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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.
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.
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.
“I wanted to be involved with the Foundation as there is such great potential to help future generations and also make a significant difference in our industry. Education and giving back to our industry are very important to me and the CFBC is an excellent vehicle to do this. I also very much enjoy working with the type of people that are attracted to our cause.”
“I choose to be part of the Construction Foundation of BC because I see it as an incredible vehicle to providing many solutions to the issues we face in the industry.”
I am a Journeyperson Plumber, Pipefitter and Gasfitter. I have been a member of UA Local 170 for 45 years. Since achieving my qualifications, I have worked in all sectors of the construction industry. I served as Executive Director of the BC Building Trades for seven years. I currently offer my services as a consultant for labour relations and hold the position of Council Representative for the Allied Hydro Council of BC. This history has afforded me the opportunity to participate and many federal and provincial initiatives to ensure training opportunities in the construction industry for both traditional and non-traditional workers. I have used this experience to develop and incorporate training language in union agreements and to lobby all levels of government on the benefits of apprenticeship training for the construction industry.
“Training in the trades is critical to the prosperity of all of us. Quality within the trades is critical to succession within one of BC’s most important resources CONSTRUCTION! The best thing we can do for young people in BC is offer them a career in construction, there will always be a demand for a skilled workforce.”
“I chose to be part of the Construction Foundation of BC because of the dedication of contractors and industries in British Columbia. These groups will build the future of our skilled workforce and new technologies that may affect the competitive nature of the construction industry.”
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.