OTTAWA, Ont.–The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, addressed the Economic Club of Canada this week on the vital contribution that women make every day to Canada’s transportation industry and to our economic success, both domestically and globally.
She highlighted the importance of ensuring that every woman has the opportunity to help create prosperity, whether as an employee, a professional, a business leader or as an entrepreneur.
“Women play an integral role in building and maintaining a sustainable, skilled workforce that will support Canadians and Canada’s economic prosperity. Our government is committed to creating more opportunities for women to contribute to this success, now and in the future,” said Minister Raitt.
She addressed the changing role of women working in transportation-related fields and shared her personal experience as Minister of Transport and previously, harbourmaster and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority.
The transportation sector has evolving needs, and is changing to reflect the growing demand for workers whose value is based more on training and skills rather than gender or strength. This creates an opportunity for women to demonstrate their skills, intelligence and ability and be front and centre, at every level of the industry, Raitt noted.