Dawn McGrath has an impressive educational background inclusive of many certificates and professional designations with the EOCP (WT2, WD3, WWC1, SWS, SWWS), ASTTBC (ROWP/AScT), a diploma in Engineering Drafting and Design from Thompson River’s University, recently completed her degree in Bachelor of Technology with Thompson Rivers University, a Master’s Certificate in Construction Economics from the University of Bath and acceptance into the SFU EMBA program. She is the highest certified First Nations Female operator in BC on municipal systems for water and wastewater. Dawn represents 0.4% of the industry sector as outlined in the recent report by the EOCP.
Some projects that Dawn has been involved in include the development of the first Building Inspection program from BCIT to be delivered onsite within the Skeetchestn Community. She had a 100% completion for the attendees of the program. Dawn has also undertaken the assistance of the Public Works Technician program for First Nation Communities. She has also fostered the change in the CMHC inspection program for First Nation housing at a National level requiring an independent inspection of homes as a part of the call letter.
From driving a logging truck, operating heavy equipment, negotiating complex project deliverables, building homes, developing programs, capital project oversight, highway construction, acquiring capital funding and training for staff to ensure competencies and skill development are a few of the endeavors that she has completed to date.
Undertaking the creation of MC2 Management Ltd. and becoming self-employed recently is her new-found joy. As a hybrid project manager, Dawn's efforts are to enlighten the path between cultures. She see's herself as a bridge between an evolved perspective and solid foundation developed through years of first-hand experience. She invested in a diverse education that holistically compliments an effective, efficient and economic expertise to systematically provide projects that are not burdened by an overbuilt system. Dawn states, "It is now my turn to show the leadership skills demonstrated by my parents to my son and to teach him to not be afraid of who he is to become…"