Manitoba Women in Trades Conference | 2024 “She Builds”

$250 / person (Early Bird Pricing)

Event Details

Nov 21st

7:30 am

- 5:30 pm

Organizer:

Manitoba Construction Sector Council

Event Description

Welcome to the third Manitoba Women in Trades Conference. Here, our attendees will learn how to address challenges and work effectively in a male-dominated workplace, connect with mentors and organizations that support women, learn best practices for entry and advancement of women, network with 40+ construction and safety associations, educational institutions, Apprenticeship and construction companies at a tradeshow and build relationships with other women, employers, educational institutions and government!

Whether you want to be a sponsor or an attendee or wish to reserve a booth, click the Register Now button at the top of the page.

Here are our pricing details:

  • Early Bird starts on April 15 ($250) and ends on October 18th.
  • Regular registration will start on October 19th ($375), and registration will close on November 10.
  • Booths cost – $550
  • Booth Electrical – $85
  • Additional Booth Attendee – $75

Hotel Conference Rate – $159
To book a hotel room, guests are encouraged to call the hotel directly at (204) 786-4801.
Please state that you are with the Manitoba Women in Trades Conference group to reserve your room.
Group Code: 317175

This is a public event, and any photos taken by the organization may be published in its materials.

Location

Victoria Inn

1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0G3

Conference Video

Here is a glimpse into the exciting day of events from our 2022 MWIT Conference.

Become an Event Sponsor

Join us in championing women in the construction industry by becoming a sponsor of our upcoming Manitoba Women in Trades Conference. Your support will foster a more equitable workplace and provide invaluable opportunities for networking and collaboration within the sector.

See the sponsorship packages we offer below. Once you have decided which package you want, visit our registration page to reserve your sponsorship.

For a customize sponsorship package, please contact mwit@mbcsc.com

We can take payment online or invoice you for the package.

LUNCH – $6000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Tradeshow Booth including 2 booth attendees
  • Your logo on our website
  • Banner on Stage
  • Name/Logo on promotion material
  • Provide overview of your organization
  • 3 Complimentary Passes

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS – $6000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 2

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Tradeshow Booth including 2 booth attendees
  • Your logo on our website
  • Banner on Stage
  • Name/Logo on promotion material
  • Opportunity to introduce presenters
  • Provide overview of your organization
  • 2 Complimentary Passes

BREAKFAST – $4000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Tradeshow Booth including 2 booth attendees
  • Your logo on our website
  • Banner on Stage
  • Name/Logo on promotion material
  • 2 Complimentary Passes

VIDEO – $4000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Banner on Stage
  • Name/Logo on promotion material
  • Provide overview of your organization
  • 2 Complimentary Passes

RECEPTION – $4000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Tradeshow Booth including 2 booth attendees
  • Your logo on our website
  • Banner on Stage
  • 1 Complimentary Passes

PANEL DISCUSSION – $3500 – Number of sponsorships Available – 2

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Name/Logo on promotion material
  • Opportunity to introduce presenters
  • Provide overview of your organization

BREAKOUT SESSIONS – $2500 – Number of sponsorships Available – 10

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Name/Logo on promotion material

PROGRAM – $2000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Name/Logo on promotion material

ONLINE REGISTRATION – $2000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Banner on registration website

EMCEE – $2000 – Number of sponsorships Available –1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Name/Logo on promotion material

DELEGATE BAGS – $2000 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website
  • Name/Logo on promotion material

AUDIO VISUAL – $1500 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.
  • Your logo on our website

GIFT FOR SPEAKERS – $600 – Number of sponsorships Available – 2

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.

DOOR PRIZES – $600 – Number of sponsorships Available – 2

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.

LANYARD AND NAME TAGS – $600 – Number of sponsorships Available – 1

  • Sponsors receive a recognition and verbal mentions during the conference.
  • Displayed on screen throughout the day.

