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Janet Graham

Member of Board of Trustees and Chair of Audit Committee, Automotive Properties REIT

Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Private Equity Real Estate
Year: 2014

Janet Graham

Member of Board of Trustees and Chair of Audit Committee, Automotive Properties REIT

Magic Moment: I have three magic moments I would like to share, all firsts for me. I organized the first team from CIBC to participate in the Run for the Cure and from this came their sponsorship of the run across Canada. I married for the first time very late in life to a lovely man with four wonderful children. And I began a blog and wrote a book to tell the stories of the amazing women I had met throughout my career “Babes on Bay Street” with absolutely no experience of blogging or writing but the real first in this case was having the opportunity to speak to a variety of audiences and realizing how much I loved it!!

Key Influence: My major influence has been my incredible network of fabulous women friends and colleagues. I have known many of them for decades and cherish their friendship and advice and encouragement and support…..you get the idea!! When I think about it, the real lesson is how great it is to have a network of support!!

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: The next big challenge for the industry is the same one facing many industries….the number of women in executive leadership positions, on corporate boards and in positions of influence.  The challenge facing our very successful city-region is our failure to invest in the infrastructure required to support the massive development which has taken place over the last couple of decades, in particular in the city of Toronto.  Both situations require a willingness to do the “right thing” and the courage to follow through despite the challenges, difficulties and opposition.

Secret Talent: I have thought about this question extensively and realize I have NO secret talents!!

On Championing Others… I champion others by offering friendship, coaching, support and the always popular “unsolicited advice!!”

One word that captures you: Courageous.