity to work with many Directors of Photography and Gaffers from across Canada and around the world. During this time Ami has also been developing her skill set by participating in Union sponsored training courses, in Winnipeg and New York to further her knowledge in the digital side of lighting.

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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!

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11:45

Networking Break

12:15

Lunch

Lunchtime Speaker

Bob Cameron, college quarterback and punter, led his team to two Vanier cups and was identified as the Canadian College football’s most valuable player winning the Hec Crighton award in 1977.

 

In Cameron’s 23-year career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, beginning in 1980, he punted more than 3,000 times for 134,301 yards. He was a Division all-star six times and a Canadian all-star four times.

 

The 1988 season stands out most in his long career. That year, he set records for the most regular season punts, 188, and most punting yards, 8,214. He won the Dick Suderman Award as the outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup game and was named Manitoba’s Male Athlete of the Year. He was the Bombers’ nominee as Most Outstanding Canadian that season and again in 1998. Cameron played in six championship games, winning in 1984, 1988 and 1990.

 

When Cameron retired in 2002, he held a record by appearing in 353 consecutive games, he was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2003, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and just entered the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.


Bob Cameron has worked as a residential renovator since buying and renovating his first rental home in 1985. As a sole proprietor, he has brought and renovated over 50 homes in Winnipeg and has employed many young Indigenous men and women looking to become carpenters in the industry.

13:15

Unconscious Bias and Advancing Women at Work

As Executive Director, Tanya van Biesen is responsible for the growth of Catalyst in Canada,
working closely with CEOs, senior executives, and Supporter organizations across the country to
accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.  She is a recognized and
accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the executive search sector,
most recently at Spencer Stuart, where she focused on search assignments at the board, CEO,
and general management levels, and also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice.


A passionate advocate for gender equality as a driver of economic growth and progress, Tanya
is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, and architect of change.  She has contributed to a
number of research studies analyzing leadership trends and attributes, and is a frequent
contributor to news media on issues related to women’s advancement, leadership and
workplace equality. Tanya holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of
Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. She speaks English, French, and
Dutch.

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

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14:15

PM Break Out Sessions **Sign Up Required**

1. Safety in the Workplace/Employee Rights

Carlos has been with the Province since late 2001, as a Safety and Health Officer.


He is also a Board certified CRSP for over ten years. I have looked after Construction, Manufacturing and the
Industrial sectors as a Safety and Health officer. Led the recently introduced regulatory harmonization
changes implemented in November 2008 and the recently adopted amendments to both the MR217
workplace safety and health regulations as well as the MR212 Operation of Mines regulation. At the moment, he is the Training and Development officer for the Workplace safety and Health Branch as well as a
member of the Policy team.

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

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2. Money Management:

Budgeting for Success

Kate currently works in real estate in the Portfolio and Risk Management division at
Great-West Life.

 

Prior to joining Great-West Life, Kate worked for BDO Canada LLP as
a Financial Valuations Analyst. Kate graduated from both Red River College and the
Asper School of Business with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and
Entrepreneurship.

 

She is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation
as a CFA Level 1 Candidate. In her spare time Kate loves to travel. She is also very
passionate about the stock market and teaching people about money management!”

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

Treena Chabot is a learning and development specialist and a Chartered Professional in Human
Resources. She owns the company TREE for Supervisors, where she advises organizations on the
Canadian Psychological Health & Safety Standard, and trains supervisors for their important roles in
protecting employee mental health and promoting mental wellness. Treena is the author of MeYouQ:
Life-Changing Protocols for People Leaders, which helps people live with greater peace and purpose, and
have better relationships at work. She comes armed with numerous best practices gained from research
and from teaching at Red River College for 18 years.

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.

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4. Benefits to Employing Indigenous Women in Trades

A member of Norway House First Nation in Manitoba, Diane has a Bachelor of Arts Undergraduate Degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Manitoba. Diane is certified human resources professional both in her region and in tribal areas in United States of America.


Diane has worked in the area of Human Resources for over 15 years both in the corporate sector as well as the Aboriginal communities.


Diane’s achievements have been recognized with the Bill Hanson Award for Aboriginal employment and the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM) Platinum Award for creating outstanding employment initiatives.
Diane holds professional designations in Human Resources and is also a member in good standing with professional memberships in her province and in United States of America. She received her Bachelor of Arts Undergraduate Degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1991. In spring 2002, the University of Manitoba
Continuing Education conferred upon Diane her Certificate in Human Resources. In October of the same year, she was granted her Certified Human Resource Professional (C.H.R.P) Designation from HRMAM. Diane went on to complete her Mediation Certificate through Mediation Services in May 2005. Diane is a member of HRMAM and has been co-chair of this Aboriginal Initiative since 2006. Internationally, Diane is a member of
the National Native American Human Resource Association (NNAHRA) and received her Tribal Human Resource Professional (T.H.R.P.) Certificate June 2011. Diane has conducted investigations in the area of Respectful Workplace.


Diane has created the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association (CAHRMA), hosting the first successful national conference November 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This association is dedicated to the development of human resources for our aboriginal communities. This association will also create a
certificate program that will develop aboriginal human resource professionals that will work for and in our communities; an area that is much needed however has limited resources of certified human resource professionals.


CAHRMA has held national Human Resources Conferences for the past five (5) years with the 2018 conference being held in Edmonton, Alberta at the Marriott at River Cree Resort May 15-17, 2018.