2024 Program

7:30 am

Registration/Networking

Main Hall

8:30 am

Conference Introduction

Main Hall

Kerry Mealey-Holmes

Emcee

Kerry Mealey-Holmes is a seasoned workplace trainer with a passion for cultivating leadership success. In her work for over a decade as a corporate trainer, speaker, and facilitator, she shines a light on awareness around topics such as effective communication, building trust, as well as social and emotional intelligence. She is also a Civility instructor, receiving her certification through Civility Experts Worldwide.

Her flexibility to adapt to various learning styles, personalities, and contexts has enabled her to earn a reputation for delivering training that changes how people think, how they interact, and how they work.

Outside of her day job, Kerry loves to explore! You will find her skiing at a park, swimming, or paddling across a lake.

Lorraine Demarais

Prayer

Keynote Speaker

9:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Main Hall

Jocelyne Guyot

Manitoba Hydro

Lorraine Cook

Manitoba Hydro

Panel Discussion

9:45 am

Trades Women in Manitoba

Main Hall

Kristina Peterson

Piping Industry Technical College

Leah Peters

Bockstael Construction

Leah is a Red Seal Carpenter and currently a Site Superintendent for Bockstael.  Leah worked for 6 years in residential renovation and restoration for Doll Construction and was mentored by master carpenter Brian Doll. Since then, Leah has been working in commercial construction for 7 years starting as an apprentice and working her way up.

 

Leah showed interest at a young age in building and grew up completing home renovation projects with her handyman Father. From a young age Leah was taught the importance of doing things right and quickly developed a love for building. She bought her first house at age 16 and continued to use the skills her father taught her to renovate. When her parents decided to move to Africa to build their own dream with Dashir lodge and Safaris and their non-for-profit organization Dashir Cares Leah was determined to keep learning and set out to find a new mentor. While it was a struggle to find a job with no professional experience Leah was eventually taken on by Brian Doll and was able to continue learning to build.

 

Leah has gained a great deal of experience and expertise along every step of this journey and hopes to help educate and mentor the next generation of Women considering a career in construction, and to help break down barriers that many face along their journeys.

Nina Widmer

Widmer Castings

Kara Antymniuk

Lilyfield Quarry INC.

Christina Thiessen

Plumbers and Pipefitter’s Journeyperson, Build Together Manitoba

Moderator

Kalen Taylor

Purpose Construction

Kalen is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of three successful social enterprises, as well as the President of Winnipeg’s Social Enterprise Centre, and a founding board member of the Social Entrepreneurship Enclave in Winnipeg’s North End.

Since 2018, Kalen has served as the Executive Director of Purpose Construction, a social enterprise that combines social housing development and rehabilitation with trades training and employment run by and for people underrepresented in the skilled trades. Purpose Construction completes over $2.5 million in affordable housing repair annually, as well as developing new-build single family affordable housing in the North End through the Purpose Homes project. Purpose Construction is run by and for people with barriers to entering the trades; recent immigrants and refugees, Indigenous people, women, people transitioning out of the justice system, members of the LGBTQ2+ community.

Prior to that, Kalen Taylor co-founded Aki Energy Inc., a nationally award-winning social enterprise that works with First Nations to build community owned renewable energy systems, training and employing 100% local installation labour. In Aki Energy’s first 5 years, they completed over $18 million dollars in renewable energy development in partnership with First Nations communities in Manitoba.

Kalen is a co-founder of Aki Foods, an Indigenous-owned social enterprise that works with First Nations to strengthen healthy local food systems. Through Aki Foods, Kalen led the development of the Meechim Farm, Canada’s largest remote First Nations community farming project. The Meechim Farm continues to raise over 1,000 pastured chickens annually, selling affordable meat and eggs to local community members, and farming produce and raising traditional medicines on 17 acres in Manitoba’s remote North.

Kalen Taylor is a graduate of Oxford University’s Executive Social Finance Program, and took a lead role in developing Aki Energy’s $4.5 million dollar ‘Community Driven Outcomes Purchase,’ working with Raven Capital Partners to co-develop and deliver the first Indigenous community-led social outcomes purchase agreement in Canada.

