2023 Award Recipients

Together We Thrive!

In celebrating the 2023 Building Diversity Awards Recipients, all recipients were recognized for one or more steps they are taking that correspond to the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (standards for organizations around the world), as adapted by BuildForce Canada. Take the self-assessment and see how your organization measures up. CLICK HERE

Dream Maker Developments

2023 Award Recipient - Leading on Diversity Contractors
Dream Maker Developments is a full-fledged, Black-led development firm with 10+ developments including Dream Residences at Yorkdale, a mixed-use site (condos/townhouses/retail) located just across from Yorkdale Mall; Dream Suites @ YYZ a boutique hotel near Pearson Airport; and luxury custom homes being built in Kleinburg.


2023 Award Recipient - Leading on Diversity Owner/Client
With nearly 90 years of homebuilding experience and over 89,000 homes, Tridel is a developer and builder of condominium residences in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).


2023 Award Recipient - Leading on Diversity Unions
IUPAT opens doors and provides apprenticeship support to racialized groups.

Chinyere Johnson

2023 Award Recipient - Nexgen Builders Mentee
Chinyere Johnson has excelled since moving to Canada. She continued her career in construction at EllisDon as an Assistant Project Manager where she worked for just over a year since her emigration from Trinidad.

Brandi Ferenc

2023 Award Recipient - Nexgen Builders Mentor
Brandi Ferenc is a mentor for women in skilled trades and HVAC apprentices at Support Ontario Youth, in addition she teaches HVAC at Georgian College and works as an HVAC Mechanic at Southlake Hospital.

Building Up

2023 Award Recipient - Nexgen Builders Employer
As Toronto’s leading social contractor, Building Up runs an intensive pre-apprenticeship trades training program for individuals who face barriers to employment.

Brandi Jonathan

2023 Award Recipient - Community Benefits Champion
Brandi Jonathan is a Diversity Liaison with CBTU’s In the Trades Apprenticeship program, a federal funded program that provides financial incentives and training support for unionized small and medium-sized contractors.
Presenting Sponsor
Desjardins was founded in 1900 and is Canada's largest financial cooperative with over 55,000 employees supporting the financial aspiration of families and businesses across the country. Desjardins believes we benefit as a society when we enrich the lives of people and communities.

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