Manitoba Women in Trades Conference

Manitoba Women in Trades

Conference 2022

Together We Can Do It!

Tickets go on sale October 4, 2021

Sponsor Packages On Sale Now!

Booth On Sale Now! Only 40 spots available!

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Nadine Spiers
President/Sales, Metal Depot Ltd.

Mary Van Buren
President, Canadian Construction Association

Wendy Hofford
President, WH Strategic Drive Inc.

On March 16, 2022 the second annual Women in Trades Conference will continue the conversation

In October 2019, the Manitoba government announced their plan to work with partners in the private sector to create 40,000 new private-sector job opportunities over the next four years. The Manitoba work plan focuses on targeted actions to help create the right conditions to support private-sector job creation and overall growth in Manitoba’s economy. This includes accelerating talent acquisition and business expansion by fast-tracking the development of a Manitoba’s Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy.

Manitoba’s Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy was released in 2020 to provide strategic direction to publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and outline actions needed to accelerate recovery, advance Manitoba’s economy and promote positive outcomes. The strategy includes targeted actions to strengthen alignment between post-secondary institutions, immigration, training and employment services, and labour market needs. The strategy was informed by robust stakeholder engagement, including sector council partners.

With this strategy in mind, the Manitoba Construction Sector CouncilManitoba Home Builders’ AssociationManitoba Heavy Construction AssociationWinnipeg Construction Association and First People Development Inc. are hosting a 1-day Manitoba Women in Trades Conference, March 16, 2022 (7:30am-4:00pm) at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre in Winnipeg, MB. The conference is geared toward women who need support, guidance, and connections to make their construction career a success, as well as to employers, superintendents, project managers and estimators to identify ways to recruit, retain and support women in trades.

The Purpose of This Conference:

As a result of the first conference, the Manitoba Construction Sector Council developed a Women in Trades Profiles Booklet, a one-day Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges workshop to support women entering and working in construction, and a one-day workshop to support employers recruiting and retaining women. These workshops and booklets will be available at the event.

Priority for Attendees:

Superintendents, Estimators, Project Managers, Employers, Employees of Construction Companies or Suppliers of Construction Companies, Newcomers, Indigenous People, Youth, New Entrants, Skilled Labourers, Journey People and Supervisors.

As a result of the conference, the Manitoba Construction Sector Council will be developing a one-day Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges workshop to be delivered by local community colleges, industry trainers, career counsellors and associations that support women in transition.

In addition to the conference, the Manitoba Construction Sector Council will be developing a one-day Women in Leadership workshop to be delivered by local community in leadership-stories of success to support women transitioning to leadership roles.

On March 16, 2022, the second Manitoba Women in Trades Conference will continue the conversation! We look forward to seeing you there!

Article & Workshop

Sponsorship Opportunities

Manitoba Construction Sector Council is seeking financial support from our industry and government partners to host the Women in Trades  Conference. We have some great speakers planned for the event but need sponsorships to make this happen. There will be an opportunity to host a trade show booth. Last year the 40 booth sold out quickly so reserve your space as soon as possible.

Any profits are made from the event, will be donated back to the women we support!

2020 Conference Highlights

Manitoba Women in Trades Conference: Building Our Future
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Manitoba Women in Trades Conference - Keynote Speaker, Monique Buckberger
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Manitoba Women in Trades Conference - Keynote - John Bockstael
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Manitoba Women in Trades Conference 2020- "Retention and Onboarding Panel"
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Manitoba Women in Trades Conference 2020 - "Cultural Workshop"
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