As I write this, I am enjoying the last week of summer with my boys at home, putting the finishing touches back-to-school shopping and preparing for the kick off of their hockey seasons starting next week. Why does it seem it takes forever for summer to arrive and then it slips away so quickly?
Yesterday I just finished up answering a series of questions for an interview with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC). I became the association’s first male member seven years ago.
The interview is for an article about me to appear in an upcoming issue of the association’s newsletter, based on my support of the CAWIC through coverage and the growth of my “Women in Construction” series that started out profiling a few female general contractors and has expanded to include project managers, lawyers, insurance, electrical and almost every profession association with the construction industry. With the diversity of the articles, I have learned that the industry is a safe bet for the next generation of women such as my young nieces to focus their education on for job security.
The article will be featured in a CAWIC newsletter and shared with the construction industry. I learned recently that other men have since joined the association, but I claim to be the first. I remember my email communication to the president at the time asking if it would be okay if I joined. The response was funny: “Well, we have never had a man ask before, I do not see why not.”
I deferred the CAWIC newsletter interview for more than a month, because at times I am uncomfortable receiving recognition for somethingI enjoy doing. I needed to get dressed up for a photo shoot as well as for some other images for another article. Again, these were out of my comfort level – but it helps to draw attention to the important role women are playing in the industry, so I worked to overcome my shyness, and smiled for the camera.
Chase is director of marketing and client relations for the Construction News and Report Group as well as the associate publisher for the GTA Construction Report, Ontario Construction Report and the Canadian Design & Construction Report. He serves as the Niagara Construction Association’s young leaders’ committee chair.