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Virtual Event
Women in Construction 2021: On Demand Sessions

More than 500 industry professionals registered for the Women In Construction Virtual Event on International Women’s Day and listened to some of the Canadian construction industry’s top voices discuss issues women still face today in their sectors. Thanks again to our sponsors: Deere Construction, Liebherr, Procore, BKT Tires, Graham, and Skyjack.

Each session is available below on demand and be sure to visit for even more great content celebrating women in our industry.


Opening Remarks

Keynote Address: Mary Van Buren

Speaker: Mary Van Buren, President, Canadian Construction Association (CCA)

Building a better Canada: The power of diversity and inclusion in the construction industry

Driving Change in the Construction Industry

Panellists: Marg Latham, P.Eng., CMC; Stephanie Rota, CEO, Carmelin Design Build; Natalie Leonard, P.Eng.

Women continue to drive change in the Canadian construction industry despite still being heavily outnumbered compared to their male counterparts. This panel highlights and celebrates women who continue to push for change, challenge the norm, and directly contribute to the success of the industry.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

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.

4:15 p.m – 4:30 p.m ET
Closing remarks

Women in Construction Podcast

Speaker: Melissa Furukawa

Planning for Performance in 2021, featuring two female leaders on the panel.

Speakers Lisa hogarty, SVP of Real Estate Planning and Development at Boston's Children's Hospital (Owner)
Angie Simon, CEO at Western Allied (Subcontractor)
Jason Seaburg, COO at Suffolk (General Contractor)

On Demand Interviews

Throughout the first week of March and leading up to International Women’s Day, March 8, Annex Business Media’s Canadian construction trade publications have come together to celebrate Canadian women who have achieved great things in the construction trades and adjacent businesses. As part of this celebration, we had the opportunity to speak to some outstanding women from the construction world, to talk about their journey and experiences within the industry. In these videos, they share their stories of strength, perseverance and success.

WIC Interview with Rachael Ganson, Co-owner, Canadian Builders

Co-owner of Canadian Builders in Vernon, B.C., Rachael Ganson has done everything on the jobsite from foundations, framing, trusses, electrical, laying tile, assembling cabinets, clean up, to all of the company’s design work, paperwork, accounting and meeting with clients to help with their ideas and designs. A mother of two children, she is already an inspiration for her eight-year-old daughter who can come on the job sites and talk with the trades with complete confidence. This is Rachael’s story.

WIC Interview with Jane Cameron, Architectural Technologist, Life Home Design

Meet Jane Cameron, an architectural technologist at Life Home Design and a very accomplished house designer. She has designed houses, additions and cottages through various parts of southern Ontario from Georgian Bay to Lake Erie. Jane’s father was a builder and she was a frequent visitor on job sites as she grew up. One summer in her late teens, Jane even worked in the Muskokas as a labourer for a local building contractor. Presenting her incredible story here.

WIC Interview with DUXTON

Aynsley Dueck followed in the footsteps of her father Al Dueck who is a prominent figure in the fenestration industry. Today, Aynsley is the operations manager and Duxton Windows and Doors and has claimed her own place within the industry. Lindsay Hall joined Duxton Windows when it was still quite new and a small business. Today, as the purchasing and scheduling coordinator, she leads all production discussions and decisions in the company. This is the story of their journeys.

WIC Interview with Amanda Wojda, Project Technologist, RJC Engineers

Amanda Wojda, currently a project technologist, was the first woman to join the Calgary team of RJC Engineers. “Amanda’s skill and strength along with her fearless nature allow her to get to places and inspect things we’d have difficulty getting to with a drone,” says Phil Parker, Amanda’s colleague and principal at RJC Engineers. This is her story.

WIC Interview with Shannon Ruffell, Vice-president, Heritage Renovations Windows and Doors

Meet Shannon Ruffell, vice-president of Heritage Renovations and recent recipient of a Top 20 under 40 award. She is an exceptional leader and visionary that has executed on the expansion of a small family business into a year over year double digit growth industry powerhouse. Presenting her story in her own words.

Women in Construction Podcast

Women In Construction: The Podcast is sponsored by Deere Construction, and brought to you by Rock to Road, Canadian Consulting Engineer, Crane and Hoist Canada, On-Site, Canadian Contractor, Canadian Rental Service, Glass Canada, and Fenestration Review.

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Construction 2021: On Demand Sessions

When & Where?

Women in Construction 2021: On Demand Sessions will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on at ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of .

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.