President's message

Dear CREW M members,

I feel so privileged to have been appointed as president for 2019.

The challenge will be all that much greater as I take the reins from an impressive predecessor – an exceptional, enterprising woman and leader, an uncompromising perfectionist, who is a great visionary and lightning-fast thinker.

Most thankfully, I will not be alone in this new adventure. Surrounded by a very active board and a dedicated general manager, I will be capably assisted as we pursue our objectives and bring to life the projects I have planned for our organization.

Do you realize the fundamental role we play in our economy? We are all influencers in our own way. And together, our impact is huge. That’s why, with the aim of propelling women even further, CREW M places great value on mentorship and leadership training.

As members, you know by experience, that it’s all about meeting, sharing and learning. It’s to have the privilege of benefiting from stimulating discussions, which make us grow, which give us greater confidence. Whether you are rising stars making your mark in the industry or more experienced women whose accomplishments command admiration, you are helping to advance the place of women in commercial real estate. Women, like you, like us, like me.

Our agenda is already packed with events and activities that you are going to love – other great reasons to keep up your involvement in CREW M! I am counting on you to continue to make concrete contributions to help build on our vision’s foundation. By showcasing inspiring female role models for future generations who dream of pursuing a career in our sector, you will open the door to a tomorrow of greater opportunity…

I look forward to starting 2019 at your side!

Sonia Gagnon
President CREW M 2019
President, Executive director – SGM Communication intégrée

- Mandate and priorities -
KEY ORIENTATIONS

CREW M is part of CREW Network, created in 1989, and the first network in the industry to be devoted to the promotion and success of women in commercial real estate.

Its 12,000 members, representing nearly every discipline in the commercial real estate sector, are spread among the network’s 75 chapters, located in all the major North American markets, including 6 chapters in Canada: Vancouver, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

CREW M is going through a global overhaul in our approach to expand our reach within the Greater Montreal region and to the rest of the province.

CREW M is a successful business catalyst for its members. At heart is the desire to adopt a business model based on diversity and to highlight women’s achievements and expertise in the industry. CREW M members are well recognized for the quality of their contribution to the industry.

CREW M is a “hub,” a place of exchange and enrichment, where all industry disciplines converge on a unique platform offering relevant content and memorable experiences through forums and through both real and virtual meetings that promote fruitful business exchanges between members.

CREW M’s main objectives are to :

– Grow the organization through increased visibility and prominence

– Mobilize members and the industry itself in support of  the advancement of women

– Provoke change by being a source of inspiration for all industry players

CREW M’s priorities for 2019–2022 are:

– Obtain a commitment from real estate companies to achieve gender parity on boards.

– Better prepare the next generation of female real estate professionals in all fields.

–  Promote sharing and exchange of knowledge between professional women active in the 30 or so different fields in the commercial real estate industry.

All our members are firm in their desire to positively influence today’s industry, to be agents of change and facilitators of a welcoming, competent and diverse industry.

This influence is expressed in four areas: business development between members, leadership development, industry research (by CREW Network) and a range of initiatives related to career advancement.

You can learn more about these initiatives on the other pages of our website. We invite you to explore!

CREW M in numbers
founded
16
years ago
over
300
members in the Greater Montreal region
nearly
30
different disciplines
more than
50
volunteers participate annually in various committees
more than
150
events organized over the last 16 years
nearly
40
media interviews with our members
CREW is for women who want to reinvent the world by their leadership and innovation

As a CREW M member, you will have the opportunity to stay on top of the latest trends and developments, sharpen your views on the industry and live unforgettable moments with likeminded peers. But above all, you'll position yourself as a key player in your field, letting the world know that you want to have a hand in shaping today's industry.

Testimonials

The stories below shows the enthusiasm of our professional women in regard to their membership to CREW M. The expansion of a business network as well of the achievement of major projects are highlighting the career of these women. In every speeches made by them, growth and knowledge are brought out.

Roselyne Rovira

Director of Business Development, STS Maintenance

The mentorship program has done so much for me. I have met, wonderful, inspiring women who make me want to go further and outdo myself. Thanks to their experience and knowledge, I have the privilege of accessing new work tools and methods, and being part of incredibly rewarding exchanges.

