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

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

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

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

Kenzie Gillan

Kenzie Gillan Kenzie Gillan

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 […]

Emily Chung

Emily Chung

Emily is a proud mom of two energetic boys. She owns and operates AutoNiche, a family-friendly auto repair shop in Markham. She is a licensed Automotive Service Technician, and Automotive Writer with various publications. She also teaches in the Automotive Business School of Canada at Georgian College. Emily holds a degree from the University of […]

Jamie McMillan

Jamie McMillan Jamie McMillan, KickAss Careers Founder

Jamie McMillan is a Journeyman Ironworker/Boilermaker and founder of KickAss Careers. She became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the stereotypes and struggles that women face in male-dominated occupations, and she is determined to equal the playing field. When Jamie […]

5 Perspectives on Women in the Skilled Trades

5 Perspectives on Women in the Skilled Trades 5 perspectives on women in the skilled trades

“Put me in a bigger machine and I’m stronger than the biggest guy in the room” Women in the skilled trades in northwestern Ontario are breaking rocks and breaking sterotypes. Girls in grades 10 to 12, who are enrolled in the trades and technology programs at the Lakehead Public, Thunder Bay District Catholic and the […]

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