Build Together is represented by tradeswomen of Canada’s Building Trades Unions across the country. They are apprentices or journeypersons from the skilled trades under the Building Trades umbrella.

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These representatives are responsible for:

• Exposing Women to the Trades– Both women and men need equal exposure to the trades in order to consider it as a career. Women get less exposure because they have historically been steered away from the trades. The Build Together program operates a classroom speaking program to connect students with strong female role models that are active in the industry.

• Mentoring Women in the Trades– Support for women in the trades should not stop at recruitment. Mentorship is a key pillar of apprenticeship and women need guidance from tradeswomen who are successful and thriving in the industry. Build Together is developing a structured mentorship program specifically geared towards the retention of women in the trades.

• Making space for Women in the Trades– Women face a number of unique challenges in the trades from washroom facilities to inadequately fitting safety gear. Something as normal as pregnancy can leave employers and co-workers uncertain about how to support a woman in the trades. Build Together is working with industry to give a voice to women’s issues on the tools and identify ways to create workplace cultures that are inclusive of women.

• Challenging policy makers & industry– Government, training institutions, labour and employers all have a role to play in supporting women in the trades. Build Together is working to identify the barriers for women in construction as well as the conditions for success and replicate them across Canada.

Feel free to contact any of the team below. For information on becoming a representative or to be a part of our mentorship program, please contact Lindsay Amundsen.

Lindsay Amundsen

Director of Program Development and Operations

Ashley Lynn Bantiles Wollmann

Trade: Painting and Decorating Level 3 Apprentice

Union:

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Local 739, Winnipeg MANITOBA

Calli Zwierschke

Trade: Construction and Maintenance Electrician Apprentice Year 4

Union:

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 303, Niagara Falls, ONTARIO

Christina Hagel, RSE

Trade: Journeyperson Plumber

Union:

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), Local 179, Regina SASKATCHEWAN

Concetta Giangrande

Foreperson

Trade: Warehouse Operator

Union:

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Teamsters Local 855 in St John’s Newfoundland & Labrador

Evonne Edwards-Shaver

Trade: Journeyman Ironworker

Union:

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 736, Ancaster, ONTARIO

Gillian McGee

Trade: Elevator Constructors Mechanic

Union:

International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), Local 50, Ajax, ONTARIO

Jenna Lipinski

Trade: Bricklayer Third Year Apprentice

Union:

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), Local 1 Regina SASKATCHEWAN

Jennifer Pigozzo, RSE

RSE ( Red Seal Endorsement )

Trade: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 804 Kitchener, ONTARIO

Union:

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 804 Kitchener, ONTARIO

Kayla Greene

Trade: Bricklayer Apprentice Year 3

Union:

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), Local 1 Regina, SASKATCHEWAN

Kelly-Sun Maisonneuve-Renaud

Trade: Plumber Apprentice Year 4

Union:

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), Local 71 Ottawa ONTARIO

Lindsey Noort

Trade: Ironworker

Union:

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local Ironworkers Local 97, New Westminster, BC

Lisa King

Trade: Third Year Mobile Crane Apprentice

Union:

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 904 Mount Pearl, NEWFOUNDLAND

Sarina Hanschke

TCP Instructor

Trade: Traffic control person

Union:

Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Local 1611 Surrey, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Shannon Young

Trade: Sheetmetal Worker Apprentice Year 3

Union:

Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), Local 30 Scarborough, ONTARIO

Shylyte Bloodworth, RSE

RSE ( Red Seal Endorsement )

Trade: Red Seal Journeyman Welder

Union:

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), Local 254 Winnipeg MANITOBA

Siobhan Slade

Trade: Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprentice Year 2

Union:

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local IUOE 904 Mount Pearl, NEWFOUNDLAND

Stacey Benediction, RSE

RSE ( Red Seal Endorsement )

Trade: Journeyman Welder Red Seal

Union:

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 955 Edmonton ALBERTA

Toni Drover

Trade: Carpenter Apprentice Fourth Year

Union:

United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), Local 579 Paradise NEWFOUNDLAND

Vanessa Taylor

Trade: Journeyman Millwright

Union:

United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), Local Millwrights Local 2262, Saint John, New Brunswick