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Karen Pullen named Chair to the Ontario Building & Construction Tradeswomen Committee

October 28, 2020

Karen Pullen, IBEW Local 353 executive member, is Chair to the newly formed Ontario Building & Construction Tradeswomen Committee (OBCT). The announcement was made earlier this month at the annual Building Trades Convention.

Karen joins Keira Liberte, Ironworkers Local 736, and Desiree Thelma Smith, Carpenter’s Local 27 who also form the Committee.  Karen elaborates, “A special thanks to Lindsay Maskell from the Ironworkers, for her countless hours and dedication over this past year to bring this committee to fruition.”

Empowering Women in the Trades

The committee was established to advocate for women in the trades to ensure they feel inspired, welcomed, motivated, challenged, and empowered. 

“The OBCT believes that strengthening the gender balance within Ontario’s construction industry will not only meet growing labour market demand but will positively transform overall work culture. We want to provide women in the trades with the skills they need to be successful, This means connecting women and having them benefit from leadership training including skills such as public speaking, organization, equity and diversity leadership in the workplace, and mental health training.”

Karen Pullen

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