The Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) was honoured to host the Inaugural WIN Leadership Awards on April 17. The objective was to celebrate excellence in Canada’s Infrastructure sector and further support our mission to recognize women as leaders in this growing field in which historically women have been under represented. You can see the photos of the Toronto event, Montreal event, and Vancouver event.
The inaugural Women in Infrastructure Awards would not have been possible without key contributions from committed groups of people. Our volunteers worked tirelessly on event logistics to make sure the evening was a memorable one for everyone involved. Our sponsors supported our event, and understood the importance of validating female leadership. Finally, our judging panel who tackled the difficult job of choosing our award winners from an incredibly accomplished group.
Thank you to Leslie, who was honoured for shaping the world we live in through her work in the infrastructure industry. She is a trailblazer for women in the sector.
Emerging Leader Award
Thank you to Tricia, who was acknowledged for being the emerging leader of the infrastructure industry of tomorrow.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
Outstanding Leader Shortlist
Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets & Chief Strategy Officer
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Emerging Leader Shortlist
We are pleased to announce that a number of senior individuals across the country have kindly agreed to be on our inaugural WIN Awards Judging Panel. This panel will be responsible for reviewing the nomination packages of women short-listed by the nominations committee and selecting the winner of the award in each category.
Dana Hayden, Chair, Board of Directors, Partnerships BC
Dana provides expertise to private and public organizations through Hayden Consulting Services. Prior to establishing Hayden Consulting Services Dana spent 30 years in the public sector working on a broad range of strategic, operational and public policy challenges. She held 6 Deputy Minister positions in the British Columbia government in various portfolios including economic development, forestry, mining, tourism, international trade, immigration, skills training, public safety, research and innovation, and the Office of the Premier. Dana also led a number of BC Crown Corporations. She was President & CEO of the BC Pavilion Corporation, President & CEO of Destination BC and President & CEO of the BC Lottery Corporation. Dana is currently Chair of the Board of Partnerships BC. Dana has a B.Sc in Forest Science, an M.Sc in Natural Resource Economics, a Canadian Securities Course diploma, and is a Chartered Director (C. Dir.). Dana was named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and received the Vancouver Influential Women in Business award in 2014.
Toronto Event Speaker
Monique Smith, Ontario’s Representative in Washington, Government of Ontario
Monique Smith was appointed Ontario’s Representative in Washington in September 2013. Prior to serving in Washington, Monique led Premier Kathleen Wynne’s transition team and successfully assisted the new Wynne government through its first six months in office at Queen’s Park. She had previously served as Ontario’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government House Leader, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Revenue. During her first four years of elected office she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Before being elected in 2003, Monique served as Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Legislature, Dalton McGuinty. Monique began her professional career practicing labour and employment law at McCarthy Tétrault, a national law firm, in their Toronto office. A strong advocate for Ontario's interests, Monique is the first person to hold the Washington post. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of her province to her work in the U.S. Her office is situated in the Canadian Embassy.
Main Event Speaker
MP Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo
Peter attended both the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, and graduated from the latter in 1989 with a degree in International Relations. He has a diverse background in both government and the private sector, including work experience in the constituency office of the Hon. Walter McLean; at the Immigration and Refugee Board; and as a Director of Operations at SunLife Financial. As Parliamentary Secretary, Peter assists the Minister of Infrastructure in his parliamentary and public duties, and works closely with important stakeholders and partners on the infrastructure file. He also plays a leadership role on the Standing Committee for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.Public infrastructure is a key component of economic growth and productivity, and contributes to the quality of life in our communities. As Parliamentary Secretary, Peter works closely with all stakeholders and partners on this important file, and assists the Minister of Infrastructure in his parliamentary and public duties as the New Building Canada Plan is implemented across Canada. As Member of Parliament, Peter envisions the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo as a dynamic, prosperous, and caring community. He has built solid partnerships with many businesses and organizations in our region, and believes that collaboration is the key to achieving our full potential. Recognizing the importance of charitable organizations to the well-being of society, Peter has also directed his efforts to championing Canada’s charities, and has become a strong advocate for the sector.
The success of this Program can in large part be attributed to a group of fabulous ladies who put in a significant number of hours in planning and organizing the entire program from communications, sponsorships, nominations and event logistics. We would be remiss in not expressing our gratitude to each and every one of these ladies for the important part they played in this program.
Special thanks to Michael Field for the set-up and management of the website, emails and twitter feeds.
Central Planning Committee
- Jennifer Quinn, Infrastructure Ontario
- Winnie Shi, KPMG LLP
- Lindsay Wright, KPMG LLP
Sub-committee Members and Others
- Kristi Ball, Vantage Airport Group
- Michelle Burns, Blake, Cassells & Graydon LLP
- Beth Cassells, KPMG LLP
- Danna Donald, Osler Hoskin Harcourt LLP
- Amy Evans, KPMG LLP
- Stephanie Hun, Hatch Mott McDonald
- Catherine Loiacono, Independent Contractors and Business Association
- Tory McKillop, Ellis Don
- Linda Meinsderma, CH2MHill
- Julie Parla, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
- Cheryl Nelms, City of Vancouver
- Mine Ogunsiji, Deloitte LLP
- Megan Quinlan, Blake, Cassells & Graydon LLP
- Shelley Romoff, University of Toronto
- Divya Shah, Infrastructure Ontario
- Marianne Smith, Blake, Cassells & Graydon LLP
- Ariel Sutherland, KPMG LLP
- Larissa Svekla, Blake, Cassells & Graydon LLP
- Davinder Valeri, KPMG LLP