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Michelle Ackerman

Kilmer Group

Megan Aird

The Daniels Corporation

Susan Allen

BOMA Toronto

Dana Anderson

MHBC Planning

Jennifer Arezes

First Capital REIT

Ana Bailao

Dream Unlimited

Marilyn Ball

City of Brampton

Anya Barkan

Multiplex

Lisa Bate

Bate Sustainability Inc.

Debbie Baxter

Deloitte

Jody Becker

EllisDon Corporation

Kimberly L. Beckman

Development Collective

Christina Beja

Create TO

Adriana Bitonte-Recourt

BGIS Global Integrat[...]

Pamela Blais

Metropole Consultants

Naama Blonder

Smart Density

Shirley Blumberg

KPMB Architects

Gail Borthwick

LEVEL Advisory

Tania Bortolotto

Bortolotto Design

Sheila Botting

Avison Young

Julie Bottos

SCS Consulting Group Ltd.

Andrea Kelly

Geranium Homes

Romy Bowers

Canada Mortgage and [...]

Robyn Brown

Arcadis

Sydney Browne

Diamond Schmitt Arch[...]

Cherise Burda

Toronto Metropolitan[...]

Christine Burke

University of Toronto

Rosa Bustamante

City of Kitchener

Wende Cartwright

Savira Cultural + Ca[...]

Mary Castel

Urban Strategies Inc.

Lisa Chandler

Oxford Properties Group

Christine Chea

Mattamy Homes

Sue Jean Chung

Studio JCI Inc.

Cordelia Clarke Julien

Ministry of Agricult[...]

Taya Cook

Urban Capital

Casey Corriveau

PCL Construction

Debbie Cosic

In2ition Realty

Susan Cudahy

Enbridge Gas

Farrah D’Souza

Oxford Properties Gr[...]

Emory Davidge

Urban Strategies Inc.

Meg Davis

Waterfront Toronto

Lorna Day

City of Toronto

Janet De Silva

Toronto Region Board[...]

Jocelyn Deeks

Bousfields Inc.

Alexandra DeGasperis

DECO Communities

Julie Di Lorenzo

Diamante Development[...]

Marni Dicker

Canadian Premier League

Michelle E. DiEmanuele

Ontario’s Secretar[...]

Paula M. Dill

Ministry of Municipa[...]

Lilianne Dobbs

PCL Construction

Heather Dubbeldam

Dubbeldam Architectu[...]

Shauna Dudding

The Cabot Collection

Amy Erixon

Avison Young

Sarah Esler

Alberta Investment M[...]

Jennifer Esposito

Toronto Metropolitan[...]

Hannah Evans

Ontario Ministry of [...]

Anita Fabac

City of Hamilton

Christine Fang-Denissov

Urban Strategies Inc.

Samantha Farrell

Dream Unlimited

Danielle Feidler

Fire Up Culture

Jo Flatt

Allied REIT

Leslie Gash

Toronto Shelter Network

Jane Gavan

Dream Unlimited

Justine Giancola

President, OPPI

Christina Giannone

Port Credit West Vil[...]

LoriAnn Girvan

LoriAnn Girvan Advisors

Renee Gomes

DiamondCorp

Valerie Gow

Gow Hastings Architects

Barbara Gray

City of Toronto

Heather Grey-Wolf

Infrastructure Ontario

Karen Hacker

LL.B, ICD.D

Julia Hanigsberg

Holland Bloorview Ki[...]

Emily Hanna

Crown Realty Partners

Melanie Hare

Urban Strategies Inc

Donna Hinde

The Planning Partnership

Jill Hogan

Town of Milton

Cynthia Holmes

Ted Rogers School of[...]

Claire Hopkinson

Toronto Arts Council

Stephanie Hosein

Building Equity in A[...]

Shirley Hoy

Strategy Corp

Lorraine Huinink

LH Design & Consulti[...]

Michelle Hunte

Walmart Canada

Sherena Hussain

Schulich School of B[...]

Jessica Hutcheon

Janet Rosenberg & St[...]

Angela Iannuzziello

CIBPA Toronto

Jillian Jackson

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Audrey Jacob

Arcadis

Monika Jaroszonek

Esri Canada

Kirstin Jensen

Ministry of Municipa[...]

Nisha Jeyathas

Multiplex Constructi[...]

Ann Joyner

Dillon Consulting

Vanessa Judelman

Mosaic People Development

Anna Kaneff

Kaneff Group

Beth Kapusta

Beth Kapusta Design [...]

Jennifer Keesmaat

The Keesmaat Group

Joanna Kervin

Crosslinx Transit So[...]

Jennifer Khan

EllisDon

Farrah Khimji

Futura Funds

Caroline Kim

Bousfields Inc.

Carolyn King

SharedPath

Krystal Koo

Dream Unlimited Corp

Alicia Kuntz

ONE Properties

Lisa Kurina

PCL Constructors Can[...]

