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Our History

In 2014, a special event was held to address the skilled trades/STEM shortage in Windsor, Ontario. Several stakeholders realized that this should not be a singular event and Build a Dream was formed. The organization grew steadily and after moving province-wide, founder Nour Hachem-Fawaz knew that it was necessary to expand the movement further and influence communities across Canada.

Today, the non-profit is 100% funded through partners who believe in promoting diversity and inclusion to strengthen the workforce. Build a Dream is able to thrive with ongoing support and continues to offer programs that directly impact communities.

From survey results, employer feedback, and student success stories, Build a Dream is able to witness the positive impacts that its programming makes and will continue to empower young women across the province to make informed career choices.

Read more about our impact:

Read Our 2017 Event overview report

our leadership

Meet our founders, staff, and our board of directors.  » LEARN MORE


Discover the diverse range of progressive founders who created the Build a Dream.  » LEARN MORE

our partners

Find out how we collaborate with a variety of stakeholders (including education, government, industry, and community) to help diversify our workforce.  » LEARN MORE

Build a Dream is a proud champion of CM&E’s goal to “increase the number of women in manufacturing by 100,000 in 5 years, bringing the total jobs held by women in manufacturing to 525,000 by 2023.” You can access their free Gender Inclusion & Diversity Toolkit here.