Sophie Bordeu – A Wealth of Knowledge

Sophie Bordeu is an incredibly talented and broadly skilled financial coordinator for the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC). She’s passionate about learning and gaining as much knowledge and experience as possible. In 2012 Sophie moved from a little town in the south of France to Canada, British Columbia. “Before moving to Canada, I was doing…

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Neil Normandeau – A Flourishing Career

Neil Normandeau is a highly versatile man with many incredible skills and talents. His story does not start in the electrical trade; Neil’s story begins in aviation. Neil spent many years learning the aviation trade. He worked as an instructor pilot for a year and a half until reality set in. There wasn’t any movement,…

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Joe Jordan – The Magic of the Trade

Joe Jordan is the teacher you’d want by your side to help walk you through a challenging class or subject. Along with bringing an overwhelming amount of knowledge and previous electrical trade experience, Joe incorporates fun and ease into his classroom. To lighten the mood after an intense day of learning, Joe sometimes brings his…

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Jodi Huettner: Helga Wear

Jodi Huettner is a woman on a mission. With a passion for what’s right and just, Jodi is the driving force to have by your side throughout any difficulty. She started her journey in the trades as a junior engineer for an environmental consulting firm in British Columbia (BC). She worked along the Howe Sound,…

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Finding Comfort in The Uncomfortable – Becky Lupton

“In my last life, I was a letter carrier.” Becky Lupton is a smart and determined woman who has navigated her way through many different avenues before entering the electrical world. At the age of eight-teen, Becky’s interest was to become a plumber. However, her interest in the plumbing trade did not go as far…

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Tateanna VanderWal EJTC Story

“I love my job and I feel grateful that I’m doing it. If I can inspire other women to take this path, it would make me really happy!” Tateanna VanderWal is a passionate, hard-working, dedicated woman who understands the meaning of true grit. Her journey began as a painter. She rocked her baggy, paint-covered overalls…

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Joseph Cardinal – Thunderbird

Joseph Cardinal is a talented person with a powerful love for his Indigenous culture and the relationships he has fostered. He grew up in Alberta, grooming and training horses. After some time, Joseph was in search of a change of pace. He packed his bags and moved to Vancouver, BC, leading him to the Aboriginal…

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Karen Dearlove: BCWITT

“I was really thrilled to move into this position and work for an organization that really means something.” Karen Dearlove is a bright, talented, and passionate woman whose strong belief in helping others is evident in her role as a leader in the skilled trades. Karen is the Executive director of the BC Center for…

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A Transition Crisis: How Mentorship Can Help

Canada’s trade industry is currently going through a transition crisis. The skilled labour shortage predicted for a decade has finally arrived in British Columbia’s construction sector. According to Build Force Canada, BC is anticipating the retirement of approximately 44,200 workers within the next decade. A recent survey done by an Employer Group shows that more…

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Phil Davis – A Fiery Passion for The Electrical Trade

Philip Davis’s knowledge, passion, and love for the electrical trade come from decades of experience. As a young man, Phil successfully ran his own painting company and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. At age 31, looking for a change, Phil decided to become an electrical apprentice. Within a few years, he completed his apprenticeship,…

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Abigail: Construction Has Always Been My Dream

Abigail’s love for the trade started at a very young age. She loved observing construction workers on the job and was the right-hand person to any industry worker who did maintenance on her childhood home. “Construction has always had a huge place in my heart. As a kid, I remember cheering on the dump truck…

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Jim Lofty: A Diverse Path to Electrical Leadership

“I got involved with the union because I wanted things to change.” Jim Lofty has done it all, from studying graphics and printing to working as a heavy-duty mechanic, as well as working in the film industry and stagecraft… all in all, Jim is a “handyman”. He started his journey into the electrical trade and…

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The Exciting World of an Electrician

The electrical trade is not just about climbing electrical poles and pulling wires. It is a skilled trade that is vast and exciting. Many incredible opportunities come with the trade that is worth exploring. Once you are Red Seal certified, you are unstoppable. If you desire to explore, work in a unique location, or are…

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EJTC STORY – Kelly Kienleitner

“As a military child, we called ourselves Dandelions, because we were all scattered to the wind.” Kelly Kienleitner has experienced more of life than most. She grew up in a strict military home with a mother who was a sergeant with the military police in the ’60s and moved often, attending 16 different schools in…

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Teresa Phillips – A Teacher’s Passion

Teresa is a perfect example of an outstanding teacher. She thrives on the success of her students and their sense of accomplishment. Teresa is a teacher by trade with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Education. About 10 years ago, she found herself searching for a job as a high school…

