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Ornella Richichi

Executive Vice President, Smart Centres

Sector: Publicly-Traded Sector
Discipline: Development
Year: 2014

Ornella Richichi

Executive Vice President, Smart Centres

Magic Moment: There isn’t a particular event, but throughout my career, I have those “wow moments” that are the strongest milestone moments. All that I have worked for, I now have the knowledge and confidence. From that, I am able to teach others. These moments continue to happen for me all the time. These really help to define who I am and what I can provide to my colleagues.

Key Influence: Not just one woman in my life. Many early in my life – they achieved success through strength, respect and hard work in their craft. Later in my life, these women have helped me balance my life. The balance between that of a mother and business woman, and a teacher and student.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Building healthy places to live with a balance. We need to be cognizant of that balance. We are getting to a point where the next generation cannot afford a home. We need to acknowledge this change and understand how we can build for the future. As an industry, the City needs to define what healthy urban building is and we need to implement what we believe.

Secret Talent: I will never shy away from a ’bout’ in the ring

On Championing Others… I have always been of two minds. I want to give people the opportunity to shine and the exposure to learn and then take it to their level. I have also always defined myself as a resource to them for both junior and senior staff.

One word that captures you: Strong