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?

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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

Forging my way into the male dominated field of carpentry has been challenging. I come from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. I’m the first Indigenous female to receive a Red Seal Journey-person Carpenter Certificate in Manitoba and also attain my Vocational Teaching Certification. Graduating with the highest achievement award in 2005.

Currently I am waiting to do contracts with Manitoba Construction Sector Council, teaching Carpentry Framing.

I received my heavy equipment training at the Griffith Mines in Ontario in the late 1970’s. I was hired as a 45, 75, 85 ton rock haulage Caterpillar truck driver. After a few year, I became the first Indigenous women working, as a Grader operator. I was thrilled at what power one had in controlling these big machines. Back then a heavy equipment operator was a traditional male job. Today, there are more and more women in the heavy construction industry. I encourage young women of today to seek a job that gives you as much pleasure as I have had in becoming a young female Grader operator. I am now retired and I enjoy being a mentor with MCSC.

Maxine Angoo was raised by her grandparents in a small town in Nunavut called Whale Cove. She grew up hunting and fishing with her grandparents. She started her Carpentry career in Winnipeg back in 2012 through B.U.I.L.D Inc. She attended Red River College for her Carpentry training and was an apprentice for a few years.

 

She worked in the construction industry for six years in Winnipeg and four in Nunavut. She worked for Bockstael construction, Jenkins construction, the Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology, Ryfan and for highways MB.


Maxine had a back injury and started doing other work in the city. She is currently an outreach coordinator for an Inuit organization, a consultant for a social marketing company, she clears now in the winter with a construction company and is also a single mother of two. She is an advocate for the Inuit who live in urban areas.

 

Although she isn’t working in the trades anymore, Carpentry will always be her passion. She strives to keep her culture and language alive while living outside of her home territory. During her spare time, she does wood burning and has recently started making jewelry using caribou bones and beluga whale discs in her garage.

As a young person I was always very interested in working with my hands. I was always working on cars with my uncle. Took auto mechanics and all other tech courses offered at my high school.

After high school there weren’t many job opportunities for me so I decided to move. In 2003, at the age of 22, I came to Winnipeg. I worked may jobs before deciding to go back to school at 26. I chose to go into Welding just like my uncle whom I had spent so
much time with growing up. I went to what is now called MITT, and was enrolled in the Industrial Welding course. I graduated the course with honours and came in 4th as a participant in the Skill Canada Competition.

I graduated in 2008 and worked for one year as a T.I.G welder building stainless steel coolant tanks for buses. Then again as a T.I.G. welder for a few months working on aluminum parts for air ventilation systems. In 2009 I began a job as M.I.G welder for a
farm equipment company, I worked there for 8 years before accepting a voluntary lay off agreement.

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16:00

Closing Remarks

Closing Prayer:

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Grandmother Moon Lodge

Mae Louise Campbell is from the Ojibwa-Saulteaux Metis Nation. She has birthed five children and is a Granny and great Grandmother to many. She grew up in the small Metis northern communi-ty of Kississing Lake-Cold Lake MB, her family originates from Waterhen she is 1 of 8 children birthed to William and Marie Campbell.

 

Elder Mae Louise life’s work is centred on protecting and resurrecting that which was almost erad-icated under centuries of colonization; our Indigenous Spiritual Values and PrinciplesIt is with a sense of urgency that she encourages all peoples at every level to commit to bringing back our Ancestral Indigenous knowledge for it is perhaps our only real hope to bring balance into a world that has suffered the consequences of colonial powers for far too long.

 

The scale and scope of Elder Mae Louise’s vision is large and keeps her very busy. She is the Elder in Residence at Red River College and University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work (Selkirk campus). Guest Elder and Traditional Knowledge Educator at STFX University, Coady Institute through their National Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program.She sits on Mayor Bowman’s Indigenous Advisory Circle. She developed and operated a Healing Lodge called Grandmother Moon Lodge for 18 years assisting Indigenous women to find their purpose in life through holistic Indigenous values and principles.She is Wisdom Keeper on the Grandmother Council of Manitoba known as Kookum Kaa Na Da Maa Waad Abinoojiiak Council: Grandmothers Protecting our Children. Additionally she has sat on the First Nations Advisory Committee Board to Canada’s Prenatal Nutritional Program of Manitoba. Elder advisor for the Canadian Women’s Foundation on their National Task Force Report on; Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada and most recently was a Recipient of 2016 Inspire National Aboriginal Achievement Awards under the Spiritual -Cultural category. Currently she is Elder and co-founder on a project Clan Mothers Healing Village and Knowledge Centre a contemporary sustainable innovative holistic model of healing, education and training that will support Indigenous women and girls who have been victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

 

Informally, Elder Mae Louise is Grandmother/Elder/Advisor to many organizations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and across Canada which employ “Indigenous value based healing systems” in their approach to working with our families, communities and All Our Relations.

At the age of 85, Elder Mae Louise is unwavering in her belief that; “this dogmatic colonized political world will only change with guidance from our original advisors; the Grandmother Councils, and the Clan Mother Tribal systems which came before us that created culturally intelligent systems of governance and were Matrilineal led resulting in nurturing gentler communities across this Earth Mother of Ours. She believes this is a main focus for all Indigenization conversations so peoples can implement change with in governance systems that are currently not working bringing a more balanced way forward for all peoples.

Day 2 Concludes – Conference Ends