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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum to Present First-ever National Career Discovery Expo for Build A Dream in Calgary, Alberta


WINDSOR, March 9, 2020 – Build A Dream is pleased to announce a new partnership naming the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) as the Presenting Sponsor for the Calgary Career Discovery Expo to be held at the Telus Convention Centre immediately following the closing session of the 2020 National Apprenticeship Conference.

The federal government recently announced $728,000 from the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program to support Build A Dream’s Career Exploration Expansion Program that aims to attract female high-school students to the skilled trades. Build a Dream Calgary is the organization’s first career expo to be held outside of Ontario.

“CAF-FCA is extremely proud to support Build A Dream Calgary as a unique opportunity to advance participation, retention, and success of young women in skilled trades careers,” said CAF-FCA Executive Director, France Daviault. “The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has a long history of encouraging and supporting youth and women in trades, including our biennial Supporting Women in Trades Conference. With the increasing demand for skilled trades workers across the country, CAF-FCA is committed to building an inclusive workforce and removing barriers for all women who want to enter the trades, careers where they are traditionally underrepresented.”

Build A Dream is a Canadian Apprenticeship Forum member and a valued partner on CAF-FCA research projects and outreach activities. Build A Dream’s President, Nour Hachem-Fawaz is a member of CAF-FCA’s task force working on the development of a National Strategy for Women in Trades.

“Build a Dream has always made it a priority to work with organizations with similar goals. It is only by working together that we will be able to see a shift in the participation of women in under-represented fields like skilled trades,” said Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President and Founder of Build a Dream. “Being part of CAF-FCA, and having them host Build a Dream Calgary is a natural fit for enhancing how we expose young women to promising careers.”

Build A Dream Calgary will be held at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary on the evening of May 26, 2020. Build a Dream has helped thousands of students (and their parents) expand their career choices by exploring pathways underrepresented by women. Career discovery expos spotlight these careers and equip young women with the power of choice by providing information, resources, networks, and role models. Each expo includes key information on careers all in one place with a Dream Maker panel of professional women sharing their career experience and advice, a networking expo for speaking directly with employers (and female employees) to gain insight into each business or industry, hands-on activities, and more.

For more information on Build A Dream, visit:  To register for the event, go to:


Build a Dream is a powerful initiative that attracts, encourage,
and empowers female students to pursue careers in skilled trades, STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), emergency response, and

Knowing that gender parity will not be achieved without a strong strategy, Build a Dream works with industry and education to hold hands-on learning camps, confidence and problem-solving workshops, spotlights female professionals, and offers free interactive career discovery expos for parents and young women to make better informed career decisions. The non-profit organization is also a catalyst in workforce development, working closely with industry to create diverse and inclusive working environments.

Build A Dream

Nour Hachem-Fawaz,

President/Founder, Build a Dream

(519) 560-7877


The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is the Centre of Excellence for Apprenticeship Research and Innovation.  A national non-profit organization connecting all members of the apprenticeship community, CAF-FCA advocates for Canada’s world-class apprenticeship system, produces meaningful data to inform strategies and highlights innovation and promising practices in apprenticeship training.  Participants work collaboratively to support vibrant and innovative apprenticeship systems and policies with a view to developing a highly-skilled, inclusive and mobile skilled trades workforce. Employers, unions, equity-seeking groups, educational institutions and the jurisdictions support CAF-FCA operations through membership. CAF-FCA is the only organization that brings together apprenticeship stakeholders from across trades, across sectors and across Canada to share information and promising practices, identify challenges and propose joint solutions. As a national voice for the apprenticeship community, CAF-FCA influences apprenticeship strategies through research, discussion and collaboration. Its research agenda and events provide stakeholders with accurate, unbiased insights into apprenticeship challenges and barriers and illustrates the substantial benefits of hiring and training apprentices.


Shawn Watson,

Manager of Communications & Events

(613) 235-4004 | C (613) 668-6393

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