CAWIC Board of Directors 2016-17

   President and Industry Relations Director

   Lisa Brown
   Service Manager, Power Systems, Toromont CAT

Lisa Brown has over a decade of experience in the construction and power generation industry, including sales, management and servicing of standby and prime power generation projects for Toromont CAT, one of the world’s largest Caterpillar dealerships by both revenue and geographic territory. Lisa’s project exposure ranges from system supply to multi-million-dollar, design-build solutions in sectors such as mining, municipal infrastructure, commercial manufacturing and nuclear power.

Graduating from McMaster University with both a Bachelor of Engineering & Management and an MBA, and recently honoured as a recipient of McMaster’s Arch Award, Lisa has successfully progressed through increasingly challenging roles in an industry traditionally underrepresented by women. Always craving the next challenge, Lisa is passionate about employee engagement and innovation.

An active volunteer in the community, Lisa donates her time as a non-profit board director and fundraising participant for various non-profit organizations. In addition to CAWIC, Lisa currently sits on the board for the Joseph Brant Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a past participant in the Habitat for Humanity GTA Women Build, and previously dedicated six years to the United Way of York Region’s annual Dragon Boat Festival. In addition, Lisa thoroughly enjoys mentoring aspiring youth, including as a regular participant in events such as McMaster Engineering’s Mentor Connection Night, and the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)’s Women as Career Coaches event.

Lisa is an active figure in social media including as a member and guest blogger for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), best known for the Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaFariaBrown.

   Director, Mentorship


  Alena Tokareva
  BIM Coordinator, Walsh Canada

Alena Tokareva is a Project Coordinator specializing in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at Walsh Canada, general contractor. Alena is a LEED Green Associate, she strongly believes that focus on efficiency and ethical practices is the only way to achieving sustainable future.

Alena sees her life as an adventure: she was born in one country, raised in another one and now builds her career in Canada. On her way she received Masters in Architecture, gained experience in administration, construction management, design, marketing, customer services and as a small business owner. She recognizes that she was able to achieve all she achieved due to life opportunities which allowed her to uncover her abilities. That is why she is proud to be a member and supporter of CAWIC, as it gives women exactly what they need: encouragement and opportunities to network and achieve what they want.

   Director, Chapters


  Clarice Crocker

  Site Health & Safety Coordinator, Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Clarice Crocker is a Site Health & Safety Coordinator in high-rise construction at Melloul-Blamey, one of Waterloo Region’s largest General Contractors.  Clarice has held a number of roles in the industry.  She began her career as a labourer in residential construction and went on to complete the General Carpenter Apprenticeship in the ICI sector.  At this time, Clarice also took on the role of Health & Safety Representative which ultimately advanced her into the Site Safety Coordinator position.  Her efforts earned recognition, and she became the first woman to receive Melloul-Blamey’s Corporate Health & Safety Award in 2014.

A strong believer in giving back, Clarice can be found leading initiatives at many community organizations.  Within the construction industry, Clarice has advocated the Skilled Trades for the duration of her career. She has been a keynote speaker, panelist and mentor with Skills Canada-Ontario, Employment Ontario, and Conestoga College.  Clarice was featured in the 2013 Building Trades Special by the Toronto Sun highlighting her mentorship work.  Beyond the borders of her industry, Clarice supports organizations such as the YMCA and KidsAbility.  In addition, she is an active member at Lincoln Road Toastmasters and has held various roles at the international public speaking organization.  She was the Vice President of Membership (2015-16) and frequently chairs meetings, contests, and workshops. 

Clarice completed both the Women in Skilled Trades program and General Carpenter Apprenticeship at Conestoga College.  She obtained the Construction Supervisory Technologies Certificate from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo.

Her ambition is to see women have the opportunity to experience a lifetime of meaningful careers at all levels of the construction business.  She looks forward to serving CAWIC’s membership and being part of a great team dedicated to advancing women in the Canadian construction industry.

