Around Town: VICA’s Women in Construction Network celebrates five years!
Women in Construction (WiC) is a grassroots Vancouver Island network working to promote and support female participation in construction, one of the key sectors of our provincial economy. In May of 2013, a group of dedicated women came together with the intention of developing a forum that would promote and support female participation in the construction industry. Five years later, the Women in Construction (WiC) network, supported by the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA), was established with chapters in Victoria and Nanaimo.
Over the past five years, WiC has hosted site tours, powerhouse panels, and social mixers for a vast network of individuals, ranging from students and engineers to project managers and tradespersons. The events are open to anyone who considers themselves a ‘woman in construction’, as well as those who support women working in the industry.
“Women make up over 12 per cent of the construction workforce in Canada. With the Island being hit with a labour shortage, I think we can move that dial and support more women into coming into the industry,” stated Cheryl Hartman, Chair of WiC’s Victoria chapter.
To find out more about a WiC meeting in Nanaimo or Victoria, contact Sarah Bartfai:
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