Ontario Construction News staff writer
Buildforce Canada estimates that the construction industry will need to recruit more than 300,000 new workers over the next decade to keep pace with demand.
Could encouraging and supporting more women to enter skilled trades training programs be the answer to that shortage?
In 2020, there were approximately 190,000 women employed in Canada’s construction industry, of which 27% worked directly on construction projects. Of the nearly 1.1 million tradespeople employed in the industry, women made up 5%. Increasing the participation of women in the construction labour force, particularly in the skilled trades, would go a long way to addressing the industry’s longer-term recruitment needs.
Statistics Canada reports that one in five women who enroll in apprenticeship programs choose traditionally male-dominated trades like carpentry, welding, and electrician.
Ontario Construction Report applauds women who are leading the way in the industry and the leaders who are encouraging young women to choose careers in skilled trades. Here are some of the top women working in construction in Ontario today:
Lisa Biase at Sunbelt Rentals Canada has over 25 years of experience in the equipment rental industry!
She began her career in equipment rental in 1995 when she joined CME Strongco as their receptionist before moving into the Service and Rental Department. Ten years later, Lisa joined Venetor Equipment Rentals/United Rentals and worked in a variety of roles including Inside Sales, Dispatch and Senior Rental Coordinator. In 2012, bringing a wealth of experience with her, Lisa joined Voisin’s Equipment Rental as a Senior Equipment Rental Specialist. Lisa proved herself to be an exceptional member of the team and was quickly promoted to the role of Rental Manager.
She was responsible for overseeing all of the inside sales, logistics and transportation operations with approximately 20 employees while managing a rental fleet of $75 million dollars. During this time, Lisa also handled the entire software conversion for the entire rental operating system (Systematic Texada). After the sale to Sunbelt Rentals in June 2018,
Lisa quickly adapted and was promoted to the Branch Manager position overseeing the entire Aberfoyle operation of 60 employees, with complete P&L responsibility of a business while growing a rental fleet north of $85 million dollars. The operation in Aberfoyle is the largest Sunbelt Rentals location in Canada.
Lisa loves giving back to her community, spending time fundraising for local charities. At Christmas, she collected a scissor lift full of food for the local food bank in Guelph. Lisa continues to impress the business with her ongoing dedication and commitment to her staff and customers.
Ontario Construction News will profile top women in construction throughout the week.