  Director, Programming


  Dolores Montavez-Ruz 

  B.A. / Certified Training and Development Professional / Certified Life Skills Coach 

I think of myself as an entrepreneurial spirit that values creativity, flexibility and risk taking but has a collaborative and solution focused approach to developing projects, leading teams and achieving goals.

My work is best known for the transparency and precision of my coaching style, the balance of empathy, purpose and functionality I apply to career development and the audacity and thought-provoking learning experiences I design for people at cross-roads in their lives or careers.

For the last 15 years I have managed a variety of Employment and Training programs at the YWCA Toronto, leading the national training expansion strategy for the Life Skills Coaching department, designing customized training programs, implementing marketing and social enterprise approaches to program development and negotiating contracts with multiple funders, partners and other stakeholders in the non-profit sector. At the present time I manage settlement programs and lead the Women in the Skilled Trades strategy, overseeing the expansion and development of new training programs and services.  In this new role I have joined a generation of women pioneering large-scale access of women to the building trades, and not just in professional roles, but as journey-persons and construction leaders in their own right.

I hold a BA (Sociology) and Certificates in Immigration and Refugee Studies and Anti-Racist Research and Practice from York University. I trained as career counsellor at George Brown College and obtained my national accreditation in Adult Education from the University of Toronto and the Canadian Society for Training and Development. I trained as a facilitator, group leader and coach with the YWCA Toronto Life Skills department and the Coaching Training Institute in California. I am licensed to administer Level B vocational assessment tools, the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), EQ-I (Emotional Intelligence), Strong Interest Inventory and other vocational inventories and aptitude tests.  I have a personal commitment to life-long learning. 

  Director, Special Events 

  Nicole Tomasi

As an intern architect working towards accreditation my career has quickly given me introspective into the many aspects of the profession. Predominately I work on design and construction for schools, community centers and most recently the Toronto Housing Community Re-Set project. I enjoy a challenge and taking on a leadership role with all my projects. As a project manager and team leader I like to ensure that the team stays focused, has direction and is excited to see the evolution of an idea.

In my experience, for any project to succeed whether it is architectural or organizing a yearly event, a leader has to recognize the strengths of the team and build relationships with all participants. Not until we succeed on making these connections do we then know we have a project that everyone feels they can get behind and support. My career is dependent on these concepts and I take pride in my strength to be adventurous, build relationships and multi-task.

I support the work that CAWIC and other organizations are doing to educate our communities on the topic of gender equality. With my background and level of experience in Architecture and construction I would be a perfect candidate as a board member to chair a committee. I am honored to be in this position and look forward to speaking with you in the coming weeks.


Immediate Past President, Treasurer, Director

Chair, Level Best Women's Advancement Project


Tammy Evans 
Commercial Real Estate and Construction Lawyer 

Tammy is a Partner and member of the ACES and Real Estate Groups at Blaney McMurtry LLP. Her practice is focused in all aspects of land development and construction law. Prior to completing her law degree, Tammy spent over fifteen years as a project manager in the land development and construction industry.

Tammy has been in the construction and development industry since her move to Ontario from Montreal in 1987. Prior to her law practice, in which she specializes in mixed use developments and construction law, Tammy ran her own project management business for many highrise, mixed use, subdivision and hotel sites across Ontario. Accordingly, she knows the business and the legal side of construction and development. She also was very actively involved with NAWIC back in the early 90's prior to its independence as CAWIC, and assisted on many committees and with many association functions under the leadership of the President.

Tammy believes that as a mature woman in this still predominantly male industry, it is critically important for women to encourage each other's  growth both professionally and personally, by supporting each other as we continue our efforts to make progress and as the face of the industry changes; that we create opportunities for networking, education and interaction. It is one of Tammy’s personal goals to increase her efforts in these areas, to ensure in particular that the younger women in the industry have the support and infrastructure needed to excel.


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