Women in Construction


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Women in Construction 2023
March 8, 2023 at 11:25am ET

One of the top issues negatively impacting construction contractors right now and into the foreseeable future is a shortage of skilled labour.

What if you could double the size of the talent pool?

Plan now to attend Women in Construction 2023 on March 8, and learn successful strategies from our expert moderators and panelists for both recruiting women and retaining them in your construction business, and how to tackle and overcome issues of harassment in the workplace.

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Schedule

11:25 am - 11:30 am
Welcome, housekeeping

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Danielle Labrie, Group Publisher (Construction), Annex Business Media

11:30 am - 12:10 pm
Keynote Address

Speaker: Rebecca Kragnes, Director, Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement, Bird Construction

12:10 pm - 12:15 pm
Break

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Session #1 – Attracting Women to your Construction Business

Moderator: Melissa Young, CEO and Registrar, Skilled Trades Ontario

Panelists:
  • Jessica Bannister, Level 3 HVAC/R Apprentice, Cam Cool Refrigeration
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Buckmaster, Director, Client and Stakeholder Relations, Power, Hatch
  • Natasha Ferguson, Founder and Principal, Ethelfox Construct Group
You’ve decided to make an effort to increase female participation in your workforce... but where do you start?  

Our moderator and panelists will share practical advice that you can use to develop plans and strategies for attracting women to the construction sector in general, and to your business specifically.

1:15 pm - 1:20 pm
Break

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
Session #2 – Tackling Harassment in the Workplace

Moderator: MJ MacDonald, CEO, Construction Safety Nova Scotia

Panelists:
  • Anita Gara, Project Manager, Electricity Human Resources Canada
  • Erin Pollard, Electrician & Project Manager, Black & McDonald
  • Luiza Vikhnovich, Employment Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
The statistics speak for themselves: 63% of women who experienced harassment did not file a complaint, and nearly 3 in 4 sexual harassment claims in the workplace go unreported.

Harassment is still an unfortunate reality on our jobsites, serving as a barrier to successful attraction, and especially retention. Attend this session to learn how to proactively develop and foster a harassment-free workplace.

2:20 pm - 2:25 pm
Break

Stretch your legs.

2:25 pm - 3:25 pm
Session #3 – Retaining Women in your Construction Business

Moderator: Rebecca Kragnes, Director, Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement, Bird Construction

Panelists:
  • Monique Buckberger, Vice-President and District Manager, PCL Toronto
  • Asifa Samji, Executive Vice-President, Chief People and Inclusion Officer, Stantec
  • Stephanie Hun, Director, Business Development, Flatiron Constructors Canada Ltd.
You’ve managed to attract women to your construction company, but that’s just one piece of a much bigger puzzle. What are you doing to ensure you retain them?

Our moderator and panelists will share practical advice that you can use to develop plans and strategies for retaining women in your workplace.

3:25 pm - 3:30 pm
Closing Remarks

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Danielle Labrie, Group Publisher (Construction), Annex Business Media




Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Construction 2023


When & Where?

Women in Construction 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on March 8, 2023 at 11:25am ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 8, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.