Evan Ryan

Evan Ryan Evan Ryan, KickAss Careers Ambassador

Evan Ryan has been interested in the trades ever since he was a young boy. Evan was exposed to the world of trades at an early age due to his father being a welder. When he was around 14 years old, he became fascinated with airplanes and wanting to repair them. And when he found […]

Ontario’s Women Leaders in Construction – Jamie McMillan

Ontario’s Women Leaders in Construction – Jamie McMillan Jamie McMillan, KickAss Careers Founder

There were lots of false starts and disappointments before Jamie McMillan launched a career as an ironworker. However, once she got on skilled trades track the successful ironworker, boiler maker and entrepreneur owner of KickAss Careers says she never looked back. “I had several jobs serving, bartending, cleaning houses and working as a film extra […]

Courtney Chard

Courtney Chard Courtney Chard, KickAss Careers Ambassador

Courtney Chard is a second generation pipe welder with U.A. Local 46 and has a Red Seal in both Steamfitting and Welding. Since starting her apprenticeship in 2002 she has always taken an active role in mentorship. She takes her career seriously and wants to set the best example she can for those who follow.  She is […]

Hayden, KickAss Kid | KickAss Careers Ambassador

Hayden, KickAss Kid | KickAss Careers Ambassador Hayden, KickAss Kid | KickAss Careers Ambassador

Hayden is kicking off our campaign for KickAss Kids. Hayden was born into construction. Her mother, Courtney welded while pregnant with her, right up to six weeks before giving birth.  She took part in a study from the university of Alberta for pregnant women in the trades. No one knew what the risks would be, […]

Kate Parr

Kate Parr Kate Parr, KickAss Career Ambassador

Kate Parr is an Industrial Mechanic Millwright apprentice. After feeling bored and misguided in high school, Kate experimented with tech classes and fell in love with mechanical technology. She chose Millwright to combine her love of machining, welding, electrical, plumbing and mechanics into one. After completing a millwright pre-apprenticeship program at Conestoga College, she now […]

Penny Estey

Penny Estey Penny Estey, KickAss Careers Ambassador

Penny Estey is a Red Seal Journeywoman Ironworker/Welder based out of Windsor, Ontario. She began working in construction in her 20’s as a Sider’s Helper and moved her way up to Operations Manager over the course of 7 years, followed by operating her own siding installation business for 2 years. Wanting a change at 32 […]

Pat Williams

Pat Williams Pat Williams, KickAss Careers Co-Founder

Pat Williams began in the trades in 1979 after having obtained a B.A. degree and working in the Social Work field.  Having dual passions in advocating for people and mechanical hands-on interests served her well.  During her 32 years as a Stationary Operating Engineer she held many positions of leadership professionally and in the community. […]

Shannon Tymosko

Shannon Tymosko Shannon Tymosko, KickAss Careers Ambassador

Shannon Tymosko started in the trades in 2018 after completing a Machinist Co-op. She applied for numerous positions at machine shops with no luck. With no job offer in sight Shannon became frustrated but wasn’t giving up on her dream to become a skilled trades professional. Shannon decided to continue her education and applied for […]

Dee Durant

Dee Durant Dee Durant, KickAss Careers Ambassador

After graduating high school in 2018, Dee went off to Conestoga College for their Powerline-Technician program. After a semester of hard work and many challenges, Dee decided that that trade was not for her. Although the program did not work out for her, she gained valuable knowledge and experience. Dee then took some time off […]

Kenzie Gillan

Kenzie Gillan Kenzie Gillan, KickAss Careers Ambassador

Mackenzie Gillan attended the Powerline Technician program at Conestoga College. She successfully completed two co-op placements; where she painted transmission towers on Canada’s east coast and experienced downtown distribution in her time with Toronto Hydro. Following the pandemic, she is looking forward to starting her apprenticeship with Hydro One and reaching real seal certification as […]

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