Sunita Mahant, head of global initiatives, diversity, equity and inclusion, Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate wing of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
In her role as head of global initiatives, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), Sunita Mahant acts as a catalyst for the development and execution of the corporate DEI strategy by positioning Ivanhoé Cambridge as a real estate industry leader in these three areas. In addition to this role, Mahant provides strategic value-oriented solutions for projects in Canada and the Unites States related to the office and industrial assets in her capacity as senior director, legal affairs, investment management. In 2015, she was recognized by Lexpert Rising Stars as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. As lead counsel for CIBC Square, a new transformational office development in downtown Toronto of more than 3 million square feet, she was instrumental in the negotiation of the CIBC lease, approximately 1.6 million square feet, one of the largest office leases in Canadian history and winner of the 2018 Rex Award.
Recognized for her leadership qualities and keen mind, Mahant is actively involved with several organizations dedicated to workplace diversity, equity and inclusion, serving as co-president of the Promotion Committee of Women in Governance and a director of the Commercial Real Estate Equity and Diversity Council (CREED). She was the initiator and ambassador of the first Women’s Forum at Ivanhoé Cambridge.
Mahant holds a bachelor of political science and a bachelor of laws and is a member of the Ontario Bar. She received her mini-MBA from the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). She speaks four languages: Hindi, Punjabi, French and English.