Inaugural Leadership Award winners

June 8, 2016
Written by: Toronto CREW
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To help celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Toronto CREW created a Leadership Award Program.

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. 
NANCY PRENEVOST is Vice President, Legal at Oxford Properties Group where she has built a team of 37 legal professionals in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Throughout the past 16 years of membership with Toronto CREW, Nancy has been involved in or led numerous committees. She was involved in bringing the Mentorship Program to Toronto CREW almost 10 years ago and she was the Chapter President in 2012. During her time as President, Nancy was instrumental in increasing the membership of Toronto CREW. In fact, many became members of Toronto CREW because Nancy told them that they needed to join this amazing group – and they were all so glad that they did. Nancy takes every opportunity she can to identify opportunities to promote women in the industry and to break down roadblocks in the industry that prevent women from advancing. Nancy is a true champion of Toronto CREW and the essence of what Toronto CREW was set up to accomplish. We congratulate Nancy Prenevost on receiving the Excellence in Leadership Award.

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.
DIMPLE MEHTA, President of DM Management Consulting, has been an active force in Toronto CREW since she became a member in 2010. She immediately joined the Programs Committee, became the Co-Chair and then in 2014 became a Board Member. She has served on the CREW Network Communications Committee and is currently the Toronto Chapter Delegate. Dimple is also involved in BOMA, NAIOP and CoreNet and is a Board member of the Foundation for the Geneva Centre for Autism. One of Dimple’s most recent achievements and contributions to Toronto CREW was her idea that Toronto CREW needed a program geared towards women at the mid-point of their careers. She quickly engaged Anna Kennedy, Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Kingsett Capital Inc., and through their leadership and dedicated committee members, the Women’s Leadership Development Program was launched and has now completed its very successful first year. We congratulate Dimple Mehta on receiving the Engagement/Volunteer Award.

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.
COURTNEY STARR is a Property Manager with Oxford Properties Group – and in fact is part of the team that manages Oxford Properties’ Richmond-Adelaide Centre, including 130 Adelaide Street West, the venue of this year’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Courtney is a Queen’s University graduate who started at Oxford as an Assistant Property Manager and then was promoted to Property Manager in 2011. During her 4 years as a member of Toronto CREW, Courtney has been involved with the Programs Committee, and the Real Jobs Committee where she quickly moved from being a member, to Vice-Chair and now the Chair. This past year, the Real Jobs day hosted over 130 Grade 11 and Grade 12 female students for a fun and informative day focused on the various careers in the commercial real estate industry. Courtney participates in many Toronto CREW events and has attended the CREW Network Convention. She is someone to watch in the coming years. We congratulate Courtney Starr for receiving the Rising Star Award.

TRIBUTE AWARD: This award is not based on nominations, but is determined by the Board of Directors. This year the award has been named the MIRELLA IANNELLI TRIBUTE AWARD in honour of our fellow Toronto CREW member who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. 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 Board of Directors felt very strongly that the inaugural presentation of the Mirella Iannelli Tribute Award should be given to the woman who initiated and founded the Toronto CREW Chapter, DANNY KLEMPFNER
Twenty years ago, Danny contacted CREW Network, and then personally contacted three other senior women in the commercial real estate industry and together they launched Toronto CREW. Danny was the President of this Chapter in 1997, 1998 and again in 2002 and sat on the Board for the first nine years of the organization. She has been an active member throughout the past 20 years, involved in many of Toronto CREW’s Committees. She was the Co-Chair of the very successful 2004 CREW Network Convention, which was held for the first time outside the United States, in Toronto. She has spent the past 10 years being a mentor in our Mentorship Program and on the Selection Committee of the Scholarship Program where each year one of the Scholarship winners is awarded the Danny Klempfner Legacy Scholarship. Danny is the President of S&H Realty Corporation, a company she founded in 1984. We congratulate Danny Klempfner on her contributions to Toronto CREW and for receiving the Mirella Iannelli Tribute Award.