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January 24, 2017

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Regardless how you feel about the political goings-on in America these days, and no matter what you think about Donald Trump as a leader, he has already done a few things in office that can potentially give those of us in the trades some hope.

First, he approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. The Keystone XL pipeline will help Alberta get more of our product to market and provide many construction jobs while the pipeline, which starts in Hardisty, Alberta is being built.

Second, he pulled America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement took seven years to negotiate, and with America leaving the agreement, the TPP cannot be ratified. The agreement was slated to be the largest free-trade agreement in history, reducing or eliminating many tariffs and other barriers to trade. However, it also threatened the Canadian skilled labour force as it would allow foreign companies working in Canada to bring in workers from their country and would not require them to ensure that Canadian workers with the same qualifications be given the first opportunity for employment.

Finally, Trump met with North America Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey and other union leaders to hear their thoughts on what needs to be done to “create jobs, re-build America’s infrastructure, further develop and harness America’s abundant energy resources, raise the wages of working-class Americans, and move people off of public assistance and into the American middle class”.

All three of these actions have the potential to benefit skilled trades workers, not just in America but here at home, as well.

What do you think? Could President Donald Trump be good for the unionized trades? Let us know at info@bta.ca.

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Born and raised here in Edmonton, I started my career in communications as a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools.  While there, I began my MBA, which I completed while working as a School Jurisdiction Liaison for central and southern Alberta with Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.  Following that, I obtained a similar role with Alberta Pensions Services Corporation, where I was responsible for the provincial Employer Education program as well as the Employer Compliance program, helping participating employers ensure that all members eligible for pension benefits received the correct benefit at the correct time.  I then joined Alberta Urban Municipalities Association as the Director of Client Development, continuing to grow as a communications and relationship management professional.


I am proud to be able to work on behalf of the BTA and all her members as the Media and Public Relations Manager as I have always had a deep belief in community and a passion for engagement and this organization clearly believes in the same thing. I have an appreciation for everything that the labour movement has been able to accomplish so far and am excited to be working with you all as we move forward.


When I am not working on promoting the BTA, I conduct leadership development workshops and volunteer with Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS) teaching math to adult students specifically with the goal of helping them pass the provincial trade entrance exam so they can then get to work in the trades and make a better life for themselves.

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