Women in Trades Conference

May 16, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

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More than 160 participants took part in a women in engineering, science, trades and technology conference in Halifax recently.

The conference highlighted the opportunities and important role that women can play in trades and technology. A number of CAW members participated in the conference, which ran from May 3 to 5.   

"I feel as a woman in the trades that we are making great strides in becoming more and more involved with trades and science," said Koren Beaman, chairperson of the CAW/MWF Local 1 Women's Committee. "At the conference it was nice to see so many younger women interested in trades and science," Beaman said.

"I feel the conference was a huge encouragement to the women and men in these fields," said CAW member Rachael Farrell, an iron worker apprentice in the Halifax shipyard. "Even though we still have along ways to go, we as females have made a huge impression in the trades. And we will continue to grow the more we work together and make it a traditional work place for women. Going forward, I feel the conference was a huge success and should continue for future years to come," said Farrell.

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