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When I Grow Up, I Can Be A City Builder?

How schooling can contribute to the city building profession. By Kendra FitzRandolph, Allied Properties REIT We live in our cities and experience the complexities of them each and every day. We know what it takes to make a strong and resilient city. We are a dynamic group of professional, wear many different hats and work in many different jobs, but we are all city builders. Being a city builder, however, is not a likely choice for students when they start to think about what they want to be when they grow … Read More

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ULI Toronto announces Chair, Les Klein

ULI Toronto is pleased to announce that Les Klein, Co-Founder and Principal of Quadrangle, one of our city’s most active and successful architecture and design firms, has been appointed as Chair. Les’ work in innovative urban residential developments, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, broadcast facilities and dynamic environments for ideas-based entrepreneurs has been at the heart of Quadrangle’s growth and success. In 1994, Les was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and received the Order of Da Vinci Award from the Ontario … Read More

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Touring Toronto’s historic CAMH Queen Street campus with ULI Connect

By Christine Chea, Graywood Developments ULI Toronto and twenty of its members had the pleasure of being taken on a tour by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Senior Information Officer, Nadia Ramadhin, of the hospital’s historic 27-acre Queen Street location, which is currently in the third phase of a bold and innovative redevelopment initiative. David Cunic (Vice President, Redevelopment) of CAMH along with Ronald Mar (Principal, Architecture) and Ena Kenny (Senior Interior Designer) of Stantec presented on the proposed design for the multi-phase master plan at the … Read More

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Congratulations to the Curtner Leadership Program Class of 2019 Participants

We would like to thank all applicants for this year’s Curtner Leadership Program and congratulate those who will be a part of the Class of 2019.       Curtner Leadership Program Class of 2019 Participants: Alecsandra Parvu, IBI Group Amanda Mock, WSP Antonio (Tony) De Franco, Urban Strategies Banah Mustafa, Sweeny & Co. Architects Betty Vuong, HATCH Brian Teefy, Strategy Corp Carolyn Freeman, Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects Cynthia Shahani, Dream Daniele Vezzoli, Zeidler Daran Somas, City of Toronto (Real Estate Services) Devan Sommerville, Counsel Public Affairs Harim Labuschagne, … Read More

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ULI Toronto Community Hubs: United Way of Greater Toronto

By: Michael Cook, Devine Park LLP This past year ULI brought together industry professionals to assist the United Way of Greater Toronto in the development of a Community Hub. The Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre Hub is to be located in the Finch & Warden area within the Agincourt Community. Development of the facility is being lead by the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital and the YMCA of Greater Toronto. The facility will contain a new chronic kidney disease facility to be operated by the Scarborough and Rough Hospital, a full-sized YMCA, offering … Read More

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Walk With Joy

The mind boggles at how far back the agenda for a new deal for Canadian cities has suffered under the first few months of a new provincial government in Ontario, and it has nothing to do with ideology or partisan party politics. A generation ago there was near universal consensus that as major urban metropolitan regions are the foundation of provincial and national economic growth, social well-being, and environmental stewardship, greater powers and own-source revenues need to flow to the constituent municipalities of these regions. They also required stronger governance … Read More

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How high-quality work environments and employee wellness impact the “War on Talent”

By Danny Tseng, SYLLABLE In any business, high-caliber staff are the biggest assets a company can have. As a result, a “War for Talent” is ongoing as organizations compete to attract the best talent out there. Companies are offering competitive packages and perks while landlords are raising the bar for high quality buildings. On top of that, research shows that happier employees lead to higher productivity and overall benefits to a company’s bottom line. In a ULI Toronto panel lead by Ruth Fischer, Managing Director of National Occupier Services at … Read More

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Turning parkland into urban and social infrastructure

Documentary screening and panel event highlights opportunities for Downsview Park and role of nature in urban landscapes By Riva Finkelstein, kg&a On October 3rd, ULI Toronto and mixed-use developer TAS brought community members and industry leaders together for an evening that combined a documentary screening of Accidental Parkland, and an expert-led panel about place-making opportunities in Downsview Park. The event took place on the future site of The Keeley, a mid-rise development located at 3100 Keele Street, directly across the street from Downsview Park. Providing a relevant backdrop for the … Read More

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Affordability Tops Concerns as Real Estate Sector Focuses on Supply

  Flex-space, PropTech and seniors housing on upward swing The proportion of household income to service the costs of a single-family home grew to 53.5% in the first quarter of 2018 as affordability concerns continue to rise. PropTech revs up with significant investment in funds dealing with the convergence of real estate and technology. Senior lifestyle housing is among the top development prospect for the next year as well as flex work and coworking spaces among the top new trends in commercial office space. (Toronto, October 10, 2018)–The real estate … Read More

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Toronto Urbanism: A Conference on Wheels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto’s 2018 Symposium will take the industry out of the convention centre and across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) October 1, 2018 (Toronto) – How is the GTA’s diversity shaping the built environment? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for high-rise living in Toronto? Is it possible to reconcile the interests of development and heritage preservation? Will technology and access to data really improve our urban fabric? On November 7th, city builders from across the private and public sectors in the GTA … Read More

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