Kalen has an Executive Masters in Project Management from the Schulitz School of Business, and LEAN Green Belt certified through the Desaultes School of Management at the University of McGill, and is a graduate of Oxford University’s Executive Social Finance program.

Morning Breakout Sessions

11:00 am

Men as Allies

Breakout Session 1

Skilled Trades Workplaces: Engaging and mobilizing men as allies to prevent and end Gender Based Violence

  1. Shift Change, A Gender Inclusive Leadership Training Course
  2. Be More than a Bystander

Shift Change: This session will introduce you to the “Gender Inclusive Leadership Training Course.”  It is designed and delivered for male supervisors working in skilled trades. It includes 30 hours of hybrid work (in-person and online).  Through this unique program, we’re seeing big change happen in small business. Participant organizations are seeing leaders emerge and teams get stronger. Supervisors are seeing team culture shift more positive and inclusive. Learn more about the pilot program delivered with YWCA and the impact it had on supervisors working in construction.

Be More than a Bystander

Be More Than A Bystander (BMTAB) is a training and educational program to support organizational and cultural shifts towards more welcoming, healthy, safe and respectful workplaces. The training equips participants

Karen Dearlove

BC Women in Trades

Bonnie Douglas

Canadian Coalition of Women in Science, Engineering Trades and Technology

Cordella Friesen

YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg

Tracey Boyer

YWCA Halifax

11:00 am

Manitoba Programs Supporting Women in Constructions

Breakout Session 2

Women of Steel Start your career in welding with the Women of Steel: Forging Forward program.

This tuition-free program aims to encourage more First Nations people who are women, who identify as women or are non-binary individuals to choose careers in welding and welding-related industries.

Get hands-on skills training in MITT’s recently-expanded, state-of-the-art weld shop. Learn multiple welding processes, how to safely use hand and power tools, trades math, and more.

Launcher:

Join Launcher into Trades Today: Empowering Women in Red Seal Trades within Manitoba!

Unlock federal support to excel in Manitoba’s trades industry. Navigate challenges, embrace opportunities, and achieve career success. Sign up with Launcher into Trades today and benefit from mentorship, networking, and other vital supports on your journey to success!

Tamara Kaye

First People Development Inc.

Varsha Gopaul

First People Development Inc.

Lori Grenkow

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

11:00 am

Trades Women Networking Session

Breakout Sessions 3

This session will bring trades women together to share their stories. The women will be invited to share in an honest conversation about what it’s like to be a woman in the construction trades in Manitoba today.

Nina Widmer

Widmer Castings

Christina Thiessen

Plumbers and Pipefitter’s Journey person, Build Together Manitoba

11:00 am

Coaching and Leadership

Breakout Sessions 4

Jamie Mann- The Amaryllis Project is committed to empowering others to be their best. Jaime is an energetic facilitator, and her approach is based on research-proven strategies that will help you expand your capabilities and grow your influence. www.theamaryllisproject.com

Shannon Leppky-Red Chair Coaching & Leadership Academy-

We ignite the potential within individuals and teams, empowering them to thrive and make a profound impact in the world. We do this by facilitating individual and team discovery experiences, virtually and in-person, that create transformational shifts. We partner with leaders to confidently and courageously lead themselves and others, as they execute strategy, achieve goals, and experience greater well-being. We partner with teams to work in an environment of greater trust, to experience greater understanding or self and others, as they accomplish shared goals.

Jaime Mann

Econo Wall & Ceiling Ltd.

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.

