The VRCA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusivity, fairness, and equality within B.C.’s construction industry.
Our purpose is rooted in the commitment to eliminate unconscious bias, thereby creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and all individuals are provided equal opportunities for professional growth and success in the construction industry.
The EDI committee consists of VRCA members who generously volunteer their time to foster a more diverse and inclusive construction industry in the Lower Mainland.
EDI Committee Chair – Anna Lary, Instructor, BCIT/ Master Electrician
Christine Brightman, “Project Administrator, ACE Excavating Ltd.
Shannon Callender, People + Culture Lead, ETRO Construction
Tammy Carlin, Human Resources Manager, SMITH BROS. & WILSON (B.C.) LTD.
Munyaradzi Chitekedza, Quality Manager, Graham
Tina Khan, Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations, BCIB
Heather Bissonnette, Specialist, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, BC Infrastructure Benefits
John Kearsey, Customer Service Manager, GeoScan
Peg McAndrews, Business Development Strategist, The Radius Group
Michael Mc Goldrick, Project Manager, Bird Construction
Carly Ouderkirk, Sales Representative, Super Save Group of Companies
Robyn Grewal-Sangha, General Manager, True North Labour Inc.
Henry Seppala, Client Executive, Acera Insurance”
Matthew Tyson, Sales, Vancouver Island, RKM Crane Services
Current EDI Initiatives
The “Bridging Perspectives” webinar series is a thought-provoking and informative initiative aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of reconciliation within the Vancouver construction industry. Recognizing the significance of acknowledging Indigenous histories and promoting inclusivity, this series seeks to bridge the gap between traditional practices and modern construction processes.
Session 1: Acknowledging Land and Histories: January 29, 2024 | 12:00pm
Objective: Explore the historical context of the land on which we build, acknowledging
Indigenous histories and traditions. Understand the importance of recognizing the land’s
original stewards and their ongoing connection.
Session 2: Building Stronger Partnerships: February 27, 2024 | 12:00pm
Objective: Delve into successful case studies of collaboration between construction
professionals and Indigenous communities. Learn about mutually beneficial partnerships,
cultural competency, and respectful engagement.
Session 3: Integrating Indigenous Practices in Construction: March 26, 2024 | 12:00pm
Objective: Examine ways to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into construction practices.
From sustainable building methods to workforce development, discover opportunities for
cultural integration within projects.
Session 4: Empowering Indigenous Voices in Construction Leadership: April 23, 2024 | 12:00pm
Objective: Highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in leadership roles within the
construction sector. Hear from Indigenous leaders in the industry and discuss strategies for
empowering more voices.
Session 5: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities: May 2024
Objective: Address potential challenges in the journey towards reconciliation and discuss
strategies for overcoming them. Explore opportunities for continuous improvement and
Who Should Attend:
● Construction professionals and executives
● Project managers
● Architects and designers
● Government representatives
● Indigenous community members and leaders
● Anyone interested in fostering reconciliation in the construction industry
This webinar series offers a unique opportunity to engage with industry leaders, Indigenous
voices, and experts in the field, providing valuable insights and practical strategies for
advancing reconciliation efforts within the Vancouver construction community. Let’s build a
more inclusive and collaborative future together.
Preventing and Responding to Gender-based and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Micro-Lessons Series for the Construction Industry
This series provides an understanding of how gender-based and sexual harassment show up in the workplace and practical ways to develop a culture of trust, respect, transparency, and accountability through policies and practices.