Monthly Archives: July 2018

An open letter to the future Ontario provincial government

I write this letter days ahead of the Ontario provincial election. I don’t know who will receive this letter, other than it is likely a new premier with either a majority or minority government. First off, congratulations! They say the people are always right. I hope you prove them so. Four years ago, in the wake of the provincial and municipal elections, I noted in a blog that the province was entering the longest election-free period ever for the two orders of government that most directly impact our region. The … Read More

Posted in Board Chair and Executive Director Messages | Comments Off on An open letter to the future Ontario provincial government

Navigating the new development landscape after the 2018 Ontario election

By Becky Loi, University of Waterloo, School of Planning Master’s Candidate On June 28, ULI Toronto held its last event for the 2017/2018 cycle at The Globe and Mail Centre. The “Post-Election: The New Development Landscape” event gathered 12 panelists from across the industry, including planning, law, research, and real estate to share their thoughts on how to adjust to the development and infrastructure agenda of the new provincial government as we are cycling back to the Progressive Conservatives (PC) at the helm of Queens Park after 15 years of … Read More

Posted in Education, Events | Leave a comment

WLI celebrates its 2018 Championship Team with a timely discussion of data, privacy and development in the digital age

By Amber Couse On June 14th, 2018, ULI Toronto celebrated the Women’s Leadership Initiative’s Championship Team, which recognizes the achievements of women while continuing to support their presence and advancement in leadership roles within the real estate, development and city building professions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region. Since its inaugural year in 2014, the Championship Team has continued to expand by adding more inspiring and accomplished women in the industry to its ranks. The WLI event was hosted by lead sponsor, McCarthy Tetrault, along with industry sponsors Gensler … Read More

Posted in Women's Leadership Initiative | Leave a comment

ULI Toronto welcomes members from across North America for 2018’s Young Leader’s Exchange

By Christine Chea, Graywood Developments This past May, ULI Toronto had the honour of hosting this year’s Young Leader’s Exchange where the ULI Connect Committee (formerly known as the Young Leader Committee) welcomed Young Leaders (ULI members under the age of 35) from across North America to see for themselves what this city has to offer. Over the course of three days, ULI Toronto played host to ULI members from cities such as Philadelphia, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Washington, Tampa, Nashville, and Baltimore. The Exchange kicked off at Stikeman Elliott’s … Read More

Posted in Young Leaders Initiative | Leave a comment

Reimagining Former Airport Lands at Downsview

By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate A little less than 30 years ago, the federal government had decommissioned the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) at Downsview in Toronto, revealing the transformational potential for hundreds of acres in the area. Fast forward to January 2018, Bombardier Inc. announced the decision to offer its 370-acre site for sale. On June 7th, 2018, Bombardier confirmed the completion of the previously announced sale of its Downsview property to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) for $635 million USD. Pursuant to an agreement with … Read More

Posted in Large Scale Projects Panel | Leave a comment

This architecture and design firm developed a framework for understanding, measuring and improving community wellbeing

By Jessica Myers, Yonge + St Clair On May 9th, 2018, ULI Toronto members were hosted by architecture and design firm Dialog for a breakfast discussion focused on a unique framework their company has been working on for over two years on the idea of community wellbeing. Held within Dialog’s offices at 2 Bloor Street East, Principal Architects Antonio Gomez-Palacio and Craig Applegath spoke about their mission to measure and then improve community wellbeing surrounding architectural projects. The session provided an overview of the methodology, exemplified by some case studies … Read More

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment