Arlene Dedier, who leads Project Management for Avison Young in Canada, is excitedly stepping up to be an influencer on this journey to ‘better’.
With a lifelong interest in design, Arlene began a career in architecture and real estate development following the completion of her architecture degree at Carleton University. Over the past 25 years, she’s directed everything from ground-up construction to fit-out and renovation projects, overseeing multi-million dollar projects seamlessly, always with an eye on the social impact of the work her team does.
“Our team of diverse, talented professionals has a real opportunity to find new ways, together, to transform this country,” says Arlene. “Where do we start? We take on two of the biggest challenges in Canada: an aging population and housing crisis.”
It is this passion for using her platform to make an impact on society that motivates Arlene to serve as a catalyst for change.
“Alongside the valuable work we do in the office and industrial sectors, we can also add value across the board in other sectors that have a positive impact on Canada’s future – like life sciences and healthcare. We’re actively seeking out and taking on projects that support the health of our communities,” explains Arlene.
Having just delivered Avison Young’s brand-new headquarters in Toronto, her team is currently supporting the rollout of a community-based retail presence for a biotech client, helping provide access to hearing support for community members, among other projects in the sector.
“Avison Young has given me the unique opportunity to bring together a group with incredible talent, and we are both excited and energized to be able to do something so impactful for people and for the challenges Canada is facing,” she adds.