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 18th, 2014, the Toronto ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative announced its 2014 Championship Team. Each member of the inaugural 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 2014 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.

2014 WLI Championship Team

Amy Erixon, Avison Young
Andrea Bourrie, MMM Group
Anna Maria Kaneff, Kaneff Group
Anne Morash, GWL Realty Advisors
Anne McIIroy, Brook McIIroy
Ann Joyner, Dillon Consulting
Barbara Lawlor, Baker Real Estate
Beth Kaputsa, Metrolinx
Catherine Bray, BLG LLP
Catherine Zahn, CAMH
Celia Hitch, Oxford Properties Group
Christina Beja, Infrastructure Ontario
Christina Giannone, FRAM Building Group
Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker, Urban Strategies Inc
Cynthia McDougall, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Elisabeth Stroback, Ryerson University
Elyse Allan, General Electric Canada Inc.
Emily Hanna, Crown Realty
Emma West, Planning Alliance
Farrah D’Souza, Oxford Properties
Gail Milgrom, University of Toronto
Godyne Sibay, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Hannah Evans, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
Her Worship Mayor Hazel McCallion, City of Mississauga
Jane Helmstadter, Bennett Jones LLP
Janet Graham, Milestone Apartments REIT
Janet Rosenberg, Janet Rosenberg and Studio
Jeanne Banka, Daoust Vukovich LLP
Jennifer Drake, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
Jillian Jackson, Ivanhoe Cambridge
Joanna Kervin, Toronto Transit Commission
Josie Scioli, City of Toronto
Julia Hanigsberg, Ryerson University
Karen Pitre, The Lonsdale Group
Karen Hacker, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am
Karen Stintz, Toronto Mayoral Candidate
Kathleen Schofield, Great Gulf Homes
Kim Beckman, Davies Howe Partners LLP
Kristy Shortall, MMM Group
Laura Taylor, York University
Laurie Payne, Toronto Community Housing
Lori-Anne Beausoleil, PwC Group
Leona Savoie, Hullmark Developments Inc.
Leslie Woo, Metrolinx
Lisa Prime, Waterfront Toronto
Lisa Taylor, Legacy Careers Expert
Lorna Day, City of Toronto
Lyn Townsend, WeirFoulds
Lynda MacDonald, City of Toronto
Lynn Vandervoort, Ballantry Homes Inc.
Mandy Scully, Talisker Corporation
Marianne O’Leary, ONP Consulting
Marilyn Ball, City of Brampton
Marta O. Lewycky, First Capital Asset Management LLC
Meg Davis, Waterfront Toronto
Megan Torza, DTAH
Mary Lou Tanner, Niagara Region
Melanie Hare, Urban Strategies Inc
Michele Wimpling, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Inc.
Mimi Ng, Menkes
Minister Hunter
Nancy L. Prenevost, Oxford Properties Group Inc.
Nancy Singer, Kehilla Residential Solutions
Natalie Vukovich, Daoust Vukovich LLP
Olivia Chow, Toronto Mayoral Candidate
Ornella Richichi, Smart Centres
Patricia McCarney, Global Cities Institute
Paula M. Dill, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
Pamela Robinson, Ryerson University
Pina Petricone, University of Toronto
Renee Gomes, Waterfront Toronto
Salima Rawji, Build Toronto
Samantha Farrell, Dundee REIT
Sarah Esler, Brookfield Financial
Sheila Botting, Deloitte Real Estate
Shirley Hoy, Toronto Lands Company
Shirley Blumberg, KPMB
Signe Leisk, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Sue MacKay, 52 Pick-Up Inc.
Susan MacLaurin, GWL Realty Advisors
Susan Rosenthal, Davies Howe Partners
Susanna Han, Urbancorp
Toni Rossi, Infrastructure Ontario
Vanessa Judelman, Mosaic People Development