Martine Peyton

Senior Partner, ELEMENTS Planification Urbaine

Without a doubt, CREW M helped me further my career by giving me opportunities to develop important new skills that I have yet to utilize. One of my defining experiences was my live interview on (TV news show) Canal Argent, which was a great moment of personal affirmation. I realized then the power of this respected, dynamic and audacious network that is based first and foremost on collaboration.

Marie-Josée Frigon

President, Trafic Design

My membership in CREW M has allowed me to build my professional network in the commercial real estate industry, both among clients and partners, with whom I have carried out some amazing projects. And the sharing of timely information about our market is critical for me if I am to stay up-to-date on all the latest developments and opportunities.

Guylaine Boivin

General Manager, Tour Deloitte, La Corporation Cadillac-Fairview limitée

A caterpillar transformed into a butterfly! That’s the metaphor I use to describe myself since joining CREW M. My involvement with CREW M has made a huge difference to my career. I have become so much more confident and sure of myself. My network has grown far beyond what I could have hoped and I have the pleasure of meeting exceptional and inspiring women!

Board
of directors
President  /
Sonia Gagnon
SGM Communication intégrée
President Elect /
Maryse Couture
Toiture Couture
Past President /
Linda Rouleau
FPI Cominar
Treasurer /
Maude Lavoie
Richter
Secretary /
Maria Concetta Giampa
Oxford Properties Group
Administrator Membership /
Nancy Coutu
Stewart Title
Administrator Strategic Planning /
Chantal Cousineau
BDO
Administrator of Finance /
Pierre Scott
Johnson Controls Canada LP
Administrator Communications /
Caroline Lacroix
FPI Cominar
Administrator of Events /
Sonia Lepage
CBC Radio Canada
Administrator - Quebec City /
Marie-Ève D'Amours
Immostar
Director-General
General Manager /
Linda Rigg
CREW M
- Our different -
Committees

CREW M's success unquestionably rests on the organization's diverse committees. They are skilfully overseen by our members and allow for an ever-expanding array of initiatives.

Communications and Public Relations

The Communications and Public Relations Committee aims at promoting and showcasing the members of CREW M, all exceptional women, by creating and maintaining critical platforms such as our website, newsletter,  as well as maintaining social media presence. The committee’s platforms focus on raising the association’s profile, communicating information relating to the real estate sector to the public and promoting networking and visibility of its members.

Caroline Lacroix

Administrator

Cominar

Marie-France Benoit

Director

Groupe Altus

Anissa Hébert

Cominar

Denise Bousquet

DBA Communication

Yasmina El Jamai

Redactika

France Sigouin

Englobe Corp.

Annick Richard

CBRE

Valérie Gagnon

Fiera Capital

Membership and Mentoring

CREW M’s exceptional success is mainly due to the quality of its members. The membership and mentoring committee aims to attract women with diversified profiles in order to reinforce CREW M’s multi-disciplinary nature.  The committee approves membership applications in compliance with pre-established criteria and accompanies new members during their first year as a CREW M member (by introducing the new member at events, etc.)  The committee is also responsible for the mentorship program, where members are matched in a mentor/mentee relationship and are followed for their professional progress throughout the year.

Nancy Coutu

Administrator

Stewart Title

Caroline Ménard

Director, Recruting

Planchers Times Flooring

Nathalie Picard

Director, Mentorship

Recrutement Précision

Julia Cloutier

Director, Member Services

Métro

Francine Labelle

Recruting

Groupe Global

Jacinthe Lachapelle

Recruting

CBRE

Laurence Lessard

Recruting

HEC

Julie St-Arnaud

Mentorship

Colliers International

Edith Maltais

Member Services

Citron Hygiène

Mélanie Morin

Member Services

Hillpark Capital

Sarah Arbique

Member Services

IA Financial Group

Fiona Leclerc

Member Services

PSP Investments

Events

The objective of the Events Committee is to assist CREW M in accomplishing its mission by providing a window on its members’ professional activities, by organizing events that keep these activities top of mind. The Events Committee strives to highlight CREW M members and to provide them with opportunities to acquire and hone their leadership skills, to enable them to build relationships through efficient and structured networking activities and to allow various forms of mentoring. Whether it’s by hosting conferences or networking events, we always have at heart the recognition of the success of women in commercial real estate by the industry.

