Leslie Woo presented the 2018/19 George Baird Lecture on November 14, 2018. She shared insights into her career journey from traditional architecture practice to her current role as Chief Planning and Development Officer at Metrolinx – one of the world’s largest transportation infrastructure programs. She touched on the challenges ahead as the world’s population continues to aggressively urbanize and what design thinking offers in the way of solutions.
Leslie is Chief Planning and Development Officer at Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the fastest growing urban region in Canada. Leslie is the executive lead for transportation planning, a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio and a $35B expansion in public transit infrastructure (approximately $4B capex). Leslie was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017, Spacing Toronto‘s Transit Change-maker of 2016, and Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network’s 2015 Outstanding Leader.