Vivian Kwok

Blanc Labs

Jo-Anne Lane

Beacon Environmental

Sherry Larjani

Spotlight Development

Wendy Law

City of Vaughan

Barbara Lawlor

Baker Real Estate Inc.

Josie Lee

Bell Canada Corporat[...]

Denisa Leiba

Black & McDonald Limited

Nadia Levi

Lendlease

Heather MacDonald

City of Burlington

Lynda Macdonald

City of Toronto

Alison MacIntosh

Real Property Solutions

Sue MacKay

Self Employed

Susan L. MacLaurin

QuadReal Property Group

Anna Madeira

BDP Quadrangle

Sunita Mahant

Caisse de dépôt et[...]

Jennifer Mallard

Henriquez Partners A[...]

Hillary Marshall

Canada Infrastructur[...]

Lori Martin

LMX Consulting

Frances Martin-DiGiuseppe

Q4 Architects Inc

Ashley Mason

Ontario Land Tribunal

Ute Maya-Giambattista

O2 Planning & Design

Patricia McCarney

Global Cities Institute

Leigh McGrath

Urban Strategies Inc.

Anne McIIroy

Brook McIIroy

Claire McIntyre

Oxford Properties Group

Bonny McLoud

McLoud Consulting (i[...]

Jenny McMinn

Urban Equation

Laurie McPherson

Bousfields Inc. | Retired

Kris Menzies

MHBC Planning

Deanne Mighton

Metrolinx

Anne Milchberg

Planning Intelligence

Camille Mitchell

SvN Architects + Planners

Gloria Mogavero

Greenrock Real Estat[...]

Norma Moores

IBI Group

Anne Morash

GWL Realty Advisors

Abigail Moriah

The Black Planning P[...]

Diana Nada

Turner & Townsend

Ann-Marie Nasr

City of Toronto | Retired

Eha Naylor

Dillon Consulting Limited

Hadley Nelles

New Market Funds

Mimi Ng

Menkes Developments Ltd.

Lorena Niemi

Burnside

Marianne O’Leary

SmartCentres REIT

Heela Omarkhail

Daniels Corporation

Lynne Wilson Orr

Parkin Architects Limited

Sevaun Palvetzian

UNICEF Canada

Katie Pandey

Weston Consulting

Deena Pantalone

Venturon, National Homes

Alpa Patel

Armel Corporation

Laurie Payne

Osmington Gerofsky D[...]

Pina Petricone

Giannone Petricone A[...]

Carol Phillips

Moriyama & Teshima A[...]

Alison Platt

The Daniels Corporation

Rosemarie Powell

Toronto Community Be[...]

Aimee Powell

Powell Planning & As[...]

Lisa Prime

City of Cambridge Ontario

Salima Rawji

York University Deve[...]

Emily Reisman

Urban Strategies, Inc.

Natalie Reisman

The Rose Corporation

Anna Ritacca

BEL+RIT urbanism

Caroline Robbie

Caroline Robbie Desi[...]

Pamela Robinson

Toronto Metropolitan[...]

Heather Rolleston

BDP Quadrangle

Janet Rosenberg

Janet Rosenberg and [...]

Toni Rossi

Infrastructure Ontario

Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker

Urban Strategies Inc

Mary Rowe

Canadian Urban Institute

Itah Sadu

A Different Booklist[...]

Corina Sajewski

Fengate Asset Management

Lisa Roanne Salsberg

Access Planning

Claire Santamaria

Oxford Properties

Amanda Santo

Dorsay Development C[...]

Leona Savoie

Dorsay Development C[...]

Elizabeth Sawicki

Sawicki Land Develop[...]

Shoshanna Saxe

Civil and Mineral En[...]

Kathleen Schofield

Great Gulf Homes

Josie Scioli

City of Toronto | Retired

Mandy Scully

Armel Corporation

Sarah Segal

Simplydbs & Shape Yo[...]

Michelle Senayah

The Laneway Project

Divya Shah

Canada Infrastructur[...]

Marina Sheehan

Northcrest Developments

Jeanhy Shim

Crosswalk Communities

Cheryl Shindruk

Geranium Corporation

Kristy Shortall

Northcrest Developments

Nancy Singer

Kehilla Residential [...]

Tatiana Soldatova

Syllable Inc.

Lucy Stocco

Tribute Communities

Elisabeth Stroback

Tanalex Corp.

Tonya Surman

Centre for Social In[...]

Mary Lou Tanner

NPG Planning Solutio[...]

Laura E. Taylor

York University

Paula Tenuta

Building Industry & [...]

Peggy Theodore

Diamond Schmitt Arch[...]

Vernita Tsang

Fengate Asset Management

Antoinette Tummillo

Antoinette Tummillo [...]

Mary-Frances Turner

York Region Rapid Transit

Ene Underwood

Habitat For Humanity

Lynn Vandervoort

Ballantry Homes Inc.

Kristina Verner

Waterfront Toronto

Agnes von dem Hagen

Infrastructure Ontario

Diane Walter

Margaret's Housing a[...]

Shonda Wang

SvN architects + planners

Mimi Ward

Ward Land Economics Inc.

