Monthly Archives: April 2015

Welcome New Members

ULI Toronto would like to welcome our newest members, who joined between March 3 and April 28 2015. The shared wisdom and experience of our members is what makes ULI unique. Member leadership and expertise make it possible for ULI to offer what it is known for: the gold standard in quality programs and research, and the opportunity to make an impact on communities.   Not a member? Join today!  Full Member – Private Sector Tara Piurko, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Ornella Richichi, SmartCentres Mike Scace, ASHLAR URBAN REALTY Member Of NAI … Read More

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WLI Profile: Karen Hacker

By Robyn Brown, IBI Group With only a few months to go before the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Karen Hacker is animated when she starts talking about the work and infrastructure required for an event of this size. Her role as Senior Vice-President Human Resources and Volunteers, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary is a departure for Karen. “You have to remember, the Games are a project, not a business. From a people perspective it’s quite complex; we have to recruit, train and deploy more than 23,000 volunteers. … Read More

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Video – Fireside Chat with Mayor Tory

View video here On March 4th, a crowd of over 400 gathered at the Toronto Region Board of Trade for an intimate evening with Toronto’s new mayor, John Tory. The sold out evening was a part of ULI Toronto’s annual Fireside Chat program. Now in its seventh year, the program has become an important and highly anticipated event for the Toronto land use community. During the event, Mayor Tory was joined on stage by John Duffy, principal of the government relations and advocacy firm, StrategyCorp. The pair discussed a wide … Read More

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Event Recap: Meet The Chiefs Gala

View Photos View Attendance  View Twitter View Program  By Evan Weinberg, Toronto Financial District BIA On April 7th, 2015, ULI Toronto hosted its inaugural regional gala event “Meet the Chiefs”, which brought together chief planners and senior planning staff from across the region. The event had representation from the Cities of Brampton, Burlington, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, Pickering, Toronto, and Vaughan as well as the Towns of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Richmond Hill, and Township of Uxbridge. The Region of Peel, Municipality of Clarington, Regional Municipalities of Durham, York and Niagara, and … Read More

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The power of the PATH

ULI Toronto’s Executive Director explores Toronto’s PATH network, and the incredible public utility the private realm can provide when land is used responsibly. Reprinted with permission from Building Magazine – By: Richard Joy Downtown Toronto’s underground PATH network is arguably the city’s greatest land use triumph, something I was reminded of during the 7 Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. This remarkable 30-kilometre network of 1,200 shops linking over 50 buildings in Toronto’s financial district … Read More

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Inside the Mentorship Program 2014

Mentee – Jacob Iftah, Associate, Real Capital Corp. I consider myself very fortunate to have participated in the ULI Mentorship Program. For a young real estate broker and entrepreneur like me, having the opportunity to establish relationships with the most successful people in our industry was nothing short of tremendous. Thanks to Alex and Erin’s great matching skills, I got Signe Leisk as my Mentor. Signe is the head of Planning and Development at the law firm, Cassels Brock Lawyers. Beyond being a very successful and well-known lawyer in the … Read More

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Introducing ULI’s 2014 Annual Report

The goal of ULI’s 2014 Annual Report is to capture and celebrate a broad range of ULI impacts and accomplishments from fiscal year 2014—July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014—while spotlighting stories of members who deliver on ULI’s mission every day. This year, we are presenting the Annual Report in a digital-first format to create a more interactive, dynamic, and visually compelling experience. This is in line with ULI’s commitment to sustainable business practices. Another benefit of this format is the ease with which you can share the report with … Read More

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Land & Development Conference

SAVE THE DATE! FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL LAND & DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE ON JUNE 16TH, 2015 We are pleased to announce that Fred Waks, President & CEO, Trinity Development Group Inc. and Garnet Watchorn, Chairman, Graywood Developments Ltd. will Co-Chair the 11th annual Land & Development Conference. The 2015 program will examine current trends, dynamics and fundamentals affecting residential and commercial land acquisition and development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Canada and internationally, and forecast on the major challenges, opportunities and risks for the next 12-18 months. Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Available … Read More

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N. Barry Lyon – A Celebration of Life

ULI Members – please see the invitation from NBLC regarding A Celebration of Life for N. Barry Lyon. As many of you know, our colleague and friend Barry Lyon passed away this past February. The out pouring of support has been overwhelming and truly appreciated. Even those who were not well acquainted with Barry have reached out to us in respect of his contribution. On behalf of everyone at NBLC, we thank you. Barry’s wish was that we all gather together to reconnect, share stories, memories and have a laugh … Read More

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Event Recap: The Smarts Behind SmartTrack

By Evan Weinberg, Toronto Financial District BIA On March 26, 2015, ULI Toronto hosted a member’s only event at Goodmans LLP. The event provided member’s access to Iain Dobson, co-founder of Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA), who discussed SmartTrack and gave an exclusive preview of research looking at the connection between transit and employment in the GTA. VIEW PRESENTATION The Challenge Prior to 1980, almost all office towers were built along the subway line in Toronto. However, the expansion of the highway network was accompanied by the suburbanization of office … Read More

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