The entrance to our office is on the South side of the Building, in between Hendry Swinton Insurance and Kumon Math and Reading Centre. You will take the elevator up to the 2nd floor and we will be on your right as soon as you get off the elevator.
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Abigail Fulton a lawyer by profession, was appointed as the executive director of the Construction Foundation of BC in 2013. She is a strong supporter of trades training and applied learning for youth. Ms. Fulton has extensive experience working with industry and government on regulatory and policy issues impacting the construction industry. Ms. Fulton has served on numerous boards and committees relating to the industry including the Safety Standards Appeal Board of BC, the Common Ground Alliance, the Professional Builders Institute and Skills BC. Ms. Fulton has been very active in promoting industry training and apprenticeship for the construction trades. She is also very active with foreign skilled workers, assisting them to integrate into the BC industry. Prior to joining the Construction Foundation, she served as the Vice President of the BC Construction Association for 20 years.
René Ragetli is a teacher by profession. Following his years as a classroom teacher, René worked in construction, managing commercial and residential projects. He then brought this education and industry background to Skills Canada where he coordinated the regional and provincial competitions and developed and managed new career exploration programs for five years. René joined the Construction Foundation in the summer of 2017.
René is active as a volunteer and currently serves on the boards of two community groups.
My experience and skills in construction have allowed me to repair and renovate my own home. I have also applied these skills to my personal hobby of building acoustic guitars. The most rewarding experience I have had in the sector is being handed over the responsibility of taking on a project and meeting or exceeding expectations. Having people’s trust is a great reward. My advice to high school students is to always show up on time with a consistently positive attitude. Take pride in your capabilities and seek new opportunities to learn.
Therese brings her experience from the private sector, provincial government and First Nations to the table. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria where she graduated with honours. She has worked in policy analysis, government communications, hospitality and tourism, health administration and First Nations Band Administration. She is trained in public speaking, drug and alcohol counselling and crisis communications. In her spare time, Therese dedicates her life to family and to personal healing. She is blessed with a partner of 25 years, two teenage boys and family in Norway, BC and the Yukon. Deeply connected to the land, she gets out to the mountains and ocean whenever she can - to reconnect and to listen to the still voice that lies within.
Kim brings more than 20 years of industry experience to her role as Director of Operations. From receptionist to bookkeeper to executive assistant she understands the importance of being well organized in the workplace. Kim was instrumental in purchasing and distributing more than $3M in shop class equipment to high schools across BC through the Foundation’s Project Shop Class initiative.
Kim is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. In the fall of 2013 she organized and managed a Western Canada Construction Job Fair in the UK and Ireland for more than 25 Canadian employers that drew more than 2,800 people.
Being of Cree descent and spending her teen years as a youth in care Kim has a genuine passion for the initiatives the Foundation is currently pursuing.
Jordan Perrault is the Project Manager for the Construction Ready Pilot. Jordan brings a mix of experiences working in industry and with youth programming. He completed a research degree in International Development Studies in Lund, Sweden before returning to Canada to work as a carpenter’s helper in commercial construction. Jordan has lead youth programming for the United Way Greater Victoria's Youth in Action initiative as well as a on a volunteer basis developing youth Ultimate programming. Before joining the Foundation, he was working on BC Construction Associations workforce development initiatives. Jordan has lived in the Middle East and Europe and has a passion for building strong community locally and internationally.
My experience and skills in construction have enabled me to create a healthy lifestyle with endless opportunities to advance into a rewarding career. The most rewarding experience I have had in the sector is that I furthered my career to become a trades instructor to help students learn the skills and knowledge to prepare them for meaningful employment and to promote life long learning. My advice to someone on how to keep a job is to show the initiative to want to learn new tasks, to be willing to put an honest day’s work in and to be punctual.
Dean is Kaska/Tlingit and member of the Wolf Clan from Liard, Yukon. He has been a professional artist since 1993. He graduated from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art - First Nations Fine Arts 2 year program with honours in 2008. Encouraged to teach, he was an instructor and program coordinator for the Freda Diesing School in Terrace, B.C. for 7 years before returning to Victoria in 2017 He has gone on to demonstrate and teach at workshops in the communities and abroad. As a Career Catalyst he enjoys demonstrating access to skilled trades to youth through creating art.
Colleen McConnell is the Director of Communications for the Construction Foundation of BC. As a strategic leader and team member, she is organized and focused on reaching organizational objectives, while remaining responsive to external influences and change. In her previous experience as an event producer, she had the opportunity to travel and work across Canada and the US. Her first in-depth exposure to the industry came when she traveled to Japan with the World Skills Canada delegation to plan and activate on the event site. In early 2010, she joined the BC Construction Association as Director of Communications where she contributed to the launch of BidCentral, as well as many other initiatives. Before joining the Construction Foundation, Colleen worked for a hospitality group in Calgary Alberta, where she led a high performing event production and sales team.
