Jamie McMillan is a journeyman ironworker with Local 736 in Hamilton and a boilermaker with Local 146 in Edmonton. She is also founder of Journeyman, It’s a Status, Not a Gender and co-founder of Workplace Equality Awareness Ribbon.
McMillan went to school in the early 90s during what she calls the IT era; a time when skilled trades were not really talked about. She followed her mother’s footsteps into health care as a personal support worker. “I held many unfulfilling jobs for many years before discovering the trades in 2002.”
Since that time she has worked on job sites across the country as an ironworker and welder in steel mills, hydro plants, car plants, mines, gas and oil plants, and most recently as a connector in a mod yard in Alberta. “I worked for a heavy lifting and machinery moving company cribbing and blocking, moving heavy equipment and machinery with gantry cranes and hydraulic jack and slides.”