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Joanna Kervin

Director, Toronto Transit Commission

Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Year: 2014

Joanna Kervin

Director, Toronto Transit Commission

Magic Moment: In 2000, I was encouraged to run for a position on the Canadian Board of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Much to my surprise I won and ultimately became the first woman president of ITE Canada. I had the privilege of serving on the ITE Board for 6 years and travelling across Canada and US to meet with and learn from many other professionals, including young women.

Key Influence: My father – Jerry Kervin – He taught me to respect others experience and to use every opportunity to learn from others knowledge and skills.

Tyrone Gan – Tyrone was my first boss as a consultant right out of school. He taught me to value quality work and provide excellent service and advice to clients.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: We need to learn the value of partnerships in order to make the most of the significant investments in infrastructure. We need to leverage the talent and creativity of the public sector and give them the latitude to explore new ways of delivering projects or partnering to get a better result for our communities, residents and businesses.

Secret Talent: I can sew and made my sister’s wedding dress!

On Championing Others… I like to provide opportunities for networking and training outside our organization. I have learned a great deal from the many opportunities I have had to interact with professionals outside my own organization. It is too easy to get stuck in our own world and not expand our horizons.

One word that captures you: Determined