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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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Event Recap: Waterfront 905: Exploring the GTHA’s Dynamic Development Frontier


By Kathy Ribeiro, Empire Communities Media Coverage: The Mississauga News View Photos   On October 5th, ULI Toronto traveled west for its annual 905 event, a program that tackles an issue important to the municipalities that surround the city and make up the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). As anyone in the industry can attest, collaboration and partnerships are essential when approaching the future of development for the city and region — particularly when speaking about the GTHA’s waterfront redevelopment strategy, a collective challenge from east to west. Hosted … Read More

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Event Recap: Above Asking: Housing Affordability & the Greenbelt


By Seemal Saif, Economic Business Analyst, York Region View Photos View Video     On September 15th, 2016, ULI hosted an Electric Cities debate on perhaps the most contentious issue of land-use planning in Ontario: the impact of proposed amendments of the Growth Plan on housing affordability in the GTA. ULI Toronto Vice Chair, Emma West told the crowd who gathered at the Toronto Reference Library for the event that the purpose of the debate was not to advocate for a particular stance on the issue. Instead, it was to … Read More

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Event Recap: Members Only Lunch & Learn on Inclusionary Zoning


By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate Click here to see the presentation         Following the release of The Economics Inclusionary Development, a report issued by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, ULI Toronto hosted an exclusive Members Only event focused on the report’s findings. Hosted by Stikeman Elliott, the sold out lunch and learn focused on a study contained in the report that examined the use of inclusionary zoning (“IZ”) in the United States as an affordable housing tool. The discussion sought to contextualize … Read More

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