What is DiversiTrade?

ABOUT Us

DiversiTrade has evolved from successful Alberta Women in Trades and Pride in Construction initiatives to offer more to the ever-growing communities within the construction industry. We are here to direct individuals to established organizations and leverage existing networks while creating a welcoming community for everyone.
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workforce FACTS

According to the Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward: An assessment of construction labour markets from 2022 to 2027, as published by Buildforce Canada, the Canadian construction industry will require an additional workers by 2027 to address the demand growth required.
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Our Vision

DiversiTrade Resource & Connection Centre is a registered not-for-profit society that exists to advance and support diversity in the skilled trades and construction industry.

Our volunteer based group has evolved from the successful Alberta Women in Trades Facebook group and Pride in Construction initiatives to offer more to the ever-growing communities within the construction industry.

We are here to direct individuals to established organizations and leverage existing networks while creating a welcoming community for everyone.

This website serves as an online centre for people to access and connect with resources across the province of Alberta (to start) and support their current or future careers in the construction industry. 

Our goal is to support individuals who are excited about careers in the skilled trades and bury the stigma that a journeyperson certificate isn’t enough. It can be your first option and lead to a successful, rewarding career within the construction industry. Through our extensive and continually growing network of online resources, events, and initiatives, DiversiTrade can be your first stop to find the information you need.

Our History

In January 2021, Miriam Jordi, Fietje van der Lee, Jessica Loney, and Carmen Thirsk connected through the Alberta Women in Trades Facebook group with the goal of supporting women in trades beyond Facebook to reach a broader community. However we quickly realized there was a gap in the construction industry for supporting not just women in the trades, but everyone including underrepresented groups such as visible minorities, indigenous, and members of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities. 

We started meeting virtually throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to brainstorm ways our little group could make a difference in the construction industry. We formally decided to create a not-for-profit called DiversiTrade Resource & Connection Centre. Diversi- for diversity and -Trade for skilled trades represented in the construction industry.