We are an organization run by volunteers and we couldn't do it without them! The WTS Toronto Area Chapter has established several committees and selected leaders to manage Chapter activities. Learn more by clicking a committee below:
Communications | Governance | Membership | Mentorship | Programs | Scholarship | Sponsorship
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The Communications Committee works in collaboration with the other Committees to provide timely and relevant information to WTS Toronto Area Chapter members and subscribers. The Communications Committee supports the Chapter in the design and distribution of communications materials for the Chapter, such as our email newsletter WTS Weekly, information brochure and promotional videos, and the management of the Chapter's website and social media accounts. In 2020, WTS International has undergone a rebranding exercise and the Communications Committee has played a big part in integrating this into our Chapter's initiatives.
Tara Erwin, HDR
Sara ayub (metrolinx)
adrienne lee (gannett fleming)
tammy smith (ttc)
mavara turab (wsp)
annette crisson (jacobs)
sheila mehrvar (GANnett fleming)
Joanne garcia (aecom)
rebecca farrugia (ghd)
shalevia briscoe (hdr)
Kaye rickatson (retired)
The intent of the governance committee is to be the main resource on governance for the Board. The Committee monitors the effectiveness of Board operations, Board performance and governance policies. Duties of the Governance Committee include recommending action to the Board for structural changes to ensure WTS Toronto Area Chapter is in compliance with its legal and fiduciary duties. The Governance Committee is accountable for the Board’s and WTS Toronto Area Chapter's governance bylaws, policies and Board Handbook.
CATHY BENJAMIN-OSTRANDER (AECOM)
Becca nagorsky (metrolinx)
mary proc (retired)
The Membership Committee’s objective is to work with WTS International to track, manage and welcome new and returning members to the Toronto Area Chapter. The Membership Committee is also responsible for helping to solve any challenges that arise with membership.
andrea lendak (ibi group)
janarth kulenthiran (Versapay)
Shalevia briscoe (arup)
Agata Zebrowska (ibi group)
MENGSHU HE (MOTT MACDONALD)
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM COMMITTEE
The Mentorship Program Committee is responsible for the development and facilitation of the mentoring program. The Committee collects feedback from participants throughout the program which will be used to tailor and improve the program to best serve WTS members. The Committee communicates with other WTS Toronto Area chapter committees to share ideas, materials and lessons learned.
frances lau (apotex)
karen cooper (aecom)
saloni shah (hdr)
chloe edwards (aECom)
Yasaman Shahtaheri (AECOM)
kristin hanson (retired)
The Programs Committee is responsible for planning and executing events and activities for WTS Toronto Area Chapter members and guests. Our programs are built around the WTS mandate of advancing women and advancing transportation, including industry and leadership learning, wellness, and social activities; and signature industry events, including an Annual "Nine, Wine & Dine" Golf Tournament, International Women’s Day breakfast, and an Annual Dinner.
MEAGHAN BHIM (SNC LAVALIN)
michelle kearns (access planning)
dana nassif (wsp)
eva barnard (metrolinx)
helen deng (metrolinx)
shannon mcneill (Gannett fleming)
anca popa (ttc)
katie pelly (Ellis don)
allison hurley (ellis don)
ashley mustafa (gannett fleming)
The Scholarship Committee was assembled in 2014 to create, manage, and implement a process for selecting, awarding and disbursing scholarship funds on behalf of the Chapter. The Committee has recommended to the Board the adoption of a Scholarship process which defines the general nature of scholarship process in accordance with WTS International practice, defines the Sponsor-specific parameters for an individual Scholarship, identifies the capture area and fields of studies and other eligibility requirements for candidates and identifies the evaluation and selection criteria.
Josipa Petrunic (cutric)
rebecca farrugia (ghd)
Zahra sadeghigivi (DB Engineering & Consulting)
larisse nana kouadjo (metrolinx)
Batool Husnain (Deloitte)
Maria Doyle (Metrolinx)
Lily keoponnreay (HDR)
The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for spearheading the efforts to obtain financial support for the Toronto Area Chapter for special events, professional development activities and the Scholarship Program. The Committee's responsibilities include establishing the goals and developing the Annual Sponsorship Program, coordinating with the transportation industry organizations to solicit and confirm contribution levels and coordinating with other Chapter Committees to ensure that Corporate Sponsors are recognized at all events and communications.
Cathy Benjamin-Ostrander (AECOM)
Satyajeet Sarangi (Metrolinx)
Kathy Calleja (AECOM)
Katherine Deschamps (City of Toronto)