Canadian Association of Women in Construction


As the New Year begins, we hope to ignite the light in you as you take on your career and shine brighter than ever before.

Please join us for an evening of networking, acknowledgement of our bursary recipients, and special presentations from our guest speakers.

Her trademark hair and big energy make Tiffany Pratt unforgettable. Tiffany fell in love with beautiful things at a young age. Today, that appreciation for beauty has carried through to her day-to-day work. As a designer, stylist, maker and author she is trained to see the exquisite in the unexpected. Her style mixes old with new and merges elegant with livable. Above all she lives and breathes her truth that “this can be beautiful.”

A visual and creative feast for anyone who wants to imagine and build a more beautiful life. Stylist, designer, HGTV star and fairy godmother of glitter, Tiffany Pratt looks at the world as a blank canvas. With every choice she is presented or every decision she makes, she does it with one mantra in mind: that this — whatever “this” — is can be beautiful.” ~excerpt from This Can Be Beautiful.

Tiffany will be sharing advice on personal branding & career development. Also, her new book “This Can Be Beautiful” will be available for purchase and personally signed by Tiffany between 6:00-7:00pm.

Gender parity is the new norm that many industries are striving towards. The real estate and development industry is no exception. The focus on people is integral and is the core to any successful business. ULI Toronto’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) launched in 2012 and built the foundation for a conversation to spotlight the importance of gender parity. As a result, in 2015 a new campaign was born: SheWithHe, co-founded by Toni Rossi, President, Real Estate and Lending of Infrastructure Ontario, and Chandran Fernando, Principal of Matrix Search Group. WLI Toronto was the recipient of the inaugural WLI Global Women’s Leadership Initiative Grant for 2016.

Chandran, as a co-lead and co-founder of SheWithHe, is an active male committee member of WLI Toronto and contributes a different voice to the well-established and successful group. He credits WLI Toronto for being inclusive and for promoting a framework that constantly incorporates an action-oriented agenda for diversity.

In 2016, Chandran was honoured as one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award Recipients in Canada. As an immigrant of South Asian heritage, Chandran recalls the challenges that his parents endured in a much less diverse environment that was Toronto in the 1970s. His parents’ commitment and perseverance to learn, relearn, adapt and embrace Canada as home allowed Chandran to understand and develop the foundation of Matrix. He developed an unending commitment to learn and be curious that he still embraces today.

Chandran will be sharing insight on diversity & women in construction.

January 9, 2018
6 pm - 9 pm

Sunnybrook Vaughan Estate House
2075 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON 
M4N 3M5

Habitat for Humanity GTA 

Women Build 2017

CAWIC was proud to participate in the Habitat for Humanity Women Build on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Despite the heat, volunteers came out in high numbers and we buddied up to ensure everyone stayed well-hydrated. As a team we performed many tasks which included framing, painting, installing baseboards, caulking, and adding finishing touches. No matter the tasks at hand, the women on our team stepped up to the assignment, were briefed on safety procedures & carried out their responsibilities as efficiently as possible. During lunch, CAWIC Director Luana Buratynski gave a powerful speech to the crowd highlighting her industry experiences, our involvement over the years with Habitat, and overall discussion on women empowerment and CAWIC’s initiatives. Throughout the day, our group worked on assigned tasks, learned new skills, and collectively we successfully raised $7,500 towards this wonderful cause! Everyone enjoyed the experience and it was good to see such a diverse group of women come together. We look forward to continuing our participation in this event for years to come.


CAWIC's 12th Annual Golf Tournament, held this past September is always a popular event, and is pivotal to the continued success of CAWIC initiatives, such as our bursary and mentorship programs.

CAWIC, would like to thank our remarkable partners in construction who continue to embrace CAWIC's organization. Women’s success in construction begins with the partnership and leadership of each and every one of you, which was clearly demonstrated by the increased participation this year. Thank you to our members and non-member foursomes and individual registrations your industry support and participation is greatly appreciated.

Click here to see photo highlights from our event. Photography was provided by Jeremy Cove of Coves Photography.

We are definitely excited to see what's in store for our 13th Annual Golf Tournament in 2018.

Special mention to our sponsors:

Dinner Sponsor-Gold Hard Hat

Environmental Acoustics Inc.

Dinner Sponsor-Silver Hard Hat

Vestacon Limited

Lunch Sponsor

Stuart Olson Construction Ltd.

Cart Sponsor

Glaholt LLP

Drink Ticket Sponsor

Dufferin Aggregates

Men’s Longest Drive

Platinum Power Group

Women’s Longest Drive


Closest to the Hard Hat


Closest to the Tape Measure


Hole Sponsors

Meritview Decorating Ltd

Walsh Canada

Dufferin Construction Company

Canadian Asphalt Industries

Shoreway Flooring Ltd.

Trillium Architectural

Western Surety


Lafarge Canada



Putting Contest


Raffle Prize Sponsors - Corporate

Aird+ Berlis






Steam Whistle Brewery


Dufferin Aggregates


Canadian Asphalt Industries


Plan Group Inc.



Personal Donations

Catya Covassin
  Angela Wilson
  Anna Basil
  Doris McKeogh
  Catherine Hofstetter
  Elizabeth Johnson

Thank you to our sponsors!

    2017-2018 CAWIC Board

Introducing CAWIC’s Board of Directors for 2017-18

Pictured left to right: Nicole Tomasi, Clarice Crocker, Alena Tokareva, Lisa Brown, Julie Zabizewski, Joanne Bertrand, Kate Lorriman, Luana Buratynski, and Natasha Zappulla

CAWIC is a not for profit organization formed to enhance the success of women in the Canadian construction industry.

Our Mission

To facilitate the success of women in the Canadian construction industry by uniting our voices, knowledge and resources through the passion of our members and the women we inspire.

Our Core Values

Leadership    Mentorship    Membership    Partnership

CAWIC’s membership base includes a diverse mix of individuals, corporations and students spanning every sector of the construction industry.
If you are interested in learning more about CAWIC and how we can help enhance your success, please contact us.

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