Category Archives: Fireside Chat

ULI Explores Ottawa’s Future as a Major Urban Centre at 2017 Fireside Chat

By: William Cohen, Carleton University See Who Attended Here Presentation: Ottawa’s Transformation, Steven Willis Presentation: Light Rail Transit Drives Transformation, John Manconi     On Wednesday, September 19th, ULI Toronto hosted the 2017 Ottawa Fireside Chat at the Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG LLP) offices, overlooking the iconic Parliament buildings. Ottawa, a city transitioning from its mid-sized government town status to that of an up-and-coming centre for urban life, commerce, technology and culture, is investing enormously in rapid transit infrastructure and transit-oriented development centres. To shed some light on Ottawa’s future, … 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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Event Recap: Fireside Chat 2016 with William Fleissig, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto

By Kathy Ribeiro, Empire Communities View Photos View Video View Attendees View Urban Toronto Article On March 8th, ULI Toronto hosted its 8th Annual Fireside Chat with guest William Fleissig, Waterfront Toronto’s new president and CEO, at the Toronto Region Board of Trade offices. The Fireside Chat format is a little different than most ULI Toronto events, staged as an informal chat between two industry leaders (while a few hundred guests listen in, of course). This year, Ken Greenberg of Greenberg Consultants conducted the interview. Greenberg is a favourite of … Read More

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Video – Fireside Chat with Mayor Tory

View video here On March 4th, a crowd of over 400 gathered at the Toronto Region Board of Trade for an intimate evening with Toronto’s new mayor, John Tory. The sold out evening was a part of ULI Toronto’s annual Fireside Chat program. Now in its seventh year, the program has become an important and highly anticipated event for the Toronto land use community. During the event, Mayor Tory was joined on stage by John Duffy, principal of the government relations and advocacy firm, StrategyCorp. The pair discussed a wide … Read More

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#AskMayorTO – A Fireside Success

View Photos View Video View Attendance View #AskMayorTO Twitter Feed By Kendra Fitzrandolph ULI Toronto is trending. We deserve to be proud and I’m going to take this moment to share our excitement. Last week, we hosted the 7th Annual Fireside Event at the Toronto Board of Trade with Mayor John Tory and Mr. John Duffy. Our event was sold out with over 400 attendees. Our guests engaged us with a myriad of topics ranging from the arts and culture to density, transit and the economy. We were privy to … Read More

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Event Recap: Fireside Chat 2014: The Menkes Family

View Photos View Video View Attendees New Condo Guide Media Coverage: Article Video A Family Affair By Danny SC Tseng “He always said you never learn anything by talking,” reminisces Steven of his late father Murray Menkes, who began as a small house builder in the 1950s. Murray, an opinionated risk-taking visionary, laid the foundation for his three sons: Alan, Steven, and Peter, who collectively elevated Menkes Developments Ltd. to new heights. Today, the Menkes Empire is responsible for some of the greatest real estate developments in the Greater Toronto … Read More

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Past Fireside Chat Videos

Our most recent Fireside Chat, with the Menkes Family, will be available soon. Please email toronto@uli.org to be notified when it becomes available. For previous Fireside Chat videos, please click on the links below.   FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MAYOR MCCALLION FIRESIDE CHAT WITH PETER SHARPE FIRESIDE CHAT WITH ED SONSHINE 

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Event Recap: Fireside Chat 2013: Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion

View Photos View Video View Attendees An impending late-winter mega-storm was not enough to curb the opinions – or the attendance of those who wanted to hear it – of equally stormy Hazel McCallion, Mayor of the City of Mississauga. On February 27, “Hurricane Hazel,” as she is affectionately known, sat down with Jennifer Keesmaat, the Chief Planner at the City of Toronto for ULI Toronto’s Fifth Annual Fireside Chat. For over an hour, the 200+ attendees at the Toronto Board of Trade were riveted by this rousing conversation between … Read More

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Event Recap – Fireside Chat 2012: Peter Sharpe

Peter Sharpe: From Winnipeg to Rio, This is Your Life “Formerly of Cadillac Fairview and now of everywhere” was the attention-grabbing introduction from John O’Brian, vice chairman of CBRE, when he sat down with longtime friend and fellow real estate veteran, Peter Sharpe, at the summer ULI Fireside chat on June 19th. The conversation touched on key people and experiences that influenced Mr. Sharpe’s career. While best known as the president and CEO of Cadillac Fairview from 2000 to 2010, Mr. Sharpe was asked to start his story at the … Read More

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A Rare Evening With Ed Sonshine

“I always remember that I’m investing my mother’s money.” This is Ed Sonshine’s guiding principle when making the most important decisions for his business, RioCan Investment Trust, in the demanding and competitive world of commercial real estate. With his trademark candour and robust sense of humour, Ed gave those in attendance at ULI’s Fireside Chat his thoughts on how best to protect and enhance the investments of your stakeholders, including those closest to you. What we learned during the hour, hosted by Fred Waks, Executive Vice President and COO of … Read More

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