Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Women’s leadership Initiative (WLI) Toronto is part of a global ULI network promoting the advancement of women in real estate and development.

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Women’s Leadership Initiative


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WLI Toronto is committed to increasing the number and visibility of women in leadership roles at ULI Toronto and the industry in general, by promoting the value that ULI offers for women in the industry.

The Toronto District Council takes on a leadership role with WLI global and links to the ULI Building Healthy Places agenda by showcasing key women in planned programming.

The mission of the WLI is to:

  • Promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers as leaders within ULI and in the real estate industry
  • Increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions within ULI and in the real estate industry
  • Increase the number of women who are active ULI Full Members and support the development of young women members as leaders in ULI and in their professions
  • Increase the visibility of women leaders within ULI and in the real estate industry


On June 4th, 2015, the Toronto ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative announced its 2015 Championship Team. Each member of the Championship Team was nominated based on:

• Exceptional leadership and skill in the real estate development and land use disciplines;
• Dedication to, and success at, building thriving communities across the Toronto region; and,
• Capacity to inspire others in the industry.

Each of the 2015 Championship Team members is a champion in their own right. They make up Toronto region’s robust and progressive real estate development and land use sector. They come from elected government, public service, academia, non-profits, professional services, finance, and commercial and residential development.

2015 WLI Championship Team

Andrea Bourrie, MMM Group
Amy Erixon, Avison Young
Angela Iannuzziello, AECOM
Ann Lam, Urbancorp
Anna Kennedy, Kingsett Capital
Anna Madeira, Quadrangle Architects
Anna Maria Kaneff, Kaneff Group
Anna Pace, Metrolinx
Anne Benedetti, Goodmans LLP
Anne Golden, Ryerson University
Ann Joyner, Dillon Consulting
Anne McIIroy, Brook McIIroy
Anne Milchberg, Planning Intelligence
Anne Morash, GWL Realty Advisors
Audrey Jacob, IBI Group
Barbara Lawlor, Baker Real Estate Inc.
Beth Kapusta, Metrolinx
Catherine E. Bray, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Catherine Zahn, CAMH
Celia C. Hitch, Oxford Properties Group Inc.
Christina Beja, Infrastructure Ontario
Christina Giannone, FRAM Building Group
Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker, Urban Strategies Inc
Cynthia Holmes, Ryerson University
Cynthia McDougall, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Debbie Cosic, In2ition Realty
Donna Hinde, The Planning Partnership
Eileen P.K. Costello, Aird & Berlis LLP
Elisabeth Stroback, Ryerson University
Emily Hanna, Crown Realty Partners
Emma West, Planning Alliance
Farrah D’Souza, Oxford Properties Group Inc.
Godyne Sibay, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Hannah Evans, ON Min. of Mun. Affairs & Housing
Heather MacDonald, City of Brampton
Heather McGregor, YWCA
Jane Helmstadter, Bennett Jones LLP
Janet Graham, Milestone Apartments REIT
Janet Rosenberg, Janet Rosenberg and Studio
Jeanhy Shim, Housing Lab Toronto
Jeanne Banka, Daoust Vukovich LLP
Jennifer Drake, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
Jennifer Keesmaat, City of Toronto
Jillian Jackson, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Joanna Kervin, Toronto Transit Commission
Jo-Anne Lane, Beacon Environmental
Jodi Shpigel, First Capital Realty
Josie Scioli, City of Toronto
Judy L. Wilson, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Julia Hanigsberg, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. Hospital
Karen Hacker, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs
Katarzyna Sliwa, Davies Howe Partners LLP
Kathleen Schofield, Great Gulf Homes
Kimberly L. Beckman, Davies Howe Partners LLP
Kristy Shortall, Metropia
Laura E.Taylor, York University
Laurie McPherson, Bousfields Inc.
Laurie Payne, Toronto Community Housing
Leona Savoie, Hullmark Developments Inc.
Leslie Woo, Metrolinx
Lisa Lafave, HOOPP
Lisa Prime, Waterfront Toronto
Lori-Ann Beausoleil, PwC Group
Lorna Day, City of Toronto
Lucy Stocco, Tribute Communities
Lynda (Lyn) Townsend, WeirFoulds LLP
Lynda MacDonald, City of Toronto
Lynn Vandervoort, Ballantry Homes Inc
Mandy Scully, Talisker Corporation
Marianne O’Leary, ONP Consulting Limited
Marilyn Ball, City of Brampton
Marta O. Lewycky, First Capital Realty Inc.
Mary Lou Tanner, Niagara Region
Mary-Frances Turner, York Region Rapid Transit
Meg Davis, Waterfront Toronto
Megan Torza, DTAH
Melanie Hare, Urban Strategies Inc
Michele Wimpling, Fairmont Raffles
Hotels International Inc
Michelle E DiEmanuele, Trillium Health Partners
Mimi Ng, Menkes Developments Ltd.
Nancy L. Prenevost, Oxford Properties Group Inc.
Nancy Singer, Kehilla Residential Programme
Natalie Vukovich, Daoust Vukovich LLP
Ornella Richichi, Smart Centres
Pamela Robinson, Ryerson University
Paula M. Dill, Ontario Ministry of EconomicDevelopment, Employment and Infrastructure
Patricia McCarney, Global Cities Institute
Pina Petricone, University of Toronto
Renee Gomes, Waterfront Toronto
Robyn Brown, IBI Group
Salima Rawji, Build Toronto
Samantha Farrell, Dundee REIT
Sarah Esler, Brookfield Financial
Sevaun Palvetzian, Greater Toronto
CivicAction Alliance
Sheila Botting, Deloitte
Shirley Blumberg, KPMB Architects
Shirley Hoy, Strategy Corp
Signe Leisk, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Sue MacKay, Empire Communities
Susan L. MacLaurin, GWL Realty Advisors
Susan Rosenthal, Davies Howe Partners LLP
Susanna Han, Board of Directors New Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Toni Rossi, Infrastructure Ontario
Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation
Vanessa Judelman, Mosaic People Development