Category Archives: Board Chair and Executive Director Messages

Tools to tackle housing affordability in Ontario

richard-bw-for-web

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

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

Summer Message from ULI’s Chair Derek Goring

derek-goring

              This summer marks my mid-term as Chair of ULI Toronto, and I am proud to be able to look back on amazing year. After a period of growth, that saw us double our membership (now over 1500), the past year was focused on program expansion and community impact. The broadening of our programming reflects a commitment to offering our membership a wide range of thought leadership, networking and educational experiences, as well as opportunities to give back to our local communities. Highlights this … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

The life and death of the New Deal for cities

richard-bw-for-web

Richard Joy, Executive Director, ULI Toronto         The dream that Canada’s largest urban hub municipalities, the engines of the national economy, will someday control the levers necessary for the advancement of their economic and social well-being is dying. Also on life support is the twenty-year effort to strengthen the regional cohesion of the Greater Toronto Areas (GTA), long considered critical to the global competitiveness of Canada’s economic capital. For the second time in 18-months a provincial government has thwarted the initiative of a major Canadian city to … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

Are Tory’s Toll Roads Toronto’s Coming of Age?

richard-bw-for-web

Whatever the ultimate outcome of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s massive political gamble to propose road tolls on the city’s two expressways, it exposed something quite remarkable: Toronto’s coming of age. For years Toronto’s social and business leaders spun themselves in circles seeking an elusive tax solution to propose to our politicians. Many bold offerings came forth by some of the most counter intuitive organizations, ranging from the boards of trade and chambers of commerce to automobile lobbyists to various industry groups. And not one, but two provincial reports advanced recommendations, … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

Make Your City A Better Place in 2017!

holiday_card2016-2

          Dear ULI Toronto Members: As we close out 2016 for the holiday break I want to ask you to do one (1) small piece of homework to be ready for the new year ahead… On January 3rd we will be launching our third annual #CityResolve twitter campaign. Over four days, this initiative challenges Torontonians to commit to something that over the course of the year will improve our city region. The campaign is a simple one. Follow us on Twitter (@ULIToronto) and tweet (or email … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

End of Year Message from Chair, Derek Goring

derek-goring

The calendar year end marks the mid-point of my first year as Chair of ULI Toronto, and I am very proud of the amazing level of energy and activity that we’ve already delivered as we embark on a new chapter for ULI in the Toronto Region. It is a chapter focused on community engagement and impact across the region, leveraging the recent growth in capacity of the organization achieved through the tremendous support of our volunteers, partners and sponsors. Our plan calls on us to more deeply engage in public … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

A Message from Incoming Chair Derek Goring

derk_goringlrg

My tenure as Chair of ULI Toronto picks up on an amazing period of growth in organizational capacity and influence for our District Council. It is an exciting moment for us. Entering its twelfth year in the region, ULI Toronto has established itself as major institution within a broad and healthy constellation of city and region building organizations. Our DNA as a multi-disciplinary, public and private sector, and international network makes us a unique leadership platform. As Rob notes in his outgoing Chair message, we will leverage this gained momentum … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

Housing Affordability- Is it up to the Province?

richard-bw-for-web

Housing affordability seems to have leap frogged transit, crime, the economy, the environment and even hydro rates as the number one issue of civic conversation. And no longer is it only a concern for the low income – a demographic whose ranks have swollen – it is front of mind for mid to high income citizens (and voters) as well. Almost an entire generation of professionals earning decent incomes may be denied home ownership, whether they choose the urban core or the suburbs. And renters looking to dodge the real … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

Brexit, Donald Trump, and Rob Ford. The Global Zeitgeist of the Future?

richard-bw-for-web

Recent global context suggests that the rise and enduring strength of Ford Nation (which spills well beyond Toronto’s borders) is representative of broadening unrest within western democracies where too many feel that they are outside of the institutions that are shaping our future and the opportunities afforded by it. Irrational or not, these populist expressions speak to a need to improve our public dialog relating to matters affecting the economy, social inclusion, climate and quality of life. And this is true whether the focus is the European Union, the presidency … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment

A Message from Outgoing Chair Rob Spanier

RobPhoto-newV2

What an honour it has been to serve as ULI Toronto Chair for the past two years. I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish together From the outset my tenure as Chair had the objective to advance the Toronto region in pursuit of the Urban Land Institute’s mission to advance the responsible use of land. We sought to do this by leveraging the assets of our multi-disciplinary membership spanning across the private and public sectors, and our robust international network. Part of our strategy was … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Leave a comment