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Renee Gomes

Director, Development , First Gulf Corporation

Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Development
Year: 2014

Renee Gomes

Director, Development , First Gulf Corporation

Magic Moment: I have worked on many aspects of the new West Don Lands, including planning, municipal approvals, developer selection, and transactions. Over the years the new community sometimes seemed like a distant vision. When the first residents moved in, I was very proud that our Waterfront Toronto team was able to implement our plan.

Key Influence: Meg Davis (WLI Champion) – Meg has encouraged me to see my own potential. She sets a great leadership example and consistently seeks growth opportunities for me.

Joe Berridge/Frank Lewinberg – Early in my career, Joe and Frank enthusiastically encouraged me to think independently and to confidently voice my own professional opinions.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Our region needs to embrace the challenges of growth management with courage and long-term vision. We need to make the necessary investments in infrastructure, transit, community facilities and open space that are an important part of great, robust cities. We also need to demand, and provide examples of, development that continues to strengthen our region so that it is the livable place it is known to be.

On Championing Others… I know that any success I have is shared by a team. I work to ensure that my team members have opportunities to receive credit for their own contributions, and that they have opportunities for ongoing professional development.

One word that captures you: Diligent