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Congratulations to the participants of the 2017 Urban Leadership Program!


                Over the last eight-month program, participants of the Urban Leadership Program have been working in teams and sharing their expertise and advice to develop recommendations.  The program has been developed by a multidisciplinary expert team led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford. Leaders had the opportunity to collaborate with top industry peers from various real estate disciplines, to engage in solving real land use challenges within a defined region of Toronto District involving key stakeholders from the private, public, … Read More

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Meet The Chiefs 2017: A path to overcome the greatest planning & development challenges of the 21st century


By Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng Inc. View Pictures View Program         This post is part of a series covering ULI Toronto’s Electric Cities Spring 2017 Symposium which took place on April 24 and 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. ULI Toronto’s second city building symposium saw over 1,000 industry professionals gather to learn and engage on topics revolving around placemaking, mobility and technology. “People are not persuaded by facts, but enticed by perspective,” remarked keynote speaker Maarten Hajer as he gazed across the packed ballroom at … Read More

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ULI members explore inner workings of two of Toronto’s most important and architecturally impressive cathedrals


By: Amber Couse, Concordia University, City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Graduate         On Saturday, April 8th, ULI Toronto members had the privilege of experiencing a private tour of the city’s St. Michael’s Cathedral and St. James Basilica, which uncovered the inner workings of church organizations that often go unseen to the average visitor. Carol Bragagnolo,the project manager working on St. Michael’s restoration, and Nancy Mallett, the archivist at St. James, led the tours at their respective churches. They are both experts in how these institutions operate and … Read More

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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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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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ULI brings Emerging Trends in Real Estate event to Ottawa for the first time


By Tara Vasdani, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP     On February 8, 2017, the Urban Land Institute held its first-ever breakfast event in the nation’s capital, highlighting the ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Canadian Real Estate 2017 report and drawing a sold out audience of over 100 members of Ottawa’s real estate community. Hosted at the offices of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the event was moderated by Nadia King, Partner at PwC Canada, who was joined by a panel of industry leaders, including Susan Murphy, Vice President of Development at The … Read More

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Union Station Revitalized: An inside look at the past, present and future of Toronto’s most important transit hub


By: Andrew Muscat           Every major global city has a critical transportation hub that acts as the main entrance and exit to their respective metropolises. In Toronto, Union Station undoubtedly serves this key purpose within our great city. Union Station facilitates the movement of over 200,000 citizens daily through its transportation systems. Despite its vital role, the station’s infrastructure was badly in need of repairs and construction has been underway since 2009 to make significant improvements to the hub. Already these changes have made a difference … Read More

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Members Only Breakfast explores vision driving the City of Hamilton’s waterfront redevelopment


By Marcus Bowman, Metrolinx         You could almost see Hamilton from high atop the Bay-Wellington Tower as ULI Toronto members gathered for breakfast at the host offices of McMillan LLP. The expansive view of Lake Ontario’s shore was a fitting backdrop for an event focused on the waterfront of the GTHA’s western anchor and its ever-growing attractiveness to the Toronto real estate and development community. The buzz about Hamilton was palpable among ULI members with Toronto District Council Executive Director Richard Joy noting that events about Hamilton … Read More

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These are the Top Trends to Watch in Canada and US Real Estate in 2017


By Seemal Saif, Economic Business Analyst, Region Municipality of York Images Courtesy of RedFlixx Photograhpy View Photo Gallery View Andrew Warren Presentation View Blake Hutcheson Presentation View George Carras Presentation View Paul Morassutti Presentation Download Emerging Trends In Real Estate Report On November 4th, 2016, ULI Toronto hosted the presentation of the annual ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate report for 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. The event space was packed with an audience of 700, all eager to hear an in-depth analysis of the real estate market in … Read More

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Event Recap: Brian L. Curtner Legacy Fund


By: Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng Inc.       On the evening of October 6th 2016, Quadrangle Architects hosted a reception honouring the recipients of the inaugural ULI Toronto Legacy Fund, which provides yearly ULI Associate Memberships to emerging leaders below the age of 35. This idea came about as a way to celebrate the late Brian L. Curtner, who founded Quadrangle in 1986 with Les Klein. Since its inception, Quadrangle has grown into a renowned design firm with over 140 staff and a broad portfolio of work throughout Canada and … Read More

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