Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) and League of Champions are making an impact this year for Women in Construction week from today through March 11.
Women account for approximately 12% of Ontario’s construction industry workforce, including off‐site business administration, management and sales. Women in Construction Week is a time that brings to the fore the opportunities that are available to women in construction. Women in Construction Week traces the history of women in construction, their challenges, and the ways they’ve been able to overcome them.
To highlight the work of women in the ICI construction sector, the OGCA will be releasing a series of interviews with women in the field and the office over the week. Special focus was put to ensuring that the interviews highlight the experience on-site, in management roles and the design industry.
“I chose construction because there is a sense of pride and achievement in contributing to infrastructure that makes up the communities we live in,” said Magda Sabat, vice-president of Alternative Projects at Pomerleau. “My favourite thing about working in construction is seeing one’s efforts comes to life in a very tangible way.”
“We wanted to show why construction is a fit for everyone and why other women should find a career in the trades,” said Sabrina Tropiano, communications and engagement co-ordinator at the OGCA. “This week was about sharing the stories of strong, proud women who are paving the way for the next generation of workers in the construction industry. We are everywhere!”
The OGCA and the League of Champions are building pathways for women in ICI construction by listening, focusing on equality and supporting diversity.
To view the interviews and the launch video, visit the OGCA Youtube Page.