ULI Toronto News

Members Only Breakfast explores vision driving the City of Hamilton’s waterfront redevelopment

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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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The life and death of the New Deal for cities

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Richard Joy, Executive Director, ULI Toronto         The dream that Canada’s largest urban hub municipalities, the engines of the national economy, will someday control the levers necessary for the advancement of their economic and social well-being is dying. Also on life support is the twenty-year effort to strengthen the regional cohesion of the Greater Toronto Areas (GTA), long considered critical to the global competitiveness of Canada’s economic capital. For the second time in 18-months a provincial government has thwarted the initiative of a major Canadian city to … 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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Are Tory’s Toll Roads Toronto’s Coming of Age?

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Whatever the ultimate outcome of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s massive political gamble to propose road tolls on the city’s two expressways, it exposed something quite remarkable: Toronto’s coming of age. For years Toronto’s social and business leaders spun themselves in circles seeking an elusive tax solution to propose to our politicians. Many bold offerings came forth by some of the most counter intuitive organizations, ranging from the boards of trade and chambers of commerce to automobile lobbyists to various industry groups. And not one, but two provincial reports advanced recommendations, … Read More

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Apply for the 2017 ULI Awards

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            Apply for a 2017 ULI Award to receive recognition for an exceptional project that you or a colleague developed. The deadline to apply for a 2017 ULI Award is Monday, February 27. About ULI Awards Programs: ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Recognizing best practices and outstanding development projects in both the private and public sectors. Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards: Honoring exemplary developments that meet affordable and workforce housing needs in the local community. Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership … 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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#CityResolve on the Square

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How Will You Make Your City A Better Place in 2017? ULI Toronto’s Communications Team took to the streets to ask Torontonians how they plan to make their city a better place in 2017! Share your #CityResolve with us by tagging #CityResolve and #yyz with your answer on social media for a chance to win daily prizes. Daily winners from January 3-6 will receive tickets to ULI Toronto Electric Cities Symposium in April, and the Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to go for lunch with Councillor Norm Kelly aka … Read More

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#CITYRESOLVE How Will You Make Your City A Better Place in 2017?

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Share your #CityResolve to win a one-on-one lunch with Councillor Norm Kelly a.k.a #6Dad ULI Toronto challenges you to take part in their 3rd annual #CityResolve campaign by sharing how you plan to make a difference in your city in 2017. From January 3rd – 5th, tag #CityResolve and #yyz with your answer on social media for a chance to win! Daily winners will receive tickets to ULI Toronto Electric Cities Symposium in April, and the Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to go for lunch with Councillor Norm … Read More

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Make Your City A Better Place in 2017!

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          Dear ULI Toronto Members: As we close out 2016 for the holiday break I want to ask you to do one (1) small piece of homework to be ready for the new year ahead… On January 3rd we will be launching our third annual #CityResolve twitter campaign. Over four days, this initiative challenges Torontonians to commit to something that over the course of the year will improve our city region. The campaign is a simple one. Follow us on Twitter (@ULIToronto) and tweet (or email … Read More

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Urban Planners of Tomorrow Start Today

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If you wanted to learn a new skill, where would you begin? In a library, lecture hall or on Google? What if you could learn by doing, with a hands-on project supported by experts in the field? Twenty high school students from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute recently had the opportunity to do just that through UrbanPlan, a mock city-building event put on by the Urban Land Institute. The event had an Infrastructure Ontario connection through Jeremy Warson, Director, Portfolio Development, who lent his time and expertise to mentor the student … Read More

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