With over 30 years of experience at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Godyne has made it her personal and professional priority to lead positive change within the firm for its lawyers, its clients and for the community. Now, as Regional Managing Partner for Ontario, she has been given the mandate to drive a series of initiatives that will ensure the firm continues to deliver platinum-level service to clients in Canada, New York City, London U.K. and beyond using the firm’s capacity, expertise, scale and the diversity of talent in an industry that is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Godyne started her career with a BSc in 1980 from the University of Toronto and her LL.B. in 1983 from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985.
Her extensive experience in project development, public-private partnerships, private and public procurement, commercial real estate, leasing, acquisition, disposition and construction has allowed her to take a leadership role in an array of challenging and rewarding projects that contribute to and strengthen our cities and communities. Significant landmark infrastructure and development projects across Canada include numerous public-private partnerships and other projects involving hospitals, power, transportation, universities, hotel, forensic facilities, police facilities, entertainment venues, condominium, commercial, mixed use and professional sports facilities. Ms. Sibay is consistently recognized for her expertise and experience in leading legal directories including in the most recent editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, International Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500-Canada, the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, and Martindale-Hubbell.
These projects have given her the opportunity to see firsthand how great things can be achieved with leadership, collective commitment and expertise, effective and collaborative teamwork with diverse teams and remarkable drive.
In addition to championing unprecedented client service, innovation and progression at McCarthy Tétrault and beyond, Godyne has been leading a number of projects that permit her to play a significant role in the advancement of women and equity seeking groups in the Canadian workforce. Notably, she was a founding member and co-chair of the Toronto chapter of Women’s Infrastructure Network. She was a founding member and Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative in Toronto, as well as a member of their Advisory Board. Prior to this, she was the 2013 and 2014 Co-Chair of the United Way’s Women Gaining Ground (now Women United) Initiative, and a member of the driving force behind their annual fundraising campaign, the Campaign Cabinet. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, an invitation only membership of diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents with a goal to advance women’s leadership locally and globally. She is a recipient in 2011 of the WXN Most Powerful Women in Canada Award and is a judge for the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Awards.
She has been a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America since 2018. She is also a longstanding member of the Canadian Council of Public-Private Partnerships and a judge for their National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3s. She is a member of the Ted Rogers School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Board for LEAP Pecaut for Social Impact Centre. She also sits on the boards of both the Toronto Region Board of Trade and the CivicAction Leadership Foundation. A true believer that a rising tide raises all boats, she has endowed a real estate scholarship for law students at the University of Ottawa.
As a proud supporter of the Urban Land Institute and the Toronto Region, she is honoured to be one of the co-chairs of the Urban Land Institute’s 2020 Spring Meeting bringing over 4000 real estate professionals from around the world to Toronto.