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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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We would like to acknowledge that we live and work on traditional First Nations territories in British Columbia. We thank the many Nations that have called this land home for thousands of years for allowing us to learn and work together on their territory.
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 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.
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.
Allison has worked in the non-profit sector as an event manager, community engagement professional and a business owner for over 15 years with a concentration on project management, community engagement, strategic event planning and social entrepreneurship.
With a BA in Anthropology and several years of international work and travel under her belt, Allison brings a unique perspective to her work. Passionate about communities built with diversity and inclusion, she thrives on working in teams that collaborate to ensure meaningful outcomes. Having worked on numerous projects with organizations such as the YMCA and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, she joins the team at the Construction Foundation of BC in the role of Community Engagement Specialist.
Hammuda brings over twenty years of general accounting experience to the Foundation, most recently working with a non-profit organization as their financial controller.
He has experience providing professional support to the executive director and the board of directors regarding the financial operation - from planning and analysis to supporting teams as they work to maintain financial stability and success.
He has a deep knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and a proven ability to manage complex projects, with solid understanding of Federal and Provincial government policies, procedures and protocols.
Hammuda came to Canada in 1982 from Northern Africa and has studied at BCIT and University of Victoria. He has a rich background of experience in the Natural Gas and Petroleum sector.
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.
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 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.
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.
Justin Young aka Thunder Sky is a Heart Speaker, Circle Keeper, walking a life of healing, self-development, and so much love. He has grown through a life of generational trauma, loss of his parents, foster homes, and many forms of abuse and addictions. He was once a lost soul, who has made a choice to become the change he was seeking in the world. The day he became a Father 12 years ago, he made a promise to his little girl that he was going to make the world a better place for her to grow in. A year after her birth he quit drinking and drugging, to begin his healing. He learned about the gift of asking for help, finding Choices Seminars, AA, and many other supports available to him. He committed to a walk of healing from Kamloops BC, to Bloodvein MB a 2400 K walk along number one highway, he walked for 7 and a half months, walking back to were his life began, facing his past, reaching into himself, connecting with the little boy within himself as man of healing, forgiveness and love, that he was becoming. Since his walk of healing he has been working with indigenous urban youth, as a youth worker, youth facilitator, now a youth program developer/coordinator in Kamloops BC. He has been attending Thompson Rivers University for 8 years now in his 4th year of studies working on General Studies BA. He has been an Indigenous Peer Mentor for 5 years at Thompson Rivers University, supporting his fellow students as they grow through university. He was also hired as a Transition’s Day coordinator at the university where he works with school districts around the province, bringing their high school students into the university for a two-day trip learning about university. He has had the great pleasure of traveling to over 50 indigenous communities where he speaks about healing, and hosting healing circles, facilitating experiential learning processes were humans have the opportunity to connect with their inner selves. He is a man of passion, a heart of love, a willingness to do what it takes to change the world for his daughter and all around him to grow stronger in connection together. Meegwich.
Chelsea Woodford is a descendant of the Norway House Cree Nation and has a passion for the Construction Foundation’s Indigenous initiatives. Chelsea is the Foundation’s Finance Assistant and is also the cheerful voice you hear when you call the office. Chelsea holds a certificate in Office Administration and has future plans to pursue a degree in accounting. She enjoys spending her spare time hiking, camping, fishing, and hanging out with family.
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.
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.
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.
Kathi Dickie began work with the Construction Foundation in January 2021. Trained as a teacher through Simon Fraser University, Kathi has a background that spans the depth and breadth of services and programs for her community of the Fort Nelson First Nation and for Indigenous people in general.
Born, raised, and living in her community in Northeastern BC, (Treaty 8 territory) provided Kathi with a broad range of experiences and opportunities in the area, the region, and within BC. She’s been involved in the social – wholistic health – education – economic development, political.
The daughter of Harry and Adeline Dickie, she followed in her Father’s footsteps and was the first woman to serve as Chief Councillor for her Nation. This lay a path for other women to take this leadership position. She has had much interaction with all levels of government and with industry in many different sectors. Being based in a resource-rich area of BC, she has worked with others to advance participation of the indigenous community and people in the economy.
Her mother is a model of self-reliance and in that in times of poverty, Adeline created an income from her indigenous handicrafts and art. She found a way to a participate in the economy by using her talents as an Indigenous artisan.
Nine of her immediate family, including herself, are Residential School survivors. She thinks it’s very important that all Canadians learn about this dark part of Canadian history to ensure the mindset that created residential schools is a thing of the past and will remain in the past. She believes in the foundation of Treaty 8 in which we all learn to live together in peace and share the land; that we all prosper while ensuring all resource development is sustainable and with maximum benefits going to the citizens.
Kathi is very excited to work with the Construction Foundation as their Mission and their Purpose aligns with her beliefs.
