It is with great pride and humility that I begin my mandate as President of CREW M, one of the 74 chapters of the CREW Network. I am proud to represent our association within the greater metropolitan region and to represent our chapter as delegate at the Network level.
Our chapter has seen strong growth over the past 5 years, from 150 to 260 members in 2016 and I hope that each one of you will benefit fully from your membership. Let me tell you about my journey with CREW M!
In 2009, a cabinet associate invited me to join their ‘foursome’ at the CREW M golf tournament and spoke to me about the association sharing how great it would be for me to get involved based on my strength in commercial real estate.
I never dreamed that day would have such an effect on me professionally! I spent the evening with Annie Gagnon-Larocque with whom I shared my interest in becoming a member. Without me knowing, she became one of my professional sponsors and nominated me at the Excellence Gala, suggesting that I should apply for the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors…and here I am in 2017 the President of CREW M!
I am amazed by the talent that surrounds me and I am confident that our Board of Directors and our teams of volunteers will be able to offer unparalleled programming throughout the year as well as provide our members with business opportunities and news that will keep them updated on market trends. To fully benefit from your membership, I invite you to join our new Facebook page and our improved LinkedIn page, and to follow us on Twitter.
These platforms will be our vehicles for sharing information. We want to share chapter news, member news and CREW Network news so that you will remember the goals of the association : networking and doing business together. I encourage you to discover the business needs of the members that you will meet and to learn about what they are expecting from our association.
On this note, I wish you a great 2017!
President 2017 Crew M
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 10,000 members, representing nearly every discipline in the commercial real estate sector, are spread among the network’s 74 chapters, located in all the major North American markets, including 6 chapters in Canada: Vancouver, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
Starting in 2015, in our current three-year strategic planning cycle, CREW M went through a global overhaul in our approach and set a goal to expand our reach within the Greater Montreal region and eventually, to the rest of the province.
CREW M aims to be 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 :
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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, booking television interviews for our members on French-language news show Canal Argent(French-language TV show on cable nes network), as well as maintaining social media.. 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.
Director, Web Site
Trafic Design inc.
Director, Social Media
Brassard Goulet Yargeau, Services financiers intégrés
Elements Planification Urbaine
Trium Mobilier de bureau
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.
Director, Member Services
COFELY Services Inc.
Global Furniture Group
The objective of the Forums 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 Forums 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.
Devimco Immobilier Inc.
Corporation immobilière Cadillac-Fairview
Gestion immobilière Wilkar
Cain Lamarre Casgrain Wells, s.e.n.c.r.l
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.
Compagnie d'assurance titres Stewart
De Grandpré Chait
Stikeman Elliott s.e.n.c.r.l, s.r.l.
Strategic planning is essential to any organization. CREW M Strategic planning committee’s objective is the implementation of a collective effort by all members, who are committed to share a common vision and mission, to establish specific goals and to explore paths to achieve and realize them.
Cadillac-Fairview Corporation, Tour Deloitte
Cabinet juridique Chantal Desjardins inc
Le Groupe Cogir
Le Groupe Réseau-Sélection
Lapointe Rosentein Marchand Melançon
CREW M’s Multidisciplinary Consultative Committee of government and international relations on issues related to diversity is a platform enabling exchange and the creation of alliances among groups with similar issues. It is a task force to create, share, develop and promote good practice and policy guides for the inclusion, advancement, retention and promotion of women in organizations.
Lawyer, MBA, doctorate in law and associate researcher at the Ivanhoé Cambridge Real Estate Chair of UQÀM’s School of Management
Corporation Cadillac Fairview
Gestion immobilière Wilkar
Institut de développement urbain du Québec
With over 10,000 members in North America, CREW Network is the premier network dedicated to the success and promotion of women in the commercial real estate industry.
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 10,000 members from virtually all disciplines of the industry and our network has 74 chapters covering the major markets of the United States and five chapters in Canada, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver 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