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BEAT Talk with Bonny McLoud of Gensler

  • Gensler 150 King Street West - Suite 1400 Toronto, ON, M5H 3T9 Canada (map)

BEAT is continuing to work in collaboration with local Architects to provide a platform for promoting equality within the profession, through networking and leadership opportunities. BEAT Talks are a series discussions held at the offices of varying Architects across the city. Host will share their learned experience.

We are honoured to have Bonny McLoud of Gensler host the upcoming BEAT Talk session on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.


Bonny McLoud

Managing Director/ Principal, Gensler

A Co-Managing Director of Gensler Toronto, Bonny brings nearly three decades of experience in commercial design and a passion for integrating interior and base building architecture. Having worked on projects ranging from corporate headquarters to trading floors, Bonny has a deep understanding of and Corporate Headquarters and is a veteran leader within the firm’s Financial Services Firms practice. A registered architect in Ontario and as well in the U.S. and a registered interior designer in Texas, she excels in successfully leading the workplace strategy and design of large, complex projects. Bonny has served a number of senior leadership roles, including directing the firm’s Project Management Steering Committee for 15 years and shaping policy on Gensler’s Management Committee. Committed to supporting her community, Bonny served on the Board of Directors of AIA Houston, CREW Houston, and the Corporate Guild for Dress for Success; and now is an active member of Toronto CREW and ULI.

Magic Moment: Beyond graduate school, MANY moments – gleaned from amazing client / consultant leaders, have helped hone my business acumen. While motherhood strengthened my patience and empathy, travel inspired awareness and creativity, it was curiosity about the success of business and cities, which drove me to be a continuous student. As innovators, we have the rare opportunity to voyeur into global companies / developments / cities, understand drivers and create effective solutions. I cannot think of a more rewarding career.

Key Influence: Wayne Peacock / President, USAA P&C: As a young RE leader, Wayne taught me that EVERY encounter is an opportunity. Be prepared, treat everyone as a client, and remember success for one is success for all.

Robin Klehr-Avia / Gensler, Mng. Principal: Face each day, every issue with a “can do” attitude. Challenges are there to be resolved.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Global climate change and carbon footprint are having an enormous impact not only on Canadian cities, but on the precious resources across these vast lands. We need to look very long, far past political ebb and flow, to guide the course now for future generations. ULI / WLI can help create the forum and the connection for this vital effort.

On Championing Others: Lead by example – sponsor, encourage, mentor and motivate – through the creation of classes/programs in practice, management and leadership, and by involvement in local chapters of global programs such as “Lean In”, I have made an attempt to pay forward, in honor of the wonderful mentors who always had an open door for me.

Secret Talent: I can tie a great bow! For black tie events bearing gifts, I have it all “wrapped up”.

One word that captures you: Tenacious


Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

Limited tickets to the event will be available on Friday, June 7th at noon. All attendees are required to be 19 years of age or older.

Doors will open at 6:15 with the discussion starting at 7pm followed by Q&A / networking session until 8:30pm.

BEAT Talks qualifies for OAA Learning Hours.