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Women In Trades

Series 5 - Women In Trades

This season we talk with accomplished women who are killing it in the trades! Whether you're considering joining the field or are just curious about working in traditionally male-dominated fields, you'll love what these inspiring guests have to share.
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Lindsay Kearns

OUTREACH COORDINATOR, BCCWITT

(250) 661-6818

linkedin.com/in/linksay-kearns/

Insta: @bccwitt

BCCWITT.ca

Our first guest is the Outreach Coordinator for BC Centre for Women in Trades, Lindsay Kearns! Her work focuses on outreach, leadership and event coordination for the growing network of tradespeople from underrepresented groups across BC. Lindsay is a Red Seal journey electrician and a proud IBEW Local 230 member.
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Breena Jackson

JOINERY INSTRUCTOR, BCIT

bjackson64@bcit.ca

bcit.ca

Insta: @bcitjoinery

This week Brandy is excited to speak with Breena Jackson, Instructor in the Joinery Program at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology). Hear about Breena's journey as a woman in the trades, from education through to experiences, accomplishments, and what's next! 
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Kelly Kienleitner

CHIEF INSTRUCTOR, EJTC

(604) 571-6540

linkedin.com/in/kelly-kienleitner-rse-pid1537376a

ejtc.org

Continuing our Women in Trades series, Brandy welcomes Kelly Kienleitner of the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) to the podcast. She's an accomplished tradeswoman with two Red Seal programs (motor winder and electrician), an innovative educator (teaching degree/advanced certification), speaker, Métis and mentor.
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Nicole Wiet

PRESIDENT, BC TRADESWOMEN SOCIETY

nicolewietiuec82@gmail.com

bctradeswomensociety.ca

BCCWITT.ca

This week the President of BC Tradeswomen Society, Nicole Wiet, joins Brandy for the latest episode of Women In Trades! Nicole is a GGCLC 2022 Alumni, Elevator Mechanic and an inspiring mentor and advocate for women in the trades. 
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Jamie McMillan

FOUNDER, KISSASS CAREERS

kickasscareers.ca

(519) 771-1858

Insta: @kickass_careers

Brandy interviews Jamie McMillan, founder and primary spokesperson of KickAss Careers. She is a Motivational Speaker, Journeyman Ironworker, Apprentice Boilermaker, Outreach Specialist, Author, Visionary and Advocate for Skilled Trades, Technology, Mental Health, Homelessness and Youth.
Women In Trades
Gabrielle Herle

HEALTH & SAFETY, TECK RESOURCES

gabrielle.herle@gmail.com

linkedin.com/in/gabrielleherle

Brandy interviews Gabrielle Herle - OHS Canada’s 2022 Top 25 Under 40! She's the Healthy & Safety Coordinator for Teck Resources, a Journey Red Seal Carpenter and has her Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS) with a complement of National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO).
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Natasha Martines

WOMEN BUILDING FUTURES 

marzevolution@gmail.com

linkedin.com/in/marzevolution

womenbuildingfutures.ca

From Women Building Futures we have Natasha Martynes! Brandy talks to the Manager of External Relations about her journey through her own plumbing business to helping other women follow their flutter! 
Jill Prescott
Jill Prescott

WIT SUCCESS TRAINING

jill@jillprescott.ca

Insta: @jillprescott

jillprescott.ca

successtraining.ca 

Retention can be a challenge for women entering traditionally male-dominated fields, and this coach and visionary leader is working to change that. This week meet Jill Prescott, who is inspiring women to own their destiny without sacrificing who they are in her program: Women in Trades Success Training
Hilary Peach
Hilary Peach
BOILER SAFETY OFFICER, AUTHOR

 

hilarypeach.ca

anvil press.com/books/thick-skin-field-notes-from-a-sister-in-the-brotherhood

hpeach@icloud.com

This trailblazer just released her memoir, Thick Skin, sharing 20 years as a transient welder, travelling across Canada and the United States, working in pulp mills, chemical plants, refineries, and generating stations! Meet the fascinating author, welding inspector and safety officer, Hilary Peach on this episode of Women in Trades. 
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Amandeep Beesla

HSE CONSULTANT

(250) 857-3382

amandeep@hotmail.com

Brandy welcomes Amandeep Beesla, who brings over 25 years of onsite field experience! She is passionate about tradeswomen’s rights, equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion, mentoring new and young workers, and mental health, leading her to pursue a career path in health and safety.
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Karen Dearlove
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BCCWITT

info@bccwitt

linkedin.com/in/karen-dearlove-b51b0623/

BCCWITT.ca

This week Brandy is delighted to introduce Karen Dearlove, the Executive Director of BC Centre for Women in Trades. Karen's strong belief in helping others is evident in her role as a leader in the skilled trades. BCCWITT is a non-profit organization providing a range of services, support, mentorship, and training for women, indigenous people, and other under-represented groups interested in making a career in the skilled trades.
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Traci Stevens

