Awards

Toronto CREW Leadership Awards

Beginning in 2016 at our 20th Anniversary Gala, Toronto CREW will annually honour members of the chapter who consistently deliver excellence, and whose accomplishments and contributions show support for the organization's mission to empower women to excel, influence and lead throughout their commercial real estate careers.

Inductees must demonstrate excellence, integrity and innovation, and serve as thought leaders, change agents and champions of diversity. To nominate (or self-nominate) a Toronto CREW member deserving of one of these awards: Excellence in Leadership, Engagement/Volunteer of the Year, or Rising Star, please watch for the nomination forms that are published later in the year.

The awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting, held in March.

2017 Leadership Award Recipients

 

EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD: This award is presented to a Toronto CREW member who stands out for her leadership qualities, her achievements and her commitment to her career, industry and/or her community in general. The winner of this award was actually nominated by three different CREW members.

Jeanne Banka is this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award. Jeanne has been a long-time member of Toronto CREW.  During this time, she has been a Board Member, the Secretary of the Board and a Mentor.  She has been a diligent committee member on the Marketing and Communications Committee, the Membership Committee and the Nominating Committee.  
 
She is a frequent speaker at industry events and is an active member of the ICSC, as well as several industry organizations.  
 
This award acknowledges this member’s “Quiet Leadership”, her unrelenting willingness to provide her time and her mentorship to our members, as well as to those at her law firm and in the industry, as a whole.  If there is a job to be done, she is the one to roll up her sleeves!
 


ENGAGEMENT/VOLUNTEER AWARD: This award is presented to a Toronto CREW member who has shown intense dedication to committees and Toronto CREW activities for at least 1 year and who, through such commitment to members, was able to promote the advancement of women in commercial real estate.

Janis Duncan is this year’s recipient of the Engagement/Volunteer Award. Janis has been a member of Toronto CREW since the very beginning (over 21 years) – one of our inaugural members.  She served on the Board for five years:  a Past President (twice), Membership Director, and Secretary.   Since 2016, she has been an active participant of the Women’s Leadership Committee and has continued with working with her mentee in the Toronto CREW mentorship program.

Janis was the Co-founder and Chair of a national women’s organization for Cushman & Wakefield.  She lead this committee for seven years.  Its mandate was to promote an environment of opportunity for attracting, advancing and retaining professional women in commercial real estate.

She has had a successful career in the commercial real estate industry yet still has the time to be involved in numerous volunteer endeavors including – as a Board of Director with Trails Youth Initiatives, an Ambassador at Ronald McDonald House, a lead for the Junior League of Toronto mentorship program and as a past member of  the management team of Junior League of Toronto, past Instructor for Junior Achievement and past corporate fund raiser for Toronto East General Hospital, Women’s College Hospital, and the United Way. 

Her company, More than an Occasion, focuses on championing the advancement of executive women in the corporate world.

RISING STAR AWARD: This award is presented to a Toronto CREW member who has worked in the commercial real estate industry for less than 10 years and whose initiative in the industry stands out.

This year’s recipient is Farrah Khimji. Farrah started early in her membership with Toronto CREW to show her leadership abilities.  In her short 9 years, she has been the co-chair of the Programs Committee, she is presently sitting on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer of our organization and she is the Vice Chair of the Governance and Audit Committee.

She is also actively involved in other industry organization wherein there too she has shown her leadership qualities.  

TRIBUTE AWARD: The TRIBUTE AWARD is presented to a member of Toronto CREW whose contributions and commitment to Toronto CREW stand out above and beyond and exemplifies our Toronto CREW Mission – to empower women to excel, influence and lead throughout their commercial real estate careers. The recipient of this Award is determined by the current Board of Directors.


Jane Helmstadter is this year’s recipient of the Tribute Award.  Jane has been a long-time member of Toronto CREW.  During this time, she has been a dedicated and active leader within Toronto CREW.  She has been the Toronto CREW Delegate, a Board Member, the Secretary of the Board and was the 2009 President.  She was the Chair of each of the Golf Committee and Nominating Committee for several years.  She holds a leadership position on the Women’s Leadership Committee. Over the past few years, she has inspired senior members to re-engage.  She has provided guidance to our leaders within our organization and has assisted in improving our internal governance.
 
Jane is a leader in the industry and a partner and national co-head of Commercial Real Estate at Bennett Jones LLP.  She has been recognized many times as a leading lawyer and a champion of women in the industry.