Archive of Past CAWIC Events

Art Gallery of Ontario - February 2008
Project Manager for Ellis Don led us on a tour of the  renovations of the Art Gallery of Ontario designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry.  His remarkable design is one of the outstanding additions to Toronto’s burgeoning architectural renaissance in the early 21st century.  For more information visit 

The Nuts and Bolts of CAWIC - January 2008
This informal networking event was intended to provide new and returning members with insight into the workings of the organization.  Members were introduced to each of CAWIC’s Committee Chairs and invited to volunteer on committees of their choice. 

Holiday Dinner and Charity Auction - December 2007
This annual event was again a huge success!  Proceeds from the silent auction at the event benefited Rosalee Hall and Habitat for Humanity Women Build.  It was a wonderful evening spent with friends.  For more information on these charities visit and

Employee Fraud – Keeping the “F” Word off your Construction Site -  November 2007

Denise Bambrough and Sharon Vogel of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP hosted an informative evening.  CAWIC members learned about some of the common employee fraud schemes to which the construction industry is susceptible and what organizations can do to prevent identify fraud, as well as some of the strategies which exist for recovering losses incurred as a result of fraud.  For more information visit

ROM Tour – Michael Lee-Chin Crystal - October 2007
The Crystal, the new addition to the Royal Ontario Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind, is one of Toronto’s most talked about new works of architecture.  CAWIC members learned how the new construction was married with the existing historical buildings.  For more information visit

CAWIC Golf Classic - October 2007
The second annual CAWIC Golf Day proved even more successful than the first.  Kleinburg Golf Club was the perfect venue for a relaxed day of golf and fun.  Proceeds from a raffle benefited Habitat for Humanity Toronto.  For more information visit

The Global Group Tour - September 2007
Lucy Hart and Vicki Woloschuk of the Global Group led  a tour of the Global Showroom. They introduced  new office furniture products that Global has developed to meet ergonomic and accessibility issues within the office work environment. 

VIP Gala - June 2007
A special VIP Gala fund raiser dinner was held at The Albany Club in Toronto in support of CAWIC’s bursary fund. Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, was the key-note speaker.  She spoke of her successful leadership in one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada.  Two additional presentations were:  Promoting Sustainable Construction Worldwide by Tareq Ali, Dufferin Construction and The Pink Nail Project by Justyna Werbel, George Brown College. 

St. Gabriel’s Parish Tour - May 2007
Celebrated as North America’s greenest worship space, the church for St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish has been awarded LEED® Canada-NC 1.0 Gold Rating.  Designed by Larkin Architect Limited, St. Gabriel’s is the first worship space in North America to achieve such a distinction.  It has also been awarded a 2007 City of Toronto Green Award for Green Design and was featured in Doors Open Toronto in 2007.   For more information visit and

Bonds & Sureties - April 2007
CAWIC Member Sheila Thompson of HKMB International hosted an informative evening on bonds and sureties.  Sheila was able to demystify the often complex insurances products and provide valuable insight into the construction insurance industry.  For more information visit

Annual General Meeting - March 2007
The CAWIC Board of Directors hosted the first Annual General Meeting of Canadian Association of Women in Construction. CAWIC's By-Law No. 1 was approved and a new Board of Directors was elected. It was a great opportunity for our membership to network and get to know one another.

Positive Networking - February 2007
Susan Richardson of Leadership that Matters facilitated one of CAWIC's most successful events. With so much emphasis put on the task of networking in today’s business environment, learning to do it properly and effectively was an invaluable exercise.   For more information on Susan Richardson visit

ABCs of Sustainable Design – Building Blocks Homes - January 2007
Sustainable design is one of the biggest topics in the construction industry today.  Building Blocks Homes was the winner of the Archetype For a Sustainable House national design competition. Developed by Anne Stevens (FORT Architect Inc.), Terrell Wong (Stone’s Throw Design) and Celia Iori (Iori Architect Inc.), Building Blocks Homes breaks homes down into modules (A to Z) and home owners pick and choose which modules they would like.  For more information visit 

Holiday Dinner and Charity Auction - December 2006
Proceeds from the silent auction at this annual holiday event benefited Jessie’s Centre for Teenagers and The Red Door Family Shelter. 

Investment Options - November 2007
Michael Tzembelicos, an investment executive with ScotiaMcLeod, provided a presentation demystifying the investment process. 

The Basics of Electrical Work - October 2006
Cheryl Carbis, an Electrical Inspector with the Electrical Safety Authority and a CAWIC member, led an interesting presentation on the basics of electrical work.  She discussed the Canadian Safety Association (CSA) and its importance,as well as the Underwriters Laboratories.  For more information visit

First Annual CAWIC Golf Day - October  2006

Putting the “U” Back in Colour:  A Personal Talk About Interior Colour - September 2006
Sylvia O’Brien of Colour Theory and a CAWIC member, made an interesting and interactive presentation on colour. She talked about industry trends and how to make colour choices. Through a series of fun quizzes, we determined what colour palettes would suit our persinalities, personalities, and lifestyles. For more information visit

National Ballet School Tour - August 2006
Designed by KPMB Architects, the new National Ballet School in Toronto is an architectural gem.  Project manager Natalie Stasko  provided a tour of the school’s new Jarvis St. campus which consists of restored historical buildings as well as a new structure clad in glass which provides passers-by on the street a glimpse into the dance studios of the school.  For more information visit

Site Tour of 180 Queen Street West - June 2006
Owned and operated by GWL Realty Advisors Inc. and designed by KPMB Architects, the multi-story building was designed to house largely court and hearing rooms.

Guided tour of Stephenson's Rental Centre - May 2006

Official Launch of CAWIC - A Gala Reception - April 2006

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