Category Archives: Signature Program

Event Recap: ULI Toronto’s 2nd Annual Meet the Chiefs Gala

By Brad Stewart, OldCastle Building Envelope View Photos View Video View Attendees View Program View Metro Article View YorkRegion.com Article View Mississauga Business News Article View Buzz Buzz Home Article On April 7h, 2016, planners and the region’s land use community gathered at the distinguished Arcadian Court event space for ULI Toronto’s 2nd Annual Meet the Chiefs gala. The hundreds that attended came to discuss the future of land use policy in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA), specifically the opportunities and challenges ahead. This sold out event brought together … Read More

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Event Recap: Annual Real Estate Forecast

View Photos      View Attendees Speaker Presentations: Andrew Warren George Carras John O’Bryan Videos: 2014 Emerging Trends in Real Estate GTA Housing & Dev’t Market Overview Canadian Market Overview “The Canadian market is in a good balance.  A nice sweet spot.” By Mary Beth Gallivan The results are in and the message is clear: not only does the Canadian real estate market continue to attract positive and even enthusiastic attention from both domestic and international investors, but signs are showing that even the U.S. market is slowly gaining momentum. This … Read More

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Event Recap: Redevelopment of Transit Corridors in the 905: Making the Vision a Reality

View Photos View Attendees View Speaker Biographies  Speaker Presentations: Leslie Woo Mary-Frances Turner Hessam Ghadaki Marilyn Ball Anson Kwok Canadians gravitate more and more towards an urbanization model. It’s everywhere, extending beyond central business districts of major cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montréal and now reaching interconnected urban nodes in the once-suburban expanses that surround them. In Ontario, the Places to Grow legislation that everyone is familiar with created a greenbelt that was there to limit sprawl and mandate intensification in many municipalities in the “905” region, and one of … Read More

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Event Recap: The Future of the Toronto Skyline: Intensification in the Downtown Core

View Photos View Speaker Presentations View Attendees Over the last decade, Toronto’s population in the downtown core has witnessed an incredible surge. According to the latest census data, Toronto’s waterfront population has increased 66 per cent in five years, more than any other neighbourhood in Toronto. The City’s skyline is a work in progress that is going through such a dramatic transformation it may seem unrecognizable in a decade, but one thing is clear: as the City grows and evolves, we will need to accommodate the people and the jobs … Read More

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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: Annual Real Estate Forecast

“We [Canada] expect nothing spectacular [in 2013], but if the world turns around we are in excellent position.” – Jonathan Miller, ULI This is how Jonathan Miller, offering his American perspective and author of ULI/PwC’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate ” publication, began his annual address to Toronto’s real estate community. Setting the tone of cautious optimism that would be echoed by the event’s other speakers, including George Carras, President of Realnet, a prominent real estate information company, and John O’Bryan, Chairman of CBRE, a leading real estate brokerage company. The … Read More

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Event Recap: The Intensification of Downtowns in the 905

From Suburb to “Huburb” The “905” regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York are among the fastest growing regions in Ontario. Making up over a quarter of Ontario’s population, these four regions account for half the annual population growth in the province. Along with the Places to Grow legislation came a greenbelt around the GTA, put there to limit sprawl and mandate intensification with some very intense density targets, for example in 2031 the target in terms of jobs and residence is 200 per hectare, similar to what’s now in … 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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Unlocking Employment Lands

“There are both theoretical and practical issues regarding employment lands,” said Mark Kindrachuk, president of Intermarket Developments Inc., as he addressed a packed room on April 16 at the Board of Trade, where a diverse range of perspectives including planner, developer, lawyer and both municipal and provincial government addressed the complex issue of unlocking employment lands for smart development. Drawing on his more-than-considerable planning expertise, Ken Greenberg, previous chief planner for the City of Toronto and now principal of Greenberg Consultants Inc., explained how relaxed zoning bylaws allowed for adaptive … Read More

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Annual Real Estate Trends Program

“Next year is not going to be as great as last year” – Jonathan Miller, ULI “2012 will see lower investment activity [than 2011], due to a slow start at the beginning of the year” – John O’Bryan, CBRE Limited “Are we pushing the limits? Yes we are.” – George Carras, RealNet It was unanimous: 2012 will not be any better than 2011. That was the major theme that ran through the ULI’s annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate event on November 1st, where 250 real estate professionals appropriately crowded … Read More

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