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Women Build Nations Conference

CSCU has proudly supported the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT), who are working to eliminate the barriers for, and increase the retention and advancement of, women in the trades, through targeted support and programs. Meet some of the amazing tradeswomen behind the BC Centre for Women in Trades (BCCWITT) "built" up in 2019:

​Nicki Smythe

I am a second year carpentry apprentice with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1598. I started in the trade as a labourer in 2017 and immediately fell in love with building!

What I am most looking forward to at this conference, is meeting like-minded women who have similar goals. I want to create more training and opportunity for women and youth to access careers in trades. I want to be a part of a team that sets others up for success.

​Adrienne Nisyok

I am from New Aiyansh BC, a small community on the North Coast. I am a proud member of the Nisga'a, Haisla and Tsimshian Nations. I have worked in the electrical trade for 22 years, 17 of those years as a red seal certified electrician. I currently work as an industrial maintenance electrician, at a sawmill in Terrace BC.

 I'm excited to meet other tradeswomen at the WBN conference. Sharing our experiences to learn from one another and gain valuable resources to help recruit and retain women in the trades.

​Rachel Van Zeumeren

I have been working as an apprentice Refrigeration Mechanic for 4 months for Yeti Refrigeration in Prince George, and I am in the process of signing up for my first year of trades school!

I am most excited to meet other women in the trades, as I am very new to the industry and have not had the chance to connect with the awesome community of BC tradeswomen. 

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that getting more women into the trades is of critical importance to the BC economy.  The current skills gap is a real burden to our economic growth and we have the answer right in front of us.  Removing barriers for women to achieve qualifications and develop amazing careers in the trades is a proven way to drive economic growth and set families up for success.”

-Mike Schilling, CSCU CEO & President

Day of Mourning

In 2019, 140 BC workers died from a workplace injury or disease. In Canada, April 28th has been designated the Day of Mourning, a day for workers, families, employers, and communities can come together to remember those who lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease. It’s also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

We believe that every worker has the right to come home safely each night. The safety of our essential workers in health, food, first response, construction, and other sectors is paramount, especially during times of crisis

CSCU observes a moment of silence at 10:30 a.m on the Day of Mourning.