Executive Vice President, Land Development, Burnside
Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: There have been so many moments that have shaped my journey. One moment that makes me smile is the first time that I flew over a stormwater management pond that I had designed and as I looked at it from above I could see how lines that I drew in CADD became part of the landscape of the earth. It was a very satisfying feeling to see something tangible that I had helped create, and now I can scroll around google earth satellite with my kids and better show them a little bit of what their mum does, which makes me smile.
Key Influence: My dad has to be my number 1 mentor. He is so calm, smart and patient and one of the key lessons, or mantras I guess, that I gained from him is ‘measure twice, cut once’. Which can be applied to so many things in life.
I have had a few key mentors throughout my career who have encouraged and inspired me. I remember a piece of advice/encouragement that was given to me early in my career by one of my mentors ‘People invite you to meetings for a reason, you have value to add, have the confidence to share your thoughts’ and that has really stuck with me over the years.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: The ability to bring on supply of housing to support the growth in the GTA in a timely fashion and being able to fund the required infrastructure to support the growth. Working with municipalities and the province to find different ways to support major infrastructure funding beyond the current model.
Secret Talent: I don’t know that I have a particularly secret talent but I love to cook (and I get pretty good reviews on that)!
On Championing Others… I try to enable people to grow in the way that I was enabled. Provide opportunity and direction but let people forge their paths – while ensuring that they are feeling supported along the way.
One word that captures you: Determined.