Urban Leadership Program

ULI Toronto's Urban Leadership Program is an annual curriculum-based program designed to immerse mid-career professionals from different disciplines in Toronto city building to create positive change in our city.

Urban Leadership Program

Led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford



Our mission is to cultivate thought and industry leadership by immersing emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industry in the challenges and opportunities of developing the Greater Toronto Area.


Launching in October 2017, the seven day program (between October 2017 and May 2018) will attract no more than 30 real estate industry professionals, specially curated to ensure representation from the full spectrum of our multidisciplinary membership, cutting across the public and private sectors.

2017/18 Program Highlights

Program Overview

During the course of the eight-month program, participants will have an opportunity to provide leadership on a critical Toronto issue. Working in teams, participants will be responsible for sharing their expertise and advice to develop recommendations. Participants will be exposed to thought leaders across the key disciplines of land development. The program has been developed by a multidisciplinary expert team led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford. Leaders will have the opportunity to collaborate with top industry peers from various real estate disciplines, to engage in solving real land use challenges within a defined region of Toronto District involving key stakeholders from the private, public, and non-profit community sectors.

It is ULI’s mission to ensure this generation of leaders have the right knowledge base and professional networks to take on the greatest city building challenges, so that we can increase the quality of life and economic prosperity of our region. ULI leadership programs across North America have raised the profile of their participants within the real estate industry and demonstrated added value to their employers.


Session 1 – Kick Off & Walking Tour – October, 2017
Session 2 – City Building Context & Policy Framework – November, 2017
Session 3 – Infrastructure, Environment & Transportation Planning – January, 2018
Session 4 – Market Considerations Overview – February, 2018
Session 5 – Inspired Leadership, Moving Minds & Raising City Building Expectations – March, 2018
Session 6 – Team Workshop – April, 2018
Session 7 – Wrap Up with Team Presentations – May, 2018