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👷‍♀️ Talent Thursdays: Bank on it

CIBC supports apprentices, B.C. unions call for change, People Moves June has dropped

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Good morning! 📖 Here’s a page turner for your daughter: “The House That She Built” is a children’s book explores the contributions of women in construction and challenges gender stereotypes. 75 copies of the book have been donated to the Calgary Construction Association as it prepares to roll out recruitment programs in schools. 


Employment among young women (aged 15 to 24 years) recently increased by 30.5% nationally, with several provinces (i.e., Ontario, Quebec, and B.C.) reporting increases of 75% or more over the past 12 months. The rapid increase in employment among young women has translated into the highest participation of women in the construction industry since the first release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey in 1976.


Geoff Ruytenbeek has been promoted to manager of infrastructure engineering (acting) at Ontario Power Generation.

Argon Robinson has joined the Fort Modular team as its new construction manager. It is a new role at the company intended to expand Fort's capabilities and services. Working in tandem with Fort's current team, Robinson will focus on site execution.

Mike McFarlane has started a new role at Avison Young as principal and director of its Toronto valuation and advisory team. Avison Young stated that McFarlane's extensive experience in commercial property valuation and his leadership skills will be instrumental in expanding its capabilities and mentoring the next generation of appraisers.

Ben Temple, has joined the Wales McLelland team as its new business development manager. Temple is a former commercial real estate broker and acquisition manager with over 14 years of experience in a variety of real estate sectors.

Our entire list of People Moves for June is now out. Click on the link below to see them all.


💵 CIBC has launched a new effort to financially support skilled tradespeople in Canada. This first-of-its-kind program offers free banking, a credit card with special perks, and a line of credit for apprentices. Scholarships are also available for students enrolled in accredited trades colleges. Overall, CIBC aims to help address the skilled labor shortage by making careers in the trades more accessible.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Statistics Canada predicts Canada's population could reach 63 million by 2073, driven by immigration as birth rates stay low. The number of people over 85 is expected to triple, putting pressure on social services. The report suggests population decline in eastern provinces by 2048, while western provinces like Alberta and B.C. will see an increase in their share of the population.

🪚 The Ontario government is investing $6 million to train over 1,000 carpenters to address labour shortages in the province. This initiative aims to equip job seekers with carpentry skills through apprenticeships and upskilling programs, focusing on areas like formwork and scaffolding essential for non-residential construction. This investment is part of a broader strategy to develop a skilled workforce that aligns with Ontario's economic goals.

🛠️ The BC Building Trades says Canada's immigration system fails to attract enough skilled workers to the province while also not protecting the rights of temporary foreign workers who come to fill those gaps. The group’s latest report states that B.C. needs more immigrants to fill construction jobs, but the current system relies heavily on temporary programs that offer lower wages and fewer rights to workers compared to permanent residency programs.


Resources for professional development


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