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Laurie Payne

Vice President, Diamond Corp

Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Development
Year: 2014

Laurie Payne

Vice President, Diamond Corp

Magic Moment: Oct 18, 2015 – the first demolition on the path to the revitalization of Lawrence Heights. It was the day we launched construction of 1,208 new homes for low-income families, and a dynamic new neighbourhood. I was proud to join Lawrence Heights residents, and everyone who worked on the project, as they came together to mark 8 years of advocacy for better housing and a healthier community. Mayor Tory called it the highlight of his mayoralty.

Key Influence: The Lawrence Heights Community Leaders – Passion and tenacity can affect change in more meaningful ways than power and money, especially when a community works together.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Toronto’s advantage is that, for the most part, families of all backgrounds can afford to live, feel safe, access good health care and education and have fun – very few cities offer all that. Yet, we are falling behind, we are not investing enough to keep our competitive advantage and protect our quality of life, particularly for our most vulnerable residents. We need to recognize how lucky we are, and collectively choose to invest more in ensuring good quality of life for all.

Secret Talent: I make a decent cappuccino. I was a barista in school.

On Championing Others… Fortunately, I have worked with many people who opened doors and encouraged me to take risks. I try to do the same for others – access and opportunity are key – after that it’s up to each of us to make the most of it.

One word that captures you: Forthright