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Toronto: No Accidental City


Celebrating our city and our global leadership isn’t something we are especially good at as Torontonians.  But the truth is that we have a lot to celebrate as we and our predecessors have truly build a globally magnificent city.    Special thanks to the team at Urban Strategies for producing this inspiring video. Click to view video

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3 Toronto Diamonds go in depth on the city’s ongoing evolution at 9th Annual Fireside Chat


View Photos Here Watch Video Here By Brad Stewart, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope       ULI Toronto’s 9th Annual Fireside Chat brought with it a unique theme this year, with the organization choosing to host three successful and highly regarded professionals in their respective fields whose common affiliation at a basic level is their last names. The three “Diamonds” invited to be interviewed during this year’s event were A.J. Diamond (Jack) of Diamond Schmitt Architects, Dr. Sara Diamond (Sara) President of OCAD University and Stephen Diamond (Stephen) of Diamond Corp. With … Read More

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Kick off Key Note: Global Giants, Local Heros


Symposium Day 1: Monday April 24, 2017 – 8:00AM A celebration of international land use leadership rooted in the Toronto Region. Featuring a “super panel” of corporate giants and global city building leaders and investors who call Toronto home and the world their market. The panel will put a spotlight on our region’s urban leadership and impact around the world. Moderator Janet De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade Panel   Jim Berry, Senior Vice President, HATCH Michael Cooper, President and Chief Responsible Officer, Dream David Thom, … Read More

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ULI members get exclusive behind the scenes tour of Toronto’s Air Canada Centre


By Daniel Nedecki, IBI Group           About 30 excited ULI Toronto members met on the evening of March 22, 2017 for an exclusive tour of Canada’s premier sporting and event facility. The group’s guide and host was the Air Canada Centre’s very own Security Services Manager, Collin Ritch, who appeared to be as enthusiastic about his job at the ACC as the day he started over seven years ago. By way of introduction, Ritch explained that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Partnership (MLSE) owns the Air … Read More

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Plug into the Electric Cities Symposium


            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto hosts major city building symposium on placemaking, mobility and technology April 24 and 25 TORONTO (April 11, 2017) – Defining cities through major parks. Reimagining future mobility in the suburbs. Identifying disruptive forces in real estate. Building neighbourhoods around food. Empowering citizens to be the chief planners and place makers. These are just a handful of the discussions that will take place at Toronto’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) highly-anticipated Electric Cities Symposium April 24-25 at the … Read More

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ULI Symposium Features Panels in Placemaking, Mobility & Technology


FEATURED PANELS Food is an attraction, builds community and is fundamental to life. From integrated urban agriculture to farmer’s markets to food halls, food is increasingly key to establishing and strengthening real estate markets and creating the foundation for great neighbourhoods. City building has leaped to the forefront of the climate change challenge, sparking an international innovation race to design economically competitive, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable urban regions, and the ultimate integration of mobility and community. Last month, Waterfront Toronto launched what it seeks to be a globally precedent … Read More

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Norm Li gives ULI members an inside look at his cutting edge architectural visualization studio


By Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng #AlwaysBetter reads the company mantra that’s painted in bold letters adorning the hallway leading up to the office of Norm Li. This mantra is perhaps what has led the studio to grow from a small freelance practice that started from the basement of Li’s parents to what has now become Canada’s largest architectural visualization studio, imagining projects around the globe. The studio creates carefully crafted renderings, animations, and now offers interactive Virtual Reality experiences for the real estate and design industry. For a unique ULI Toronto … Read More

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10 industry leaders gather to talk shop at ULI Toronto’s 2017 Career Event


By: Janani Mahendran, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Housing           You’ve heard about speed-dating, but what about speed mentoring? On March 14, ULI Toronto invited a number of students and young professionals to participate in an evening of candid discussion with  a diverse group of leaders in the real estate and land development industry. Attendees of the ULI Toronto 2017 Career Event got to choose to engage in casual conversations with four speakers by rotating at roundtables at 20-minute intervals to gain valuable insight into the job … Read More

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More Amazing Panels Announced to ULI Toronto Symposium


  The ULI Toronto Symposium will challenge Canada’s largest and fastest growing city region to become a global leader on how to make cities better places to live, work, learn, play and invest. Convening experts internationally and regionally to address the most current real estate topics at the intersection of MOBILITY, PLACEMAKING & TECHNOLOGY For more information visit our Symposium Page

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From High Line to Millennium Park: How Major Parks Transform the Urban Experience

ULI TORONTO SYMPOSIUM Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON April 24-25, 2017 TUESDAY APRIL 25, at 12PM Demand for open public space has fast become the urban challenge of our time as global cities seek to accommodate employment & population growth in their central cores. Cities across North America & the world are securing large tracts of public realm space to meet demands of labour attractiveness, economic competitiveness, tourism, urban development & renewal. Learn from the experience of these major, recent, large scale public realm projects & what their lessons … Read More

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