Principal, Avison Young
Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Private Equity Real Estate
Magic Moment: When I was 27, I invented a tax structure for investing in Mexico that is now the basis for all international investment transactions between Canada and Mexico. This came about while doing a deal which was to become the biggest deal with Canada that had been done in Mexico until that time.
Key Influence: My First Boss – He helped me get into the investment industry when there were no women in that industry at the time. He taught me to be a leader.
The Opposite of My First Boss – I got hired to work in Chicago, so when I moved there and my boss found out that a woman had been hired, he quit. He taught me to be adaptive.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: To have the twin forces of technology and urbanization work together, and using them to bring both the private and public sides onto the same page.
Secret Talent: I have earned my pilot’s license and can fly planes
On Championing Others… I do this by being visible, mostly through public speaking. This allows people to see women in roles that many still think are for men only, particularly in engineering, math, and technology.
One word that captures you: Persistent