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ABOUT US

We build community through our charitable initiatives and our commitment to industry focused education and research that benefits all British Columbians.

Since our inception, our fundraising campaigns have raised millions of dollars to outfit British Columbia’s shop classes with new equipment, provide driver training to youth in and from care, connect educators with professional development opportunities, award worthy young people with bursaries to continue their trades education, and provide much needed support to educational programs.

With a network that reaches across the province – our Skills Ready initiative has engaged 1000s of young people as they explore and plan for their future. Our responsive delivery model enables us to bring industry to the table in a way that introduces trades and technology careers in accessible ways.  In many instances, we have enabled young people to accelerate into their careers and build their professional network prior to graduation.

TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION.

Established in 2012, the Construction Foundation is a registered Canadian charity.

Charitable Registration:  BN 83026 6300

Our Purpose

To encourage and support good works on behalf of the construction industry that will benefit all British Columbians.

Looking Ahead

Looking to the future, we are committed to supporting the advancement of the communities in which we live and work through our engagement in charitable initiatives, and our commitment to industry focused education and research.

Three Focus Areas

The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of communities across British Columbia by working through three focus areas:

Education & Training

By promoting the advancement of industry training and career development, we are helping to develop the industry’s workforce of tomorrow.

Research

We support research projects focused on innovation in the built environment including, but not limited to, the enhancement of safety, improvement of industry practices, and increased focus on sustainability of the construction industry.

Good Works

We engage in charitable initiatives that support projects in the communities in which we live and work.

THE CONSTRUCTION FOUNDATION TEAM

Abigail Fulton B.A. LL.B

Executive Director

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.

Therese Hagen

Indigenous Relations Lead

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.

Dave Lovisa

Career Catalyst, Southern Interior

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.

Rene Ragetli B.Ed. M.A.

Director of Project Operations

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.

Michelle Canaday B. Ed. M. Ed.

Director of First Nations Initiatives

Michelle resides in Kamloops and is a member of Stuctuws (Bonaparte Community) located in the Secwepemc Nation. Michelle has worked in First Nations Education as a Teacher, Principal and a FNESC/FNSA Regional Principal. She has completed her Bachelor of Education and Masters in Educational Leadership. Michelle has worked with over 20 First Nations Communities in BC, supporting education and communities as they grow their circle of strong and proud First Nations Learners. Community and relationships are important to Michelle and she is excited to continue to support communities as they build educational pathways and opportunities that will lead to life-long careers.

Janine Hannis B.A. M. Ed.

Applied Graduation Specialist

Janine Hannis is the Applied Graduation Specialist for the Construction Foundation of BC. Janine has Masters Degree in Education as well as undergraduate degrees in Adult Education and International Development. Prior to coming to the Construction Foundation, Janine spent over 20 years working in the area of graduation and career education curriculum, policy and programming with the BC Ministry of Education. Janine is also active in the literacy community where she is a founding member of the Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy, a board director for Victoria Literacy Connection and also a board director for Pandora Arts Collective Society. Janine likes to spend her free time tending to her hobby farm and family, travelling and cooking.

Colleen McConnell

Director of Public Relations

Colleen McConnell is the Director of Public Relations 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.

Nicole Underwood

Community Outreach

Nicole is the friendly voice you hear on the other side of the phone when you call into the Construction Foundation office. Holding a certificate in Office Administration and a diploma in Arts & Science, Nicole's role is multi-faceted. Working in partnership with industry professionals, Nicole provides administrative and social support to programs focused on underrepresented populations.
With an interest in Social and Career Development, Nicole plans to further her studies toward a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with Indigenous Specialization. Being married into an Indigenous family and raising an Indigenous child, Nicole has a passion for Indigenous relations. Outside of the office, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, walking and hiking with her dog and spending time close to the ocean and forest, connecting with nature.

Kim Crevatin RCIC

Director of Operations

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.

Dean Heron

Catalyst, Indigenous Communities

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.

Jordan Perrault

Director of Strategic Initiatives

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.

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