The best and the brightest — ReNew Canada: The Infrastructure Magazine

Danna Donald

Dec. 2, 2015

Osler partner Danna Donald believes many women professionals are well-suited to make infrastructure-related decisions because they are “inherently solution-oriented,” according to an article in ReNew Canada: The Infrastructure Magazine. The article examines the increasing importance of women in the infrastructure industry as evidenced by the growth of the Canada-wide Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN), which represents approximately 500 professionals across Canada and 2,600 globally. Danna, who specializes in Infrastructure and Construction Law at Osler and is a member of the Toronto WIN chapter steering committee, explains the importance of gender diversity in infrastructure transactions.

“This is a generalization, but I think many women are inherently solution-oriented,” Danna tells ReNew Canada. “It comes from juggling the many demands we have as professional women, spouses, mothers, and active members in our community. Women are used to balancing competing demands and finding a way for everyone to win. This goes a long way in a negotiation or in managing a project with many stakeholders with competing views.”

Danna also explains how she sees the traditional mentor/mentee relationship evolving in the industry.

“When I look around my office at my many male engineering colleagues, they are, coincidentally, almost all the dads of daughters,” Danna tells ReNew Canada. “They want their daughters to succeed in the professional world.

“[...] I think this is going to help reshape the traditional mentor/mentee relationships in the workplace, and as their daughters grow up and want to achieve similar personal success, in the fields of engineering, technology, or infrastructure, their fathers will be well positioned to understand and support them in their pursuits.”

Find out more about WIN and gender diversity in the infrastructure industry by reading Michael Mastromatteo’s article “The Best and the Brightest” in ReNew Canada.