Monthly Archives: November 2014

Event Recap: WLI Breakfast with Delee Fromm

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View Photos View Presentation Make Your Value Visible By: Stephanie Kwast Last month, ULI’s 2014 WLI Championship Team members, and women from across the Toronto development and real estate industry, were treated to Delee Fromm’s charismatic presentation, Make Your Value Visible, based on her book Advancing Your Legal Career. In an information-packed hour, Delee focused on her five ‘Golden Nuggets’ for career advancement: self-promotion, building a brand, internal networking, executive presence, and building business. She drew on her diverse experience (from psychologist, to lawyer, to career coach and author) to offer … Read More

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Students: Compete for $50,000 in the ULI Hines Competition

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The 13th annual ULI Hines Competition is now accepting applications from graduate student teams for 2015. Challenge yourself to create thriving communities with this student urban design and development competition, sponsored by Gerald D. Hines. Put your skills and ideas to the test and compete to win $50,000. Teams must apply by December 8 to be eligible. Successful real estate development and design in the 21st century requires intensive collaboration across disciplines and sectors. In the ULI Hines Competition, you will have the chance to form a multidisciplinary team with … Read More

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Event Recap: Annual Real Estate Forecast

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View Photos View Video View Attendees View Andrew Warren Presentation View Ben Myers Presentation View John O’Bryan Presentation Urbanization is here to stay By Peter Sobchak October 28th was not a normal weekday. It was the morning after Toronto’s Mayoral election, and the results confirmed that we were saved from another embarrassing four years of Mayoral bumbling. Although early morning, the mood in the trading floor room at the Design Exchange was like a huge weight had been lifted off the collective shoulders of those gathering to hear the results … Read More

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The many hands in John Street’s rebirth

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By Brandon G. Donnelly Sometime this fall, the Rockport Group is expected to file a development application for a new mixed-use project at 22 John Street in the community of Weston in Toronto. The proposal is expected to include a community/cultural centre, affordable artist spaces, an outdoor area for a farmer’s market, and a purpose-built rental apartment building containing approximately 300 units. The project is a partnership between the Rockport Group, Woodburn Capital (who own an adjacent apartment building), the vendor Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), and Artscape, and all signs point … Read More

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Sponsor Profile: DIALOG

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By Jenny Seo The multidisciplinary design firm, DIALOG, is an amalgamation of some of Canada’s most established practices across Canada and was renamed in 2010 to convey the collaborative approach of the in-house architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and sustainability specialists. With studios in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, DIALOG has since matured and continues to deliver unique design solutions through innovative thinking, sustainable leadership, design excellence and strong project management. DIALOG’s integrated services are award-winning and is being leveraged on a growing number of GTA … Read More

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3 years & 11 months to get our region moving

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Three years, 11 months and seven days. That’s the length of time between last month’s municipal vote and the next provincial election. Never in Toronto’s history have we had a longer election-free period for the two orders of government that most directly impact our region. This kind of political stability is a once-in-a-lifetime event. This unique opportunity must not be squandered if we want to build a more livable, healthier and more prosperous region. This is especially true in the area of transportation and planning, which was a ballot question … Read More

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Welcome New Members!

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ULI Toronto would like to welcome our newest members, who joined between September 16th and November 10th, 2014. The shared wisdom and experience of our members is what makes ULI unique. Member leadership and expertise make it possible for ULI to offer what it is known for: the gold standard in quality programs and research, and the opportunity to make an impact on communities. Not a member? Join today! Full Members Public Andrew Arifuzzaman, University of Toronto, Scarborough Valesa Faria,Toronto Community Housing Corporation Mark Guslits, Mark Guslits & Assoc.  Associate Private … Read More

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Schulich’s 9th annual Real Estate and Infrastructure Perspectives Lecture

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Nearly 300 students, alumni, and industry professionals attended Schulich’s 9th annual Real Estate and Infrastructure Perspectives Lecture at Toronto’s King Edward Hotel on October 23. The highly successful event was presented by the Schulich Program in Real Estate and Infrastructure, and the Schulich Real Property Alumni Association (SRPAA). Keynote speaker Edward Sonshine, LLB ’70, Chief Executive Officer at RioCan REIT, walked down memory lane, addressing both the “rainy days and sunny ones” that have come with running Canada’s largest Real Estate Investment Trust. Sonshine, who was introduced by Jay Hennick, BA ’78, Hon … Read More

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WLI Profile: Leslie Woo

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By Robyn Brown and Emily Graham Leslie Woo, Vice President of Policy, Planning and Innovation at Metrolinx, sees evidence of her work every day when she looks out her office window at the construction going on at Union Station. As part of the Senior executive Management Team driving The Big Move, Leslie is responsible for guiding the strategic planning of transportation into construction and delivery for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area as well as directing the public investment over the next 10-25 years. She steers her team “like a … Read More

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Walk with Joy

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ULI Toronto’s Executive Director and the Ontario Director of the Pembina Institute discuss what homebuyers apparently want versus what they are getting. By Richard Joy Eighty one per cent of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) homebuyers want walkable, transit-friendly neighbourhoods to live in, according to a report released by the Pembina Institute and RBC this fall. And yet a significant percentage will settle for car-dependent communities. Shouldn’t we be changing this paradox? I took a walk along Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto’s west end with the report’s author and Ontario Director of … Read More

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