Committees and leadership 

Programs Committee

The Programs Committee is a dynamic group who “set the agenda” to provide engaging, learning events for Toronto CREW’s members for the upcoming year. The Programs Committee brainstorms current topics, selects speakers, unique venues for our events. If you would like to have a hand in creating top-draw events and interfacing with industry leaders, this is the committee for you.(Committee Mandate)


Karen Marangone
Altus Group Limited


Anna Nauruzov
Home Trust Company

Vice Chair

Carol LeNoury
Environmental Risk Information Services Ltd

Marketing & Communications Committee

Communications Committee is to advance Toronto CREW’s mission by providing positive, professional, and consistent communications to Toronto CREW’s membership, to the business community, and in the media. We work with all of the committees to ensure information is accurate and well-publicized on Toronto CREW’s website, through E-blasts and delivered to the appropriate publications. (Committee Mandate)


Leanne Fasciano
Dentons LLP

Vice Chair

Debrah Menashy
CWB Maxium Financial
​905-780-6150 x233

Governance & Audit Committee

The Governance & Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing and providing recommendations to the Board with respect to governance matters pertaining to Toronto CREW and to ensure that activities adhere to the bylaws. The Committee is comprised of the Treasurer, Secretary, President and President Elect. The Committee liaises with Toronto CREW’s independent audit firm with respect to the delivery of its annual audit report at Toronto CREW’s Annual General Meeting and also liaises with external legal counsel when necessary. (Committee Mandate)


Alysha Valenti
Oxford Properties Group

Vice Chair

Farrah Khimji
Grant Thornton LLP

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee focuses on attracting and retaining professionals in the Commercial Real Estate industry to build a chapter whose accomplishments are dynamic and diverse. Among its activities, the Membership Committee hosts an annual prospective member reception, a new member event to welcome new members and give them an opportunity to get to know Toronto CREW leadership. If you would like an opportunity to recruit and welcome new members and have input into membership goals, this is the committee for you. (Committee Mandate)


Nancy Rheaume
Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services 

Vice Chair

Franca Rezza
Gensler Architecture & Design

Community Outreach & Giving Committee

The Community Outreach & Giving Committee of Toronto CREW allocates grants administered through a fund established with Toronto Foundation in 2006. and is empowered to source and identify worthy charitable organizations to which these funds should be donated. The Committee sources, interviews, and selects proposals received from charities following a stated objective and funding criteria. Objective: to support women in financial need towards a successful and sustainable livelihood. Funding Criteria: to support program funding for women in need in southern Ontario. A connection to real estate is considered in the selection process. The Committee also looks for opportunities to support agencies through volunteer programs, which allow Toronto CREW members to directly help women in need. (Committee Mandate)


Sylvia Adriano
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Vice Chair 

Nicole Turrin
The Distillery Historic District

Sponsorship Committee

The Sponsorship Committee runs an annual campaign to raise sponsorship dollars which supplement our membership fees. The sponsorship funds raised each year are crucial to supporting Toronto CREW’s value proposition, dedicated to empowering women to excel, influence and lead throughout their commercial real estate careers. This is an important committee relying on senior real estate connections. (Committee Mandate)


Christi-Ann Litavski
Cushman & Wakefield
905-569-1981 (229)

Vice Chair

Sharon Addison
Dentons Canada LLP

Scholarship Committee 

Toronto CREW annually awards numerous scholarships to deserving female students enrolled in a degree program specializing in real estate or a program that would prepare a candidate for a profession found within the commercial real estate industry. The Scholarship Committee is responsible for the recruitment of applicants, scholarship application review and recommendation to the Board for grant approval. (Committee Mandate)


Julia Schatz
Bennett Jones LLP

Vice Chair

Melissa Nowak
CBRE, Inc.

