WBF in the News
January 21, 2016 – Students from JWS 68 visit the Sturgeon Refinery for a site tour. Check it out here: https://nwrsturgeonrefinery.com/news/wbf-journeywoman-class-at-nwr-sturgeon-refinery/
January 21, 2016. Mammoet Canada Western is a proud sponsor of WBF programs. Mammoet and WBF have enjoyed a relationship that has carried on for 8 years and one that has allowed Mammoet and WBF program graduates the opportunity to work together. Read the full article here:http://www.mammoet.com/en/news/about-women-building-futures/ Mammoet Canada Western and the Government of Alberta team up to create a new video featuring WBF. View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUZy5QZVP7U
January 21, 2016 - Women Building Futures and NorQuest College partner to deliver new Academic Readiness training to women. Click here to read the Press Release.
January 7, 2016 - Edmonton AB—Women Building Futures (WBF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Borger Group, Lehigh Hanson and O’Hanlon Paving (The Fath Group) to train women as entry-level operators with potential employment opportunities with their companies. WBF, along with the sponsoring companies have identified bulldozer operators and front-end loader operators as occupations in demand, designing a program to gear students and their potential employer for success. Click here to read the Press Release.
December 8, 2015 - Edmonton AB - Women Building Futures is pleased to announce the appointment of JudyLynn Archer, President and CEO of Women Building Futures to the NAIT Board of Governors. Click here to read the Press Release.
November 2, 2015 - Edmonton AB—Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier trades training organization for women, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) and the Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan (Local 720). Click here to read the Press Release.
September 21, 2015 - Construction Business Magazine - Transforming the face of the industry - Increased demand for skilled workers means rewarding, well-paying career opportunities. Women Building Futures (WBF) is committed to helping women get the training and get the work. And the work is definitely there. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the tradespeople currently working in Canada will retire over the next decade. And that means plenty of great career opportunities available for women in construction. To read the full story, please click here.
September 17, 2015 - Ledcor Lends Heavy Equipment Valued at Over $25,000 to Women Building Futures - Vancouver, BC--(Marketwired - September 15, 2015) - The Ledcor Group of Companies is proud to support Women Building Futures (WBF) and their Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) program by loaning over $25,000 worth of heavy equipment. Ledcor joins other well-known and respected companies and organizations such as Imperial, Suncor, Emeco, Mammoet, SureHire, Lehigh Hanson, Finning and ARHCA in supporting the WBF HEO program by providing them with access to services and resources.To read the full story, please click here.
September 16, 2015 - Crane and Hoist Canada. An article featuring our graduate,Perri Arnold, who has been interviewed about her position as a crane operator at Mammoet Canada. Mammoet has been a strong supporter of ours, and have hired a number of our grads over the years. We're proud to have them as our partner.To read the full article click here.
August 12, 2015 - Edmonton, Alberta. SureHire renews agreement with Women Building Futures! SureHire has been a huge success for Women Building Futures with the professional testing they've done for our programs and the help that they have provided with our assessment process. To read the full story on the renewal agreement and how they help us click here.
August 12, 2015 - Edmonton, Alberta. Ledcor has written a story about our partnership. They have been big supporters of Women Building Futures and have loaned $25,000 dollars worth of heavy equipment to support our Heavy Equipment Operator program. Click here to read the full story.
July 27, 2015 - Edmonton, Alberta. Canadian Natural and Northern Gateway Pipelines partner with WBF to help women overcome barriers to success. This partnership will give WBF the ability to go to Aboriginal communities and teach math programs that were previously only available in Edmonton.To read the full story of the partnership and the programs that will be offered click here.
July 23, 2015 - Edmonton, Alberta. The federal government is expanding training and skills development opportunities for women by investing more than two million dollars in the Women Building Futures Heavy Equipment Operator Program. To read the full article by the Journal of Commerce click here.
July 7, 2015 – Edmonton, Alberta – Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $2,097,375 to expand the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program. Today’s investment will allow WBF to acquire assets that promote the long-term sustainability and delivery of their HEO training program for students. Additionally, federal funding will secure simulator equipment that supports HEO training at WBF. Click here for details.
July 2015 – Edmonton, Alberta. Watch the recently released video by the Government of Alberta of a WBF grad crane operator working at Mammoet. What a great partnership between WBF, industry and government. Click here to view.
June 2015 –
CLAC Magazine. Building Careers. An article featuring WBF and interviews with two of our grads, Karen Mohr and Shannon Godlien, both Journeymen working for CLAC companies. CLAC is the primary sponsor of the WBF Opportunities for Women in Construction Awareness Campaign, a program to inform women of the career opportunities available to them in the construction trades. Click here to read the story.
May 8, 2015 -
Fillmore Construction joins growing number of companies to partner with Women Building Futures to sponsor women with new construction program! Click here to read more!
May 8, 2015 -
Women Building Futures partners with Expocrete, for a new construction program! Click here to read more!
April 30, 2015 -
Graham Brothers enters second partnership with Women Building Futures to sponsor women into new Construction Program. Click here to read more.
April 7, 2015 -
Women Building Futures offers PCA members the opportunity to become a WBF Employer of Choice. Click here to read more. Click here to learn more about PCA.
March 27, 2015 -
The Red Deer Advocate has written a special feature on Women Building Futures, Click here to read the story.
Joanne Stepney, Women Building Futures academics teacher wins the Breakfast Television Golden Apple Award! Click here to watch
Women Building Futures and Imperial welcomes the next class of haul truck operators. Click here to read more.
Pembina partners with Women Building Futures to create a unique training opportunity for aboriginal women.Click here to read more.
Women Building Futures partners with AECOM to recruit and train women for their workforce.Click here to read more.
Toronto, Ontario – JudyLynn Archer, president and CEO of Women Building Futures speaks at the first Women in Drive Leadership Summit. Click here to read more.
Women Building Futures offers new training opportunities for women. Alberta Native News. Click here to read more.
WBF partners with O’Hanlon Paving to recruit, assess and train women for potential employment with O’Hanlon Paving in Edmonton. Click here to read more.
Graham Brothers partners with WBF to recruit and train more women for their workforce. Click here to read more.
WBF announces a new partnership with Standard General Inc. to recruit and train women as Class 3 Drivers for Standard General’s workforce. Click here to read more.
January 2015 - EN / FR
The Federal Government, Alberta Government, Imperial Oil Foundation, CLAC, and Shell Canada announce their support of WBF for a new online project called #4ME to reach any woman, anywhere who is interested in a career in the trades. Click to read in English or French.
Oilweek Magazine. Connecting With Communities. Read about how companies like Imperial Oil are partnering with programs such as Women Building Futures. Click to read more.
Women in Heavy Construction. An article featuring WBF, our President & CEO, JudyLynn Archer, and an interview with Angela Carter, one of our HEO grads. Piling Canada Magazine. Click to read more.
October 9, 2014
October 2, 2014
Canada-Alberta Job Grant now accepting employer applications. Women Building Futures ready to work with employers to provide training. Click to read more.
Women Building Futures celebrates third year of recruiting and training haul truck operators for Imperial's Kearl oil sands. Click to read more.
September 18, 2014
WBF Electrical Graduates are ready for hire. Click to read more.
August 8, 2014
LIFT Philanthropy Partners makes multi-year commitment to Women Building Futures. Click to read more.
WOMEN IN THE TRADES. Coming soon to a construction site near you. Check out the article with WBF and NAIT in the August issue of Edmonton New Home and Condo Living Magazine. Click to read more.
June 20, 2014
A different path. First Nations student finds Women Building Futures a perfect fit. Aboriginal Alberta, The Edmonton Sun. Click to read more.
June 13, 2014
Female workforce in the trades “untapped and underemployed”. An interview with JudyLynn Archer, president & CEO of Women Building Futures. By Carol Christian, Fort McMurray CONNECT. Click to read more.
May 21, 2014
Empowering Communities. Empowering Women. Talisman Energy Community Report. Click to read more.
WBF & ARHCA Heavy Equipment Operator graduates ready for hire! Click to read more.
May 14, 2014
WBF and TFL Industrial graduate first class from pre-employment welder training program. Click to read more.
April 22, 2014
April 14, 2014
Women Building Futures offers unique training for women -- Alberta Native News.Click to read more.
Women Building Futures celebrates renewed industry partnership training program. Click to read more.
April 4, 2014
Minister of State Michelle Rempel, Western Economic Diversification, recognizes and thanks supporters of WBF. View the video here.
April 8, 2014
Industry gains access to Alberta’s largest untapped workforce with the new WBF/ARHCA heavy equipment operator program. Click to read more.
March 20, 2014
Tapping into an Untapped Workforce: A Sneak Peak with JudyLynn.Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) Blog. Click here to read the interview.
March 11, 2014
February 5, 2014
Meet JudyLynn Archer: Canadian Pioneer, President and CEO of Women Building Futures. Each year, Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions women have made in shaping our nation, past and present. View the video here.
WBF Women gain access to free occupational testing through a new partnership with SureHire. Click here to read more.
February 3, 2014
It’s a man’s world no more. Find out about the exploding interest among women who want to get into the trades. Interview with Tanner Stewart from TFL Industrial and WBF grad Kim Schenkenfelder, 1st year apprentice at TFL. CBC Radio. Click here to listen in.
Building our own opportunities. Women of Influence Magazine interviews JudyLynn Archer, President & CEO of WBF. See page 23. Click here to read more.
November 29, 2013
November 29, 2013
SAY Magazine features Shannon Kay, Aboriginal woman of influence. Click here to read more Or visit the SAY website at http://www.saymag.com/.
Industry gains access to Alberta’s largest untapped workforce through a new partnership between Women Building Futures and the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association. Click here to read more.
November 28, 2013
November 25, 2013
Bridging the Gap! This new video by Electricity Human Resources Canada features our Journeywoman Start Grad, Casie Murdoch. Casie is now a Journeyperson Millwright and does a wonderful job of explaining what her trade is and why more women should look at becoming a millwright. Take a look!
Imperial Contribution to Women Building Futures Program. For the second year Women Building Futures partners with Imperial Oil for a heavy equipment operator program. Click here to read more.
November 13, 2013
See what yes can do! This new video by Suncor explains perfectly why we do what we do! Features interviews with Suncor’s Executive Vice President Mark Little and WBF’s President JudyLynn Archer, and our Heavy Equipment Operator graduate, Lori Haggerty, who is a great example of what’s possible for any woman who’s serious about pursuing a career in non-traditional trades. Take a look!
October 4, 2013
JudyLynn Archer: Canadian Pioneer. Listen to WBF’s President & CEO talk about why there's never been a better time in the history of Canada for women to consider working in the trades. Click here to view.
Women Building Futures and TFL Industrial join forces in innovative new welding program. Click here to read more.
September 16, 2013
The power of influence. The story of Shannon Kay, aspiring electrician and Women Building Futures graduate. -- Leading the Way: Aboriginal People Today, Alberta Aboriginal Relations. Click here to read more.
July 4, 2013
Apprenticeships: Women entering construction trades get support from Women Building Futures. – Trades Alberta, Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
June 27, 2013
Women in the trades. Read about Karen Mohr, WBF Grad and now WBF Electrical Instructor. – Trades Alberta, Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
June 21, 2013
Removing Barriers. Breaking New Ground: Careers for Women in Construction – Media Planet for the Calgary Herald.Click here to read more.
June 21, 2013
Removing Barriers. Breaking the Mold: Rona Ambrose urges Women to Step into Non-traditional Roles – Media Planet for the Calgary Herald. Click here to read more.
June 21, 2013
Removing Barriers. Keep Trucking: One Woman who Just Won’t Quit – Media Planet for the Calgary Herald. Click here to read more.
June 21, 2013
Women Building Futures Opportunities for Aboriginal Women - Aboriginal Alberta, The Edmonton Sun. Click here to read more.
