Sector: Private Sector
Discipline: Planning/Urban Design
Magic Moment: Becoming a partner at John Bousfield Associates when I was still in my twenties. Becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners while I was still in my sixties.
Key Influences: John Bousfield – Who taught me the importance of professionalism in planning
My husband, Rupert – Who believed I could achieve anything I set out to do, and provided the support at home to allow me to do just that.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: A city-region can only be successful if it has the financial resources to build the necessary infrastructure. This can be achieved either through a change in the taxation system and/or through a different federal/provincial funding model. It is our responsibility to bring to the attention of the public just how important this is and to lobby our politicians so there is action.
Secret Talent: Knitting complicated Arran sweaters.
On Championing Others… I really do not specifically “champion” anyone in the industry. I do try to be supportive of the women and men who work with me, and try to lead by example. I do support various women’s organizations which help women who have had a much more difficult time than me (Canadian Women’s Foundation).
One word that captures you: Dogged