CAWIC Board of Directors 2019-20

Vice-President (ex-officio)

Lisa Brown
Service Manager, Power Systems, Toromont CAT

Lisa Brown has focused her career in the construction and power generation industry, including project management, sales and service of standby and prime power generation projects for Toromont CAT, one of the world’s largest Caterpillar dealerships by both revenue and geographic territory. Lisa’s project exposure ranges from system supply to multi-million-dollar, design-build solutions in sectors such as mining, municipal infrastructure, commercial manufacturing and nuclear power.

Graduating from McMaster University with both a Bachelor of Engineering & Management and an MBA, Lisa has successfully progressed through increasingly challenging roles in an industry traditionally underrepresented by women. In 2015, she was honoured as a recipient of McMaster’s Arch Award, which recognizes success in personal or professional endeavours; interesting, unusual or innovative accomplishments, and contributions to society.

An active volunteer in the community, Lisa donates her time as a board director and fundraising participant for various not-for-profit organizations. In addition to the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC), Lisa is also a director on the board of the Joseph Brant Hospital Auxiliary. She is a past participant in the Habitat for Humanity GTA Women Build, and previously dedicated six years to the United Way of York Region’s annual Dragon Boat Festival. In addition, Lisa enjoys mentoring aspiring youth, and is a regular participant in McMaster Engineering’s Mentor Connection Night, and the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)’s annual Women as Career Coaches event.

Lisa is an active figure in social media, including as a member and past blogger for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), best known for the Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100. Always craving the next challenge, Lisa is passionate about employee engagement and innovation.

Director, Treasurer

Christelle Soto-Suarez
Director, FTI Consulting

Christelle Soto-Suarez is a Director in the Construction Solutions practice of FTI Consulting in Toronto, Canada. She has approximately 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including 10 years specializing in contract management and dispute resolution, her current specialization.

Her experience has embraced various types of construction projects, including dam, subway station, HVDC, power plant, pipeline, fiber optic network, data center, baggage handling system, residential, mixed-use development, school, hotel and retail. She has worked in various countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, Gibraltar and France. She is proficient in French (native language) and English, and is fluent in Spanish. Her roles have evolved between project management, scheduling, delay analysis, and contract and claim management. She has also been involved with international arbitrations.

Christelle studied construction technology in France and then moved to the UK for a BSc (Eng.) in Building Technology and Management followed by a MSc (Eng.) in International Construction Management. Several years later, she went back to university part-time for a MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, also in the UK. More recently, she became a Contract and Commercial Management Practitioner through the IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management).

Christelle arrived in Toronto mid-2016, after a few years spent in Calgary, and is looking forward to becoming part of a dynamic community.

Director, Secretary 

Julie Zabizewski
Project Manager, Vestacon Limited

Julie has over a decade of experience in the construction industry, having started with an internship at Pivotal Projects, and subsequent to graduation was hired at Vestacon Limited, a construction management and general contracting firm specializing in corporate tenant improvements. She’s gained a wealth of experience and knowledge, working collaboratively with a resourceful team of professionals, learning different stages of the construction business as she’s been a part of the company since its preliminary stages, and has gained an understanding of the needs and issues related to this sector.

She graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Architectural Science, majoring in Project Management, and shortly thereafter obtained the LEED Green Associate designation, to further her knowledge on building resource efficient and environmentally responsible solutions. After a few years’ experience at Vestacon, she then acquired the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. On top of the responsibility of overseeing construction projects, she’s also the designated Health and Safety Management Representative, committed to enhancing the workplace environment, and ensuring employees follow safe work procedures.

Julie is an advocate for women building careers in construction, as they are an extremely valuable resource and make a positive contribution to the field. In collaboration with a group of female leaders from different sectors, she has participated in organizing and hosting seminars at Construct Canada with topics on addressing key strategies to help employers obtain, train and retain skilled women in Canada’s construction industry, as well as discussions on how to effectively implement a mentorship program and its key benefits to career and business development. She has also contributed annually at the Habitat for Humanity GTA Women Build, where she most recently gained the title of Women Build Ambassador based on her commitment to this organization and her fundraising efforts. Her goal is to reach out to young women, who haven’t yet decided on their career choice, and enlighten them on the variety of opportunities that the construction field has to offer.

Director

Lora Bourck
Managing Partner, Artistic Skylight Domes

Lora Ferrazzo-Bourck is a managing partner of Artistic Skylight Domes second generation. She took her place at the helm of a manufacturing business in a male-dominated industry and through strong leadership has proven herself a very successful businesswoman. She has been a driving force behind the company’s growth for 23 years. While her brothers take care of manufacturing, she oversees the company’s finances and strategic business development. She is also recognized as the heart of the company, enhancing the business with her feminine perspective and unique spirit. Focused on innovation and business growth, she is leading the charge to move the business into the international market with her advisory team, she established; including Global Affairs, Trade Commissioners, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth Senior Advisor, World Trade Center Advisor and Women in International Trade.

Lora has an impressive track record as a strong advocate in industry and community associations including: Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Manufacture Exporters, Toronto Construction Association, Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association, Canadian Roofing Contractors Association, Construction Specifications Canada, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Ontario Building Envelope Council, Business Women in International Trade and Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. Lora also sits on the committee for Women in Manufacturing through Canadian Manufacturers & Exporter. In addition, Lora attends round table discussions with Ministers in Parliament and was recently elected to be part of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC, Formerly RCI, Inc.). Furthermore, Lora is committed to giving back to the community, she directs Artistic Skylight’s support of charities including Sick Kids Foundation, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Toronto & Region Conservation Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and YMCA, just to name a few.

Lora’s background and knowledge has enabled her to be a strong proactive female advocate in the Construction, Manufacturing and Exporting industries and she believes, with these strong attributes, she can support CAWIC to promote and increase women’s retention and progression in these industries.

