Edmonton CREW is excited to honor the excellence of women within the commercial real estate industry. The first Edmonton CREW Awards are intended to raise the profile of women working in the industry and to support them in career development. In line with our chapter values, the awards promote both new talent and women of experience.
We have asked our peers, both members and non-members, to submit nominations in one of four award categories: Rising Star Award, Women of Influence Award, Excellence in Service Award, and Impact Award.
Recipients were announced at the Annual Edmonton CREW Sponsorship event on December 8, 2020.
Congratulations to our Edmonton CREW Award Winners!
Rising Star Award: Darcie Bouteiller
This award is given to a woman working in commercial real estate who shows potential and has distinguished herself through her initiative in her company and the commercial real estate industry.
Eligibility Criteria: The candidate must be (i) a woman, (ii) work in the commercial real estate industry in Edmonton, and (iii) have seven (7) years or less of experience in the industry. This award is open to Edmonton CREW members only.
Darcie is a woman of class, representing the best interests of her clients and is giving of her time to assist others whenever needed. She is kind, generous, and one to watch in the commercial real estate market!
An Associate at NAI Commercial Real Estate, Darcie has been working in the Commercial Real Estate industry since 2014, completing over 300 transactions totaling 1.2M+ square feet. She has built her career on a platform of being fully transparent and striving to get her clients the best deal possible.
Using out-of-the-box thinking and natural leadership skills, Darcie guides her clients through the sale/leasing process successfully. She believes strongly in women supporting women and would like to achieve a reputation for being as the broker who represents female-owned businesses.
Women of Influence Award: Melanie Ducholke
This award is given to an experienced woman working in commercial real estate who has distinguished herself by her leadership qualities, achievements, and involvement in her company, the commercial real estate industry, and the community at large.
Eligibility Criteria: The candidate must be (i) a woman and (ii) work in the commercial real estate industry in Edmonton. This award is open to Edmonton CREW members only.
Melanie is an inspiration and role model to all women in commercial real estate. She is regarded as a woman who paves the way for many in the industry to reach success, the first to champion women, a thoughtful, strong, dynamic individual who is extremely giving with her time. She has set herself apart with her involvement not only in CREW but also in NAIOP, ensuring there is always a woman at the table, encouraging women to put themselves out there and do the work required to succeed. She is thought of as a truly supportive mentor to everyone she meets. She is not satisfied with merely supporting the women in her life, but continuously pushes them to go beyond their own limitations and achieve amazing things.
As Chief Financial Officer for Camgill Group, she excels at collaborating with lenders and investors to come up with innovative ways to help create successful developments, while maximizing cashflows and minimizing risk. Her community involvement is extensive and includes serving as an Edmonton CREW Past President, a CREW Mentor for the Leadership Program, a mentor with NAIOP, and an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Melanie said the following in her nomination form, “We all have a responsibility to ensure we are lifting people up and helping everyone to be their best self and feel successful. There is so much potential in everyone and we need to be gentle enough to foster the best in each other and build confidence, supportive enough to nudge each other towards our goals, and fierce enough to stand up for what is right and what we believe in to help open doors and open minds towards positive change.”
Excellence in Service Award: Marg Sebzda
This award is presented to an Edmonton CREW member who has shown intense dedication to committees and Edmonton CREW activities and who, through such commitment, demonstrated Edmonton CREW core values.
Eligibility Criteria: The candidate must be (i) a woman, (ii) work in the commercial real estate industry in Edmonton, and (iii) serve on an Edmonton CREW committee. The award is open to Edmonton CREW members only.
An iconic woman in the commercial real estate industry, Marg has been the heart and soul of her company’s success and has smashed the glass ceiling. She has stepped into many roles with CREW including President, Board Member, and Committee Chair and has always been there to help any CREW member along the road to success.
Marg has been a part of the Canada ICI team for over two decades. That tenure has seen her as part of some of the company’s flagship projects, most notably the EPCOR Tower in Edmonton and the University Centre in Calgary, and where she has funded over $4 billion in commercial mortgage transactions. As a mortgage associate, Marg works to source financing for all manners of commercial development projects, as well as mentors junior staff in the office. Marg prides herself in having quality relationships with her clients and relishing in their many successes. Having previously been a lender for 20 years at TD Bank, she is astute in sales and has a clear understanding of the lender transaction.
Marg is community minded, believing in providing hands-on volunteering efforts beyond that of contributing to various charities and organizations that better our community. She has lead a Women Build with Habitat for Humanity, been a member on the Courage Gala committee for the Glenrose Hospital Foundation, and currently serves as Board President for Win House.
Impact Award: Darlene Scott
This award recognizes the excellence of an individual who has made significant commitment to furthering the agenda of equality, diversity, and inclusion within their company and have advanced the Edmonton commercial real estate industry by elevating women as leaders.
Eligibility Criteria: The candidate must (i) work in the commercial real estate industry in Edmonton (or an affiliated field). The award is open to Edmonton CREW members and non-members.
Described by her peers as being consistently committed to furthering the agenda of equality, diversity, and inclusion within her place of work and the community at large Darlene is a reminder to young females in the industry that we don’t need to suppress feminine traits in order to succeed. Her career path acts as an inspiration to women everywhere.
Darlene is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP and President-Elect of the Law Society of Alberta. Having joined the legal and real estate industries at a time when women were rarely present, she has built a reputation of excellence in real estate and commercial law, and is known for her compassion, diplomacy, and honesty. Throughout her career, she has taken on numerous female mentees within the firm, both officially and unofficially, and has helped them develop their legal skills, client base, and advancement to partnership.
Darlene has shared some of her insights with the community in the written publication "Truth Be Told: An Anthology of Inspirational Stories by Women in the Law”. She looks forward to continuing to contribute to the improvement of equality, diversity, and inclusion in our industry.
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