Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: I was very excited and proud to rejoin Dentons in 2016. Leaving the comfort of a group I had been part of for many years to take on something new and challenging, in leading the planning law group, was stressful but you have to step outside of your comfort zone. You have to keep pushing yourself to be great and embrace new challenging opportunities.
Key Influence: Jane Pepino – I heard Jane speak when I first started practicing law and have been inspired since. I admire her passion and wit.
Michael Melling – I had the benefit and privilege of learning from Michael, a former Ontario Municipal Board member, for over 8 years. He is brilliant and strategic.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: As an industry we need to tackle the problems associated with lack of and aging infrastructure. We need to figure out how to manage this issue in the context of the demands on development and growth in the GTA and beyond. This will require private and public interests to work together rather than pushing back and fighting. It will also require consultants and lawyers to take an ingenious approach.
Secret Talent: I can sew and draw. I wanted to get into fashion design and merchandising, in a former life, before law. I love fashion!
On Championing Others… I mentor the great young people in our industry every chance I get, whether it is the students and associates at Dentons or others who seek out a coffee or a chance to chat, I make the time no matter how busy. I also speak at career and life events. I learn so much from these opportunities.
One word that captures you: Perseverance