Emma West

Bousfields Inc.

Lauren White

Land Services Group CBRE

Sunny Wiles

Colliers Internation[...]

Agnieszka Wloch

Minto Communities

Meghan Wong

The Spanier Group

Queenie Wong

Zeidler Architecture

Leslie Woo

CivicAction and Civi[...]

Michelle Xuereb

BDP Quadrangle

Tsering Yangki

Dream Unlimited Corp.

Yvonne Yeung

Infrastructure Ontario

Selina Young

Indigenous Affairs O[...]

Margie Zeidler

Urban Space Property[...]

Yiwen Zhu

Urban Strategies Inc.

Maayan Ziv

AccessNow

Annely Zonena

City of Toronto

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Lisa Chandler (1971 – 2024)

Lisa Chandler was a real estate champion with a deep commitment to advancement of women in a traditionally male dominated industry. She served multiple leadership roles with ULI Toronto, including the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Committee, co-chair of Sponsorship, a member of the Management Committee and Advisory Board.  Lisa’s career included over 20 years at Oxford Properties Group, most recently as Senior Vice President & Head of Development for Canada – the first ever woman to lead the Canadian development team at Oxford. 

 

At ULI Toronto’s 10th annual WLI Championship Team induction Celebration (June 26, 2024), an honour bestowed on Lisa in 2019, her friend and colleague, Veronica Maggisano, spoke to Lisa’s legacy: “She approached every day with a determination and a contagious optimism that I have never witnessed before in my life.  She taught so many of us what it meant to live every day just in the moment.  She never complained, she loved what she did, and she was really good at it. We all learned from her, that as scary as life can be sometimes, all we can do is put one foot in front of the other and make a difference while you can.”


Norma Moores (1962 -2022)

With great sadness, we share that one of our WLI Champions, Norma Moores, passed away on January 16 due to cancer.

Norma worked at IBI Group in their Hamilton office as a Civil Engineer specializing in Active Transportation. Those who were fortunate enough to work with her had the opportunity to experience her professionalism, expertise, and enthusiasm for active transportation firsthand. Norma was a trailblazer and promoted the importance of active transportation and complete streets in city building at both the municipal and regional level. She was a cheerleader for those around her, dedicated to ongoing learning and professional development, and committed to excellence. Norma was a strong mentor and gentle leader particularly for women in the engineering profession helping them to navigate challenges and reach their professional goals. Her expertise was established and respected across Canada, earning her many accolades including the prestigious Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Lifetime Achievement Award (2017).

A resident of Hamilton, Norma took great pride in leading the design of the Cannon Street Bikeway—Hamilton’s first protected bike lanes. Through her work, she also left her mark on many cities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area—and beyond.

Outside of her professional life, she was dedicated to her family including her two adult children, Kelly and Shannon and husband Marcus. Her hobbies and interests reflected her love of the outdoors including biking, hiking, paddling, caving and birding. She was a proud member of two dragon boat teams where she built strong relationships with other women battling cancer.

Norma’s obituary and tribute wall are here if you wish to leave a message of remembrance.

Our deepest condolences go out to Norma’s family, colleagues and friends.


Michelle Senayah (1984– 2021)

In her career Michelle helped create Open Streets TO and became the starting point and founder of The Laneway Project (www.thelanewayproject.ca), channelling her passion for unlocking the potential of under-used public spaces – namely 2400 laneways in Toronto – to provide a well planned vibrant laneway network. This led to her being such a committed, energetic and passionate proponent of this new arena for improving the look and feel of her city.


Nancy Singer (1952 – 2021)

Nancy Singer devoted her life to her city and especially to the cause of affordable housing. In a career that included a remarkable tenure at City Hall to helming the Kehilla Residential Programme, her passion and dedication to social justice was magnetic – drawing together a broad spectrum of people from all stations to a humanitarian focus. Nancy asked us to pause, reflect and act – and her legacy of advocacy, project delivery and policy advancement stand as testament to her effectiveness. In the words of Mayor John Tory, Nancy “brought everyone together over one mutual goal: creating more inclusive housing for all. Toronto is a better, more socially just city because of Nancy’s passion and commitments”. Nancy was honoured by her industry peers in 2014 and was named a WLI Champion in the inaugural year of this program. Asked to describe herself in one word, she offered ‘out-of-the-box’.
She was that. And we are all better for it.


Andrea Gabor, 1952-2015

Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.

Andrea Gabor was an urban planner and one of the earliest Partners at Urban Strategies Inc., where she led many award-winning projects. Spanning a career of over thirty years, Andrea’s projects have shaped the fabric of Toronto and cities around the world. Recognized for her great contributions to the field of urban planning, in 2007 she was elected to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Those who worked with her will remember Andrea as a true champion – a driven, dedicated planner who brought passion, humour and joy to professional life. She was a role model for all who had the privilege of working with her, including many on the ULI Toronto Championship team. Andrea is missed, but she will continue to serve as an example of professionalism, integrity, and excellence in the field of urban planning.

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