Category Archives: Member Profile

Member Profile: Chandran Fernando, Ambassador for Change and Progression

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By Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate                 Gender parity is the new norm that many industries are striving towards. The real estate and development industry is no exception. The focus on people is integral and is the core to any successful business. ULI Toronto’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) launched in 2012 and built the foundation for a conversation to spotlight the importance of gender parity. As a result, in 2015 a new campaign was born: SheWithHe, co-founded by Toni Rossi, President, Real … Read More

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Member Profile: Kendra FitzRandolph, Development Coordinator, Hullmark Developments Ltd.

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By Seemal Saif, Regional Municipality of York           Kendra FitzRandolph is not your typical city builder (in the making). Her diverse educational background and career has given her the ability to view development from a unique lens, breaking the traditional silos and integrating the various elements of placemaking into a comprehensive vision. While Kendra is a planner, she did not craft or plan her entry into the field in a conventional sense. “I just fell into planning,” she candidly admits. Her first role as a summer … Read More

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Member Profile: Laurie Payne, Vice President, Development at DiamondCorp

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By Robyn Brown, IBI Group               With the recently announced ULI Top 40 Under 40, Laurie Payne is one of only two Canadians selected for the great honour that recognizes the best young land-use professionals from around the globe. In her current role as the Vice President of Development at DiamondCorp, Laurie is in charge of one of the city’s largest redevelopment projects, the 60-acre former Celestica Site at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. Formerly employment lands, the new development will create a … Read More

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Member Profile: Fabienne Chan, City Builder, Data Analyst, Urbanist

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By Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate          As an active member of ULI Toronto and an emerging leader under 35, Fabienne Chan’s passion for city building has not gone unnoticed. In ULI Toronto, she is known for having played an essential role within the Communications Committee, helping to grow the organization’s presence, both online and offline. In the industry, Fabienne is known for her former position as a market analyst at residential market data firm Urbanation and as a founding member of #SitTO, a campaign that … Read More

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From Young Leader to ULI Toronto Chair: Derek Goring’s Rise through the Ranks

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By Sean MacKay, BuzzBuzzHome       As a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in its fledgling days, the typical 20-something does not often envision occupying the organization’s top position years later. That was certainly the case for Derek Goring, chair of ULI Toronto, when he joined the nascent district council in 2006. But as Goring’s career in land development advanced while he gained valuable experience volunteering on ULI committees, he gravitated toward taking on greater leadership roles in the organization. Now, after ten years of membership, Goring, vice president … Read More

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Member Profile: Valerie (Val) Shuttleworth, Chief Planner of York Region

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By Seemal Saif, Economic Business Analyst, York Region         As a long-time advocate for positive urban change, Val Shuttleworth, the Chief Planner of York Region, has faced the challenge of keeping up with rapid transformation. Speaking about her career in York Region, Val marvels at the evolution that has taken place. “In 10 years, seeing York Region transform from a collection of towns and villages to an emerging urban entity has been very exciting for me,” Val remarks. After spending the formative years of her career working … Read More

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Member Profile: Les Klein, Quadrangle Architects

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By Cyril Tomlinson                 For Les Klein, it wasn’t always about devoting his life to urban development, much less in the City of Toronto. In fact, when he first arrived at the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology it was to study as a theoretical mathematician. Before long, with a little help from an introduction to architecture class, it became clear that a career in architecture and urban development was more suited to the professed lover of cities. From a young age, Les was fascinated by the makeup … Read More

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Member Profile: Carlos Salazar, Municipality of Clarington

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The following is a throwback to ULI Toronto’s Winter 2006 interview with Municipality of Clarington city planner and current ULI member Carlos Salazar. The ULI team recently reached out to Carlos and asked him if he’d like to make any updates to the content of the interview so it would more accurately reflect recent developments in his life and career. As a result, portions of the original interview have been revised by Carlos. Q: What do you do for a living? A: I am a city planner and have been … Read More

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Member Profile: Ed Sajecki, City of Mississauga

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The following is a throwback to ULI Toronto’s Fall 2009 interview with City of Mississauga planner and current ULI member Ed Sajecki. The ULI team recently reached out to Ed and asked him if he’d like to make any updates to the content of the interview so it would more accurately reflect recent developments in his life and career. Portions of the original interview have been revised by Ed.   Q: Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do for a living? A: I’ve been Commissioner of Planning … Read More

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Member Profile: Tim Jones, Artscape

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The following is a throwback to ULI Toronto’s Fall 2009 interview with ULI member Tim Jones, President and CEO of Artscape. Following Artscape’s inception in 1986, the Toronto not-for-profit organization has become a leader in making space for creativity within communities, with the aim of transforming them into hubs for arts and culture. Since this interview was first published in 2009, Artscape has opened Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Youngplace, Artscape Sandbox, Artscape Lofts at Simcoe, Artscape Lofts and Pace projects; and is currently developing Artscape Weston Hub in the northeast section … Read More

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