About Us

The BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) is a partnership led by women from the trades, along with industry and labour representatives, committed to increasing the PROPORTION of women in the skilled trades above the provincial average of four per cent.

Our vision is to lead the cultural shift needed to increase women in the trades—addressing the barriers to attraction, retention and advancement—and create an equitable, diverse and inclusive trades industry. The key to ensuring our vision is successful is our commitment to have tradeswomen lead the organization. The experience of women from the trades is central to the development of our programs and initiatives—enabling us to pursue this vision with credibility and authenticity.

OUR INITIATIVES

SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Providing supports and training for employers, contractors, training providers, unions and non-union organizations.

NETWORK

Fostering regional and provincial networks of women from the trades

ADVOCACY

Working with industry to shift the culture of discrimination, bullying and harassment by developing male leaders from industry through the Be More Than a Bystander program.

MENTORING

Providing informal mentorship and skill-building opportunities.

BREAKING BARRIERS

Providing training and employment supports for women experiencing barriers to enter or advance their career in the trades.

Our Team

Nina Hansen

Executive Director (she/her)

Nina Hansen is the Executive Director of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT), a government funded pilot project seeking to shift the culture in the trades to increase the attraction, retention and advancement of women.

She previously worked as the Operations Manager for the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED), and prior to that as the Director of Occupational Health and Safety. This role utilized her skills as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional to contribute to policy development, provide training and education across British Columbia, and work with varied stakeholders to promote and advocate for healthy and safe workplaces.

Prior to working at the BCFED, Nina worked for more than 16 years as an occupational health and safety representative and workers’ advocate for the film technicians’ union, IATSE Local 891.

Amanda Hutchison

Executive Assistant (she/her/they/them)

After expressing interest in leaving her corporate environment to close friends in the trades, Amanda Hutchison was recommended to join Building Up’s pre-apprenticeship program in Toronto, ON.

She found herself enjoying its hands-on aspect, but also the concept of employment social enterprises and advocating for underrepresented people in the Trades, which is what drew her to BCCWITT. Amanda is a huge pop music fan, gets all her information from the multiple podcasts she subscribes to, and is a supporter of animal adoption and foster homes.

Amanda joined the BC Centre for Women in the Trades in December 2019.

MARGARETTE MACDONALD

Coordinator (she/her)

Margarette joined the BC Centre for Women in the Trades in December 2019 in the Career Development department. She brings more than 20 years experience in the employment and social services sector, both public and private, to BCCWITT.

Margarette is a member of the Saulteau First Nations from a small Northeastern BC town. She excels at working with diverse individuals and supporting them to remove barriers to sustainable employment.

Lindsay Kearns

Coordinator (she/her)

Lindsay joined the BC Centre for Women in the Trades in December 2019, and her work focuses on outreach, mentorship and event coordination for the growing network of tradeswomen across BC.

Lindsay is a Red Seal journey electrician and a proud IBEW Local 230 member. She has a background in community organizing, urban geography, and food security issues. Prior to embarking on her electrical career, she worked at the University of Victoria as the knowledge mobilization coordinator for a five-year research project into the social economy.

Lindsay grew up in Toronto and has made Victoria her home since 2001.

Karen Fehr

Coordinator (she/her/they/them)

Karen the Cabinetmaker joined the BC Centre for Women in the Trades in January 2020, and her work focuses on building organizational capacity and coordinating the Be More Than a Bystander program. Karen first entered the trades in 1979, achieving her Red Seal in Benchwork/Joinery and started her own business in 1996 with her niche being architectural designed kitchens. She is passionate about the advancement of women in the trades and is honoured to be a part of the ground-breaking work at BCCWITT.