Monthly Archives: June 2017

3 steps to rebranding a post-industrial city from two of North America’s steel town mayors

By Nelson Mah, Laurentian Bank Watch video here         INTRODUCTION – ECONOMIC DECLINE On May 31 at The Burroughes building in downtown Toronto, the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenberger, joined ULI senior fellow and former Mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy, to discuss urban renewal in a post-industrial context. The event, titled In Conversation With Steel Town Mayors, saw both mayors share stories on rebranding their cities and diversifying economies in the era of North America’s reinvigorated steel towns. The panel was moderated by Jeanhy Shim, Associate Director … Read More

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Congratulations to ULI WLI for Another Successful Year of Celebrating its Championship Team!

By Vivian Kwok, Manulife            This is the third year I helped organize the Championship Team celebration as a part of the WLI Communications Team. I believe that WLI has, once again, put forward an incredible effort in assembling our biggest annual signature event. This year we added 15 more champions to our already astonishing list. When I look at the list this year, it reminds me of how many bright talents we have cherished over these four years when our inaugural team was established in … Read More

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Member Profile: Chandran Fernando, Ambassador for Change and Progression

By Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate                 Gender parity is the new norm that many industries are striving towards. The real estate and development industry is no exception. The focus on people is integral and is the core to any successful business. ULI Toronto’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) launched in 2012 and built the foundation for a conversation to spotlight the importance of gender parity. As a result, in 2015 a new campaign was born: SheWithHe, co-founded by Toni Rossi, President, Real … Read More

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Congratulations to the participants of the 2017 Urban Leadership Program!

                Over the last eight-month program, participants of the Urban Leadership Program have been working in teams and sharing their expertise and advice to develop recommendations.  The program has been developed by a multidisciplinary expert team led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford. Leaders had 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, … Read More

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WLI’s second “Women on Boards” event zeros in on importance of public boards

By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate             On the evening of May 8th, 2017, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and ULI Toronto assembled a panel of representatives from the three orders of government (municipal, provincial, and federal) to consider how professional women in the multi-sector real estate industry can put themselves forward for service on public boards. It was the second “Women on Boards” event that WLI has held with the objective of increasing gender diversity and the presence of women on boards and … Read More

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ULI Is Its Members!

            ULI is its members. You deliver on our mission, you shape the future of our industry, and you enhance our communities. You asked to make even more of an impact, and we listened to you. Click Here to Watch Learn more at

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Commercial Real Estate Podcast chats with Richard Joy

          Real estate associations are an integral part of the commercial real estate world. They connect professionals to each other, provide advocacy and education, as well as acting as a hub between the different disciplines within the industry.  Richard Joy joins us to discuss the role of the Urban Land Institute Toronto (ULI) but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to also dive deep into a variety of land development topics. Listen Here: Real Estate Associations with Richard Joy of the Urban Land Institute Real Estate associations are … Read More

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