About us

Construct is a business where everyone is welcomed, included and connected.

As an employment social enterprise, Construct provides in-class training, on-the-job work experience, and wraparound supports to help vulnerable individuals secure long-term, well-paying careers in the construction trades.  By sourcing and bidding on jobs within our community Construct turns job sites into on-the-job learning experiences helping to propel trainees into careers in the trades. 

More than a business with a heart, Construct is a real solution to ending homelessness. By connecting people to career paths, breaking down barriers to meaningful employment, and leading them to affordable housing, Construct will lift people out of poverty and into opportunity.

 

Developed by Blue Door Support Services, a non-profit registered charity working to end homelessness.


Learn more about Blue Door

Construct is a Certified Buy Social Canada Supplier!

As a Certified Buy Social Canada Supplier, Construct is an approved part of a growing community network of social enterprises! Certification means Construct is equipped with resources from across the country on best operating and programming practices!

BSC Certified Supplier

 

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Construct’s Mission

To offer quality labour services by empowering those facing barriers to transition to autonomous and full-time employment in the trades. While you receive high-quality work from Construct’s team of professionals and their trainees, you are engaging in social change and creating a ripple effect. You are helping to change the lives of marginalized individuals who face barriers to employment.  By hiring Construct, you are lifting our community’s most vulnerable out of poverty.

Theory of Change:

... housing stability is achievable through sustainable careers, by providing training and general labour experience to individuals who face barriers to employment, empowering participants with intensive supports, finally transitioning them to independent, and profitable employment

Working with Sustainability in Mind

Through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations, the Construct program seeks to address 10 critical goals towards a more sustainable future

No Poverty
No Poverty

Poverty reduced through career employment.

Zero Hunger
Zero Hunger

Greater food security though increased incomes.

Good Health and Well Being
Good Health and Well Being

Increased health through housing stability and related benefits.

Gender equality
Gender Equality

Removing stereotypes through training and provision of support for all individuals, regardless of gender identity, to enter trades.

Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Inclusive industrialization through Community Benefit Agreements.

Reduced Inequalities
Reduced Inequalities

Reduced inequality through training and supports to reduce barriers to employment and education.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainable Cities and Communities

A safer more inclusive community will be built by reducing poverty and bringing greater equality.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Institutions will grow in inclusivity through Construct’s advocacy and cross-sector partnerships.

Group
Decent work and economic growth

Construct will seek to address decent work and productve employment for those who have been facing barriers.

Gender Equality
Partnerships for the goals

Stronger implementation and a more sustainable development will be achieved by utilizing cross-sector partnerships. This will aid in achieving all of our goals. 

About info

Construct is modeled after successful trades-based employment social enterprises across Canada. Construct provides individuals with support, training, experience, and connections necessary to help start their trades careers. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn in class and on-site using construction contracts to apply their learning. Upon graduating from the program, individuals will be connected directly to employment opportunities.

"With one fifth of the province’s current construction workforce retiring over the next 10 years, sustaining industry capacity through more aggressive recruitment …and training efforts will remain a high priority for industry leaders."

Buildforce Canada

In addition to the ongoing support of Construct customers, generous funding is provided by:

Meet the team

Michael Braithwaite
Michael
Braithwaite

(he/him/his)

CEO
Emmy Kelly - Chief Operations Officer
Emmy
Kelly

(she/her/hers)

Chief Operating Officer
Alex Cheng - Director of Programs
Alex
Cheng

(he/him/his)

Program Director, Housing and Health
Rudi Genovese - Senior Manager, Social Enterprise
Rudi
Genovese

(he/him/his)

Director, Social Enterprise
Emily Rowe - Manager, Training and Employment, Social Enterprise
Emily
Rowe

(she/her/hers)

Manager, Training and Employment, Social Enterprise
Construction Manager, Social Enterprise, Construct
Greg
Monteath

(he/him/his)

Construction Manager
Myron Young, Foreperson
Myron
Young

(he/him/his)

Foreperson, Social Enterprise
Shayne Holbrook, Foreperson, Social Enterprise
Shayne
Holbrook

(he/him/his)

Foreperson, Social Enterprise
Ana Phongsavath, Worker
Ana
Phongsavath

(she/her/hers)

Construction Worker, Social Enterprise
Rajega
Rajega
Ratneswaran

(she/her/hers)

Digital Content Coordinator
Megan Way
Megan
Way

(she/her/hers)

Training Coordinator