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BUDDY CARDINAL – Building Community

Buddy Cardinal is a passionate and experienced leader in Indigenous training in BC, Canada. His passion for what he does is evident as he talks about the many incredibly talented indigenous people he has been privileged to work with and witness their growth and success. “I was always looking for the next big project.” As…

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College of the BC Building Trades (BCBT)

If you’re looking for a career change or are interested in the trades, the College of the BC Building Trades (BCBT) is the place for you. The college of the BCBT is an association of training providers affiliated with the construction union that belongs to the BC Building Trades. There are over 35,000 unionized construction…

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James McKenna: The Fascinating World of Electricity

“I started as an apprentice at the EJTC.” If you plan to join the electrical trade, James McKenna is the passionate, driven, and incredibly talented instructor you’ll want by your side. Starting as an apprentice at the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC), James began his foundational program in 2014 and completed his apprenticeship in 2018.…

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Erin Searle – Give It Your All

“I found the trades to be an interesting field because at first, I didn’t know too much about it.” Erin Searle came to the EJTC with no previous experience in the trades. With her curious nature and willingness to give it her all, Erin demonstrated her interest in the industry and versatility throughout the years…

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Shannon Zahara – An Apprentice’s Best Friend

“We are a well-oiled machine.” Teamwork makes the dream work! For sixteen years, Shannon Zahara has been working with the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) and could not be happier with the camaraderie and operations of the team. “I started at reception, ground zero. When I started, I was blown away by how smoothly the…

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Rosa Riordan EJTC Story: A Passion for The Trades

“All my relatives are trades workers.” Rosa Riordan is no stranger to working with her hands and getting crafty with a tool. She comes from a family who immigrated to Canada and immersed themselves in the trades. Her father, a cement mason, was the person to ask for help with any trades-related needs. Although Rosa…

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Sarah Raby: Creating Opportunities

“In high school, I started grade twelve thinking I would go into kinesiology.” Sarah Raby is an athletic, hands-on woman. She grew up playing soccer and was always at her dad’s side when it was time to get in the shop and build something new. “I grew up going to the family cabin and was…

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Stephanie Jang: A Step Into A New Direction

“It kept coming back to electrical.” Change is something that most of us crave periodically in our lives. Some changes can be more drastic than others, precisely what Stephanie Jang was searching for. She had been working in digital animation for years when she decided it was time to put the keyboard away and immerse…

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A Renewable Future

It’s green, it’s clean… it’s the future. Electricity generated by the sun is the fastest growing renewable energy source worldwide, and Canadians are beginning to embrace this sustainable energy source with open arms. According to the Roadmap 2020: Powering Canada’s Future with Solar Electricity, CanSIA explains the rapid growth of electricity generated by the sun in…

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An Unexpected Journey – Sandra Brynjolfson

“I always wanted to be a police officer.” Sandra Brynjolfson grew up with a dream of becoming a police officer. As a young adult, she lived in Vancouver, B.C. She spent a lot of her time volunteering at the Vancouver Police Department, victim services. After gaining some experience as a volunteer, she took a leap…

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A Journey to the Electrical Trade – Gabriel Perron

“I’ve done a heck of a lot of stuff. I’ve traveled the world, I’ve served in the military, graduated college, it’s been a heck of a journey, that’s for sure.” Gabriel Perron is the type of person who seizes each day and makes sure he lives life to the fullest. His passion for adventure is…

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EJTC Story – Rachel Cloutier

“I started with the EJTC four months after I graduated high school.” Rachel Cloutier is a bright, spunky, and athletic woman. From working in rec centers to performing gymnastics, being active has been a large part of Rachel’s life. “I worked at a recreation center managing rec programs, supervising open gyms, and running birthday parties.…

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EJTC Story – Rene Dansereau

“I guess you could say I’ve had three careers.” Rene Dansereau is unquestionably a talented man and a jack of all trades. “I started as a stockbroker. I was trained in all financial instruments except for insurance. I traded bonds, mutual funds, stocks, everything! I did that for eleven years. Then, I was out in…

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EJTC Story – Marcy Smith

“I decided, what if I just flip everything on its head and go do something completely different.” Marcy Smith is a courageous, powerful force who makes what most people find intimidating and scary seem effortless and exciting. She worked in an office as a software developer on several different projects for almost 30 years. Alongside…

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EJTC Story – Camille Cacnio

As a 3rd-year apprentice with the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC), Camille Cacnio enjoys working in a fun, positive environment and makes sure she is always prepared for the playful banter before each workday begins. She is a quick learner with a strong work ethic that she brings to every job site. Although Camille is…

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