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Leslie Woo

Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx

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

Leslie Woo

Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx

Magic Moment: Being awarded the 2011/12 International Women’s Forum Leadership Fellowship. As one of 35 women leaders from 14 countries, that year of reflection and learning took me from good to great. It heightened my self-awareness of my true authentic leadership and gave me the confidence to know that I had an important role to play as a coach, mentor and champion for other women.

Key Influence: David Crombie, former City Mayor – The importance of celebrating small successes and always looking for the positive opportunity adversity can create.

My Grandmother who lived to 94 – The importance of education and continuous learning, good manners, hospitality and a good meal can take you a long way.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: The success of this urban region will rely on better and more affordable housing that creates great communities. This is the next great under invested frontier. Without it the economic diversity we now experience will decline. Tapping into the full talent of our workforce to advocate and solution this challenge will allow different and new voices to participate into the public discourse.

Secret Talent: Hobby home renovator (it’s my architectural training)

On Championing Others…

  • Mentoring other men and women within my organization and industry networks,
  • Speaking engagements and publications (e.g. https://uwaterloo.ca/magazine/fall-2015/last-word/i-cant-see-her)
  • Flagging for peers opportunities to more pro-actively promote women leaders

One word that captures you: Dynamic