Shannon Leppky

Red Chair Coaching

11:00 am

Pregnancy and Maternity Leave in Construction

Breakout Sessions 5

Alanna Marklund

Red Seal Welder, United Association Canada

Alanna Marklund from UA Canada. She’s National Manager for Youth, Diversity, and Indigenous Relations for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Canada. (She is extremely well presented on the topic of UA Canada’s Maternity/Paternity benefits and many others)

Lorraine Cook

Manitoba Hydro

Kim Keating

Safe Work Manitoba

12:00 pm

Lunch

Main Hall

Keynote Speaker

1:00 pm

Women as Leaders in Construction

Main Hall

In her closing keynote, Colleen Munro will share how she not only survived, but thrived after taking over a legacy construction company from her dad, “Hughie”, and then leading it through an excruciating yet groundbreaking period of innovation that has seen The Munro Group expand into extremely successful new ventures. Four decades later (and counting!), Colleen has become an internationally recognized advocate for women in leadership and a sought-after advisor and speaker for her business acumen. Ultimately, she succeeded in the long run due to her experience of being thrust into a business led by a heavily dysfunctional family in a notoriously male-dominated industry. Accordingly, Colleen has learned some extraordinary lessons in life and business from the ol’ boys’ club, and you will, too.

Colleen Munro

CEO/President, Munro Group

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1:45 pm

Employers Tips and Tricks for the Recruitment and Retention of Women

Breakout Session 1

Employers Tips and Tricks for the Recruitment and Retention of Women

We Are Trades provides employers with actionable steps to establish a safe and inclusive workplace for women. This is a journey and a process that takes time and dedication. We Are Trades is designed to guide successful workplace change in three steps: Commit, Create and Sustain. The journey may not look the same for every workplace, but the goal is shared: to build a work environment where each person is valued and respected for their contributions.

Employer Tips and Tricks – We are Trades Framework.

Bonnie Douglas

Canadian Coalition of Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

1:45 pm

Success Stories of the EmpowHER Program

Breakout Session 2

EmpowHer is a first-of-its-kind multi-sector, collaborative project designed to prepare women for employment in the construction, film, or manufacturing industries in Manitoba.

The goal of this project is to work with female and female-identifying participants to develop the required skills for successful entry into underrepresented, entry-level occupations in one of three sectors. Learn more about the program and how you can be more involved!

Nermine Awad

Manitoba Construction Sector Council

Andrea Aiello

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Andrea Aiello is an experienced HR professional, Andrea Aiello has spent more than two decades delivering people services in privately owned manufacturing operations, advising all levels of the organization. In her current role as Director of Workforce Development at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Andrea and her team work to ensure Manitoba manufacturers are able to grow their businesses through the supply of skilled individuals for the jobs of today – and tomorrow.

 

With a focus on expanding the view of who can be successful in manufacturing, Andrea relies on her own experience and an innovation mindset toward people processes as she engages with industry Executives and HR teams, government, educational institutions and service providers to deepen the talent pool in Manitoba.  Appointed in 2022 to the Province of Manitoba’s Immigration Advisory Council, Andrea is advocating for immigration improvements as one key solution to the talent shortage facing manufacturers today.  Born and raised in Manitoba, Andrea lives in Winnipeg with her husband and son.

Dana Bergman

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Adam Smoluk

Managing Director, Film Training Manitoba

Fawnda Neckaway

Film Training Manitoba

1:45 pm

Organizations Supporting Women in Trades

Breakout Session 3

Manitoba Women in Construction
Building the long-term success of women in Manitoba’s construction industryWe are a group of people working within Manitoba’s construction industry who share a common goal of supporting, educating and mentoring women in construction. We strive to provide a voice for women in the construction industry today and in the future.Skills for Change

The Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program offered by Skills for Change and funded in part by Employment and Social Development Canada, aims to empower and support women apprentices in Red Seal trades. Our mission is to provide education, leadership development, and networking opportunities, particularly for newcomer and racialized women, in a variety of skilled trades (including and not limited to: welding, carpentry, and horticulture). Collaborating with partners across Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, we offer specialized training, mentorship and mental health support to create an informed and holistic pathways to skilled trades employment. Our program objectives are to:

  • Increase the presence of women in Red Seal Trades
  • Enhance technical skills and confidence,
  • Foster leadership development,
  • Provide valuable networking opportunities.
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is committed to supporting and advancing women in the skilled trades.

The Office provides ongoing support to tradeswomen seeking work or already employed in the skilled trades. This includes providing career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices has partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions to assist in accomplishing these goals.

