Jamie McMillan, Speaker, Made in the Trades

A Journey of
Grit & Glory

This girl is
made in the trades

A Journey of Grit & Glory - This girl is made in the trades

“Inspiring Keynote Speaker, Trailblazer and Catalyst”

Jamie McMillan is killing it as a female skilled trades professional in a male dominated industry; but it’s not about the gender… It’s about the pathways, stigmas and hidden success-factors waiting for all of us to grab and “build something better” with.


Getting ahead, or getting your foot in the door shouldn’t be so hard. Neither should creating safe, healthy workplaces where everyone can thrive. That’s where Jamie comes in…

Hundreds of organizations look to Jamie to help better understand and improve the conditions impacting their workforce, members and sense of self on the jobsite…


Jamie’s charismatic keynote speeches, presentations and workshops capture the attention of forward-thinking women, employers, associations, unions and schools. Her work with youth (through KickAss Careers) has shaped her speaking events into highly engaging, informative and empowering presentations that leave audiences inspired to be the change their industry needs to see.


From struggling to find a career that fit her learning style, to being accepted on job-sites Jamie has seen first-hand how difficult it can be to thrive in a “one size fits all” culture.

Her exciting and eye-opening accounts of what it’s actually like to work in the trades has helped open doors, change narratives and innovate workplaces across North America.


"Sure-footed, quick-witted and with decades of experience underneath her toolbelt Jamie McMillan is the voice of innovation and progress in an industry that's struggling to retain, attract and optimize their workforce"

Reach & Impact


Overall women in construction

Top 20 under 40

Top 20 under 40 Award Recipient


Organizations, schools and events spoken at per year

K +

Employers, Employees & Youth reached per year

Jamie McMillan, Speaker, Made in the Trades

Jamie has committed her career as a speaker, advocate and ironworker towards making the workplaces of tomorrow healthier, more innovative and inclusive…

What will she help you move, shift and build?

Contact Jamie to find out when she is available for Speaking, Workshop & Interview opportunities.