Women Building Futures CEO appointed to NAIT Board of Governors

December 8, 2015 – Edmonton AB – Women Building Futures is pleased to announce the appointment of JudyLynn Archer, President and CEO of Women Building Futures to the NAIT Board of Governors.  She was appointed to the board by Alberta’s Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, MLA Lori Sigurdson.

“I would like to welcome JudyLynn to NAIT’s Board of Governors. Her experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset. The work JudyLynn has done at Women Building Futures is changing the face of trades in our province and it has transformed the lives of thousands of women,” stated Brent Hesje, Chair of the NAIT Board of Governors.

JudyLynn has positioned WBF as a valued workforce development partner for Alberta’s construction industry by:

  • growing a local labour pool through a sustained strategic initiative that positions trades as a career option of choice for women,
  • increasing employers’ hiring confidence by consistently delivering high quality apprentices who bring the right mix of skills, knowledge and attitude to the job, and
  • increasing the registration and retention rate of female construction apprentices.

“NAIT has an exceptional Board of Governors leading our institution towards our vision to be the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada and one of the world’s leading polytechnics. JudyLynn brings incredible knowledge of the impact of a technical education can have on individuals, families and our communities,” added Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT President and CEO.

JudyLynn strives to create and nurture a positive culture that encompasses the highest ethical standards and is aligned with WBF’s core values. She continues to build strong relationships with industry and government partners to advance WBF’s mission and is proud of the average 128% increase in salary experienced by WBF graduates upon employment.

“It is such an honour to join the NAIT Board of Governors. Increasing the number of women entering and completing construction related apprenticeships has always been a big part of the passion behind Women Building Futures, so to become part of the NAIT team is an exciting opportunity,” said JudyLynn Archer, Women Building Futures President and CEO.

Women Building Futures (WBF) operates Canada’s first trades training facility for women: the first of its kind in Canada. Skill training shops, classrooms and 42 units of fully furnished affordable housing provide a focused, results-driven approach to achieving the organization’s mandate. WBF offers women pretrades competency-based training in welding, steamfitting/pipefitting, ironworking, plumbing, sheet metal, carpentry, electrical, heavy equipment operator training and more at their training centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

WBF has quickly become the go-to place for women interested in a career in the trades and for companies wishing to diversify their workforce. Women Building Futures is valued for empowering women to succeed in non-traditional careers, inspiring positive economic change for women and forever transforming the face of industry in Canada.

Click here for information about Women Building Futures or call 780-452-1200 or toll free 1-866-452-1201.

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