Outstanding Women of the Canadian Sprinkler Industry

By Jo-Ann Gauthier CASA Ontario Regional Manager
The opportunities for women in trades has increased over the past years and more and more women are choosing a skilled trade for their career path. Skilled trade is defined as an occupation that requires specialized skills and knowledge, apprenticeship training and certification of qualification. We are living in a time where specialized trades are in more demand than ever and much has been written about the need to increase the number of women. Women choosing a trade have the potential to change their lives for the better given the benefits and the programs offered such as Federal Bill C-243 and the National Maternity Assistance Program.
As for the Fire Protection Trade, women are still underrepresented compared to other service sector trades, such as Hairstylist or Educational Assistant. The gender mix in skilled trades continues to be unbalanced and Canada’s labour market already suffers from a shortage of skilled workers.
Working in the Trades is often hard, physically demanding and women are held to the same standards as men. As you read below, we will be highlighting some of the most confident, determined and brilliant women in the Fire Sprinkler Trade who work as Journey Persons, Business Owners, Inspectors, Sales Executives, and Apprentices. I hope you are as enthusiastic as I am to be working amongst these great women! The women we will speak about are in every province and territory within Canada and we would like to congratulate them on being part of our important and inclusive industry!

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