Jaqueline Gershman

Winnipeg Construction Association

Kayla Gervais

Bockstael Construction

Samara Brown

Skills for Change

Sampada Kukade

Skills for Change

Emma Pollard

Office to Advance Women Apprentices

1:45 pm

English for Construction Purposes

Breakout Session 4

This course has been designed to provide supervisors and workers in the construction industry in Manitoba an opportunity to increase their English communication skills.

Chantal Simard

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

1:45 pm

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges & Mentorship as a Key to Retaining Women in Construction

Breakout Session 5

This workshop focuses on women entering or currently working in the construction trades, their real-life challenges, and successes in the industry. Local construction company owners and managers have contributed their knowledge and expertise to assist women in breaking down the barriers and building bridges that will promote the advancement of their careers.

We know from the plethora of research in the field of women-in-trades that mentorship is a key component to support retention. Mentorship helps to create connection for the women but also creates opportunities for working through challenging situations, skill development and career progression. Both professional networks as well as formal and informal mentorship can be effective in addressing interpersonal barriers that tradeswomen face in the workplace. (Skillplan, 2017) A robust mentorship program that includes the training of both mentors and mentees, clearly articulated roles and responsibilities and a dedicated resource to facilitating pairing and supporting both parties can be effective in supporting retention.

Andrea Canada

Consultant, Manitoba Construction Sector Council

Andrea is proud Metis woman from the north end of Winnipeg.  She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science. She has a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from Athabasca University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies (Equity Studies focus) program at Athabasca University. She is a Certified Life Coach and has completed a Certificate in Mediation from the Resolution Skills Centre in Winnipeg.

With her passion for education and training Andrea teaches with Red River College, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology and Workplace Education Manitoba.  She currently services on the Board of Directors of the Community Education Development Association of Winnipeg (CEDA) and the board of Skills Manitoba.

Employed by Manitoba Hydro for 26 years, Andrea was recognized as a leading expert in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous employees in the trades and other Hydro careers. She was a training consultant for the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, facilitating Job Readiness training for Indigenous workers in northern Manitoba. Most recently, she served as Project Coordinator for the Office to Advance Women Apprentices in Manitoba.

Panel Discussion

3:00 pm

Women Leaders

Main Hall

Trisha Kulathungam

SCT Welding

Trisha Kulathungam was born and raised in Winnipeg and has been involved in th e manufacturing and philanthropy industries in Manitoba. She proudly works for her father’s companies, SCT Welding, Laser and Manufacturing Co, and Strong Electric Manufacturing. She began working for her dad as a teen receptionist and has worked her way up to a management role at both companies. Philanthropy has played an important role in Trisha’s life since elementary. She began volunteering at a young age and continues to volunteer and fundraise for various community projects and important causes. Trisha’s philanthropic interests inspired her to create her own charity centred around scholarship access and student well-being. She created The Higher Learning Foundation Inc. in 2013 and since then, she has dedicated most of her charitable resources to stude nts, schools and after school programs. Since building Higher Learning Foundation, Trisha is now in the process of becoming a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher. Through HLF, Trisha will be facilitating a yoga, meditation and self -care program at various schools in Manitoba. She will also be teaching these skills to students as a way to raise donations for HLF. Outside of HLF, Trisha’s philanthropic efforts are directed at creative place-making in the inner-city, supporting local women’s shelters, hosting various food and clothing drives for local charities, and most recently, establishing a research lab to test how mindfulness and meditation can improve students’ well-being and academic performance. 

Tanya Palson

Manitoba Building Trades

Morgan Garand

Nelson River Construction

Lori Crandell

New Home Warranty Program of Manitoba

Roxanne Gross

Bird Construction

Moderator

Angeline Cusson

City of Winnipeg

Closing Remarks

3:50 pm

Carol Paul

Executive Director, Manitoba Construction Sector Council

Meet and Greet

4:00 pm

Featuring The Haileys

**Space is Limited, Sign Up Required**

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