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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

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

 


COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

communications.wtstorontoarea@gmail.com

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.

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Kerri Lai
Kerri lai (ttc)
board Director
 
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Sara Ayub
Sara ayub (metrolinx)
Committee member
 
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Rebecca Farrugia
rebecca farrugia (ghd)
committee member
 
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Adrienne Lee
adrienne lee (gannett fleming)
COMMITTEE MEMBER
 
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Emily Zhang
emily zhang (gannett fleming)
COMMITTEE MEMBER
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Joanne Garcia
joanne garcia (aecom)
COMMITTEE co-CHAIR
 
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Annette Crisson
annette crisson (jacobs)
Committee member
 
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Sheila Mehrvar
sheila mehrvar (GANnett fleming)
Committee member
 
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Kaye Rickatson
Kaye rickatson (retired)
committee member
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Bryn Sexton
Bryn Sexton (city of toronto)
COMMITTEE co-CHAIR
 
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Natalie Dixon
natalie dixon (durham region)
COMMITTEE MEMBER
 
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Lindsay Lashley
lindsay lashley (metrolinx)
Committee member
 
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Tammy Smith
tammy smith (ttc)
committee member

GOVERNANCE

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.

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Cathy Benjamin Ostrander
CATHY BENJAMIN-OSTRANDER (AECOM)
committee member 
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Becca Nagorsky
Becca nagorsky (metrolinx)
committee member
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Mary Proc
mary proc (retired)
Committee member

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

membership.wtstorontoarea@gmail.com

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.

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Andrea Lendak
 andrea lendak (ibi group)
committee chair
 
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Janarth Kulenthiran
janarth kulenthiran (Versapay)
committee member
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Shalevia Briscoe
Shalevia briscoe (arup)
committee member
 
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Agata Zebrowska
Agata Zebrowska (ibi group)
committee member
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Mengshu He
MENGSHU HE (MOTT MACDONALD)
COMMITTEE MEMBER

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM COMMITTEE

wtsmentorshipprogram@gmail.com

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. 

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Frances Lau
frances lau (apotex)
BOARD director
 
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Karen Cooper
karen cooper (aecom)
committee  member
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Saloni_Shah
saloni shah (hdr)
committee chair
 
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Chloe Edwards
chloe edwards (aECom)
Committee member
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Yasaman Shahtaheri
 Yasaman Shahtaheri (AECOM)
COmmittee Co-Chair
 
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Kirstin Hanson
kristin hanson (retired)
committee member

PROGRAMS COMMITTEE 

programs.wtstorontoarea@gmail.com

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.

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Sarah Currie
sarah currie (TTC)
Board Director
 
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Eva_Barnard
eva barnard (jacobs) 
Committee member
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Toronto Maya Caron
maya caron (deloitte)
committee co-Chair 
 
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WTS Toronto
MEAGHAN BHIM (SNC LAVALIN)
committee member
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Toronto Taylor Zhou
taylor zhou (arup)
committee co-Chair - on leave
 
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Azadeh Heydari
azadeh heydari (metrolinx)
committee member

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

wtstoronto.scholarships@gmail.com

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.

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Cathy Wilson
cathy wilson (parsons)
board director
 
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Rebecca Farrugia
rebecca farrugia (ghd)
committee member
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Maria Doyle
maria doyle (metrolinx)
committee chair
 
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Batool Husnain
Batool Husnain (WSP)
Committee member
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Heather Aitken
heather aitken (DB Engineering & Consulting)
committee member
 
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Larisse Nana Kouadjo
LARISSE NANA KOUADJO (WSP)
Committee member

SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE

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.

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Cathy Benjamin Ostrander
Cathy Benjamin-Ostrander (AECOM)
Committee Member
 
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Satyajeet Sarangi (Metrolinx)
Satyajeet Sarangi (Metrolinx)
Committee Member

 

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Kathy Calleja (AECOM)
Kathy Calleja (AECOM)
Committee Member
 
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Kathryn Deschamps
Katherine Deschamps (City of Toronto)
Committee Member