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Canadian Association of Women in Construction


The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in October 2005. The origin of CAWIC dates back to 1982, when a group of Toronto area professional women working in construction formed the Toronto Chapter 295 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). In 2006 CAWIC aligned itself through affiliate agreements with NAWIC in the USA and Australia. CAWIC’s mandate is to facilitate the long-term success of women in Canada’s construction-related fields such as general contracting, trades, building products, architecture, engineering, interior design, and professional services. To accomplish this, CAWIC is in process of developing and implementing a variety of programs and services for women in construction-related fields including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Affiliate programs
  • Bursary programs
  • Community outreach programs
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Fund raising
  • Industry research and information exchange
  • Liaison with industry, educational institutions, and trade and professional associations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Networking events
  • Press releases

CAWIC’s membership base consists of individuals and companies engaged in construction and related fields. These include general and specialty contractors, architectural and engineering firms, building product manufacturers and distributors, real estate professionals, interior designers, trade associations, law firms and other professional service providers. CAWIC’s membership also represents a diverse spectrum of skilled and professional occupations within the industry. Individual members include tradeswomen, architects, business owners and senior executives, estimators, lawyers, professional engineers and technologists, project managers, real estate agents, sales and marketing professionals, students as well as HR, accounting and other support functions. CAWIC has introduced an “Affiliate Member” category to accommodate the growing interest of individuals and companies that provide the construction industry with goods and professional services.

CAWIC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is funded through membership fees, fundraising events and corporate sponsorships.

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