Soo Lee B.Sc. Eng.; GSC; LEED AP B+D; CM-Lean; CM-Lean
Marwest Construction Ltd.
Soo graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is currently a Project Manager for Marwest Construction Ltd. As the Chair of MWC and also the MWC Representative for the WCA Board of Directors, Soo has taken on a number of leadership roles and relishes the pressures and responsibilities that come with them.
When asked why she chose to get involved with MWC, Soo replied, “MWC is not here to change the world but here to recruit and retain women in the construction industry, by letting young women know that there are opportunities in the construction industry. MWC is a great tool that women can use to connect and network. I am optimistic about the future for young women.”
Ellowyn Nadeau, P.Eng
Ellowyn is currently an Instructor in the Construction Management Degree Program at Red River College. With a Civil Engineering degree and a Supply Chain Management Professional designation, she’s experienced numerous perspectives in the construction industry. Ellowyn now uses her current position as an instructor to tie her consultant, owner and contractor perspectives together and share her wisdom with the students at RRC. Ellowyn was the first female elected to the WCA Executive Board of Directors and is currently serving in the role as treasurer. She likes to get involved in initiatives that help spark the interest of women and girls to the industry that she loves.
When asked why she chose to get involved with MWC, she replied, “The construction industry has provided a wonderful career and excellent lifestyle for myself and my family. I wanted to be part of something that helps other women realize the positives of the industry as well as help make it more accessible to other women.”
Ellowyn enjoys spending time with her husband and son, be it on the golf course or the archery range!
Teri is the Safety Coordinator for Parkwest Projects Ltd. She completed the Business Administration program at Red River College and has a Canadian Risk Management certificate from the University of Winnipeg. Teri is recognized as a Construction Safety Officer by CSAM and is a certified Gold Seal Construction Safety Coordinator from the Canadian Construction Association. Teri is also part of the General Contractor’s Divisional Committee for CSAM.
Teri chose to get involved with MWC because of the opportunity to meet like-minded women in the construction industry, and to assist in shaping the industry to be more welcoming to future women. “I did not realize how beneficial joining MWC would be; it has aided me personally and professionally. I have greatly expanded my network, made many lasting friendships, furthered my education and strengthened the skills that give me an advantage in my career.”
Teri is a proud mother of two daughters and three step-daughters, and she also operates a small farm with her husband. Some of her hobbies include cheering on the Winnipeg Jets and watching TED talks.
Amanda North, C.E.T.
Amanda is the Team Leader of Construction Services at Defence Construction Canada. She has a diploma in Structural Technology from Red River College. She has also completed the Project Management and Professional Sales certificate programs at Red River College. After beginning her career with an engineering firm, Amanda worked in various sales roles in the supply and manufacturing sector. She started at Defence Construction Canada as a Construction Coordinator, and recently moved into the Team Lead position.
When asked why she joined MWC, her response was, “I wanted to help women currently in the industry and those looking to join, and encourage our youth to consider construction as a viable option for their career. MWC provides the opportunity to do this, and to also seek guidance and advice from other women. It’s empowering to know you are not alone, and that there is a fantastic support network out there.”
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family at the lake.
Trades Outreach Director
Carla started her career in the construction industry as a carpenter, and is currently the Quality Assurance Manager at Concord Projects Ltd. In Carla’s later high school years, she took building construction courses and was the recipient of a scholarship to the Carpentry Apprenticeship program at Red River College. Through her career, Carla has been in site supervisory and project coordinator roles. Carla was previously involved with the Women in Trades and Technology (WITT), where she spoke about her experience with apprenticeship and the building construction program to high school students. Carla joined MWC because “being a woman in the construction industry, I knew how important the MWC initiative would be to tradeswomen, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Carla aims to own a Harley Davidson and a horse in this lifetime.
Kayla is a Project Coordinator for Bockstael Construction Ltd. Kayla specialized in Architectural Engineering while obtaining her Civil Engineering Technology diploma, then continued her education graduating from the Construction Management degree program with a Bachelor of Technology from Red River College.
Kayla joined MWC for many reasons. “It was a great way to network and get to know people in the industry while I was still studying. Following graduation, I saw how useful MWC was to others that were just like me and wanted to continue to give back the mentorship and encouragement that I had received.”
Kayla’s second passion, besides being involved with MWC, is being on two wheels – either on her motorcycle or sweating it out in a spin class!
Alyssa Malenchak, C.E.T.
Alyssa graduated from the Civil Engineering Technology program at Red River College. She is an estimator for Bird Construction and an active participant in Bird’s internal committees. “I didn’t realize working for a general contractor was an option and somewhat fell into it,” she explains of her decision to get involved with MWC. “I joined MWC to connect with other industry professionals and to help promote that the construction industry can be a valuable and fulfilling career option for young women and girls.”
Alyssa grew up in a small northern community, and enjoys spending her time outdoors.
Tammy has been at Bornhorst Mechanical Inc. since October 2006, where her role includes Project Coordinator, Estimating Assistant and Administrative Assistant. Tammy attended Success CompuCollege where she completed the Executive Administration program. Her first job with Colin’s Mechanical was where she started learning about the construction industry, specifically mechanical and HVAC. Tammy volunteers her time with many different organizations, including the Red River Ex, Rainbow Stage and the Morris Stampede.
Tammy attended her first MWC board meeting in 2015, and has been hooked since. “I went to the first board meeting and was really impressed with the people on it, the mission and what the organization was striving for. It was truly amazing meeting so many successful, strong women in the industry, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it to try and help the organization grow, and reach as many women in the industry as we could.”
Director-at-Large, Events Committee Member (Sponsorship)
Sheena has been the Controller at Westland Construction Ltd. since 2004 and has been in the construction industry for over 25 years. Sheena obtained her Accounting Degree from Red River College in 1993. In 1999, she chose to return to school and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba. While attending university, Sheena worked at Bird Construction, got married, and had her first child (Maggie). Sheena volunteers her time with the Philanthropic Educational Organization Manitoba Chapter H and has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion since she was a teenager. She is the Head Coach of her daughter’s ringette team, helps out with her son’s hockey team and has been a ringette player for over 30 years.
Sheena got involved with MWC because she wanted to help encourage women in construction. “When I started out in construction, it was a different working world, and women were often viewed only as support staff. I wanted to be a part of a group of strong, successful women in the industry who all have the same common goal. More so, I wanted to be a part of something to help others.”
Jessica obtained her Business Administration diploma from Red River College and further pursued HR specific training by getting her Human Resources and Management, and Management Development certificates. Jessica is the Human Resources Manager at Bockstael Construction Ltd. and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations on-line through Athabasca University.
Jessica was encouraged by her current employer to become part of MWC. “It has been a good experience and networking opportunity within the construction industry.”
Jessica enjoys travelling and exploring this big beautiful world!
Wendy is the Director of Human Resources and the Construction Safety Officer at the Nor-Tec Group and Mikkelsen Coward. Wendy also owns her own consulting business, Wendy Hofford Leadership Training and Consulting and is a trainer for WCA programs, Bettering Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) and Building Supervisors into Leaders (BSL). Wendy has a certificate in Human Resources, diploma in Adult Education, is designated as a National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) and is a certified leadership trainer with John Maxwell and Gallup Organization. Wendy also volunteers her time with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) as the Membership Chair.
Wendy choose to get involved with MWC because “MWC is an association that provides a positive supporting network for females. The mandate and mission of MWC is something that I stand behind and believe in.”
Wendy loves to spend time with her grandchildren and enjoys her morning coffee on her deck looking out at the water.