Webinar 1: April 28th, 2021 at 12:00 PT / 3:00pm ET
Justine Laliberte is a Maintenance Scheduler at Nutrien. After graduating highschool, Justine joined the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) without knowing what the program offered since girls did not get told about the program and ended up really enjoying the trades. She graduated from trade school with a journeyman ticket and Red Seal.
After 6 years of working, she went back to school at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), which opened opportunities for her to start doing trade-related estimating, scheduling and project management. After completing her Project Management Institute (PMI) certification, she applied and was approved for her blue seal in construction management.
Emily VanToever is a Red Seal electrician from Prince Edward Island. Emily was initially one of the two women on the Island to make it into their local utilities powerline technician bootcamp in 2019.
In 2019, Emily co-founded Women Building PEI, a not-for-profit that acts as a social resource for networking and mentorship between Island women and the trades. At the moment, Emily is currently working as a Sales Account Manager with electrical contractors providing equipment for projects of all levels. She has also worked with the Trades Herizon’s program as a mentor for the last five years.
Joan Paynter is the Project Coordinator at Office to Advance Women Apprentices in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Joan was born and raised in Kensington, PEI, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 as Vehicle Technician for 11 years. When Joan left the military, she decided to be a Parts Technician and graduated in 2002 as a Red Seal Journeyman Parts Technician. After 20 years in the trade, she now works at the Office to Advance Women Apprentices, which assists in enhancing employment outcomes for women in the underrepresented skilled trades in Prince Edward Island.
Elizabeth Sandwith is a Red Seal in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning. She currently works as a MAP Coordinator at MAP Strategic Workforce Services, an industry-led non-profit organization dedicated to creating diverse, inclusive and learning cultures in New Brunswick skilled trades workplaces through effective mentorship training, supportive diversity programs, change management strategies and human resources best practices.
Elizabeth went back to school at 37 years old to change careers from an office manager at a veterinary hospital and is the first and only Red Seal woman in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning in New Brunswick.
Kayla Vander Molen is a Pre-Apprentice Instructor and Welding Examiner-in-Training with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Upon graduating highschool, she went to post-secondary school for Fashion Design but quickly knew it was not the industry for her.
After going to an open house night at a local college in Ottawa, she discovered the welding trade and signed up for a couple of night classes, realizing this was the career path she wanted to take. Along her journey, Kayla met wonderful mentors who helped and challenged her to take new opportunities. Kayla is an advocate for women entering into the non-traditional role as a Boilermaker and works towards making the industry inclusive to all.
Webinar 2: May 5th, 2021 at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET
Joann Greeley is an Engagement & Events Coordinator at Office to Advance Women Apprentices, a Red Seal Electrician and the owner of Joann Greeley Electric.
Joann is an advocate for women working in the building trades and has supported and mentored women in the trades for 15 years. She is the Equity, Board of Directors Member for Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and has been chosen as one of the 250 emerging leaders in Canada. She also facilitates Leadership training for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology.
Kelly-Sun Maisonneuve Renaud is a third generation plumber and the second woman in the construction industry in her family.
After obtaining her plumbing Red Seal licence, she was offered an opportunity to teach plumbing to the first-year apprentices at their local union. A while later, Kelly-sun was approached by a program called Journeyman, later called Build Together, who would mentor, support and educate other women and companies about the amazing opportunities the skilled trades has to offer. Even after the program was shut down, Kelly-sun continues to mentor and support people within her community.
Carley Webster is a Millwright apprentice. She had never considered a job in the trades until she started bartending on a mining camp in Australia and saw the workers in the mines.
Carley took the Women in Trades program at Camosun College and chose to be a Millwright. She is currently in the second year of her apprenticeship.
Rebecca Kragnes is a Red Seal Journeyperson Electrician with more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Rebecca is a Cree-Metis woman with a passion for Indigenous Relations and changing the socio-economic profile of Indigenous people in Canada.
She is on the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) Board of Directors, a CAF SWiT (Strategy for Women in the Trades) task force member and was recently appointed to the Women Building Futures (WBF) Board of Directors. Rebecca is passionate about improving the representation of marginalized people in skilled trades across Canada.
Daniela Torelli is an Assistant Instructor at Canadian Welding Bureau.
Daniela changed her career from a Vet Technician to a Welder 6 years ago when she took a 1-year welding program with Sheridan College and completely fell in love with welding and what it had to offer. After completing trade school, she has obtained numerous CWB/TSSA welding tickets, Level 1 Welding Inspection Certification and a wide range of welding jobs.