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About Build Together – Women of the Alberta Building Trades

In Canada, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. In other skilled trades, that number is even smaller. In Alberta, women currently make up almost 8% of the members of BTA’s affiliated trade unions. That speaks to the success of BTA’s ongoing efforts to bring women into the building trades.

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Contact

Your local Build Together Rep

or

Jacquie Tackaberry

JTACKABERRY@BTA.CA

(780) 421-9400

Build Together Alberta – Committee Members

Angela Allen, Chair – Build Together Alberta

Angela Allen, Chair – Build Together Alberta

My name is Angela Allen. I am a Red Seal Concrete Finisher and a member of the Labourers Union, Local 92. I have been a part of Build Together AB for a few years now, and was just recently elected as the Chair of the committee.  More…

Siobhan Mangal, OPCMIA Local 222

Siobhan Mangal

My name is Siobhan Mangal. I am a Fireproofer/222 , Insulator/110 – 3rd year Rope Access Insulator.   I am working towards dual tickets (fireproofing & insulation)- Level 1 Rope Access Technician. I am the Build Together Representative for OPCMIA Local 222.  More…

Kimberly McLean, Ironworkers Local 720

Kimberly McLean

My name is Kimberly McLean. I am Journeyman Welder & 2nd year Ironworker, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 720. I am currently a foreman and also a member of Local 720’s executive board.  More…

Angelique Lachance, Ironworker Local 725

Angelique Lachance

My name is Angelique Lachance. I am a Journeyman Red Seal Ironworker, Journeyman Red Seal Welder, and National Construction Safety Officer.  More…

Jill Timushka, Alberta B-pressure Welder

Jill Timushka

My name is Jill Timushka. I am an Alberta B-pressure Welder, RSE.  More…

Dawn Dwyer, Local 1325 Carpenters

Dawn Dwyer

My name is Dawn Dwyer. I am a scaffolder at Suncor. I am very involved in my local. I am a delegate voted on by members of my local. As well, I sit on the Trails Committee, Trades and Bylaws Committee, and am a member of Sisters in the Brotherhood.  I also volunteer for all of our family events and the town hall meetings we have for our members.   More…

Kayla Lamouche, Millwright Apprentice, Millwrights Local 1460

Kayla Lamouche

My name is Kayla Lamouche. I am a Millwright Apprentice, Millwrights Local 1460.  I just finished my second year schooling! And still love being in the trades. More…

Shauntelle Hollett, Industrial Painter, Local 177/District Council 17

Shauntelle Hollett

My name is Shauntelle Hollett. I am an Industrial Painter and a Journeyman/Foreman with Park Derochie Inc. I am the recording secretary for Local 177’s Executive Board and a delegate and trustee for District Council 17. More…

Alanna Marklund, Red Seal Journeyman Welder, UA Local 488

Alanna Marklund

My name is Alanna Marklund. I am a Red Seal Journeyman Welder, National Manager for Youth, Diversity and Indigenous Relations with UA Canada, and the Recording Secretary and an original member of Build Together AB.  More…

Roxie Báez Zamora, Scaffolding/ NCSO, Carpenters Local 2103

Roxie Báez Zamora

My name is Roxie Báez Zamora and I am a scaffolder with Carpenters Local 2103. More…

A large population of skilled trade workers are gearing up for retirement. Across North America, roughly 40% of tradespeople will need to be replaced in the next 5-10 years. In Canada, an estimated 255,000 skilled construction workers will need to be recruited from outside the construction industry over the next 10 years to compensate for this gap. That number includes some 40,000 skilled trades workers in Alberta.

Many of these additional workers are projected to come from non-traditional populations: women, new Canadians, visible minorities, and Indigenous peoples. The opportunity for women to obtain secure, well-paid middle-class jobs in the skilled trades is enormous.

Build Together Alberta isn’t about, “What can industry do for me?”, this Chapter is about what can we do to give back to the industry that made us who we are? Build Together for me, is about building solidarity, building relationships, building each other up, being the voice of the unheard, breaking down barriers, igniting excitement into our youth, and being a powerful political voice. Build Together Alberta is working toward a better future for the next round of Apprentices that will one day fill our boots- a responsibility we take seriously.

Build Together is not just about women building communities to support their families, it’s also about building a foundation for future women, building a group of strong women who support each other and building an understanding of diversity in the work force. I love Build Together and the sisters it brought me!

Jill Timushka, Plumbers & Pipefitters, UA Local 496

Build Together to me, means being a part of something that stands up for equal opportunity for women and under-represented groups in the trades. Being able to prove that there are hard working women in the industry, and break the stereotypes about women working the the trades is crucial if we want to recruit and retain more women in the industry. The construction culture is in need of a change, and it’s inspiring to be a part of it.

Alanna Marklund, Build Together Alberta Recording Secretary, UA Local 488, Plumbers & Pipefitters

Build Together Programs

For many years, the BTA and its affiliated unions have been industry leaders in supporting recruitment and retention efforts to increase the number of women in the skilled construction trades. Through the Alberta Council of Turnaround Industry Maintenance Stakeholders (ACTIMs), we offer scholarships specifically for women entering the trades in addition to other scholarships open to female candidates.

We focus not just on attracting women to the skilled trades but also getting industry to look at women as an OPTION. Our work includes career planning, challenging stereotypes, and participating in industry events, from tradeshows and career fairs to school presentations and networking.

Build Together Sponsors

Build Together is a national workforce development program initiated by Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU). Build Together now has chapters across the country. Alberta was one of the first Chapters (Build Together – Women of the Alberta Building Trades) and has been operating since 2015, but our efforts to bring women into the building trades date back much further.

Contact Information

Sources

We Support Careers for Apprentices

Trade Winds to Success

Build Together

Helmets to Hardhats

Skills Canada Alberta

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