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Construction women to share best advice

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Construction women to share best advice

VANCOUVER – Women leaders in the construction industry will offer their expertise at a mentorship roundtable this month in Vancouver.

Attendees at the event, which is being offered by Canadian Construction Women (CCW), will go through a roundtable speed mentoring format. Attendees will be given program booklets ahead of time to prepare questions for the mentors. Each mentor will spend 15 to 20 minutes at each table to share their top three pieces advice and field questions.

The Oct. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vancouver’s Holiday Inn Downtown on Howe Street. To get tickets, visit

The mentors are:

Libby Rowe, business development manager at Turner Construction

Rowe has worked in the industry for more than a decade industry in a variety of roles – even many beyond construction. Her roles have included project manager, engineer, team-builder, innovator, teacher, designer, creative, writer, athlete a nurturer and connector. Rowe is currently working on her qualifications as a short-order cook, homework helper, reader and driver for her three young children.

Ellisha Mott, vice president at Mott Electric GP

Mott is the fourth generation of her family to work at Mott Electric, one of the largest and oldest electrical contracting companies in the Lower Mainland. Mott joined the company in 2014 when TELUS began to invest heavily in upgrading Western Canada’s telecommunications network. She helped establish Mott Telecom as the largest in-house fibre optic contractor in the province and oversees five divisions in the company.

Aoibhín Gormley, estimator and project manager at NorLand Ltd.

Gormley got her start in construction in Northern Ireland 10 years ago focusing on land development and water infrastructure projects. As a trained engineer, she immigrated to Canada in 2018 to join NorLand Ltd. as a project manager in its excavation and shoring division. Aoibhín is also passionate about using her skills to help others and has done work with Engineers Without Borders as well as Habitat for Humanity.

Marie-France Venneri, principal at AME Group

Venneri started her career as an engineering sales representative in Montreal, eventually moving to Vancouver to do consulting. She joined AME in 2010 where she has become highly experienced with a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, tenant improvements, cultural and institutional.

Nicolette Wilson, NorLand Ltd. corporate safety coordinator

Wilson began her career almost 30 years ago as a safety officer for Thunderbird Entertainment complex in Langley where she was responsible for safety meetings, first aid meetings and safety orientations for more than 400 workers. Her role expanded to include LEED reports, safety manuals, safety booklets, COR audits back-to-work programs, WSBC claims and more. At NorLand she conducts safety inspections, coordinates and maintains the corporate safety program, performs safety audits and is the trouble-shooter for all 14 company divisions. 

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Tom Whitehead Image Tom Whitehead

It would be very interesting to listen to Nicolette Wilson. For those who work in the construction industry, safety is always a top priority. It’s neccesary to create a strong and evident safety culture. In our generation time is a very valuable resource and online courses can significantly save it.


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