Senior Vice President, Development, Canadian Apartment Properties REIT (CAPREIT)
Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: Seeing the first homeowners move into a community that I had stewarded through the planning, land development and servicing process. Being on the site in person and having the physical recognition, not just the theoretical understanding, that decisions made about the fabric of streets, parks, road layouts, sidewalks, and so on, in a project deeply impact the way people are facilitated to interact and flow as a community. Being in a position to make those decisions is a privilege and responsibility that informs how I approach any type of land development project today.
Key Influence: Dr. Bill Rodman, Professor of Anthropology, McMaster University
I took my first anthropology class from Dr. Rodman and was blown away at the subject matter and his excitement and passion. This lead me to pursue two degrees in the subject and a lifelong frame of reference to the deep interconnections between the social/economic/political structure of a society and the lived experience of individuals.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: More affordable housing and delivering sustainability in the construction and operation of communities and buildings.
Secret Talent: Making pottery on the wheel.
On Championing Others… Creating diverse teams, internally and externally is the key step. Championing people with non-traditional paths to the industry is also important.
One word that captures you: Creative. Creating communities and places to live is like a 3D, life-sized art project when you think about!