Mentorship Committee

Toronto CREW is dedicated to assisting young women in commercial real estate stay in the business of real estate. The Mentorship Program is designed to benefit these young women in ways that encourage them to continue to pursue a career in commercial real estate and assist them in fulfilling their professional goal. The Mentorship Committee recruits experienced mentors who can impart industry knowledge and professional guidance. The mentors are matched with the young women through an extensive selection process which includes reviewing written applications and a match night event. The committee also plans a kick off cocktail event and supports the matches for the year long program. (Committee Mandate)


Alison Macintosh
Real Property Solutions


Jennifer Splaine
KingSett Capital

Nominating Committee

The role of the Nominating Committee is to assist the Board of Directors of Toronto CREW by seeking out, evaluating and recommending qualified candidates to fill vacancies on the Board, as well as vacancies in the Chair and Vice Chair positions of the various committees. (Committee Mandate)


Rosalyn Wallace  
​Magna International Inc.


Alison Tortorice 
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd.


Real Jobs Day

Toronto CREW’s annual Real Jobs Day is a one-day program designed to introduce grade 11 and 12 girls to the many career opportunities available to them in the commercial real estate field. The committee is responsible for creating an action-packed, inter-active program for the participants from which they can learn about the industry by meeting and networking with senior executives working in a variety of fields in the commercial real estate sector. (Committee Mandate


Alicia Vera​
Altus Group


Vice Chair

Michelle Hunte
Walmart Canada​
905-821-2111  x71785

Golf Committee

The Golf Committee organizes the annual Toronto CREW golf outing supporting community outreach initiatives (Committee Mandate


Caroline Bouillet
Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services Inc..

Vice Chair

Tanya Schade
Selco Elevators Ltd.


Women's Leadership Programs

This program has been designed to encourage and support women who are aspiring to develop into executive leadership roles, and is a strong addition to Toronto CREW's existing menu of programs which enable women to excel, influence and lead throughout their commercial real estate careers. 


Nancy Prenevost
Oxford Properties Group


Jane Helmstadter
Bennett Jones LLP

Co-Vice Chair

Karen Sweet
Sweet Consulting Services, Inc.

Co-Vice Chair

Carman Leung
KingSett Capital

CREW Network Delegate 

(Delegate Mandate)

Vera Gisarov
IA Interior Architects 

Why volunteer to lead a committee?

  • Broaden your professional network.
  • Know ‘who to ask’ if you have questions or wish to seek advice on key industry issues.
  • Hone your organizational and leadership skills.
  • Meet and get to really know 8-10 people on your committee. Make friends.
  • Demonstrate to your peers your special skills and capabilities, so they are inclined to refer work to you, should the opportunity arise.
  • Increase your visibility in the industry.
  • Demonstrate your leadership skills to your boss.
  • Be inspired by the accomplishments of other women.
  • Learn new skills in a non-threatening environment, with a team that will ensure you succeed.
  • To have a sense of belonging in the real estate community.
  • Give back to the great industry that has given so much to you.
  • Opportunity to prove your commitment within the organization.  Being a Chair or Vice Chair at Toronto CREW is a stepping stone to the Board of Directors. Not only is it great for your résumé, but it will give you board experience so that you can transition to board work in various industries.
  • Learn about different facets of the commercial real estate industry.
  • Be recognized for your contributions by your peers.
  • Personal and professional growth.
  • Associate with people who are like you – balancing a demanding career, family, and self.
  • It’s fun!

How to become a committee leader

Committees are managed by a leadership team consisting of Chairs and Vice Chairs. Committee Leadership positions typically last for a two-year term, and the turnover dates fall at various times throughout the year, depending on the needs of the portfolio. The Call for Nominations for these positions is issued appropriately.

Chapter policy for managing nominations for Toronto CREW leadership positions permits members to nominate themselves or others to an independent Nominating Committee. This ensures an unbiased review of all candidates and aims to encourage broad interest from the general membership.

The Nominating Committee will review the qualification of each applicant and nominee, will determine the level of interest to serve, and may request further information about the applicant’s and/or nominee’s qualifications and experience, both in writing and through personal interviews, may solicit comments from members on all applicants and/or nominees, and will make recommendations to the Board of Directors for each open Leadership position.

The Nominating Committee will consider in particular those who have demonstrated their interest in serving in a Leadership role and have an understanding of the goals and purposes of Toronto CREW, which is typically gained from working on committees, or having been a Chair, a Vice-Chair or a Director, or in a professional position which provides qualifications for a particular role.