Six Employers Celebrated at the Inaugural Builders Code Champion Awards

Hosted by the BC Construction Association (BCCA) and Minerva BC in Victoria, the Builders Code honoured six companies for their advanced policies and practices that seek to ensure all employees can reach their full potential in the skilled trades at the inaugural Builders Code Champion Awards.

From left to right: Jesse Unke, Director, Project Management, RAM Consulting Freddy Rawji, Talent and Business Development Manager, RAM Consulting Donna Grant, Marketing & Project Pursuit Manager, Scott Construction Gabrielle Herle, Safety Coordinator, Chinook Scaffold Systems Wendy Gaskill, Corporate Safety Manager, Chinook Scaffold Systems Tom Plumb, President and CEO, Kinetic Construction Allison Greaves, Human Resources Manager, Durwest Construction Management Devon Kray, Vice President, Business Development, Durwest Construction Management Scott Sherba, President, Westcana Electric Taylor Manhas, Safety Coordinator, Westcana

“Thank you to the BC Construction Association, Minerva BC and all of your partners for the work you are doing to recruit and advance more women in trades,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “Your commitment to safe and inclusive workplaces contributes to a more accessible sector for everyone. Initiatives like the Builders Code are a rallying point to get more people involved in the trades, helping our province continue to grow while embracing diversity.”

To be recognized as a Builders Code Champion, individuals and organizations must have demonstrated their commitment, leadership, and action towards advancing and retaining women in their company and achieving the provincial goal of 10 per cent tradeswomen by 2028.

The award categories and recipients include:

Recruiting & Hiring Champion

This award recognizes companies that: hire the best talent based on skills, experience, and attitude; work to attract diverse candidates; look for ways to remove barriers that hold them back; and compensate all employees at fair market value regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity.

Winner: RAM Consulting Ltd. (Vancouver)

From left to right: Tina Strehlke, CEO, Minerva BC Freddy Rawji, Talent and Business Development Manager, RAM Consulting Jesse Unke, Director, Project Management, RAM Consulting

Workplace Culture Champion

The Workplace Culture Champion award recognizes companies that commit to a respectful, safe and inclusive workplace culture; encourage employees to recognize their role in that culture; and hold employees and sub-contractors accountable, ensuring a work environment free from harassment, hazing, and bullying.

Winner: Scott Construction Group (Vancouver), Kinetic Construction (Victoria)

From left to right: Amy Carr, Builders Code Governance Committee member, Accurate Air Donna Grant, Scott Construction Randy Delisle, Talent and Development Manager, Kinetic Construction Tom Plumb, President and CEO, Kinetic Construction

Community Champion

The Community Champion award celebrates companies that: promote career opportunities for women in the skilled trades; support their tradespeople to mentor others; and promote education, awareness and training that positively impacts their community, company and employees.

Winner: Westcana Electric (Prince George)

From left to right: Scott Bone, CEO, Northern Regional Construction Association Taylor Manhas, Safety Coordinator, Westcana

Initiate of the Year

Companies that introduced diversity policies this year, committed to building an Acceptable Worksite; and are working to create a construction sector that works for everyone are recognized with this award.

Winner: Durwest Construction Management (Victoria)

From left to right: Lisa Stevens, Chief Strategy Officer, BC Construction Association Allison Greaves, Human Resources Manager, Durwest Construction Management Devon Kray, Business Development Manager, Durwest Construction Management

Contractor of the Year
This award recognizes companies that are fully committed to achieving an Acceptable Worksite and building a diverse workforce where all employees are able to perform at their best and reach their full potential.

Winner: Westcana Electric (Prince George), Chinook Scaffold Systems (Nanaimo)

From left to right: Tara Fong, Manager, Equity Trades Programs, Industry Training Authority
Wendy Gaskill, Corporate Safety Manager, Chinook Scaffold Systems Gabrielle Herle, Safety Coordinator, Chinook Scaffold Systems Taylor Manhas, Safety Coordinator, Westcana Electric
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