A new group for women in construction is to be launched on April 25 in Toronto. The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) will take over from its predecessor, the Toronto Chapter 295 of the U.S. National Association of Women in Construction.
Women in consulting engineering are still a minority, although they are relatively well represented among architects.
CAWIC’s mandate is to promote the success of women in an industry that currently employs close to 1 million Canadians and contributes about 12 per cent of Canada’s total gross domestic product.
CAWIC’s first president is Angela Wilson. She says that the organization” will work closely with industry, government and other associations to represent the concerns of our members and eliminate existing and potential barriers.”
The association will be run by a volunteer board of directors and will perform functions such as identifying career and business opportunities for women, organizing networking events, developing mentoring programs, and reaching out to elementary and high school students.
The association will maintain its ties with the U.S. association and will establish relations with similar associations in the U.K., Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.