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Building Bridges for Women in Trades and Technology - Mentorship

Building Bridges for Women in Trades and Technology - Mentorship Table of Contents

Meet some our Mentors

Ali Woodley
(Parks and Recreation '84) Service Manager, JW Gordon Custom Builders Inc. & Program Mentor

"Ali Woodley recently retired from a 33-year career at Honda of Canada Manufacturing, starting as a Paint Inspector and progressively earning her way to Vice-President/Plant 1 Manager located in Allison, Ontario. She was one of the first female plant managers in Honda North America. Woodley was responsible for the production of 820 vehicles daily and worked with her team to exceed challenging targets in safety, quality, delivery, cost, and employee professional development and engagement. She embraces volunteer opportunities that foster diversity and helps to inspire women of all ages to consider leadership careers in the technology sector. Since retiring from Honda, she has started working as a Service Manager for a custom home builder."

Stacey Metcalfe
(Electronics Engineering Technician and Technology '01), Manager, Accessories Planning & Marketing at Toyota & Program Mentor

"Stacey is a proud Fleming graduate and award winning automotive professional with over 20 years experience in the automotive industry. Upon graduating from the Electronics Engineering Technician/Technology program in 2001, she immediately started working at Toyota Canada as lead of their I.T. Help Desk. She went on to be a I.T. Project Manager and then as a I.T. Business Consultant to Toyota and Lexus Dealers. Over the past 10 years, Stacey has transitioned to various Management positions and is currently the Manager, Accessories Planning and Marketing at Toyota Canada. Stacey has been an active mentor with Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives and Let’s Talk Science and is excited to connect with young female leaders to show how an education in STEM can open doors to a diverse career."

Meghan Emberson
(Plumbing '15), Project Manager at Vandermeulen Plumbing & Program Mentor

"Since I came to Fleming I felt the need to let other women know that trades are a fantastic way to earn a living. There are limitless possibilities for each and everyone. I am very passionate about supporting women in the trades and looking forward to sharing my journey with students. "

Pam Stoneham
Dean of School of Trades and Technology and Program Mentor

"Having had a successful engineering career in automotive that spans over 25 years, I know the positive impact mentorship and networking has. Through our Building Bridges program we will create these vital components for success."

Want to be a Mentor?

Building Bridges mentors should meet the following requirements

Is this you –

  • Have education in a skilled trade or technology sectors
  • Have relevant work experience or currently work in the industry
  • Enthusiasm to share your story and experience with post-secondary students
  • Understand the challenges women face in the industry and want to help female students succeed
  • Be willing to commit for at least 1 year

To express your interest in becoming a mentor, please send an email with brief info about yourself and your experience to Advancement at

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