Women's Infrastructure Network
WIN Awards Program



We are starting something new! The Ottawa Chapter is planning a profile series, highlighting local female leaders in infrastructure. If you would like to be part of this exciting initiative or would like to suggest someone to be profiled, please contact us.

The Ottawa Chapter launched with the awards event in April 2016. For the past two years, we have hosted panel discussions with local industry leaders.

WIN offers networking opportunities for women working in infrastructure, and is open to women at all levels working in the infrastructure industry, and across all disciplines. Our members work in government and industry; accounting and law, financial advisory, engineering, planning, sustainability, and construction firms, as well as infrastructure and pension funds, multilaterals, and commercial and investment banks.

WIN’s mission is to help women to emerge as leaders in this growing field in which historically women have been under represented.



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Steering Committee

Leah Carson
Senior Manager, Deal Advisory, Global Infrastructure Advisory

Leah works in KPMG's Infrastructure Advisory practice, and was a founding member of the Ottawa WIN Chapter. Leah has provided public and private sector clients with business and financial advisory services across the infrastructure asset lifecycle. Previous to working at KPMG, Leah worked for a large engineering firm. Leah holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Applied Science from Dalhousie University.


Beth Cassells
Partner, Deal Advisory, Global Infrastructure Advisory

Beth has over 30 years of experience with KPMG and has played a lead role in advising federal, provincial and municipal governments. Beth has advised on over 40 major projects and led the development of approximately 75 studies and reviews. She brings a strong combination of technical skills (project management, drafting and financial analysis) and perspective to the planning and implementation of capital projects. Beth has been the project coordinator and key writer for a wide variety of transactions and transformation including defence, health care facilities, real estate development, roads, bridges, rail, education, telecommunications and gaming.

Elizabeth Mah Regional Director, National Capital Region Defence Construction Canada

Elizabeth Mah
Regional Director, National Capital Region
Defence Construction Canada

Elizabeth has 20 years of experience with Defence Construction Canada and is the Regional Director for the National Capital Region.  She is accountable for the overall leadership and management which includes overseeing all aspects of service delivery, human resources management, financial performance, leadership, and corporate governance and stakeholder relationships in the region. Elizabeth holds P.Eng, PMP, and GSC accreditations.


Janet Mrenica
Director, Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Janet Mrenica is the Director, Indigenous Relations Barriers Initiative, Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Directorate, Public and Indigenous Affairs and Ministerial Services, Environment and Climate Change Canada. She was previously responsible for developing a national forward thinking compliance regime for the Community Infrastructure program, inclusive of recipient project audits, in Regional Operations, Indigenous Services Canada. She also had exposure to Public Private Partnerships. She is an FCPA, FCMA and has received a CPA Canada Innovation Award of Excellence in Public Sector Financial Management (2015) for the recognition of a national management framework on contaminated sites/environmental liabilities. She is an Integral Associate Coach™, likes to walk long distance and is a new grandmother of one.


Ved Proag, BASc., EIT
Municipal Engineer
WSP Canada Inc.

Ved Proag, P.Eng graduated in 2014 from the University of Ottawa. Ved is a Municipal Engineer in Land Development at WSP Canada Inc. Ved has extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for culvert, bridge and sewer designs. Notabale projects that Ved was involved in includes, Ottawa Light Rail Stage 2, West Block Rehabilitation, Bank of Canada Rehabilitation and Roger’s Place Arena in Edmonton.

Ved has been a director of the PEO Ottawa Chapter since 2016 where she strongly advocates for more women to join the engineering industry. Ved was shortlisted for the 2018 National Emerging Leader WIN Award. 


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