ULI Toronto News

Exploring the Metrolinx Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan with Leslie Woo and Phil Verster

By: Seemal Saif, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure           On November 20th, 2017, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto hosted a members-only breakfast event with Metrolinx at the head office of Arup Canada. The event was meant to showcase the Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan which outlines the 25-year plan for the GTHA region. Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx, gave the opening remarks and set the stage for the consideration of the Draft Plan that will guide the strategic direction of transportation for the region until … Read More

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Rose Center Scholarship Winner Shawni Lo Shares Her Highlights from the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in LA

By: Shawni Lo, Toronto Community Housing       Over the course of my career, I have consistently turned to ULI Toronto as a resource for professional development and knowledge sharing. Through the ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles, I was amazed by the global reach and international scale of the institute. Thanks to generous support from the Rose Center, I was able to attend my first Fall Meeting where I met industry leaders from across North and Central America and gained first-hand experience on master-planned communities and affordable housing … Read More

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4 Executive Tips for Women Ready to Join a Not-For-Profit Board

By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate         The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is ULI Toronto’s internal committee that is committed to advancing women in the real estate and development industry. As recently showcased in the WLI Toronto Review, the committee has dedicated significant effort to three major initiatives: WLI Championship Team Celebration, She with He, and Women on Boards. A sold out members-only lunch was held at the offices of Cassels Brock LLP  on November 15, 2017 with more than 60 women in attendance from various practice … Read More

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2018 ULI Hines Student Competition

          The ULI Hines Student Competition—entering now its 16th year—offers graduate students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use. Since 2002, the ULI Hines Student Competition has challenged students to collaborate across disciplines and imagine a better built environment. Student teams comprising at least three disciplines will have two weeks to devise a comprehensive design and development program for a real, large-scale site full of challenges and opportunities. Submissions consist of graphic boards and narratives that … Read More

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Member Profile: Salima Rawji, Vice President Development, Build Toronto

By Seemal Saif, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure             Salima Rawji couldn’t be in a better place right now. Her 505 Richmond project with Build Toronto was recently featured in The Globe and Mail and received a rave review, with the paper’s architecture critic writing that the project “breaks nearly every expectation.” It’s clear that she’s excited for what’s in store for her career and the City. The morning we met she had just tweeted “I love my job.” Salima moved to Toronto from Vancouver 15 … Read More

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Toronto’s West Don Lands Master-Plan Community Wins 2017-2018 ULI Global Awards of Excellence

                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO’S WEST DON LANDS MASTER-PLAN COMMUNITY WINS 2017-2018 ULI GLOBAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE TORONTO (Nov. 17, 2017) – A major Toronto redevelopment project has been recognized on the international stage, alongside projects from the United States, Japan, Spain and Singapore, for achieving a high standard of excellence in the development industry. West Don Lands, an industrial area currently being redeveloped as a mixed-use neighbourhood in Toronto’s downtown east end, was named one of thirteen winners in the Urban Land … Read More

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Urban Leadership Program Kick Off

By: Brennan Carroll, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP     On Saturday, October 14, the Urban Leadership Program (ULP) for 2017/2018 kicked off with an immersive day in the Main and Danforth neighbourhood. We started at the Main Square Community Centre, where the ULP participants introduced themselves and heard from Councillor Janet Davis, a representative of the City of Toronto Planning Department, as well as other Community Leaders and Local Residents. After a hearty lunch at Len Duckworth’s Fish & Chips, the ULP then set out on a walking tour of … Read More

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Women’s Leadership Initiative Presents The WLI Toronto Review

The WLI Toronto Review captures all the initiatives ULI Toronto’s WLI (Women’s Leadership Initiative) has launched since its inception in 2012. Inside this publication, you will learn about WLI Toronto’s history, our mission and accomplishments as well as three major initiatives we’ve undertaken: She with He, Women on Boards, and the WLI Championship Team Celebration. Vivian Kwok from the WLI Committee undertook creating a WLI Toronto review to showcase the exciting activities of the District Council. She shared this book with members of the WLI Global Steering committee and others at the … Read More

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Leapfrog Exurbia?

By: Richard Joy If there was a stinging criticism of the provincially imposed greenbelt, designed to curb the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) urban sprawl, it was the concern that homebuyers would be determined to pursue the dream of low density, detached homes and would leapfrog over the two-million acres of protected land to the promise land of outer exurbia. Headline stories of desperate families sleeping in their cars for days in mid-winter to get a slice of cul-de-sac nirvana became proof points of failed land use policies forcing higher densities in the GTA. Home buyers want … Read More

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ULI Toronto to Host 2018 Young Leader Exchange 

By: Christine Chea, Graywood Developments Congratulations to ULI Toronto for being selected as the host city of the Spring 2018 Young Leader Exchange!   It is with great excitement that we announce that ULI Toronto has been selected as the host city for the Young Leader Exchange in Spring 2018. ULI Toronto plans to highlight a variety of project types, including the Daniels Spectrum community cultural hub, winner of the ULI Global Award for Excellence in 2016. ULI Toronto’s Connect Committee (previously known as the Young Leader Committee) will organize an … Read More

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