Chair, Stinger Welding
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.
Past Chair, Mott Electric
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.
Betts Electric Ltd.
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.
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.
BC Construction Association
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.
Secretary / Treasurer, Phil Long Construction Services Ltd.
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.
First Nations Schools Association of BC (Past President)
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.
Vancouver Island University
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.