Westcana named contractor of the year

A northern B.C. contractor emerged a double winner at the Builders Code Champion Awards.

Westcana Electric was named both a contractor of the year and community champion at a ceremony in Victoria on Nov. 29.

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To be recognized as a Builders Code Champion, entries must show commitment towards advancing and retaining women in their company and achieving the provincial goal of 10%tradeswomen by 2028.

Westcana employs about 30 women in trades that are either apprentices or journeyperson electricians, has partnered with the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Education and Training Association's Women in Trades program, created an "Apprentice-Shop Program" to provide youth with hands-on experience in an electrical warehouse and provided more than $300,000 in sponsorship for activities, teams and organizations.

Westcana also won the 2018 Industry Training Authority award for carrying the most apprentices to journeyperson and the Northern Regional Construction Association construction leadership award in 2018 and 2019.

Nanaimo-based Chinook Scaffold Systems was named a co-winner for contractor of the year.

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