Empowering the future generation of women in construction


In April 2017, 15 high school girls from the Eglinton East and Scarborough Village neighbourhoods were granted an inside look at careers in construction and what it means to be a woman working in a male-dominated industry.

Women in Construction Workshop

The girls got to meet nine successful women from the Eglinton Crosstown’s constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), who shared their personal stories about why they got involved in construction, the path that lead them there, and what they love about their jobs.

“From day one, the girls were incredibly engaged and asked many really great questions,” said Viva Isbasoiu, CTS Community Benefits Liaison Officer.

“We hope learning real accounts of women in construction was a positive experience for them, and has inspired them to be fearless about entering this industry.”

Women in Construction Workshop

Through meaningful discussions and interactive activities, the girls were encouraged to pursue a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and empowered to enter the construction industry. They were inspired by their interaction with the successful women in the industry – new-found role models for all of them, no doubt. 

One of the girls from Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute said, “being part of the Women in Construction series was really inspiring. The friendly CTS staff showed us what collaboration and innovation look like when everyone comes together for a great idea.”

The three-part workshop was in partnership with the YWCA Toronto, whose Girls’ Centre helps girls form leadership skills and build their self-esteem. 

Women in Construction Workshop