Monthly Archives: April 2018

Member Profile: Matthew Slutsky, President and Co-Founder of BuzzBuzzHome

  By: Danny SC Tseng, Syllable       “The challenge right at the start was the naysayers. People constantly telling you that you can’t do it,” recalls Matthew Slutsky, the Founder and President of BuzzBuzzHome. The widely used online database for new construction homes was founded in Toronto with the goal of creating a fully transparent online space for anyone to do research while enabling collaboration between purchasers and industry experts. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing when Slutsky was getting his idea off the ground. Slutsky earned an … Read More

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Symposium 2018: Toronto Urbanism

Join global urbanists on November 7th at Evergreen Brick Works for a tour-focused symposium on the leading edge of North America’s fastest growing, and the world’s most diverse, city region. Investigate the contemporary tensions of city building and innovative approaches to building a resilient, inclusive and prosperous modern metropolis. Tour details to follow. ULI Toronto Symposium 2018 is offered in conjunction with the Future Cities Canada Summit at Evergreen Brick Works. That means that you can attend the ULI Toronto Symposium on November 7th and the Future Cities Canada Summit November … Read More

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Winning submission announced for first ever Toronto-focused Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition

By Sean MacKay, Managing Editor, BuzzBuzzHome A graduate student team from Cornell University took home the top prize at the 2018 Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition for its redevelopment vision for a large swath of land adjacent to the mouth of Toronto’s Don River. The winning team was announced at ULI Toronto’s fourth annual Meet The Chiefs dinner on April 5, which also featured a keynote address from Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff. This year marked the first time in 16 years that a site outside the US was … Read More

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Transit Safety

Traditionally, when thinking of safety at Metrolinx, one may think of our Transit Safety Officers patrolling our trains and stations, but it’s much more than that – safety is entrenched in all we do. Safety is our number one priority and we know there’s always room for improvement. We’re committed to enhancing our safety culture because once you have safety figured out, everything else in the organization will fall into place. We are reminded of the importance of safety every day when the train comes rolling in at any of … Read More

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Complex City Building: The Making of CIBC Square

By: Alex Candy, Allied Properties REIT   Introduction It’s been said that Toronto is a city that is growing up — finally. Home to the world’s first ‘bedroom community’ of Don Mills, it’s no wonder that we had a tumultuous childhood. Challenged with vast distance between live-work-play spaces, we’ve had a difficult time ditching our cars, moving downtown, demanding more of our infrastructure, transit, and developers. Finally, young adulthood is upon us and beauty is beginning to come out of it. As parking lots turn into homes and office headquarters, … Read More

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Team from Cornell University Wins 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition with Plan to Redevelop Toronto Site

 Cornell Tops Teams from University of Maryland and Georgia Institute of Technology For more information, contact Trisha Riggs at 202-624-7086; TORONTO (April 9, 2018) – A redevelopment plan for a Toronto site presented by a team from Cornell University has taken top honors in the 2018 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition, an ideas competition that provides graduate students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale site in an urban area. Members of the Cornell team were awarded a prize of $50,000 … Read More

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Learning about the benefits and challenges of the driverless cities of the future from transit advocate Dr. Josipa Petrunic

By Kendra FitzRandolph, Development Planner, Hullmark Developments, and Fabienne Chan, Big Data Analyst It is safe to say that we have been dreaming about driverless cars since the days of David Hasselhoff — battling the forces of evil with the help of Kitt, his nearly indestructible and artificially intelligent sports car. Now, while we still may be some time away from having our own personal white-knuckled, cybernetic thrill ride (cue the Knight Rider), we are getting closer and closer to a tool that drives like a human without the id … Read More

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What we learned from She With He: Agents of Change – On the Path to Gender Parity

By: Alissa Randall See Photos Watch Video When it comes to diversity in real estate, the presence of women in the C-suites and boardrooms of the Canadian real estate industry appears to be relatively rare compared to other industries. However, organizations are taking action and making workplace diversity and inclusion a priority. This was the focus of the discussion that took place at the “She with He” event held on International Women’s Day on March 8 at Deloitte in downtown Toronto. A panel of industry leaders spoke at the forum, … Read More

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Mastering Leadership Program

ULI has partnered with leadership expert Vanessa Judelman, from Mosaic People Development to present you with an opportunity to accelerate your development as a leader. This program will help you to understand what it takes to become a self-aware, team focused and strategic leader. You will know how to enhance your business impact by getting results through others. In this program, you will learn how to: Coach and motivate the people on your team Give feedback and have difficult conversations Manage your time and delegate better Deal with conflict and communication openly Build … Read More

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