Audrey Wilkinson, CPHR joined us in 2018 as our Director of Youth Services. Audrey came to Victoria by way of Prince George, Vancouver and a host of other places in North America. Audrey’s first career was Social Work with a focus on Children and Families. She also has over 15 years working in Human Resources and Labour Relations in a variety of industry sectors. Audrey’s passions are building relationships, creating programs that have real impact, and championing people to achieve their best selves. She lives in Victoria with her husband and son who all enjoy exploring the island and all it has to offer.
Nicole is the friendly voice you hear on the other side of the phone when you call into the Construction Foundation office. As a recent graduate of Camosun College's Office Administration Program, Nicole's role is multi-faceted and includes providing bookkeeping and administrative support to the team. With an interest in Communications and Public Relations her tasks have grown to include the development of social media content for the Construction Ready initiative. She is furthering her education in communications by continuing her studies on a part-time basis.
Phil is the owner of Phil Long Construction Services Ltd. in Kelowna. He holds a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, is a Certified Technologist in BC and Ontario, Professional Quantity Surveyor, and is Gold Seal Certified in both Estimating and Project Management. Phil began his career in construction after one year of drafting directly out of college, then started estimating, which led to Project Management and Company Management. Phil is currently the chair of the Construction Foundation of BC and the Southern Interior Construction Association.
A ticketed Carpenter and Joiner/Cabinet Maker with 35 years of construction experience, Alan prides himself on balancing project costing with quality construction and creative design. A recipient of numerous building and construction awards, Alan is active in various volunteer board positions, including the Vancouver Island Construction Association and British Columbia Construction Association. As a director and executive of several island and provincial construction associations, Alan has invested his time, energy and considerable expertise to making the construction industry stronger and a significant contributor to the economic growth of British Columbia.
Chris Atchison is the President of the BC Construction Association. Chris has many years of expertise working collaboratively across the province, ensuring optimal program results for employers, employees, communities, industry and funders. The demonstration of member and industry value coupled with association best practices and sustainably are at the core of everything Chris leans into.
Chris brings to BCCA a wealth of experience, including 9 years as Chief Operating Officer at ASPECT and more than 15 years as a workforce development strategist for organizations and communities throughout BC. Chris oversees a BCCA team that operationalizes a sector-wide strategic plan spanning pillars of: skilled workforce, construction projects, technology and community partnership. In addition to his work credentials, Chris holds an International Relations Degree from UBC and a Shipping and Marine Operations Diploma from BCIT, is Past President of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association and Past Chairman of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. Plus in his “spare time”, he's the Head Coach of the Midget Female AAA Vancouver Island Seals.
Chris has big-picture growth in mind as he continues to build strong external relationships and modernize operational thinking and processes.
Dan Mott is the President of Mott Electric GP in Vancouver, BC. As a red seal electrician, Dan is passionate about the industry and about supporting young apprentices as they build their career. Over his career, Dan has consistently worked to support the betterment of the industry. He has sat as the Chair of numerous organizations including the Construction Industry Training Organization, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, the Electrical Contractors Association of BC, Canadian Construction Association, Construction Labour Relations Association of BC, and Technical Safety BC.
Angela manages the construction surety division for Capri CMW and has a passion for helping contractors succeed in their business. Angela is a leading expert in innovative surety solutions, educating and teaching Contractors, Public Owners, Consultants, Accountants, and College Trade Students. Her clients love her as she has the ability to make miracles happen with short tender deadlines and her knowledge in contracts, industry issues & concerns is unprecedented. Angela is currently a Director for the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Construction Association Board (BCCA), and a Director on the Construction Foundation. She has served as the Chair of the SICA Board and continues to serve on various committees. Angela is a partner and been with CapriCMW for fifteen years and in the Insurance Industry for over thirty years.
Willy is a Journeyman Welder. Since achieving his qualifications he has worked in all sectors of construction and maintenance industry. That experience enabled him to start his own business in 1980. He is a member of the board of the Construction Foundation as well as the welding advisory committee with the College of New Caledonia. Willy is thrilled that he is now mentoring the next generation of trades and business leaders.
Cameron is the President of Betts Electric, which is located in Penticton and services the Southern Interior Region. He is graduate of the University of Victoria, Red Seal Electrician and is a Gold Seal Intern for Project Management. Cameron is an active member of the construction industry and sits on the board of directors for the Southern Interior Construction Association and Construction Foundation of BC.