at Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and the 2015 Outstanding Leader by Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network
Leslie leads the strategic planning for Metrolinx, including transportation and service planning. A key partner with the Chief Capital Officer in the delivery of the $35B capital rapid transit expansion underway, she establishes the pipeline of future projects and establishes project scope and business case. Other strategic files led by Leslie include: fare integration, sustainability, design excellence and universal access. Leslie is frequently the public face of Metrolinx and a member of the executive management team. She heads key external relationships with municipalities, not-for-profits and the private sector.
Prior to joining Metrolinx Leslie worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She was the key author of the original Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (2006), which by 2016 had resulted in urban intensification totalling over 18 per cent increase in multi-family residential development, a two-thirds reduction of greenfield lands consumption, and conserved about 800 square kilometres of agricultural and rural land.
Amongst her many global professional accomplishments, Leslie is a 2011/12 Fellow and member of the International Women’s Forum, a Global Trustee with the Urban Land Institute, and a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects. Leslie holds many community volunteer roles including Board Director with the Womens’ College Hospital and YMCA for the Greater Toronto Area.
Leslie received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo where she also studied Urban and Regional Planning. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Renison University College Distinguished Alumna Award. Born in Trinidad, Leslie is the mother of two young adult global citizens.
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