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Women Building Futures is valued for its expertise and thought leadership and is a trusted voice in the media about women in the construction and maintenance industry. Take a moment to read our most recent media articles and partnership announcements here.

News in 2016

by System | Mar 31, 2016

December 8, 2016 - JudyLynn Archer, President and CEO of Women Building Futures, teams up with Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada, to discuss the impact women can have on the trades. To read the full article click here:

November 24, 2016 - “With as many as a quarter of a million construction workers retiring this decade, construction companies want and need women to help fill that skills vacuum" - Wise words from Darrel Reid of PCA. To read the full article, click here:…/construction-companies-step-up-effort…/

November 7, 2016 - BuildForce Canada and Women Building Futures (WBF) are collaborating to encourage more women to pursue careers in construction, Daily Commercial News. Click here to read the article.

October 27, 2016 – WBF launches Vision 2025 at Women Building Extraordinary Futures Industry event. Check out some major milestones in WBF’s history and our vision for the future. Click here to view the timeline.

October 26, 2016 - New BuildForce‒Women Building Futures Partnership Aims to Attract More Women to Construction. Click here to read the full press release

September 19, 2016 – Job Creation Partnership Trains and Employs Women in Trades. New Class Of Graduates Joins The Sturgeon Refinery Workforce Thanks To Women Building Futures, North West Redwater Partnership And The Alberta Carpenters Training Centre. Click here to read the press release.

September 22, 2016 – Women Building Futures Carpenter/Scaffolder graduates begin work at the North West Redwater Partnership’s Sturgeon Refinery. Read Article

September 16, 2016 - The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, one of North America’s largest builder-trade unions, congratulated WBF’s first graduating class of Carpenter/Scaffolders. The union’s Sisters in the Brotherhood from the Alberta region announced the new alumni on their website. Read More

August 18, 2016 - Women Building Futures has been included in a Journal of Commerce article  along with NWR and the Ironworkers Local 720, about how WBF and the union have trained 11 female Ironworkers to work at the North West Redwater Refinery. Click here to read the full article. 

June 13, 2016 - Women Building Futures has been included in a Huffington Post article along with LIFT Philanthropy, about how women in the trades could close the labour shortage in Canada. Click here to read the full article. 

May 19, 2016 - Women Building Futures' first class from the Ironworker Readiness Program graduated in May. All 11 women were recruited to join NWR Refinery as apprentice ironworkers. At the graduation, some of these successful grads shared their stories with news crews.
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February 26, 2016 - Edmonton AB — Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier trades training organization for women, is pleased to welcome TransCanada as a new partner in the WBF Opportunities for Women in Construction Awareness Campaign (OFWIC). WBF has been running the OFWIC campaign since 2007, the only sustained awareness program of its kind in Western Canada. Click here to read the press release. 

February 18, 2016 - 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 Carpenters Training Fund to train women to become carpenters and scaffolders. Click here to read the press release. 

February 11, 2016 - Edmonton AB—Women Building Futures is pleased to announce a new partnership with KBR Wabi, a CLAC affiliate. Click here to read the Press Release. 

January 21, 2016 – Students from JWS 68 visit the Sturgeon Refinery for a site tour. Check it out here:

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:  Mammoet Canada Western and the Government of Alberta team up to create a new video featuring WBF. View the video here:

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.