International Women's Day Series: Lacey Developments
Award-winning construction company values women in trades
Lacey Developments is building a foundation of inclusion for its construction business. Co-owned by a woman, the company has an apprentice, journeyperson, construction manager, and designer who are all women.
Lesa Lacey, who runs the company with her husband Erik, is a strong advocate of women in trades and trades as a career. For five years, she’s volunteered with Skills BC at events focusing on women in trades and will be the first female chair of the BC Construction Safety Alliance this fall. Lesa also participated in a project with Industry Training Authority to create a best practice guide to support employers in hiring and retaining women.
Based in Deroche (21 km east of Mission), Lacey Developments is a general contractor in residential and commercial construction. Last month, the company won five Fraser Valley Housing Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA). The Laceys actively promote women in trades through the CHBA and encourage the company’s tradeswomen to attend events as mentors in the industry.
“We need to take steps to have workplaces be more welcoming to everyone—a focus on open and safe jobsites benefits all workers involved,” said Lesa. “Efforts such as the BC Builders Code from the BC Construction Association are excellent ways to move the jobsite forward for everyone.”
Lesa also volunteers her time to connect CORCAN with the construction sector on projects that help Indigenous women get carpentry skills. CORCAN is a rehabilitation program of the Correctional Service of Canada that assists offenders to be employment-ready upon release through on-the-job and vocational training that focuses on construction, manufacturing, textiles, services.
Lacey Developments believes that in the future, there’ll be an increasing focus in the industry on employers looking for women—not only to fill trades shortages but also for their skills and talent on the jobsite. More and more women are considering trades as a career, and Lesa believes more diversity on jobsites benefits everyone.
“Our team are big champions of women on the jobsite,” said Lesa. “We celebrate things together as women and as champions of women!”
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The Champions of Apprenticeship are recognized for their outstanding achievements in BC apprenticeship system. These Champions are celebrated for their hard work in creating certified tradesworkers, supporting their industry and promoting apprenticeship. Do you know an outstanding employer sponsor or apprentice? Send us an email and nominate them to become a Champion of Apprenticeship!