Regional Managing Partner for Ontario, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Sector: Private Sector
Key Influence: Along with my mother, my mentors are my personal advisory board made up of my wonderful sister and my special friends and chaired by my best friend in the world. We have shared work and personal experiences on an ongoing basis for many years. They are my trusted female and male advisors who provide guidance, fun and support and when needed call me to task. I strongly encourage everyone to develop their own personal advisory boards who are there for them through thick and thin. And to paraphrase the advice of a wise woman, “they don’t just make me feel better, they help me to get better”. My heartfelt thanks to them all.
On Championing Others… I am very proud of the work I have done, along with Leslie Woo, as founding co- chairs of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and being a former member of the Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). During our tenure we developed the Women’s Leadership Championship Team to highlight over 100 women who show exceptional leadership and skill in the real estate development and land use disciplines, dedication to, and success at, building thriving communities across the Toronto region and capacity to inspire others in the industry.
I was also the founding co-chair of the Women’s Infrastructure Network in Toronto which is a dynamic forum designed for women in infrastructure. As a co-chair of the steering committee we developed the National Outstanding Leaders and Emerging Leaders awards to celebrate excellence in Canada’s infrastructure sector.
I encourage you to look at the WLI Championship and the WIN Award Winners and be prepared to be inspired.
One word that captures you: Two words (I am a lawyer!), Resilient optimist