In the next decade, 44,200 construction workers (22 per cent of the current workforce) are expected to retire. Now, more than ever before, young professionals are seen as the future of the construction industry.

Establishing a mentorship at your company is an important way to help shape the future of not only your business, but the industry. At the same time, young professionals working in construction felt that finding a good mentor early in their career was instrumental in their later success.

This panel discussions will feature young construction leaders who grew as professionals in part due to the mentorship they received, along with senior leaders who have been mentors.


  • Discover how having a good mentor can benefit individual career growth;
  • Learn how a formally established mentorship program can support bigger picture company goals; and
  • Learn how to identify who at your company is best suited to being a mentor.


Moderator: Ellisha Mott, Mott Electric

Ellisha is the 4th generation of one of the oldest and largest electrical contracting companies in the region – poised to push through the 100-year milestone. Ellisha joined Mott in 2014, just when TELUS decided to invest 11 billion dollars over the next several years to upgrade the countries telecommunications network across Western Canada. In this short time, she has established the largest growing division within the company, and manages a team of over 150 individuals who have successfully fiberized several cities, and thousands of developments across the province. With a higher-than-industry-average number of female team members, she has developed an environment which favors brains over brawn in a traditionally male trade. Ellisha acquired a Master’s Degree in Business and Psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. This academic overlap created a niche expertise towards Organizational Health – this remains one of her hallmarks and passion projects.  Ellisha has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Future Leaders of Women in Infrastructure across Canada and in 2018 brought home the Title of Family Enterprise of the Year for BC and runner up across the country.  In her spare time, she can be found in the mountains downhill skiing, in the countryside on horseback or exploring the BC coast by water. Ellisha looks forward to continuing to shape the electrical and infrastructure industry with her progressive approach to leadership and millennial management.

Panelist: Mike Maierle, ETRO Construction

Mike Maierle is the Founder and Principal of ETRO Construction; a general contracting and construction management company out of Burnaby, BC that’s founded on the commitment to doing things differently and putting people first – always.

Getting his start as a Project Manager at LEDCOR, Mike was mentored by some of the finest in the construction industry and given the opportunity to lead the pre-construction and construction on several international large-scale, landmark projects totaling upwards of $900 Million. After nearly 15 years at LEDCOR, and in pursuit of a massive dream, Mike left his very promising career to found ETRO.

What started as a one-man-show at a small folding table in Mike’s basement is now a rapidly growing team supporting one of BC’s fastest growing businesses that’s setting its sights on being a leader in industry innovation, and aiming to be the most innovative general contracting business in Canada. As the Principal of the company, Mike oversees the entire business, with a focus on business development, relationship building, pre-construction and the continuous improvement of ETRO’s business operations.

Panelist: Dan Chyzowski, ETRO Construction

Dan Chyzowski was born to build. With a thriving family construction business as the playground for his early days and the place where he honed his building skills over time, Dan’s progression into and through the construction industry is a product of the passion for the work instilled in him early on. From taking a gap year to deepen his building experience to pursuing and completing a degree in civil engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Dan has filled his toolbox with skills and insights that have allowed him to grow and advance quickly as a professional. While he started with Ledcor, contributing to large scale commercial and airport improvements and a project portfolio ranging from $250K – $200 Million over 7 years, he joined ETRO in 2016 as a Project Manager. The reason for taking the leap? The chance to grow under the leadership and mentorship of ETRO founder Mike Maierle; a former manager from Ledcor whose mentorship helped Dan in his own career development and personal growth. Through that mentorship and developing into an exceptional leader, during his time at ETRO Dan has generated award-winning work, helped grow the ETRO team from 5 to 60 people, has been promoted to the Director of Construction and, most importantly, has been able to share the gift of mentorship with team members he leads; giving new industry professionals the same opportunity to thrive in their work and life that has supported him across his whole career.

Presenting Sponsor


Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Session Date: May 4, 2019
Session Time: 11:00 a.m.

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