Commissioner of Development Services, Town of Milton
Sector: Public Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: My proudest moment – a member of my team (when I first became a team lead a few years back) told me that I made them feel valued. They indicated that this was the first time in their career that they felt this way. This meant the world to me. A leader is nothing without a strong team and there isn’t a better feeling than unlocking someone’s potential.
My father: He taught me to trust my instincts and be decisive – even if I get it wrong. Making a decision is the only way to move things forward.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: The cost of land needs to come down to restore housing affordability. We need to balance the needs of people and the natural environment. One doesn’t take priority over the other. We can speed up the delivery of housing development while taking pragmatic measures to protect the environment.
On Championing Others…: I listen, encourage and support. I try to lead by example and express that all voices matter.
Secret Talent: Springboard diving. I spent hours as a kid at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate in Scarborough practicing. To this day, I can do a mean dive!
One word that captures you: Practical. I set very clear goals and go after them.