Vancouver, BC – March 8, 2024 – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) is proud to partner with Canadian Construction Women (CCW) to host its inaugural Women in Construction Conference, LEAP, on International Women’s Day.

The sold-out event showcased keynote speeches and panel discussions specifically designed to tackle the challenges and opportunities encountered by women in the construction industry. Today’s event was designed to elevate and uplift women by providing a platform for learning, networking, and fostering community within the construction industry.

“We are excited to introduce LEAP on International Women’s Day! Today, over 200 women gathered to listen, engage, share their experiences, and offer encouragement. The day was dedicated to inspiring and empowering women, encouraging them to take courageous steps in their professional journeys. The energy in the room today lifted and inspired us to continue to leap forward,” said Jeannine Martin, President of VRCA.

“CCW was privileged to partner with VRCA to host this conference and provide an opportunity to bring forward important discussions around the issue of supporting the advancement of women in the construction industry.  All of the speakers did a great job in highlighting the theme of the conference, being one of leaping forward boldly, knowing there is a sisterhood of support in your corner,” said Seema Lal, CCW President

LEAP Sessions Included:

Leaping Forward: Dynamic Tools to Break Barriers and Elevate Success by Diane Rolston, Author & Speaker

LEAP Toolbox Sessions:

  • Breaking Barriers: Building an Inclusive and Diverse Team featuring Pamphinette Buisa, Canadian Olympian and Activist
  • Thrive: Avoiding Burnout and Maximizing Success featuring Shauna Moran, Women’s Leadership Coach & Author
  • Unmasking Imposter Syndrome: Taming the Inner Critic featuring Polina Kouzmina, HR Strategist and ICF Coach
  • Constructing Your Career Advancement: Mentorship vs. Sponsorship in Challenging Work Environments by Sophie Warwick, Co-Founder of The Thoughtful Co.

Sisterhood at Work Panel – Moderated by Seema Lal, CCW President


  • Pamphinette Buisa
  • Polina Kouzmina
  • Jas Sangha
  • Sophie Warwick
  • Shauna Moran

Fireside Chat – Hosted by Jeannine Martin, VRCA President and Seema Lal, CCW President, Featuring Reisa Schwartzman, CEO of The Cape Group

For further details about LEAP, please visit