Women in Trades Forums

In the fall of 2013, ITA’s Women in Trades Training (WITT) initiative hosted three regional forums: Power Up Women in the Trades. The goal of the forums was to hear from the trades community including women in trades training, tradeswomen, employers, unions service providers and training providers in order to better understand the current status of women in the trades.

Discussions were focused on:

  • What are the current successes and challenges for women in the trades?
  • How can employers better attract and retain tradeswomen?
  • What additional support can be provided for employers and women in the trades?

Each event featured a short presentation from a locally-respected employer and tradeswomen to help spark conversation among the group. Attendees engaged in conversation and brainstormed in smaller groups on how to create an environment of success for women in the trades. 


  • Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
  • October 16, 2013
  • Tradeswoman Speaker: Amie Schellenberg, Red Seal Electrician and TRU Instructor
  • Employer Speaker: Glen Hilton, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 993)


Prince George

  • College of New Caledonia (CNC)
  • October 23, 2013
  • Tradeswoman Speaker: Natasha Kao, Journeyman Welder Level A
  • Employer Speaker: Bob Kapphahn, Training Coordinator, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership


Lower Mainland

  • BC Institute of Technology Downtown Campus (BCIT)
  • November 27, 2013
  • Tradeswoman Speakers: Kelly Kienleitner, Red Seal Motor Winder and Red Seal Electrician, instructor at the Electrical Joint Training Committee & Cathy Minty, Plumber, Systems One Mechanical
  • Employer Speakers: Anne Nickerson, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Program & Peter Judd, GM of Engineering Services from the City of Vancouver

You can view all of the photos from each event here http://www.flickr.com/photos/industrytrainingauthority/sets/72157637354709176/