10/2/2015


TORONTO (October 2, 2015) – We are pleased to announce that Tara Piurko, partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, has been elected to serve on the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Board of Directors for 2016. CREW Network is the industry’s leading advocate for the advancement of women in commercial real estate. Tara is the second Canadian CREW Network board member in the organization’s history. The announcement was made today at the 2015 CREW Network Convention held in Seattle.

Tara will officially begin her post in January 2016. She is currently serving as Past-President of Toronto CREW after having been elected President in 2014. Tara has been a member of the Toronto chapter since 2007 and was elected to the board of directors in 2012.

“CREW Network is an essential and effective organization for women in commercial real estate and I am honoured to have been elected to serve on the board of directors,” Tara said. “Having worked with the wonderful women at Toronto CREW for many years, I am excited to begin this new chapter and look forward to working alongside the brilliant and accomplished women of this organization.”

Tara has been practicing commercial real estate law for more than 13 years with her main areas of expertise including land development, real property assessment and taxation, and municipal law issues. She also provides specialized strategic advice to public and private developers and negotiates settlements with municipalities, community groups, neighbours and other parties.

About CREW Network

The mission of CREW Network is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. CREW Network does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to "do the deal." Members comprise more than 9,000 commercial real estate professionals in more than 70 chapters across North America.

About Blakes

At Blakes, we serve a diverse national and international client base and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm's full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Thanks to our clients, Blakes was ranked as the only Canadian firm to be named “Canada Law Firm of the Year” for seven consecutive years in the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2015 as well as being routinely ranked across all practice areas, including Commercial Real Estate, for Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015. Equity and diversity are core values at Blakes. We actively encourage a culture of inclusion and acceptance, promote equitable treatment and foster understanding, constructive communication and respect among all members of our Firm. We are proud to have a long-standing Diversity & Inclusion Committee which includes the Women@Blakes network, a national association for women legal professionals at the Firm. The primary goal and purpose of the network is to provide support, mentorship, client development, networking opportunities and work/life resources to women students, associates and partners at the Firm in an effort to ensure their success in the practice of law.

 

 


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