Megan Rosso is a Carrier Sekani woman from the Lake Babine Nation in the Northern Interior of British Columbia. She comes from the house of the Firekeepers and belongs to the Caribou Clan. Megan is the energetic communications and public relations coordinator with Construction Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with Simon Fraser University, where she discovered her passion for storytelling and information sharing. You may see Megan at our networking events with camera in hand developing the story of the day.
Roy Williams is of Syilx and Cantonese ancestry and is a member of the Penticton Indian Band. His Interior Salish, First Nations and Native American roots span the British Columbia/Washington border and Roy’s Chinese lineage is from the Guangdong Province in South China. Roy is a Career Catalyst with Construction Foundation and specializes as a conduit between employers, community service/training providers and those seeking careers in the trades. Roy has always lived an active lifestyle and you can usually find him throughout the year on the many lakes, trails, and mountains of Vancouver Island with his adventure dog Ripley.
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.
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.
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.
Glynis Steen has worked at Vancouver Island University (VIU) for the past twenty-five years. As the Dean of Trades and Applied Technology, Ms. Steen promotes and delivers dynamic training opportunities in trades and technical fields and is committed to providing practical education and training, while satisfying the employment needs of industry in the community. Ms. Steen has a master’s degree in Education Leadership from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from VIU. She is currently the Vice-President of the British Columbia Association of Trades and Technical Administrators.
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.
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.
Katy Fairley is an independent consultant focusing on improving project delivery for public and private owners by defining strategies, best practices and risk mitigation for delivery models, contracts and procurement. Prior to founding Fairley Strategies, Katy was vice-president, business development for a diversified general contractor. She has served on the Boards for four industry associations including the BC and Canadian Construction Associations, in addition to serving on numerous taskforces and committees.
Nathan is an Associate with Pihl Law Corporation, practicing in Civil and Commercial Litigation, with an overall focus on construction matters. Before returning to school to study law in 2014, Nathan had been involved in the construction industry since 2003 when he started a flooring installation company in Victoria. Nathan moved his business to the Okanagan in 2006 and expanded his business in 2008 to provide general contractor services.
Since joining Pihl Law Corporation, Nathan has worked on a broad number of matters, assisting with civil, commercial and construction disputes as well as with the negotiation of settlements, and the drafting of contracts and other agreements. With more than 10 years’ experience in business and in the construction industry Nathan brings an important practical perspective to his advice to clients.
Nathan has spoken at legal seminars on builders liens and other construction law matters. He has also written a number of articles about construction contracts and the use of technology by contractors in those contracts. Nathan is a member of the board of directors of the BC Construction Association, as well as the Southern Interior Construction Association, and was an honoree on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce BDO Top 40 under 40 list in 2020.
When he is not in the office Nathan can often be found at the gym, spending time with his family, or skiing and biking at Big White.
Colleen Austin, ‘Wii Goot, M.Ed., former President of the First Nations Schools Association of BC, has worked as an adult educator in Kitsumkalum, near Terrace BC, since 2005. She was the Head teacher, Principal and Sm’algyax language teacher at ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School, the community’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 and Adult programs, since 2005. Although her ancestral territory is St’at’imc (Lillooet Nation), Colleen was adopted by the Tsimshian Nation as a member of Waaps Niishaywaas Gitselasü, and was bestowed the name Biiłts'ik (red sunset) in 2009, and then honoured with ‘Wii Goot (big heart) in 2018, a name that belonged to her late Waap (house) brother Dr. James McDonald, professor of anthropology at UNBC and esteemed Tsimshian researcher.
Colleen is the co-editor (with Anne Hill) and publisher of the first printing of Two Whale Stories, which tells two adaawx (true stories) shared by her language mentor, the late Mildred Roberts, from Kitsumkalum, BC. Believing passionately in her students and the importance of their language, songs and stories, Colleen contributed Tsimshian Sm’algyax words to the book. Colleen has also received her Masters of Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization from the University of Victoria, which included publishing, More Than Words, It’s Personal, which describes her journey of learning the Sm’algyax language in order to share her knowledge with her students. Her thesis, Łoomsk dm małdm da na gakłgüüm (We will tell our children about respect), focused on the indigenous research methodology of community youth and elders as co-researchers, and resulted in raising awareness of how the Tsimshian law of Łoomsk (respect) inspired language learning throughout Kitsumkalum, Kitselas and the community of Terrace. Her thesis generated the musical composition of the Łoomsk Song which was performed, with American Sign Language, by her dance group, Gan Luaama Goot Dancers (From a Happy Heart) at many public events, such as the Nisga’a Hoobiyee and National Aboriginal Day.
Colleen has been married to Robin Austin, former NDP MLA for Skeena, since 1985 and is the mother of two adult children, Graeme (a Lawyer in Vancouver) and Amber (a Teacher in Blueberry River First Nation).
Colleen owns Gamaats Consulting with her husband and provides Indigenous Education, Language and Travel services to clients. She is also contracted by Coast Mountain School District 82 as the Indigenous Languages Coordinator.