Solving Challenges Women Continue to Face in Construction
Panellists:Stephanie Hnatuk – Operations Manager, Prairie Crane; Jennifer Green, Skills Ontario; Nancy Chadwick, Senior HSE Director at Graham Construction
This panel features female construction leaders from all levels of the industry who will share from their own experiences the challenges women still face today and what needs to be done to encourage a shift. Guest panellists will share their insights into what has worked, is working, and how to keep the momentum moving forward.
Stephanie Hnatuk – Operations Manager, Prairie Crane
Stephanie Hnayuk joined Prairie Crane after completing an Environmental Engineering Degree at the University of Regina.
Stephanie began working at Prairie Crane shortly after high school. This involved office administration work and later led to working in the back shop fulfilling tasks such as delivering rigging and cleaning the shop. Following the completion of her degree, she decided to join the family at Prairie Crane working closely with her brother, Matthew, learning the equipment and organizing day-to-day operations. Since then, Stephanie has moved into an Operations Manager position which has expanded her role while continuing to manage day-to-day operations.
Jennifer Green, Skills Ontario
Jennifer Green has a history of breaking new ground and destroying stigmas. As a licensed industrial mechanic millwright, an apprenticeship youth advisor for the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and the director of competitions and young women’s initiatives at Skills Ontario, she is a mentor and advocate for the skilled trades and technologies.
Jennifer won Gold at the Skills Ontario Competition, the largest of its kind in Canada, in the industrial mechanic millwright contest, and she advanced to win Silver at the national level. Among her accolades, she has been presented with the WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Award, the Guelph YW-YMCA Women of Distinction Award, and the Conestoga College Alumni of Distinction Award. Jennifer has founded several initiatives, including the Skills Ontario Alumni Association as president, and the National Alumni Committee as Chair and the Ontario Lead. She continues to advocate for skilled trades and technologies through many programs and initiatives.
Nancy Chadwick, Senior HSE Director at Graham Construction
Nancy attended Ryerson University in Toronto where she studied Occupational Health and Safety and Advanced Safety Management. At the beginning of her career, Nancy conducted HSE audits, evaluations, and training for various sectors including construction, oil and gas, and manufacturing.
Nancy founded her own HSE training company early in her career before moving to work with client, Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA). During this time, she formed a relationship with Graham, eventually making the leap to joining Graham in 2007.
One of the first flagship projects Nancy was involved with was the PCS Cory Red Product Expansion. She managed a team of seven HSE Coordinators and liaised with the client/owner in addition to ensuring our project management leadership team effectively implemented our HSE Management System.
As her career progressed, Nancy held roles within the Mining and Energy sector as HSE Supervisor and later Regional Manager for Saskatchewan Industrial including Points Athabasca Contracting and Great Plains Contracting. Currently, Nancy is a Senior Director, HSE, responsible for the Infrastructure & Industrial West portfolio within Graham where she leads a team of 45 managers and HSE field co-ordinators.
Nancy has always felt that participation in the safety community is essential to help grow the Graham brand. As a member of the Women in Occupational Health & Safety, Womentorship, SaskPolytechnic Occupational Health & Safety Practitioner Curriculum Advisory Committee, Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (Board Member), and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (Past Board Member), Nancy continues to support industry growth with respect to HSE. The construction industry is supported by her recognition as the Safety Practitioner of the Year, SCSA.