Director of Development , Urban Capital
Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: Being featured in the Toronto Star as a female leader in development was pretty great.
Key Influence: David Wex I’ve worked along side David since 2004 and he’s taught me that long term working relationships require mutual trust and a deep respect. If people have respect for you as a leader, they will follow you anywhere (even to a project in Winnipeg in the dead of winter…).
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: I grew up with most of my family living in walkable proximity to each other in the Annex, but with current housing costs that’s no longer a possibility. A modern version of communal living really interests me and it’s getting harder to find in the downtown core. Developing spaces that truly appeal to all life stages and feature more shared spaces, convertible design, and affordability is a real challenge to overcome.
Secret Talent: Escaping. I’m half way to my goal of visiting 100 countries and no matter how hectic life gets, I always prioritize getting away
On Championing Others…Having more women sitting in our boardrooms is a priority for me. I actively reach out to female consultants and ask male leads to bring more women to the table. Real Estate Development is one of the last hold outs of the heavily male dominated industries and I am actively seeking to shift that.
One word that captures you: Open minded (and generally awesome).