Director, Industry Relations

Trudy Case
Project Manager, Ground Force Environmental

Trudy is a Project Manager for Ground Force Environmental, a leading environmental remediation company in Kitchener, Ontario. Trudy manages various types of projects including emergency response, drilling, soil remediation and demolitions. She has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry including estimating, scheduling, cost control and project management. Trudy’s interest in the construction industry for many years led her to attend Conestoga College, where she completed Project Management education while starting her career in the same field. 

Trudy is very passionate about:

Leadership - being a strong and successful leader. Trudy is consistently committed to being a positive and strong leader. She has obtained the respect of many of her colleagues by showing resiliency through many challenges.

Mentorship - help women create successful careers in construction. Trudy has gained an enormous amount of experience in construction through hard work; at the same time, she also recognizes the need for work/life balance. Providing support to women to foster this healthy balance is important to her.

Community – giving back. Trudy has always taken a special interest in Habitat for Humanity. She has spent countless hours volunteering at her local Restore, acting as family liaison and recently participated in the Habitat for Humanity GTA Women’s Build. She strives to be involved in more programs that support young women entering careers in construction.

Trudy is a strong, dedicated and positive woman, she believes that her experiences in her professional life and within the construction industry make her a valuable addition to the CAWIC Board of Directors.

Director, Membership

Shaila Fernandez
Project Coordinator, Aurivia Stone Design

Shaila Fernandez Pasarin is a Project Coordinator at Aurivia Stone Design. In this role, she oversees all the elements of a project, including the analysis of the specifications, mitigation of errors/reduction of required contingency use, and management of the stakeholders. Shaila is also responsible for the preparation of cost estimates and assists the Project Manager with all aspects of the project to ensure they are delivered on time and on budget.

Shaila holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering from the University of the Basque Country. She also completed the Construction Management graduate certificate with honours at Centennial College. Shaila is multilingual and speaks English, Spanish and Basque.

In 2010, Shaila began her professional career with the infrastructure division of FCC Group, one of the top 15 construction companies in the world. During her time at FCC Group, she was involved in international research and innovation projects for the European Commission. This role allowed her the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who shared the same goal: developing the most efficient, safest and environmentally friendly technologies and materials for use in construction. She then moved on to consulting, where she was responsible for the project coordination of various electrical engineering projects. In this role, she had the opportunity to lead the conception of an international project; this took her to Ecuador, where she was a member of the project’s steering committee. In 2015 Shaila decided to expand her knowledge and opportunities in construction and moved to Canada, where she focused all her efforts on improving her English language skills and her construction expertise.

Shaila understands and is quick to emphasize the importance of CAWIC because the association speaks for the often under-represented women in construction and demonstrates their contributions to the sector. She believes it is important to build successful relationships and help other women through the exchange of knowledge and professional support.

Director, Bursary

Natasha Zappulla
Plan Review Manager
Toronto Building Division for the City of Toronto

With over a decade of experience with the City of Toronto in the Toronto Building, City Planning and Municipal Licensing & Standards Divisions, Natasha has extensive knowledge of the overall development approval process within the construction industry.

As a Building Official, Natasha is qualified as an Inspector under the Building Code Act. She holds a degree in Business Administration from York University with a Major in Human Resources. Natasha chose to enter the construction industry to be a part of city building and contribute in a positive way to the development industry. With the support of great mentors and her passion for Public Service, it naturally became the industry that she wanted to pursue her career in.

As a woman in the industry she is a strong believer in mentorship that encourages ambition and empowers confidence in young women. In order for women to be successful in the construction and development industry and continue to break barriers and open doors for other women, Natasha believes that women in the industry must seek to develop senior mentoring relationships early in their career. They must also develop networks and share best practices with one another.

Director, Special Events

Luana Buratynski
North American Architectural Sales and Product Coordinator
Northern Facades Limited

Luana Buratynski, CTR is the North American Architectural Sales and Product Coordinator for Northern Facades Limited, a division of Flynn Group of Companies. She obtained her Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in marketing, from Griffith University, in Queensland, Australia. In 2017 she became a Certified Technical Representative upholding a (CTR) designation through the Construction Specification Council of Canada.

Her career has over 10 years’ experience in the ICI sector. She sharpened her skills as an organized and detail minded coordinator with significant experience in operations, design development and variation changes for P3 projects while working at Vanbots/Carillion Canada from 2009-2013. She was involved in several key P3 bid projects, which led to her job site experience for document control and project coordination. Notable projects include Center for Addiction and Mental Health and Forensics Services and Corners Complex. She was then recruited to the heavy equipment rental division at Toromont Cat, supporting the machine sales team, for rental sales of large earth moving Caterpillar equipment to major companies, in land development, mining, solar farms, and civil infrastructure projects. Once her contract ended in 2015, Luana was recruited to once again step back into the building side with Ontario Panelization, to take on an Architectural Sales position working with architects, specification writers, and engineers on providing preconstruction building envelope cladding material selection. Luana has now moved forward to expand her career with the Flynn Group of Companies, Northern Facades Ltd. Team, and has the privilege to work with many diverse and talented people across North America planning the future of our building landscape.

Luana is a huge supporter of promoting women within the construction industry, currently completing her two year term as the CAWIC Special Events Director. She has planned and executed several successful events for the benefit of CAWIC, and also recruited new members, sponsors and CAWIC volunteers in the process.  She has also been a major influence to the Women In Construction, Construct Canada Seminar Group for quite a few years. She is a passionate advocate for helping others grow their businesses within the construction industry, and is involved with several industry organizations, Toronto Construction Association (TCA), Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), Urban land Institute (ULI), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC).

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