Colliers International Canada , Executive Vice President
Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Portfolio Management
Magic Moment: The magic moment that shaped my journey started with a move to Toronto from Montreal to join the newly created CN Real Estate Division of Canadian National Railways. What a great way to become immersed in the real estate industry with a company that had holdings from coast to coast.
Key Influence: Paul Tellier, past CEO of CN Rail – Be brave, take risks – it pays off. I was privileged to work at CN during its successful privatization. He was a tough but great leader and influencer.
David Weinberg, CEO, CIBC Dev. Corp. – David convinced me to leave CN where I was in a senior leadership role. Positive experience and launching pad to other terrific opportunities.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: We need to create the right environment and support network for women to succeed in our industry. Although women are making great strides, the number of women in certain professions and executive positions is still relatively low. Programs geared specifically to attracting women to those professions through associations or corporate programs certainly help
Secret Talent: I make a mean tomato sauce thanks to my mom and dad who taught me to share their love of cooking.
On Championing Others… Throughout my career, I have often acted as a sounding board for many people who I have worked with over the years. I am also actively involved in the Colliers Mentorship Program, Concordia University’s Women in Leadership Initiative and most recently the NAIOP Mentorship Program.
One word that captures you: Passionate