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Isabella Villegas

Vice President, Toronto

I vividly remember the first time I began to have an appreciation for the built environment. I was studying architecture at the University of Waterloo—a path I chose because I thought it would allow me to integrate my love of math, history and art into a single profession. However, seeing the creativity of my peers and professors spill across the walls when we pinned up our designs made me fall in love with buildings and the process of bringing buildings to life.

After earning my Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, I received my Project Management Professional Designation through the University of Toronto. Since then, I have held project management roles at companies including, Stantec, Halsall Engineering (now WSP) as well as Architecture roles at Zeidler Partnership, running projects ranging in size from 7,000 SF to 1,200,000 SF. Today, I am a Vice President of Project Management at MGAC, where I lead a team of project managers in our Toronto office, supporting them and our clients from conception through move-in.

There are many things I love about my job, but my favorite would have to be helping a client realize their vision, then protecting it throughout the project’s lifecycle. I invest so much into my work, every client project truly feels like my own. I also enjoy the collective team aspect that project management brings, and nothing brings me joy quite like seeing my teams succeed.

I draw inspiration from all the incredible women in my life—my mother, sister, grandmother, aunts, and community of girlfriends. They show me every day what it looks like to set goals and achieve them through hard work and positivity. When I’m not working, you can find me hanging out with my family—especially my four-year-old daughter, Nova—watching basketball, attending her soccer practices and trying new recipes. Above all, she reminds me that it’s important to find time to laugh.

I enjoy the collective team aspect that project management brings, and nothing brings me joy quite like seeing my teams succeed.

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