Linda Andal
Director, Civic Operations Centre Project
City of Saskatoon

Irene Kerr
President and CEO
Transportation Investment Corporation

Johanne Mullen
Partner and Cdn Leader of Infra
and Project Finance, PwC

Cheryl Nelms
Deputy General Manager
City of Vancouver

Anne Stewart
Senior Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Brief bios of these phenomenal women are presented below:

Director, Civic Operations Centre Project, City of Saskatoon

Director, Civic Operations Centre Project, City of Saskatoon

LINDA ANDAL | SASKATOON

Linda is a long-term employee of the City of Saskatoon. Over her career she has provided key strategic leadership in support of the implementation of several infrastructure initiatives across the organization. Linda’s contributions in support of dozens of City projects as part of the Building Canada Program (2004-2014) were critical to the success of these initiatives. More recently, Linda has undertaken a leadership role as Project Director of the City’s Civic Operations Centre P3 project, and has successfully navigated the project through several challenges over the course of procurement and execution. In this role she has led the City’s first P3 project from conception to conclusion and has successfully managed many stakeholders, from residents, employees that will be re-located to this facility, to City Council and the City senior leadership team, builders and internal construction team. In addition, Linda has played a lead role on the financial team of the City’s North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge P3 project. Prior to working on the Civic Operations Centre Project, Linda led the City’s Land Department through a significant structural change. Linda is a Certified Management Accountant and has a Certified Public Private Partnership Specialist designation from IP3.

 
President and CEO, Transportation Investment Corporation

President and CEO, Transportation Investment Corporation

Irene Kerr | Vancouver

Irene has an accomplished track record with over 20 years’ experience in the transportation and infrastructure industry and has held executive positions within the international multi-sport event industry and broader transportation field. Irene is currently the President and CEO at Transportation Investment Corporation and is leading the organization through the transition from an infrastructure delivery organization to a consumer focused tolling company prepared to take on future infrastructure projects in British Columbia. Before joining TI Corp, Irene was the Vice President of Games Services for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She was also part of the organizing committee for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games serving as Vice President, Services. Prior to her experience in the public sector, Irene developed a wealth of experience in the corporate world as a leader in the broader transportation sector with a career at Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz. Throughout her career, she has remained an avid volunteer, volunteering her time for organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association in the Lower Mainland and Special Olympics Canada, and more recently becoming involved with supporting the Rugby Sevens Series organizing committee in Vancouver. Irene is also an active member of the Women’s Executive Network.  

 
Partner Canadian Leader of Infrastructure and Project Finance, PWC

Partner Canadian Leader of Infrastructure and Project Finance, PWC

Johanne Mullen | Montreal

Johanne has 20 years’ experience in the areas of capital project advisory, complex procurement advisory, project finance and structured finance. She has been a trusted advisor to both the public and private sectors in structuring large projects in the transportation, health and urban infrastructure sectors. Johanne joined PwC in 2000 and was appointed a partner for the Deals practice in 2010 leading PwC’s Infrastructure and Project Finance practice in Canada overseeing 5 offices and a team of over 25 professionals. Johanne has advised on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada, including acting as special advisor to the Champlain Bridge project, the Turcot Interchange reconstruction as well as being the lead advisor on the McGill University Health Center project. Over the course of her career, Johanne has also worked extensively in the field of urban infrastructure, most notably in the water and wastewater sector. Prior to joining PwC, Johanne was with EDC where she was responsible for structured financing in the transportation and aerospace industries. Johanne serves on the board of directors of several organizations with a focus on infrastructure including: Director of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships; Director of Convercité, a non-profit organization involved in urban redevelopment and planning; and Independent member of the Real Estate Planning Committee of the Board of Directors of Concordia University. She is also a member of PWC’s Women in Leadership Program. Johanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from McGill University.

 
Deputy General Manager City of Vancouver

Deputy General Manager
City of Vancouver

Cheryl Nelms | Vancouver

Cheryl is an experienced public sector leader and professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience and a proven track record in project and financial management, leading strategic transformation initiatives, complex labour relations and delivery teams for major infrastructure projects. She is currently the Deputy General Manager in Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver, providing leadership in a department of 1,900 employees and over 50% of the City’s capital spend. In her role, Cheryl provides oversight and direction to all aspects of infrastructure projects and quality management. Prior to joining the city of Vancouver, Cheryl held a number of senior executive roles within the Federal departments of Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Cheryl is actively involved in the community on Board of Directors and Special Committees with organizations promoting women in infrastructure, the integration of new Canadians and refugees, and professional development of the federal infrastructure community. She is also one of the founding members of the BC Women’s Infrastructure Network. She has a PhD in Civil engineering (Project Management).  

 
Senior Partner Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Senior Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Anne Stewart | Vancouver

Anne is a highly regarded senior corporate counsel in Canada. She has been a partner at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, a law firm at the forefront of developing P3 projects throughout Canada, since 1989. At Blakes she has been involved in major projects across Canada including the Sea to Sky Highway Project, the Canada Line Project, The Stoney Trail projects and the Alberta Schools project, to name just a few. Anne has been the Chair of the Vancouver Infrastructure Group since 2009, was the Co-Chair to the National Finance Committee from 1999 to 2003 and is the immediate past Chair of the Conflicts, Ethics and Loss Prevention Committee. Anne is also an active board member of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, were she has organized and participated in numerous panel discussions and conferences. She has spent considerable time mentoring women lawyers at Blakes and women professionals in the Infrastructure industry at large through her involvement in the founding of groups such as the Women’s infrastructure Network. Anne has been honoured with many awards including "General Corporate Award" by Lexology Client Choice Awards USA and Canada 2013, "Canada's Top 25 Women Lawyers" by Lexpert magazine in 2012, and the 2012 PEAK Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Women in Finance.