By Jay Koblun
By Jay Koblun
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 Is “Choose to Challenge” and to Stephanie Hnatuk, guest panellist for the upcoming Women In Construction Virtual Event and operations manager at Prairie Crane, choosing to challenge means first choosing to get involved.
“What comes to mind by ‘choosing to challenge’ is, women choosing to get involved in the construction industry,” says Hnatuk. “At this stage, it can still be intimidating for a lot of women to want to get involved and that’s a challenge in itself.”
Hnatuk is a panellist for the upcoming Women In Construction Virtual Event on March 8. Crane & Hoist Canada is partnering with seven other Canadian construction trade publications to share insights on how to address and solve challenges women continue to face in construction. The event also shines a spotlight on several successful women currently working in the industry.
“A balanced workforce is a good workforce,” she says. “When we incorporate everyone’s ideas and thoughts, the better we are as a company and an industry. Men and women share similar thoughts, but we all have our own perspective on any given topic. A more diverse workforce brings more opportunity for our workers and combining it all together — better outcomes.”
Hnatuk says one of her favourite aspects of construction is how different each day is.
“It’s not boring. There’s always something new and exciting and if you want to learn, there’s lots of opportunity. If you’re considering a career in construction, don’t be afraid to jump in and go for it. I’ve made many great relationships throughout my time in the industry, male and female. The industry is definitely changing compared to how it was 20 or 30 years ago. If it’s something you’re interested in, go for it.”
All are welcome to attend the free Women In Construction Virtual Event. Register Now