Tradeworks has facilitated opportunities for mentorship and transitional employment in the trades since 1994. Tradeworks employs individuals with various barriers to employment after their completion of a carpentry and manufacturing employment program run by our partner organization, Open Door Group. You can learn more about Women in Trades Training or the Carpentry Kickstart Programs here.

While working in the social enterprise, our crew receives additional mentorship from staff, hones their woodworking and/or laser engraving skills, and gains experience in the field. Throughout their employment at Tradeworks, they are encouraged and supported to seek full-time employment in the trades. When you purchase items from Tradeworks, you’re not only getting handcrafted wood products—you’re directly contributing to the next group of crew members to move through our social enterprise and take their career into their own hands.


We’re proud to serve Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and are located in the historic neighbourhood of Strathcona. We share our 5000 square foot workshop with Open Door Group, who provide carpentry and manufacturing employment services, and CREATE Digital Fabrication Studio.

Our workspace includes a coaching station with learning tables, a fabrication station and a laser engraving studio. Our upstairs office and meeting space provides access to computer stations for researching carpentry and joinery techniques and connecting with trades employers.


Tradeworks is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors whose collective range of experience and expertise help guide our organization to achieve its ultimate goal of providing a safe and supportive learning and work environment to women and other community members in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside region. Our Board brings direction to the organization by focusing on governance, financial planning, policy development and community involvement.

Tradeworks operations are overseen by our General Manager, Maria Pucek. Our on site Carpentry Supervisors, Kyle Kozak and Steve Fairbairn oversee a fantastic crew of five to ten Furniture and Wood Product Workers at any given time. Admin support is provided through our partner, Open Door Group.