Sonia Lepage

Administrator

CBC Radio Canada

Héloïse Mazet

Figurr

Amélie Fahey

Devimco Immobilier

Martine Gratton

Gestion Sandalwood

Kassandra Grenier

KPMG

Mélanie Larocque-Aleman

UQAM student

Eleonora Eusepi

BCF Avocats d'affaires

Jean-François Paré-Zagrodnik

A7 Services

Nathalie Tremblay

MK Illumination Canada Est

Finance

CREW M’s success is thanks to the great generosity of its partners. For an organization such as CREW M, sponsor participation and funding are the pillars of its success. The committee focuses on developing programs that meet the needs – and surpass the expectations – of its partners, allowing them and CREW M to shine on the industry stage. It’s a privilege for the Sponsorship and Finance Committee to promote its partners, who are all leaders in the commercial real estate sector and believe strongly in supporting the success of women in the industry.

Pierre Scott

Director

Johnson Controls Canada LP

Amanda Luu

AEC Property Tax

Guylaine Boivin

Cadillac Fairview

Marilou Hudon-Huot

Société de développement Angus

Marylène Ménard

Installe-Tech / Modulation

Marie-Ève Hénault

Veritiv Corp

Katrina Fiege

Cushman & Wakefield

Sonia Gagnon

SGM Communication intégrée

Johanne Marcotte

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Maria Concetta Giampa

Groupe Immobilier Oxford

Gala Excellence

Audrey Monty

Provencher Roy + associés architectes

Elise Hazan

FPI Cominar

Anna Baghramyan

BCF Avocats d'affaires

Victoria Tenenboym

FPI Cominar

Magali Tremblay

Pageau Morel et Ass.

Linda Rouleau

FPI Cominar

Stéphanie Lincourt

Richter

Mélanie Boivin

Lemay

Quebec City

Marie-Ève D'Amours-Ouellet

Administrator

Immostar

Valérie Belle-Isle

Lavery

Mylène Forest

Gestion Forest Prud'homme

Marie-France Benoit

Groupe Altus

Reine Dupuis

Global

Catherine Lachance

FPI Cominar

Nathalie Desbiens

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Christine D'Amours

Planidesign

Roxanne Carrier

PWC

Lucie La Boissonnière

FPI Cominar

- Our -
Network

With over 12,000 members in North America, CREW Network is the premier network dedicated to the success and promotion of women in the commercial real estate industry.

Montreal
Calgary
Edmonton
Vancouver
Toronto
Arizona
Tucson
Sacramento
East Bay
Inland Empire
Orange County
San Diego
San Francisco
Silicon Valley
Denver
Northern Colorado
Alabama
Los Angeles
Connecticut
Fort Lauderdale
Jacksonville
Miami
Fort Mayers
Orlando
Tampa Bay
Palm Beach
Atlanta
Idaho
Chicago
Indiana
Kansas City
New Orleans
Baltimore
Boston
Detroit
Minnesota
St. Louis
Omaha Metro
Las Vegas
Northern Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Cape Fear
Charlotte
Greater Akron
Greater Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Portland
Philadelphia
Charleston
Midlands South Carolina
Austin
Dallas
Forth Worth
Houston
San Antonio
Utah
Hampton Roads
Northern Virginia
Richmond
Seattle
Wisconsin

Founded in 1989, CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) is the first network in the industry to devote itself to promoting and supporting the success of women in commercial real estate. Our 12,000 members from virtually all disciplines of the industry and our network has 75 chapters covering the major markets of the United States and six chapters in Canada, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon and Montreal.

CREW Network is to remain a key player in the success of women in real estate focusing on four aspects: development business and leadership, research and career progression.

CREW Network members are recognized for the quality of service they provide to the industry. With a network as diverse, our members have the resources to create new ways to structure their transactions to benefit their business, and promote mutual assistance to get the job done.

For further information, please visit www.crewnetwork.com

Click here to access CREW Network research on the industry

Canadian Chapters :
CREW Toronto
CREW Calgary
CREW Vancouver
CREW Edmonton
CREW Saskatoon