Women in Construction 2022
March 10, 2022 at
Welcoming Women to the Industry
Moderator: Danielle Gillanders, Senior Project Manager, Graham Construction
- Laura Hutt - Founder/Director, Women in Steel Toes
- Sadaf Parvaiz - Global Enterprise Inclusion & Diversity Leader, GHD
- Jennifer Green - Director of Competitions, Skills Ontario
Sadaf has been appointed as the first ever Global Enterprise Inclusion & Diversity Leader at GHD. Sadaf sits on the Executive People Leadership Team and is also a part of the Strategy and Transformation leadership team. Sadaf is leading the I&D strategy across GHD with over 200 offices globally and over 10,000 employees with presence across the US, Canada, UK, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Philippines and Singapore.
Previously as Director – Americas Diversity and Inclusiveness Office at EY, Sadaf designed and facilitated several high-profile D&I leadership development programs and created EY’s first global D&I digital, mobile enabled training. Sadaf and her team were responsible for ensuring all EY talent and business processes are designed from a D&I lens. She led the execution and consultation of EY’s Global D&I Tracker, the firm’s first global business measurement and accountability tool for D&I progress.
Sadaf’s commitment and leadership has resulted in her being recognized as 2020 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN.
Sadaf received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University (Canada). She has a Chartered Professional Accountant designation from CPA Ontario and holds a Certified Public Accounting designation in the US. She has also completed a Certificate in Intercultural Studies from the University of British Columbia.
Sadaf has served as a board member on the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and previously served on Board of Directors of the United Way of Peel Region as the Secretary and Chair of the Nominations Committee.
Sadaf lives in Oakville, is married to a fellow CPA and has three daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working out and watching her daughters play hockey.
Laura Hutt is a superintendent for a large construction management company in Ontario, and founder of Women in Steel Toes. She recently started designing a workwear line for women with Keten Co. Laura has been in the construction industry for six years and strives to educate the next generation about what being in construction is like and all the opportunities it can present. She’s passionate about marketing the skilled trades to a more diverse population and creating a welcoming company culture within the industry.
Green has been labelled as a fearless trailblazer and glass ceiling breaker for women in non-traditional careers, and continues to advocate and be a leader in the skilled trades community. Through passion, dedication and mentorship, Jennifer has a rich history of breaking new ground and destroying stigmas. She is an influential leader with extensive experience building and supporting world-class programming and change culture.
Jennifer is the Director of Competitions and Young Women’s Initiatives at Skills Ontario, an organization focusing on encouraging youth to explore and pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Recently, she also completed an Appointment with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, as an Apprenticeship Youth Advisor. In November 2021, the Ontario Government invested an additional $90 million over three years to further promote the skilled trades to young people, which is in response to the Advisors final report to the Minister.
She has promoted the advancement of the skilled trades across Ontario, Canada and beyond for almost 20 years in various roles through volunteerism, speaking engagements, and consulting.
Among her accolades, she has been presented with the Universal Women’s Network Women of Inspiration Award, WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Award, and the Conestoga College Alumni of Distinction Award. Jennifer has also founded several initiatives, including the Skills Ontario Alumni Association as President, and the National Alumni Committee as Chair and the Ontario Lead, prior to employment at the organization.
Jennifer holds a Certificate of Qualification, a Certificate of Apprenticeship, and an Ontario College Certificate for Industrial Mechanic Millwright.