BC FIELD REP, SCHLUTER SYSTEMS CANADA

stevens@schluter.ca

(236) 339-4807

An established tile setter of 16 years and immersed in world of construction her entire life Traci Stevens has found her niche market working mainly for women, sharing knowledge and passion in the ever-evolving industry she loves. Brandy's guest shares her journey in another heavy-lifting dirty job for Women in Trades! 
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Teaching in the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at BCIT for ten years, Anna Lary is an electrician, an instructor and an agent of change! With a Provincial Instructor Diploma and a Master of Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction, Anna's also the Regional Representative for the British Columbia Centre for Women in Trades and Technology!
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Jessica Bannister
OPERATIONS MANAGER, CAM COOL

 

HVAC JESS    (604) 363-3353

Cam Cool Refrigeration Inc.

jessica@camcool.ca

hvacjess.com  womeninhvac.ca

Brandy is excited to chat with HVAC JESS, a Level 3 HVAC Apprentice at her family’s company, Cam Cool Refrigeration Inc. Jessica's the current President of Women in HVAC/R Canada and she wishes to bring more awareness to women in the trades, specifically women in HVAC-R, encouraging young people (especially girls) to consider it as a rewarding career option.  
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Rachel Schatz

PIPING INSTRUCTOR, BCIT

rschatz2@bcit.ca

Insta: @racheltheplumber

(604) 456-8108

LinkedIn.com/in/rachel-schatz-rse-88439b218/

Meet Rachel Schatz, a red seal plumber and gas fitter with over 15 years’ experience in the construction and service industry. As the only female instructor in the BCIT piping department, she teaches gas level B, and Plumbing levels 2 and 4, and is a member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
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Leah Peters

SITE SUPERINTENDENT, BOCKSTAEL

 

(204) 297-0639 

lpeters@bockstael.com

TBB Delegation Report

Leah Peters, carpenter and Site Superintendent at Bockstael, gained a great deal of experience and expertise in residential and commercial construction and hopes to help educate and mentor the next generation of women considering a career in construction. 
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Laura Cameron

HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC, VALLEY CARRIERS

Insta: @madamcameron

LinkedIn.com/in/laura-c-849990a1a3

This week Brandy welcomes Laura Cameron, a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice at Valley Carriers who has also done 10 years as a welder and fabricator! Her career has been diverse in industries such as oil & gas, underground mining, agriculture, alcohol, and more. Laura is a Regional Representative for BCCWITT, a mentor with CWB Women of Steel, and the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator for Tools To Empower. Laura is also a mom, dog owner and is learning to ride a unicycle! 
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Shayla Aspden

FOUNDER, THE TINY TECHNICIAN LTD. 

thefemaletinytech@gmail.com 

(250) 886-0447 Vancouver Island

Insta: @thetinytechnician 

Facebook: The Tiny Technician 

Shayla Aspden dropped out of business school and walked over to the trades building to enrol in the Plumbing & PipeTrade Foundation program at Camosun College in 2015. Now known as The Tiny Technician, she's never looked back! Also a very proud BCCWITT Regional Rep, Shayla provides support and resources to all females and underrepresented groups throughout the trades.
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Lana Love

FIELD OPERATOR, ARBIOS BIOTECH

LinkedIn Profile

Arbios Biotech Jobs

Lana Love is Field Operator with the newly formed company Arbios Biotech! She’s also a journey-level millwright and working on her Fourth Class Power Engineering Certification. Additionally representing BC Tradeswomen Society and BCCWITT, Lana’s helping change the culture of industrial and trades workplaces to be more inclusive.
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Sandy Suter

JOURNEYMAN WELDER, CANFOR

linkedin.com/in/sandy-suter-rse-096399251/

Sandy Suter started cutting out decorative metal for house, signs and weathervanes when she was in high school. After exploring other non-trade career options, she's back building pipelines and sawmills! 
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Chelsea Barron
MACHINIST INSTRUCTOR, BCIT

604 764 2327

Chelseabarron94@hotmail.com

Instagram: c_j.barron

 

From the Chilcotin First Nation in Williams Lake B.C., meet Red Seal Machinist and Machinist Instructor at BCIT, Chelsea Barron. Also a Regional Representative with BCCWITT, Chelsea is a mentor and advocate for all women, indigenous peoples, and other minorities in the skilled trades. 

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