A new organization will support professional development for women in the plumbing and HVAC/R industry. The new Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) Women’s Network will also enhance member companies’ opportunities to attract, develop and retain more high-performing female employees.
“We are privileged to be part of an Industry that offers a vast range of opportunities to build rich and fulfilling careers for both men and women, and yet we continue to yield a highly unbalanced workforce in terms of gender representation and a tendency to stick to traditional recruiting and promoting patterns,” remarked network chair Siân Smith (Noble Corporation).
“The CIPH Women’s Network is intended to drive a new level of energy and commitment towards the growth and development of women in plumbing and heating across Canada,” she added. It will do this by offering a variety of programs and events to women employed by CIPH members, such as:
- Skills development
- Industry education and training
- Professional and personal goal achievement
- Networking events
- Leadership opportunities
The committee members leading the Network are: Siân Smith – Chair; Barbara O’Reilly (Rheem Canada Ltd) – Vice Chair; Mélanie Schwery (Bélanger-UPT); Ravi Beech (Valley Acrylic); Gail Kaufman (Wolseley Canada); and Heather Ferris (InSinkErator Canada).