Category Archives: Members Only Tours

Touring Ontario’s Silicon Valley with local players who are pushing the region forward


By: Michael Nangle, Allied REIT, and Monika Rau, Dream           Starting off bright and early on May 5, 2017, a group of 30 curious ULI Toronto members ventured on a tour to Ontario’s Silicon Valley, the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) Region. KW has experienced tremendous buzz over the past few years as techies look to this location for inspiration. The Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor is known as a hub for high-growth companies developing breakthrough discoveries with huge investment potential, being home to over 5,000 start-ups, as well as a … Read More

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ULI Toronto members get behind-the-scenes tour of the upcoming Woodbine development


By Daniel Nedecki, IBI Group           ULI members congregated in downtown Toronto in the late afternoon on May 31 to take a shuttle ride out to the Woodbine Racetrack grounds. Toronto’s most prominent horse racing site is located north west of the city’s core, directly adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The intense congestion delaying our arrival was a master class on planning and the importance of public access. The ULI group arrived at the racetrack much later than anticipated however this time was in no way lost … 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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ULI members get exclusive behind the scenes tour of Toronto’s Air Canada Centre


By Daniel Nedecki, IBI Group           About 30 excited ULI Toronto members met on the evening of March 22, 2017 for an exclusive tour of Canada’s premier sporting and event facility. The group’s guide and host was the Air Canada Centre’s very own Security Services Manager, Collin Ritch, who appeared to be as enthusiastic about his job at the ACC as the day he started over seven years ago. By way of introduction, Ritch explained that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Partnership (MLSE) owns the Air … 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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Members Only Tour says goodbye to iconic Honest Ed’s and hello to future Mirvish Village


By: Monika Rau, Dream         On February 2, 2017, 35 ULI members came together for the final ever group tour of Honest Ed’s, Toronto’s iconic discount department store. The site of the popular store was put up for sale on July 16, 2013, and the store closed its doors in December 2016, after 68 years in business. Now, Westbank Projects Corp., the new owner of the 4.5-acre site, has something fresh in store: inspired by Ed Mirvish himself, the site is to be redeveloped as part of a … 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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Cycling the Humber Trail with Toronto’s Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat


            By Kendra FitzRandolph, NXT City “It is a perfect day for a bike ride!” That’s not something you expect to hear from Toronto’s incomparable chief city planner on the first weekend in November. But this was exactly what was said by Jennifer Keesmaat and reiterated by this writer and sixteen other lucky ULI members who got to ride on the sold out annual ULI Bike Tour. This year, the route was inspired by our chief city planner’s #CityResolve commitment to “Bike the Humber” ravine … 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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