In construction, safety is not only a priority but a core value for all workers and employers, because everyone deserves to come home at the end of the workday. This value was reflected at a launch event held last week to announce the official partnership between the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) and Women Building Futures (WBF).
Invited guests gathered to celebrate the launch of the ‘Breakfast with the Leaders’ Series, which aims to connect more women to the growing safety community in Alberta. The keynote speakers for the event included outgoing CEO of WBF, JudyLynn Archer, and ACSA’s Chief Operations Officer, Tammy Hawkins. Both women engaged the crowd with personal stories from their own career experiences, and painted an interesting picture of the current state for women in construction.
“With approximately 36,400 construction jobs being done by women across Alberta, and jobs in the sector expected to grow steadily over the next decade, there’s more opportunity now than ever for women with a strong safety mindset to enter this sector and make a positive change,” said Ms Archer.
“Together with the ACSA, we plan on providing as much assistance as we can to attract and prepare women with a safety mindset, giving them the best chance to gain employment in Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce. The impact this partnership has on safety in the industry could be a real game changer,” she concluded.
Ms Hawkins, spoke from experience when she discussed the challenges and opportunities encountered when striving towards her goal to mentor and lead in safety.
”This partnership will make a real difference for women across Alberta. Our efforts will empower them to succeed in non-traditional careers, inspiring positive economic change for women, and forever transforming the face of construction in this province,” she said.
In addition to the regular breakfast speaker series events, this new partnership will see the ACSA provide access to its programs and services for WBF students, alumni and staff.
Watch our new partnership video on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t78P6l7MFVg