June 21, 2013
Woman building her future. A story about one of our recent graduates, Lori Cardinal - Aboriginal Alberta, The Edmonton Sun. Click here to read more.
Building Futures and Breaking Barriers - page 7, Tracks & Treads Magazine, Finning Canada. Click here to read more.
June 21, 2013
Women Building Futures Aboriginal Engagement Commitment. – Business Profile, Trades Alberta, Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
Bringing more women into the construction trades. Piling Canada Magazine, see page 50. Click here to read more. May 30, 2013
WBF is the go-to place for women serious about entering the trades and for employers needing skilled workers. – Business Profile, Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
May 16, 2013
Women Building Futures Nominated for YWCA of Edmonton Women of Distinction Award. Click here to read more.
May 1, 2013
Women Building Futures Train to Make a Better Future in the Trades – Edmonton Commerce News. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.
Trade in for a New Career: Women get a better chance at success in the construction industry with specialized training – Open Mind Magazine, Volume 21, Issue 1, page 17. Click here to read more.
April 25, 2013
Best of Trades Alberta Magazine. See Women in the Trades, page 24 to 26 – Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
April 22, 2013
Public Affairs Minister Rona Ambrose visits Women Building Futures – Edmonton Sun. Click here to read more.
March 22, 2013
While visiting Women Building Futures, Minister for Status of Women Canada, Rona Ambrose highlighted the Government of Canada's commitment to increasing the role women play in non-traditional occupations. Click here to read more.
February 21, 2013
Women Building Futures leads the way with innovative industry partnerships. Click here to read more.
February 21, 2013
Trades Alberta: From light lunches to heavy equipment. – Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
Steelcraft Inc. www.steelcraftinc.com hires Women Building Futures Graduates to train as Welding Apprentices. – Above and Beyond Newsletter, Steelcraft. Click here to read more.
December 20, 2012
Women Building Futures works with industry to help graduates succeed on the job. – Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
December 19, 2012
Trades Alberta: Women Building Futures, industry focus on training, recruiting, retaining women. – Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
November 20, 2012
Women Building Futures in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. – Nunatsiaq Online. Click here to read more.
November 8, 2012
Women Building Futures was instrumental in helping Sheila Chouinard become an electrician. – Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
November 8, 2012
Edmonton-based Women Building Futures chisels out pathway into trades. – Edmonton Journal. Click here to read more.
October 28, 2012
Building Strong Foundations. Women Building Futures gives women the training they need to succeed in careers in the trades. – Katie Patterson, Edmonton Sun. Click here to read more.
October 26, 2012
Promoting women employment. Lafarge and the NGO "Women Building Futures" work together in a recruitment and training program on truck driving, dedicated to women. Click here to read more.
October 13, 2012
More Women in Trades. More women are now learning trades they hadn't previously considered, such as in the construction and oil industry, in the midst of a national shortage of skilled labourers. – Briar Stewart, CBC National News.
October 7, 2012
Through a partnership with WBF, Mammoet has recruited a strong nucleus of female workers. – Edmonton Sun. Click here to read more.
October 1, 2012
Imperial Contribution to Women Building Futures Program.
May 29, 2012
Lafarge Shows Leadership.
Unique opportunities for women seeking to enter the trades. – Alberta Native News.
March 21, 2012
Lafarge sponsors "Women Building Futures" –
January 11, 2012
Building New Partnerships for Women in the Trades.
August 1, 2011
Women Building Futures Nurtures a Hidden Labor Pool.
December 1, 2009
At an awards ceremony in Toronto, JudyLynn Archer, President Women Building Futures was recognized as one of Canada’s most powerful women. Listen to the CBC interview (right-click -> save as)Building New Partnerships for Women in the Trades At an awards ceremony in Toronto, JudyLynn Archer, President Women Building Futures was recognized as one of Canada’s most powerful women.
June 6, 2008
Dr. Sam Shaw, NAIT's CEO & President, along with NAIT students and instructors, help unveil statue at Women’s Training Centre and Housing Facility.
May 9, 2008
Expanded Women’s Training Centre and Housing Facility opens: More Classroom Capacity Plus Housing for Students.