Blakes is pleased to announce that Tara Piurko, a Partner in our Commercial Real Estate group, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network for 2016. CREW Network provides high-quality networking and leadership opportunities to assist women in commercial real estate advance in their careers. Tara is the second Canadian to become a board member of CREW Network since the organization was established in 1996.

Tara first joined CREW as a member of its Toronto chapter in 2007 and was elected to its board of directors in 2012. She then went on to serve as president of Toronto CREW in 2014. Tara will officially begin her new post in January 2016.

Tara has been practising 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.