Natasha McAleenan, Project Manager, CBRE

Natasha McAleenan, Project Manager, CBRE

Natasha is a Project Manager with CBRE, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms.

What is your morning routine?

Check the news, check the weather, decide if it’s an ‘umbrella day’ (a chronic Vancouverite habit), shower, and do makeup while eating a bowl of yogurt. This all before I go cram myself onto the packed King streetcar.

Tell us about your career path

Today I am a Project Manager with one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms. I’d like to say everything unfolded according to plan but my path here, not unlike many others I’m sure, was a winding one. My love of all things design (specifically commercial interior design) lead me to work at a couple of Architecture firms before going back to school and shifting my focus to the environmental side of the industry. This lead to my first professional designation – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – and a job with an Engineering firm in Vancouver as a Sustainability Consultant.

My husband and I were then presented with the opportunity to move to the ‘Centre of the Universe’ & we took it, starting fresh in Toronto. I was convinced moving here would be a great step for my career, and it has since proven to be true. After working closely with a Project Manager at another architectural firm and really enjoying the work, I came to realize that this is what I wanted to do full time. After a focused search I found the perfect fit with a great company and have been happy ever since.

Currently, I am taking a break to look after my newborn baby girl while learning new skills: patience, patience and more patience!

What challenges do you or women face in your industry?

I do believe this is changing rapidly but there is still a faint whiff of, ‘I’m not taking you as seriously because you wear a skirt’ in the air, and so I find the urge to deepen those vocal cords occasionally 😉

What advice would you give young girls who want to be the NEXT you?

Believe in the process. Also, bear in mind that there are many (very many) routes to your ultimate destination – try and enjoy the journey!

How do you separate work life from your personal life?

Separating work from personal life can be difficult to do at times but I do believe this is important, balance is important. Sometimes the realization alone is enough; other times a nice Pinot Noir will do the trick 😉

What inspires you?

Positive people, creativity of all shapes and forms, and my amazing husband.

When you’re off the clock, what are your indulgences?

I keep it pretty simple – delicious meals, evening strolls, keeping good company, and of course Pinot Noir. Did I mention Pinot Noir?

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