‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting


Episode 4: Leading the Way: WIMC’s Virtual Leadership Development Program Series

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During this episode of the podcast, Rachael Lolua is joined by Jennie West-Correia, CPF, CEC, a Senior Consultant, Facilitator, and Executive Coach, and Judy-Lynn Mason, Chief Financial Officer of ServcoCanada and WIMC Chair, they discuss the tailored-made Virtual Leadership Development Program (vLDP) brought to you by the WIMC Committee and how this program will provide you with valuable insight in the role of a leader and how to create the conditions for success.

Episode 3: Empowering Women for Excellence: Women in Mechanical Contracting Committee and WXN Mentorship program

In this enlightening episode of ‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting Podcast titled “Empowering Women for Excellence: Women in Mechanical Contracting Committee and WXN Mentorship program,” host Rachael Lolua engages in a compelling conversation with two distinguished guests: Sarah Oakley, WXN Manager of Professional Development & Networking, and Jane Gowing, Mechanical Process Manager at Black & McDonald Limited, also serving as the WIMC Vice Chair and a Top 100 WXN Winner. The episode delves into the crucial theme of mentorship in the mechanical contracting industry, offering a profound exploration of the mentor-mentee dynamic.

Listeners are treated to insights on the vital role of mentorship in career development and empowerment within the industry, with a focus on the WXN Mentorship program. The episode also highlights the exceptional opportunity presented by WIMC for individuals to participate in this transformative mentoree program, sponsored by the WIMC Committee. This podcast episode serves as a beacon of inspiration for those aspiring to excel in mechanical contracting and showcases the essential role mentorship plays in nurturing talent and fostering growth within the industry.

Episode 2.5: A Conversation with Debbie Johnston, Ontario’s First Licensed Female Plumber

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In this compelling episode of ‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting Podcast, we had the privilege of delving into the remarkable journey of Debbie Johnston, a trailblazing figure in the industry and Ontario’s First Licensed Female Plumber. Celebrating a significant milestone, Debbie graciously shared her inspiring story with us. Taking us back to the early 1970s, when she was working in her father’s plumbing business in Ingersoll, Ontario, Debbie recounted a pivotal moment when an official entered her life, setting her on an extraordinary path. Her journey from those early days in a traditionally male-dominated field to achieving a pioneering position underscores the importance of breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes. Through her experiences, Debbie serves as an encouraging voice, motivating other women to consider careers in fields like plumbing, where their talents and dedication can make a significant impact.

Debbie’s story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the power of pursuing one’s passions despite societal norms. Her wisdom and insights, shared in this episode, not only shed light on her own experiences but also offer invaluable guidance to those who aspire to follow in her footsteps. ‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting Podcast is honored to bring you this inspiring conversation, underscoring the significance of diversity and inclusion in the mechanical contracting industry.

Episode 2: How MCA Canada’s Student Chapter Program Changed My Career Path

In this engaging episode of ‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting Podcast, titled “How MCA Canada’s Student Chapter Program Changed My Career Path,” we have the privilege of hearing from three remarkable women who experienced a transformative shift in their understanding of the mechanical industry. Through candid conversations, our guest speakers share their personal journeys, highlighting the profound impact of their involvement in MCA Canada’s Student Chapter program. Keara Guay, a Project Manager at Plan Group, Mechanical Large Construction, Leisha Fernando, a Technical Sales Engineer at Engineered Air, and Caitlin Cho, a dedicated Student Chapter Member from MCA Manitoba, join us to discuss their eye-opening experiences.

Hosted by the dynamic Rachael Lolua, a WiMC Committee Member and Association Manager of MCA Hamilton-Niagara, this episode provides valuable insights into how MCA Canada’s Student Chapter program has broadened horizons, shattered misconceptions, and opened doors to a world of opportunities within the mechanical industry. These powerful narratives not only showcase the importance of mentorship and support but also inspire individuals, especially young women, to explore the limitless possibilities that await them in this dynamic field. ‘The Voice’ podcast continues its mission of empowering and amplifying the voices of women in mechanical contracting, making it a must-listen for anyone seeking inspiration and guidance in their career journey.

Episode 1: Encouragement, Mentorship & Retention of Women in the Trades

In this compelling episode of ‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting Podcast, the spotlight is firmly placed on a crucial and often under-discussed topic: “Encouragement, Mentorship, & Retention of Women in the Trades.” The episode navigates through the multifaceted landscape of the trade industry, shedding light on the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of women who have made their mark in this traditionally male-dominated field. With a candid exploration of both the positive strides and persistent obstacles faced by women, the podcast provides a comprehensive view of the industry’s journey towards gender diversity and equity.

Featuring a distinguished panel of guest speakers including Alanna Marklund, Special Representative for Youth, Diversity, and Indigenous Relations at United Association Canada, and Brandi Ferenc, a 313a Refrigeration Mechanic/Gas Fitter 1, this episode offers invaluable insights and perspectives. Hosted by Rachael Lolua, a WIMC Committee Member and the Association Manager of MCA Hamilton-Niagara, the conversation delves deep into the significance of mentorship, support systems, and advocacy in driving positive change. As ‘The Voice’ podcast continues to amplify the voices and experiences of women in mechanical contracting, this episode serves as a poignant reminder of the industry’s collective responsibility to create a more inclusive and equitable future.

‘The Voice’ of Women in Mechanical Contracting