Community Benefits Champion - Award Recipient
Amina is Manager of Government and Stakeholder Relations at Rescon, Ontario’s leading association of residential builders. Amina also handles all government relations activity and advocates on behalf of Rescon members to municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government on issues such as labour shortages, health and safety digitization and immigration.
As the Manager of Stakeholder Relations at Rescon, Amine has led initiatives to hire equity seeking groups onto Residential Construction Projects across Ontario. She actively works to support the hiring of apprentices and journeypersons from historically underrepresented groups. From the private sector stakeholder perspective, she has been key in leading the Toronto Declaration of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities on Rescon's behalf.
Her efforts ensured that the Declaration and all its signatories presented a strong presence to challenge Racism and Bigotry in the Construction Industry. The declaration provided below, was endorsed by 35 organizations, one of which was RESCON, and it was posted on Construction worksites of the endorsers.
Amina is also the chair of RESCON’ Anti-racism roundtable.
Her nominator had this to say about Amina:
“As black woman in construction, racism and sexism are issues I have faced all of my life, and on the construction site these have been issues that have been barriers for me to work and provide for myself. Amine contacted me regarding conducting interviews to highlight my experience as a black woman in the construction industry, as a Journeyperson. Her questions allowed me to talk about my challenges, so that future generations could understand the struggle, commitment, and power I have as a woman in the industry. She profiled me, on behalf of RESCON and shared my story across various social media platforms, so that other employers and industry leaders that were a part of RESCON's network could improve working conditions, training and supports for women on their worksites.
As a woman in construction trades, leadership and professionals like Amine are rare. We can celebrate her contributions and inspire other Professional, Administrative and Technical Staff to create opportunities for marginalized communities trying to build their future in the construction industry.”