Ottawa-based developer and general contractor
"I hope to provide an example that women can get ahead in
this industry. I'm hoping that I can make women aware that the
trades and the construction industry in general are no longer
only the domain of men. As it stands, women who represent 50% of the general population only represent 2.5 -2.8% of construction trades workers.” Shirley Westeinde
Chair of the Westeinde Group; first female Chair of the Canadian Construction Association in 86 years.
Involved in the construction business since 1978.
Chair and member of many Boards in the Ottawa community including the Building Owners and Manager's Association, the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation, the Ottawa Airport Authority and the Board of Governors at Algonquin College.
Also chairs "Success by Six", a program to provide physical and mental nurturing to children entering school and is a member of the Leadership Table on Homelessness.
Received several business awards including the Women's Business
Achievement Award and Community awards, including the Bnai Brith Canada Award of Merit, the Women of Distinction Award and the Queen's Jubilee Medal.
Received the CCA Community Leader Award in 2007.