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August 2021     Vol. 4
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After long last, we are thrilled to announce that we have secured a shop space to call home! We will be sharing our space with Canwe Solutions Ltd., an engineering consultancy company based in Edmonton. Check them out here!

Canwe has generously offered a portion of their shop bay to The Red Bench to use for a couple days per week as well as Sundays! We are over the moon to partnership with a local shop - this would not have been possible without them.

We found Canwe in the neighbourhood after sending out letters to various businesses in Edmonton in hopes to find a shop space. Since our first meetings with Canwe in June, we have been working toward finalizing our lease agreement. With the lease agreement came our efforts towards finding a good insurance policy from a major insurer. Thanks to our awesome insurance broker from BrokerLink, we secured a commercial general liability policy that covers everything The Red Bench needs to be operational. With a lease and insurance policy in place, we are ready to rock!

Our first while in the shop will center around publishing our complete health and safety program, receiving tool and equipment donations, establishing training and orientation procedures, and dreaming up our first group projects! A grand opening will follow! We are so excited to bring the shop to you!



What a summer it has been! Mack and Jo stayed busy working diligently on securing an insurance policy and shop space for The Red Bench while still enjoying the summer heat; usually frequenting patios, going camping, and of course, welding! 

So, what's ahead for us this fall? Since September 1st, Mack has been back to her studies in materials engineering, entering her 3rd (ish) year at the University of Alberta. Jo is continuing her research in advanced materials in her final co-op term of her materials engineering degree. Along with our studies, we foresee a lot of great conversations between ourselves, our many enthusiastic supporters, and future donators of The Red Bench in the next couple of months! We thank you all for your support so far - we notice all the love on social media and are super, super grateful for it!


Mack had the amazing opportunity to feature in the August edition of the American Welding Society's internationally recognized Welding Journal magazine! Being a member of the AWS and past recipient of two scholarships generously awarded by the AWS, Mack was asked to feature in the Member Spotlight of this edition of the magazine to share her personal experience with the welding industry.

This feature gives the reader a glimpse into Mack's journey that led her to The Red Bench, her passion for educating, and what she looks forward to as she completes her engineering degree. Thank you to the AWS for the incredible opportunity, and we hope Jo (who was also a recipient of an AWS scholarship) or The Red Bench has the opportunity to feature in the Welding Journal in the future! 

You can read her feature at the link below or on through our Publications page! 
AWS Welding Journal Feature


Whether it be a hammer or a drill press, we are actively looking for tool and equipment donations to equip our shop. Currently, we don't have much and are happy to accept any hand tool as well as working power tools and used equipment, especially welding equipment!

Your donation will be used by local women to build cool things and further themselves in the trades. By supporting The Red Bench, you are supporting the community to make it stronger.

Feel free to say hi if you'd like to make a donation at


"When welding safety becomes an ingrained part of your corporate culture, you can expect reduced lost-time incidences and improved productivity."

An effective and progressive safety culture has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to create an incident-free workspace while maintaining excellent company morale. This is what The Red Bench strives to do. We have been diligently working on an extensive, yet inclusive, safety program for our members and visitors of the shop.

The link below will take you to an article by Miller Electric about improving welding safety in the shop and the importance of a successful safety program implementation.

Miller Electric: Tips for Improving Welding Safety


Check out next issue for the answers (or you can email us for the answers sooner).

muiocmtny     hspo     ginincmha

Last issue word scramble answers:

industry   skillset   flux


We seek to create a low-barrier, membership-based space for women to explore a skilled trade on their own terms by providing access to a fully-equipped workshop. The Red Bench will provide tools, hardware, and consumables for use as part of a membership agreement. The first iteration of the shop will offer members access to basic hand, power, and metalworking tools with a focus on welding

The Red Bench aims to become a community hub that shapes a more diverse culture in trades and technology. We have a practical goal and a community goal. The practical goal is to inspire women to develop confidence in their technical ability, work with tools, make or build things, and pursue a hobby or career in a skilled trade. The community goal is to bring women from all walks of life to one place where they can be themselves, make new friends, mentor or be mentored, and share ideas.

Thank you very much for reading! Tune in next month for more from us at The Red Bench.


Mackenzi and Jolene

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