"-Network; get out and chat with individuals who are excelling in probable career paths of your choice. There is nothing more valuable than hearing advice and experience straight from the source -Do not be afraid of changing your path; life is fluid. Always have an open mind and take as many diverse classes as you can during high school and university to ensure you have explored all options"
Acacia Ashick is the Project Coordinator of Special Projects for URBACON; a commercial General Contractor in Toronto specializing in corporate interiors, data centres, industrial and institutional builds. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science majoring in Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto in 2017. Shortly after, Acacia pursued her Construction Project Management Certificate from George Brown College.
Acacia began her career in the construction industry through a unique journey of working for a construction recruitment firm, Harbinger Network. Acacia utilized her previous sales skills from her part time job during university at Kate Spade, along with her academic background in planning and construction to network and learn the ins and outs of the Toronto construction industry. Following a year in the world of recruitment, Acacia was met with her choice career opportunity of working for a commercial General Contractor; Urbacon. Acacia has now been working with the project management team at Urbacon for over a year now.
Although relatively new to the construction industry, Acacia has also been active in supporting women in construction since 2017 as the Chair of the Special Events and Programming Committee and member, assisting in organizing events and workshops for CAWIC members and participants and recently being elected to the Director of Marketing for the CAWIC Board of Directors. Acacia seeks to dissolve the gender imbalance in the construction industry and empower young women to pursue career paths in construction, trades, architecture and engineering using CAWIC as a gateway for mentorship, opportunity and inspiration.
Acacia also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Woodsworth College Alumni Association, representing 30,000+ University of Toronto Alumni taking on leadership roles through Alumni events, student academic governance and operations. Additionally, Acacia is also a member/volunteer/participant of Toronto Construction Association (TCA), Canada Green Building Council Emerging Green Professional Toronto Chapter, Young Construction Leaders (YCL), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Toronto Real Estate Leaders (TREL), UofT Sustainable Engineers Association.
Acacia is an enthusiastic and passionate member of the construction community and is eager to utilize her abilities to engage individuals throughout the industry in sharing her story.