Chief Development Officer, Waterfront Toronto
Sector: Public Sector
Magic Moment: The day I was accepted into MBA school – I was very nervous that with my planning background I would not be selected. However, when I entered Rotman, I learned it was my planning and development experience that impressed them. The lesson learned for me was that planners can do anything!
Key Influences: My 87-year old dad – He exemplifies the ability to be good and honest and still be successful in business. He taught me about hard work, humility and gratitude. He led by example and showed me how to always give something in return for being so fortunate.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: We need to address the lack of affordable housing. There are 60,000 people waiting for decent housing in Toronto. We need to push both the public and private sectors to do better in delivering affordable housing for all income levels. Inclusionary zoning is a start but we need to hold senior levels of government accountable to provide sustainable funding for all projects.
Secret Talent: I can play a mean game of pool (billiards).
On Championing Others… I’m often asked to speak to graduate student classes or meet with young professionals just starting their careers. I try to provide a hand up whenever I can. It only takes one opportunity to open the door to a bright future.
One word that captures you: Honest