Emerging Leader Shortlist
We would like to thank and congratulate each one of the 13 nominees for their achievements in infrastructure and their nominators for their fantastic submissions. The calibre of the women nominated made for a challenging selection process.
We congratulate the following five Emerging Leader shortlisted nominees for 2016 WIN Awards Program:
Partner, Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP
Project Manager, Stantec
Agnes von dem Hagen
Director, Transaction Legal
Brief bios of these phenomenal women are presented below:
Danna Donald | Toronto
Danna’s practice focuses on project finance, including social and transportation infrastructure, energy, syndicated loan facilities and acquisition loan facilities. She advises domestic and foreign financial institutions and a broad range of corporate borrowers on the negotiation of credit facilities, indentures and infrastructure documents. Danna has been a senior member of Osler’s commercial team in providing advisory services on a number of infrastructure and energy transactions including the debt and equity financing of some of Canada’s largest wind and solar projects. Danna is actively involved in student development. As a member of Osler’s Student Committee she mentors and trains the firm’s budding talent. She is also a founding member and Chair of the Toronto’s Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN). Danna continues to empower women worldwide, as a board member of Rescuing Our African Daughters (ROAD), a charity providing support, education and security to teenage girls in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Laura Paul | Ottawa
Laura is a Professional Engineer who has been working in the design and construction of Infrastructure since 2008, specializing in Sustainable Building Construction. Her current role as a Sustainable Building Analyst with Morrison Hershfield involves working with design teams to integrate environmental sustainability into their respective designs. She has obtained multiple industry credentials including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - with specialties in New Construction, Existing Building Operations & Maintenance, as well as Neighbourhood Design. Laura’s passion for integrating environmental considerations into construction began while working as a Field Engineer, for PCL Construction, on the construction site of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Building. She then went on to work as an internal Sustainability specialist supporting PCL’s people, projects, and practices. In 2014 Laura was appointed as President of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Ottawa Region Chapter and has achieved a Carson Award for Community and Environmental Leadership and a National Leadership award from the CAGBC. Laura has a passion for supporting and connecting women in infrastructure and founded the SIB (Sustainability, Infrastructure, Business) Women’s Network. She received her Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick and a Master’s in Business Administration from Telfer School of Management.
Elizabeth Scott | Vancouver
Elizabeth joined BC Hydro in 2012 and has been responsible for leading the procurement team and successfully concluding the procurement of three major capital contracts under the $8.3 billion Site C Program, managing the project through significant organizational change and playing and instrumental role in the market interactions throughout the procurement. Prior to this, Elizabeth worked at KPMG as a Manager in their Global Infrastructure Advisory Practice. There she managed a number of high profile assignments, including the $1 million+ Public Works and Government Services Canada Engineering Asset Studies contract. Prior to KPMG, Elizabeth worked for Sapium, one of the world’s largest offshore construction companies, where she completed the IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) accredited two-year graduate training scheme. Elizabeth has an Aeronautical engineering degree from Bristol University, UK and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, BC Construction Roundtable, BC Women in Energy Network, BC Hydro Women’s Network and BC Women’s Infrastructure Network. Outside of work Elizabeth is an avid downhill and backcountry skier, hiker and paddler, and is looking forward to volunteering with the Girl Guides of Canada.
Jennifer Stites | Kamloops
Jennifer is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with 10 years’ experience in the design and construction industry. As Project Manager at Stantec, Jennifer manages the multi-disciplinary teams engaged in design-build and P3 healthcare projects. In Kamloops, Jennifer has served as Advisory Committee Member for Thompson Rivers University’s Architectural and Engineering Technology Program and has provided support to the university in developing a curriculum to advance the diploma program to a full degree. Prior to Stantec, Jennifer lived in Hawaii working for Dowling Company as Green Development Manager. In this role, she managed a variety of projects which were at the forefront of sustainable design. While living in Hawaii, Jennifer served as founding Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council Hawaii Chapter and was selected for the Pacific Century Fellows program. She also served as President of the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Maui. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Architectural Science degree from Ryerson University, where she received awards for highest overall grade and most outstanding thesis and presentation in Project Management. She also has a Master in Design Studies from Harvard University program where she completed a Master’s degree in Project Management.
Agnes von dem Hagen | Toronto
As a Director at Infrastructure Ontario, Agnes has acted as in-house counsel on a variety of Ontario’s P3 social and civil infrastructure projects and certain unique commercial and special projects on behalf of the Province. She has been the lead legal advisor on the following projects: Ottawa LRT; Nuclear Procurement Project; 407 East Phase 2 and; McMaster Children’s Health Centre projects. Prior to joining Infrastructure Ontario in 2012, Agnes practiced corporate and commercial law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in the Business, Infrastructure/P3 and Construction Groups, and completed secondments at Ontario Power Generation and Infrastructure Ontario. Agnes has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Geology from McGill University. Agnes has also participated in an international exchange to the National University of Singapore. In her spare time, Agnes enjoys volunteering her time with Young Leaders in Infrastructure, by mentoring and advising the next generation’s leaders and canoeing her summers away raising funds for children to attend summer camp for an organization called Amici.