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Introducing the *new* CIPH Women’s Network

November 30, 2016  
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Siân Smith (Noble Corporation) has announced the creation of the CIPH Women’s Network.  


"Over the last 17 years, I have learned so much from a wide group of talented colleagues and supply chain partners throughout the Plumbing and Heating Industry.  We are privileged to be part of an Industry that offers a vast range of opportunities to build rich and fulfilling careers for both men and women, and yet we continue to yield a highly unbalanced workforce in terms of gender representation and a tendency to stick to traditional recruiting and promoting patterns.  Our incredibly engaged Committee is proud to be launching the “CIPH Women’s Network”, which is intended to drive a new level of energy and commitment towards the growth and development of women in Plumbing and Heating across Canada.  I encourage all CIPH member companies to support this new initiative and I can’t wait to start building a stronger community of women within our Industry!” 


The purpose of the CIPH Women’s Network is to support the professional development of women within Canada’s plumbing and heating industry, and to enhance member companies’ opportunities to attract, develop and retain more high-performing female employees. The Network will do this by offering a variety of programs and events to women employed by CIPH members, such as:


  • Skills Development
  • Industry Education & Training
  • Professional & Personal Goal Achievement
  • Networking events
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership opportunities within the Network and CIPH


The Committee members leading the Network are: Siân Smith (Noble Corporation) – Chair; Barbara O’Reilly (Rheem Canada Ltd) – Vice Chair; Mélanie Schwery (Bélanger-UPT); Ravi Beech (Valley Acrylic); Gail Kaufman (Wolseley Canada); and Heather Ferris (InSinkErator Canada).

All female employees of CIPH members are eligible to participate in Network events. The first event for the CIPH Women’s Network is planned for early 2017. Stay tuned!

For more information, please contact Elizabeth McCullough, or



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