Updated: Dec 16, 2019
A proposed condo project in Toronto’s Etobicoke neighbourhood will be the first in Canada to be developed solely by women.
Taya Cook of Urban Capital and Sherry Larjani of Spotlight Development have spent the last several months bringing together the team which will design and develop Reina, a condominium project planned for a vacant site at 689 The Queensway.
“We’re embarking on this project to create more visibility for women in real estate development, and to inspire younger women to see career possibilities,” said Cook, the director of development at Urban Capital, in a release announcing the project. “It’s a huge industry and a massive economic driver for the region. For some reason it has been seriously lagging behind in gender equity.”
Not on this project. From construction management to engineering to architecture and urban planning, the entire leadership team behind Reina is women.
Cook got the ball rolling after reading an article which featured condo titans in the Greater Toronto Area. None were female.