The Canadian Association of Women in Construction’s (CAWIC) bursary program helps open doors for women in the industry, allows them to expand their network, connect with other women and progress in their careers, says the association’s director of bursary and awards.

“It will help them with their studies but also they’re going to end up being able to be a part of the CAWIC network,” said Christina Kontogeorgopoulos, adding the award winners attended a number of events this year including CAWIC’s winter social and a Women in Construction Gala hosted by the Ontario General Contractors Association and CAWIC. “They’ve been able to make some connections that maybe they wouldn’t have otherwise made.

“They’re also getting to learn a lot of things from women that are seasoned that have been in the industry.”

Every year, CAWIC organizes several fundraising events and a portion of the proceeds are allocated to the bursary fund. CAWIC has been handing out bursaries for many years, but a few things have changed. Since 2021, Silver Sponsor Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited has been sponsoring $6,000 worth of trade-specific bursaries with the Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited Trade Bursary.

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