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Toronto- A World Class City

Toronto is not a world-class city. To think otherwise is delusional and un-Canadian. We are a humble, beta-city that knows our place in the world. If you don’t believe me, ask any self-respecting local urbanist. But can we at least allow that we are a global city? It may be semantics, but as North America’s fastest growing city region — recently passing Chicago in population and tracking to surpass Los Angeles by mid-century —is it untoward to acknowledge our international ascendency? We accept that we are the world’s most diverse … Read More

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Member Profile – Hillary Marshall, GTAA

By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate           Hillary Marshall, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations and Communications at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (“GTAA”), has come full circle in her current role. Working out of Lester B. Pearson International Airport (“Toronto Pearson”), the Mississauga native draws perspective from a long career in public affairs and communications to bring rapid transformation to a global hub in Canada. Specializing in all aspects of communications, including government and stakeholder relations and crisis and issues management, Hillary possesses over 20 … Read More

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What does the Fair Housing Plan mean for the future of real estate in the GTA?

By Brad Stewart, Project Manager, AGC Glass Click Here to View Presentations          Toronto’s real estate community gathered at the offices of McMillan LLP on June 26, 2017 to review the latest statistics for residential real estate transactions and metrics and to hear from a panel of experts for an assessment of the impacts of Ontario’s Fair Housing legislation. McMillan’s offices offered a beautiful view of the city skyline, which seemed fitting given the skyline’s plethora of condos and their relevance to the topic of discussion. The panelists … Read More

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Passionate urbanists from across the industry rub shoulders at the 2017 ULI Toronto Summer Social

By Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng Inc. View Photos Here         There’s something special about connecting with like-minded individuals passionate about city building against the backdrop of one of the most stunning views of Toronto’s skyline. Now in its 7th year, the ULI Summer Social took place at Lavelle, currently King West’s most prominent rooftop hospitality venue. The July 13th event was supported by Cushman & Wakefield, Harris Sheaffer (bar sponsors), architectsAlliance, Hullmark, Triangles (cabana sponsors), Diamond Schmitt, GBCA, Rumble (supporting sponsors), and ZToday (partner sponsor). Freed Development … Read More

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Touring Ontario’s Silicon Valley with local players who are pushing the region forward

By: Michael Nangle, Allied REIT, and Monika Rau, Dream           Starting off bright and early on May 5, 2017, a group of 30 curious ULI Toronto members ventured on a tour to Ontario’s Silicon Valley, the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) Region. KW has experienced tremendous buzz over the past few years as techies look to this location for inspiration. The Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor is known as a hub for high-growth companies developing breakthrough discoveries with huge investment potential, being home to over 5,000 start-ups, as well as a … Read More

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Tools to tackle housing affordability in Ontario

By Richard Joy, Executive Director, ULI Toronto No Toronto real-estate story has dominated 2017 more than the sudden spike of housing prices and its social consequences. While the dream of becoming a homeowner of anything larger than a shoe box has long escaped those with their sights on downtown neighbourhoods, the nightmare of being priced out of our region’s suburbs is also setting in. This concern was at the foundation of a recent housing conference that the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto helped organize with the Canadian Urban Institute and the … Read More

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Join Our Team – ULI Toronto is Hiring

          ULI – Marketing & Communications Assistant POSITION TITLE:                          Marketing and Communications Assistant DEPARTMENT:                              District Councils LOCATION:                                     Toronto           POSITION STATUS:                      FULL TIME ULI (URBAN LAND INSTITUTE) ULI – the Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. With over 1500 members, ULI Toronto is the first Canadian District Council that … Read More

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Post a Job with ULI Toronto!

Post a Job with ULI Toronto   Have a job posting? Are you looking to promote a recent job opening to the industry? ULI Toronto’s monthly newsletter reaches over 6,000 industry professionals within the real estate and development community.   For rates, specs and information please email toronto@uli.org or phone 647-258-0017.

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Here’s what we learned about the revitalized City of Pittsburgh on the 2017 ULI City Exchange

Christine Chea, Graywood Developments View Photos Here         This year’s destination for the ULI Toronto City Exchange was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 28 members taking part in a whirlwind tour of the City of Bridges on June 23 and 24. The timing of this tour coincided with Pittsburgh’s recent moment in the spotlight, after the current US President commented that policymakers’ focus should be on “Pittsburgh, not Paris”. On this exchange, ULI Toronto members learned firsthand how far the city has come from the decades-old image of the … Read More

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ULI Toronto members get behind-the-scenes tour of the upcoming Woodbine development

By Daniel Nedecki, IBI Group           ULI members congregated in downtown Toronto in the late afternoon on May 31 to take a shuttle ride out to the Woodbine Racetrack grounds. Toronto’s most prominent horse racing site is located north west of the city’s core, directly adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The intense congestion delaying our arrival was a master class on planning and the importance of public access. The ULI group arrived at the racetrack much later than anticipated however this time was in no way lost … Read More

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