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    Women of UDI

Women of UDI



Patron Sponsor: KPMG

Supporting Sponsor: MLA CANADA



The Women of UDI Committee’s mandate is to connect women within the real estate development industry, in order to expand the UDI professional network and to increase opportunities to learn from one another. 

Everyone is welcome to attend our events - and when we say "everyone" ... yes, that means men, too!


Our 2016-2017 Women of UDI Committee Members:

  • Virginia Bird - Principal, Pottinger Bird Community Relations (Chair)
  • Gwen Tang - Assistant Development Manager, Concert Properties (Vice Chair)
  • Sarah Jones - Partner, Clark Wilson LLP ( Past Chair)
  • Elizabeth Allegretto - Planning & Development Coordinator, Concord Pacific Developments
  • Kim Barnsley - Senior Architect, Perkins+Will
  • Amy Medard de Chardon - Marketing Director, Wesgroup
  • Brandi Wingrove - Partner, Audit, KPMG
  • Emily Kaplun - Project/Development Manager, GNW
  • Katie Maslechko - Assistant Development Manager, Beedie Group
  • Lisa Spitale - Chief Administrative Officer, City of New Westminister
  • Lynn Luong - VP, Finance and Administration, Reliance Properties
  • Marissa Evans - Director, Marketing, Boffo Properties


Guiding Principles:

  • Outreach – To strengthen and build this segment of the UDI membership by providing a forum for women in the real estate development industry; and to spread the word of this Committee and associated events via word-of-mouth, email and social media channels (e.g. Twitter, Facebook).
  • Networking – To hold two Networking Nights, as well as one “Women Celebrating Women” panel per year that allow UDI members to network with their peers in both the private and public sectors; and to increase opportunities to meet both young UDI members and experienced industry veterans.
  • Excellence – To continue to build the UDI brand of excellence and make the organization relevant and valuable to all members; to create a “membership continuum” that offers opportunities for participation regardless of age or experience level; and to recognize and highlight women who have made significant contributions to the industry.



In early 2012, an idea came about from the UDI Membership Committee to advance the concept of “Women Celebrating Women” in the real estate development industry. As a result, a small group was formed that decided to highlight one or more women as industry leaders at an annual summer event, as well as coordinate several drop-in Networking Nights.

The events have been so well received that after two years of informal meetings and trial events, the group was formalized in 2014 as the “Women of UDI Committee.” 



For more information on the Women of UDI Committee, please email Jennifer Nguyen  or call 604-661-3038.

Women of UDI events are regularly posted on UDI's events page and via social media: