CAWIC Committees


CAWIC’s advisory council is a volunteer group formed to give advice and support to CAWICS nonprofit’s board of directors. Established to involve prospective donors, offering them a forum to give advice as well as donate and fundraise. It also includes representatives of the construction industry that can provide input on the organization’s work. This council can serve as a way for prestigious former governing board members or community leaders to lend their names to CAWIC’s legacy and treat it as a way to train future members of the board of directors.

Bursary & Awards

Awards bursaries to female students enrolled in a construction-related field; prepares an information packages and application form for distribution to colleges and universities; reviews applications and selects award recipients; arranges a presentation of the awards at a general meeting.

Director, Maria Taristano

Western Canada

An extension of CAWIC in Western Canada, with provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Implements local Programs, Events, Networking and Building Relationships with CAWIC to increase national coverage while supporting Women in Construction.

Chair, Kristen Hallberg

Community Outreach
The Community Outreach Committee is charged with planning, developing and managing the connections with and between CAWIC members, local industry, educational institutions and community organizations.

Director, Leah Traviss

Marketing manages the internal and external communications and marketing of CAWIC. The Director and committee members work to create clear, concise and consistent messages to communicate with members, partners, sponsors, the media, industry and government. It develops communication standards by creating and maintaining a CAWIC brand and distributing relevant information to the appropriate target markets about events, activities, important changes or other newsworthy information.

Director, Acacia Ashick

The role of Membership is to oversee the growth and development of CAWIC’s membership. Charged with developing strategies for recruitment, managing members and potential members’ inquiries and representing CAWIC at industry events, this is a vital role in fulfilling CAWIC’s mission.

Co-Chair, Emma Donnelly
Co-Chair, Maria Williams

Develops and implements mentoring initiatives; provides new and existing members with links to contacts and opportunities in construction; attends job fairs at schools, presents on opportunities for young women in the industry; shares knowledge; provides advice, guidance, information and encouragement to young women on access to careers in construction; encourages all CAWIC members to act as mentors within the Association or outside in the community.

Chair, Katherine Thornton


Nominations for new board members can be sent to the nominations committee for review and acceptance at any time during the year. This committee reviews nominations and connects with potential board of directors in order to understand how they can assist CAWIC with our mission.



The Programming Committee focuses on educational programs for our members and community. These programs include leadership, career building events, training webinars and site tours.

Director, Kristina Slonova

Special Events
The Special Events Committee focuses on the organization and implementation of several key annual events, while supporting both internal and external fundraising efforts of CAWIC, which include CAWIC Bursaries and targeted charitable events.  Special Events oversees the  annual Golf Tournament, Gala and various networking events.

Director, Kristina Slonova

Industry Relations

The Industry Relations Committee is responsible for connecting with industry related organizations, partners, statistics, research and current legistlation.

Director, Trudy Case