By Heather Bissonnette

BCIB hired its first skilled trades employee in 2019. Since then, we have grown into one of the largest and most diverse construction employers in BC. To date, BCIB has employed more than 4,000 qualified tradespeople. We’ve learned a lot along the way and have even earned an accolade or two.

For example, in December, BCIB’s Tina Khan accepted an Outstanding Employer Award from Options Community Services at Surrey City Hall.

“It was an honor to receive this award on behalf of the work BCIB is doing in our community,” says Khan. “This award symbolizes the organization’s dedication and commitment to share career opportunities with newcomers and equity seeking groups to build a strong and diverse construction sector.”

We are proud to have received the following awards:

  • 2024 Building Diversity Awards, Toronto Community Benefits Network, Mentor award – Bubba Qwulshemut
  • 2024 Building Diversity Awards, Toronto Community Benefits Network, Champion award – Brenda Ireland
  • BC’s Top Employer, 2024
  • Canada’s Top Diversity Employer, 2024
  • Diversity Award for Leadership and Inclusion, WorkBC Duncan, 2023
  • Outstanding Employer Award, Options Community Services, 2023
  • Irene Kerr, BCIB’s President & CEO, named to the BiV Top 500 Business Leaders list, 2022
  • BC’s Top Employer, 2022
  • Irene Kerr, BCIB’s President & CEO, named to the BiV Top 500 Business Leaders list, 2021
  • BC’s Top Employer, 2021

Watch this space as BCIB continues working to diversify and grow the skilled trades workforce in the province of B.C. by offering equitable job opportunities to Indigenous peoples, locals, women, and other underrepresented tradespeople.