OUR TEAM

FOUNDER

MIRIAM JORDI

Miriam is a Red Seal Journeyperson Sheet Metal Worker and a Project Coordinator with Chandos in Red Deer, AB. A graduate of the former Vermillion Skills Energy Program in 2012, she became passionate about supporting women and minorities in the trades as she worked through her career. Miriam has led several initiatives through the Alberta Women in Trades group. She founded the group in 2019 after sensing the need for a community and connection for women working in the skilled trades. Fueled by being the only woman on numerous job sites during her 10+ years in the industry, Miriam wanted to ensure other women weren’t truly alone and always had someone to connect with and get the support they needed. She has established a dedicated team of administrators to help manage the Facebook group and has connected over 2,000 women across Alberta.

Miriam is also the recipient of the WXN Top 100 Women of 2021 award under the CP Skilled Trades category which recognizes outstanding women who have contributed immense value and demonstrate excellence in skilled trades, product or service innovation and community involvement.

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DIRECTOR

CARMEN THIRSK

 

Carmen has been part of the Alberta construction industry since graduating from SAIT with a diploma in Architectural Technologies, majoring in Building Development.

Carmen is a project manager with PCL Construction Management Inc. in Calgary, AB. She has been part of the Alberta construction industry since graduating from SAIT with a diploma in Architectural Technologies, majoring in Building Development in 2009. Her love for carpentry throughout junior and senior high introduced her to construction but her desire to ensure the “building was built correctly” inspired her passion towards construction project management. Carmen also advocates for women entering the skilled trades and construction industry. She has held various volunteer positions with SAIT’s Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) and participated in several mentorship programs to support women striving to work in construction. Through her friendship with Miriam Jordi, Carmen has joined the team to help build DiversiTrade Connection and Resource Centre. She is keen to see the construction industry in Alberta and Canada become more inclusive because after all #constructionisforeveryone.

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I feel that DiversiTrade is the future of community and support for the construction industry.

In the current environment, DiversiTrade can help create a difference. Over the years, there has been a lot of focus on supporting women in trades but there are many other underrepresented groups that also need support and connection to resources to help ensure their success in the skilled trades and construction industry.

To me, DiversiTrade is the beginning of something that will change the trajectory of the skilled trade labour shortages throughout the construction industry.

DiversiTrade is for students working through their apprenticeship. For people looking to switch career paths. For individuals coming from other countries with previous experience that need support to be successful in Canada. Lastly, it is for those looking to be part of a supportive and inclusive community that focuses energy on building one another up and abolishing former toxicity and stereotypes.