The Builders Code pilot (2018-2021) was co-funded by (government funders) with additional funding contributions from WorkSafeBC, the Industry Training Authority, BC Construction Safety Alliance, BCCA Employee Benefits Trust, and the BC Construction Association. It was created and designed under the leadership of the BCCA, with expertise and in-kind contributions from the co-funders, BC’s Regional Construction Associations, and MinervaBC.
The Builders Code brought together an influential group of collaborating partners, who already support construction employers through their daily activities of safety, training, benefits and business services. This partner network is one of the most powerful elements of the Builders Code.
The Builders Code would like to acknowledge the City of Seattle, Seattle Sound Transit, and ANEW for their thought leadership on the topic of diversity in the construction trades. The experience and information they shared at the Women Build Nations Conference in Seattle in 2018 was very helpful in creating the model for the Builders Code.
In particular, we are grateful for the concept of “Acceptable Worksite” and the affirmation of our original strategy of approaching the Builders Code from a business rather than a moral imperative.
Lisa Stevens – CSO of the British Columbia Construction Association
- Lisa conceived the original concept for the project, which secured the funding and project partners, and is the lead in developing and delivering the Builders Code.
M.J. Whitemarsh – Consultant with 38 years experience in construction industries, former CEO of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC, Women in Trades champion and first-ever Builders Code Ambassador.
Shelley Gray – CEO of the Industry Training Authority
Debra Dotschkat –GM and Co-Owner of Glass Canada Inc.
Christy Kerr – Co-Owner of Kerr Controls Inc.
- Trustee, BCCA Employee Benefit Trust
Mary-Anne Bowcott – Owner of WestCom Plumbing
- Journey person Red Seal Plumber, Class B Gas fitter, small business owner, experienced shingle roofer
- Former Vice President of the B.C. Tradeswomen Society
Amy Carr – Journeyperson – Sheet Metal Worker for Accurate Air
- Union Local 276
- Chair -Women’s committee Local 276, Accurate Air.
Karen Anderson – Journeyperson – Carpenter for Theatre North West
Becky Lupton – Journeyperson – Electrician for Seaspan Shipyards
Tamara Pongracz – Chief Instructor Trades Access, BCIT, Red Seal Plumber, Winner of the BCIT Teaching Excellence Award and the Outstanding Women in Construction Award
Faith Dempster – Regional Manager of the Skilled Trades Employment Program, BCCA and Red Seal Welder
Current Canada-wide construction labour market information identifies there is a current and impending labour shortage. It’s more important than ever the construction industry creates jobsites that are more desirable places to work for all employees, particularly women and other underrepresented groups. The Builders Code is an excellent tool to help the construction industry with this important culture change to increase recruitment and retention.
The Builders Code is seeking jurisdictional partners from across Canada to join us in delivering this meaningful new service to all employers in the construction industry. Our ideal partners will be provincial non-profit organizations in the Construction or Safety sectors who are strongly positioned with local and provincial governments, industry associations, and employers. They will spearhead the delivery of the Builders Code in their Province. As noted, this is a unique and timely opportunity to support essential culture change in our industry, improving the job satisfaction, safety, and retention of all workers. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership role in the construction industry and earn revenues to support your advocacy work.
To find out more, please contact Lisa Stevens by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 250-580-2927
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