Congratulations to the following five Emerging Leader shortlisted nominees for the 2017 WIN Awards Program:
Brief bios of these phenomenal women are presented below:
Lindsay Karpetz is a senior leader with extensive experience in project management, public procurement, alternative service delivery and public–private partnerships. As Director of Light Rail Transit at Infrastructure Ontario (IO), she is responsible for leading the procurement of two LRT projects with a combined capital value of $2.4 billion. These will be Ontario’s first delivered using a Design‐Build‐Finance‐Vehicles‐Operate‐Maintain model.
Ms. Karpetz has championed new delivery models for Ontario infrastructure. At IO, she led the structuring and procurement of the first services outsourcing transaction and established the template transaction documents for DBFM highway projects.
An accomplished community leader with 17 years of experience in organizational governance, strategic direction and non-profit fiduciary duties, Ms. Karpetz is a champion of diversity, equality and inclusion and has a strong sense of commitment to accessibility, gender equality, LGBT issues and youth mental health. As the first and now most senior woman in her department, Ms. Karpetz feels responsible for the recruitment and long-term success of women in the infrastructure industry. She is proud to have mentored and guided many to progress in their careers and devotes her time to enforcing principles and developing practices that enable and encourage gender equality in her workplace.
Marie-Liesse Marc was appointed to the Vantage Airport Group executive team in 2016 and is responsible for leading the Company’s airport investments and active asset management of its airport network. Marie-Liesse joined Vantage in 2013 as Director – and later Senior Director – of Business Development. Marie-Liesse has extensive experience negotiating, investing and financing complex public private partnership frameworks, having worked on more than ten P3 projects over the last ten years. This includes the USD 4billion LaGuardia Central Terminal B Redevelopment Project, where she led Vantage’s equity investment review process as well as the project’s contractual and financial structuring.
Prior to Vantage, Marie-Liesse was a Senior Vice President with Macquarie Capital in Vancouver, where she was responsible for the development and financing of large scale infrastructure projects with a focus on P3s. Her expertise in the infrastructure sector spans a wide range of assets and jurisdictions, with experience in Canada, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Marie-Liesse is also a founding member of the British Columbia Chapter of Women’s Infrastructure Network.
Ellisha is the 4th generation of one of the oldest and largest electrical contracting companies in the region – poised to push through the 100-year milestone. Ellisha joined Mott in 2014, just when TELUS decided to invest 11 billion dollars over the next several years to upgrade the company’s telecommunications network across Western Canada. In this short time, she has established the largest growing division within the company, and manages a team of over 150 individuals who have successfully fiberized several urban and rural communities across the province. Having implemented a higher-than-industry-average number of female team members, she has developed an environment which favors brains over brawn in a traditionally male trade. Before Mott, Ellisha spent 6 years in the UK where she acquired a Master’s Degree in Business and Psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and worked for the London 2012 Olympics. In her spare time, she can be found in the mountains downhill skiing, in the countryside on horseback or exploring the BC coast by water. Ellisha looks forward to continuing to shape the electrical industry and contributing to infrastructure with her progressive approach to leadership and women in trades.
Yumna joined EllisDon in 2012 after graduating from the Architecture – Project & Facility Management (APFM) Degree program at Conestoga. She has worked on notable mega-projects and continues to push the boundaries in the public and private sector (P3) projects. Yumna has proved herself through difficult and unique occupations such as becoming the Facility Manager and Operations Lead for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. She was in charge of managing 38 Acres for the accommodation of 10,000 Athletes and members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) while leading a team of over 70. The work of her team has been recognized by the IOC as well as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. After the success of the 2015 Games Yumna undertook a new adventure leading the charge on developing plans and practices to implement for the first time on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project (largest P3 transit project in North America) as its Property Manager. At CTS she leads a team that manages over 400 properties, while ensuring construction planning allows for business and communities to be maintained, and works with 3rd party developers to allow for the continued growth of the 19km line. Yumna has undertaken these challenges from a very young age and thus is passionate to see the growth of young professionals in the industry. She is a member on two Program Advisory Committees (APFM and Building Systems Engineering Degree) in order to ensure that industry trends and education are forever married so new graduates have strong, relevant, and unique skill-sets, and of course numerous opportunities. She has led the co-op program for Facilities Management students and continues to work with all young professionals to ensure development and success.
Sharon is a debt capital markets professional with primary coverage responsibility for clients in the infrastructure, power and real estate sectors. Sharon joined Scotiabank in 2005 and in her current role is responsible for structuring and executing P3, corporate and project financings in Canada. Sharon has been instrumental in the underwriting of P3 projects totalling over $9 billion of debt and has closed a number of innovative and award-winning transactions. She has also led a number of notable financings in the renewable power sector, including the first broadly-marketed solar bond financing in Canada. Sharon graduated with distinction from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science degree, earned a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business as an Ivey Scholar and is a CFA charterholder. Sharon is dedicated to the professional advancement of women and has mentored women in the industry both informally and formally through Women in Capital Markets and Scotiabank’s Parental Advisor Liaison Program.