Author Archives: Jesse Yardley

Tradespeople of Calgary: Mike Port

Calgary Tradesman

It feels good to be recognized, but all to often the commitment and dedication of hard-working tradespeople is overlooked. That’s why Tradeslife has undertaken an exciting new project focused on telling the stories of exceptional tradespeople in the community. When Tradeslife began talking to people in the community seeking respected tradespeople, Mike Port, a professional roofer, came to […]

The Changing Face of Trades: Women in the Workforce

How many tradeswomen do you know? Think about it. Not counting hairstylists, you can probably count them on one hand. Yet, recent reports show the number of women in trades is on the rise. The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board’s 2014 Statistical Profiles report shows a steady increase in the number of female registered […]

5 Questions with 24/7 Electric

Ask a trades professional

If you search for ‘Calgary Electrician’ on Google, you will notice 24/7 Electric comes up at the top of the list. This visibility illustrates the effort the company puts into marketing its services. Shane Walton, Red Seal Master Electrician and co-owner, credits the company’s high ranking to the marketing skill set of his partner, Stacy […]

Tradespeople of Calgary: Mike Melanson

Calgary Tradespeople

At 60 years of age, Mike Melanson has fixed more machines than you can shake a socket wrench at. Despite having over 40 years of experience working as a mechanic, Melanson says he still learns new things all the time. In many ways I still consider myself an apprentice to the trade. “In many ways […]

Tradespeople of Calgary: Joshua Ferguson

Lumberjack Plumbing and Heating Ltd.

When Joshua Ferguson (30) graduated from high school, being a tradesman was the last thing on his mind, especially being a plumber. “The industry isn’t always held in the highest regards. I never grew up wanting to be a plumber. I thought plumbers were dirty people who just cleaned out toilets and that’s it,” Ferguson […]