Before founding her own company, ELEMENTS Planification urbaine, Martine Peyton spent several formative years that prepared her for her solo enterprise. Passionate about her chosen field, she participated in several successful large-scale projects, including the development of Quartier DIX30. She constantly pushed her limits—innovating, problem solving, negotiating, leading, managing the pressure—until she found herself ready to give free reign to her entrepreneurial spirit as a business owner. One year later, objectives have all been surpassed and opportunities abound. Recognized for her rigour, integrity and involvement, she already serves as a role model for the next generation.
Appointed Senior Partner at SDK in 1996, then president in 2007 with four other senior partners, Hélène Brisebois today heads a team of 60 people. During 28 years as a consulting structural engineer, she has carried out hundreds of real estate projects that have shaped the Montréal landscape. In 2014, this uncompromising businesswoman, who likes nothing more than a challenge, proudly received a Doctorat honoris causa from the Université de Montréal. She may smile when you call her a star, but as the only woman at the helm of an engineering firm in Québec, the description is apt. Passionate and audacious, she’s a natural leader that young professionals look up to.
Margarita Lafontaine changed lives and perceptions with her magazine Premières en affaires. The publication, which she cofounded and led for 9 years, has helped strengthen the place of women in the business world. Thanks to her involvement, many obtained promotions, recognition and greater visibility. When she left publishing, she took with her a vast network of contacts and friends. It’s what you would expect, since, despite all the demands on her, Margarita is the type of businesswoman for whom human relationships, respect and enjoyment at work are important. A gifted saleswoman and negotiator, she went back into business for herself, following a desire for independence, which she realized as far back as 1996 when she became her own boss. Known for her real estate brokerage talent and flamboyant personality, Margarita has great admiration for entrepreneurs and will continue to be their ally.