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Leslie Woo

Chief Development Officer, Metrolinx + Infrastructure Ontario

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

Leslie Woo

Chief Development Officer, Metrolinx + Infrastructure Ontario

Magic Moment: Being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and sharing the stage with those other amazing 99 women. It 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: As An Industry: Building the capacity in the public sector to be a trusted and effective business partner through Transit Oriented Development (TOD). There is much value being generated through the multi-billion dollar public transit expansion. Working with the land development industry to build opportunities to bring more transit service, on line sooner and ensuring that women have a strong and present role in navigating the way forward in this space.

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

On Championing Others…

  • Mentoring other men and women within my organization and industry networks,
  • Using speaking engagements and publications as an opportunity to be a good role model (e.g.https://uwaterloo.ca/magazine/fall-2015/last-word/i-cant-see-her)
  • More pro-actively promoting and connecting women to nurture and expand the network that is the “sisterhood”

One word that captures you: Dynamic