ROCKCOTE co-owner and director Christine Cameron won the 2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in the Industry award.IN WHAT is still a male dominated industry, nine women were recently honoured for their leadership skills.The Housing Industry Australia (HIA) “Recognition of Women in Building & Construction Awards” were recently held in Brisbane. HIA acting executive director Michael Roberts said HIA was keen to demonstrate that women were operating in leadership roles in what was still a very male dominated industry.“The industry must do everything it can to encourage women into the industry at all levels, to ensure that there is an adequate supply of skills to meet the future demand for housing in the State,” Mr Roberts said.“Queensland simply cannot afford to ignore the contribution that half of the population can make to the ongoing health of the industry and its contribution to the community.”ROCKCOTE co-owner and director Christine Cameron took out the coveted 2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in the Industry award for her contribution to the company’s success.Ms Cameron received the award from Minister for Public Works and Housing Minister for Sport the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP.Ms Cameron helped propel who husband Bob’s company from a two-man backyard operation to an international business success story. Plantation Homes residential construction supervisor Emily Smith took out the 2017 HIA Professional Tradeswoman award, just getting in ahead of fellow finalists Helen Yost and Claire Green. Emily Smith won the 2017 HIA Professional Tradeswoman award.At the age of 15 Ms Smith was told by her school guidance counsellor that she couldn’t be a carpenter because she was female.Not to be deterred, she achieved a school based apprenticeship and completed her apprenticeship with Plantation Homes.Two years ago Ms Smith became the company’s first female Construction Supervisor.A third year cabinet-maker apprentice also took out a HIA award, Teehana Maloney is the winner of the 2017 Stylemaster Homes Bursary.Following a personal loss when she was 17 years old, Ms Maloney made the brave decision to move from Innisfail to Brisbane, to follow her dream to be a cabinet-maker. Teehana Maloney won the 2017 Stylemaster Homes Bursary.She quickly found an apprenticeship and is now in her third year, displaying maturity and ability beyond her years.The Awards are in their third year, with the HIA saying the response and calibre of nominations received from across the industry had been remarkable.Award winners:2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in the IndustryWinner: Christine Cameron, co-owner and director of ROCKCOTEMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago2017 HIA Professional Woman of the YearAward partner: HIA Insurance ServicesWinner: Leesa Gill — CFO, TFH Group & Director, Illuminated Industries PL2017 HIA Professional TradeswomanAwards partner: Construction Skills QueenslandWinner: Emily Smith — Residential Construction Supervisor for Plantation Homes Qld2017 Stylemaster Homes BursaryBursary recipient: Teehana Maloney — 3rd year cabinet-maker Apprentice of East Coast Apprenticeships2017 HIA Exceptional Young Woman in IndustryAwards partner: Queensland Building Construction CommissionWinner: Helen Yost — licenced plumber, nominee supervisor and General Manager for Tradettes Plumbing2017 HIA Professional Business WomanAwards partner: Stoddart GroupWinner: Leesa Gill — Chief Financial Officer TFH Group of Companies & Director of Illuminated Industries2017 HIA Professional ServicesAward partner: BlueScopeWinner: Elizabeth Anderson — Director and architect for Hayes, Anderson, Lynch Architects2017 HIA Business Development ProfessionalAward partner: BUSSQWinner: Heather Russell — Program manager for East Coast Apprenticeships2017 HIA Outstanding Achievement in Manufacturing and SupplyAward partner: HIA Insurance ServicesWinner: Sonja Pressler-McHugh, business owner of McHugh Steel.