SAC Women in Surety Breakfast Event & Fireside Chat

Women in Surety

~ Cette session sera présentée en anglais seulement. ~

Members of the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) are invited to attend our upcoming Women in Surety breakfast event, which will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

The event will include a Fireside Chat and Q&A with Taya Cook, Director of Development at Urban Capital and Sherry Larjani, Managing Partner at Spotlight Developments who joined forces to conceptualize Reina, a mid-rise boutique condominium project designed and developed by women, but built for everyone.

Together, Cook and Larjani assembled a team of female experts from a range of industries including but not limited to construction management, architecture, engineering (including structural, mechanical and electrical), legal, marketing and sales. Every aspect of Reina has been run by a woman in a leadership role with the goal of drawing awareness to the significant gender imbalance that exists in real estate development and providing role models to encourage more women to enter these fields.

Cook and Larjani will share how their combined passions helped to conceptualize the project, the processes and challenges that they faced (and continue to face), all while balancing life, family and work. 

About the Panelists:

Taya Cook
Director of Development, Urban Capital 

As the first employee hired at Urban Capital 18 year ago, Taya has had the unique experience to grow with a company that has become one of Canada’s top residential developers.

As the company’s Director of Development, Taya has spent her career surrounded by mostly great men….and noticeably few women. So, when an article came out listing the top developers in Toronto, and all 20 of them were men, she felt compelled to react. In 2019, she, along with partner Sherry Larjani from Spotlight Development, announced Reina, the first project designed and developed by an all-star team of women, with the goal of creating a platform to showcase women in development and to encourage others to enter the field.

With extensive interviews for the New York Times, Oprah Magazine and many others, Taya is a strong supporter of women in senior positions and has a keen interest to shake up the industry’s status quo.

Sherry Larjani
Managing Partner, Spotlight Developments

Sherry Larjani is an experienced real estate developer and entrepreneur, with a focus on creating beautifully designed spaces that bring her visions to life.

Sherry began her career working as a designer at a luxury architecture firm in Toronto and quickly progressed into building new single-home builds and renovation jobs. In 2010, Sherry created Spotlight Developments, specializing in the acquisition of properties for redevelopment into high density residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects. An advocate for collaboration, she champions inclusivity and teamwork as a foundation for a successful approach towards real estate development. In 2019, Sherry partnered with Urban Capital to create Reina, a project with Canada's first all-female development team to raise awareness of gender inequality in the industry and the many roles’ women can play.


  • Individual - Full Members: $85.00 per person
  • Individual - Affiliate Members: $95.00 per person

Price includes a served breakfast, meet-and-greet/networking, Fireside Chat and Q&A.

While this session is being arranged for women in surety, any direct employees of SAC member firms are welcome to register to attend; in fact, it is very much encouraged.

Please note that this is a separate event which will be held on the same day as the Surety Association of Canada’s (SAC) Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala Dinner event taking place later in the day; hence, a separate fee will be required to attend the breakfast.


Registrants are requested to submit questions that they may have for the panelists upon submission of their registration.

For questions related to this event, please contact Sharon Clark-Koufis at sclark [at] or at (905) 677-1353 ext. 202.

Cancellation Policy:
Please note that cancellations received after September 7, 2022, will be invoiced for the full amount. Credits will not be provided for no shows.

Health & Safety Guidelines:
The health and safety of the Surety Association of Canada's (SAC) employees, volunteers, association members and stakeholders are a priority. SAC is committed to taking every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of the health and safety of its employees, volunteers, association members and stakeholders from the hazard of COVID-19.

Attendees of this event will be required to complete a COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement, Liability Wavier and Release of Claims form on-line here:

In addition, SAC is committed to continued compliance with any applicable provincial, regional and/or local health and safety requirements, including compliance with requirements enforced by the Sheraton Centre Toronto; to review their "Commitment to Clean", go to:

Additional Notes:
Registration is restricted to direct employees of SAC member firms. Not a member? Join today! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Special Thanks to our Women in Surety Champion Sponsor!

9/21/2022 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Eastern Daylight Time

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