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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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Making sense of the development approvals process in a post-OMB world

By Nelson Mah, Laurentian Bank Photos of the Event StrategyCorp Presentation       Introduction On January 16, 2018, ULI Toronto hosted a sold-out panel discussion on navigating a post-Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) world. The discussion sought to examine the impact of Bill 139 and its effect on the development approvals process. John Matheson, Principal, StrategyCorp, moderated the discussion with Jane Pepino, Senior Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP, Leona Savoie, Vice President, Hullmark Developments Ltd., Emma West, Partner, Bousfields Inc., and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre – Rosedale … Read More

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Exploring the Metrolinx Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan with Leslie Woo and Phil Verster

By: Seemal Saif, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure           On November 20th, 2017, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto hosted a members-only breakfast event with Metrolinx at the head office of Arup Canada. The event was meant to showcase the Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan which outlines the 25-year plan for the GTHA region. Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx, gave the opening remarks and set the stage for the consideration of the Draft Plan that will guide the strategic direction of transportation for the region until … Read More

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What Toronto Can Learn from These Two New Global Business Hubs

By: Janani Mahendran See who attended here. Photos of the event can be found here. Presentations: Canary Wharf – John Pagano East Harbour – David Gerofsky On October 5, 2017, ULI Toronto, along with First Gulf Corporation, held a panel discussion on the global-scale regeneration, employment-based projects in Canary Wharf in London and the Hudson Yards in New York. Panelists Dean Shapiro (Senior Vice President, Investments, US Region, Oxford Properties Group, Hudson Yards), John Pagano (former Managing Director, Canary Wharf Group), and David Gerofsky (President & CEO, First Gulf Corporation) … Read More

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What does the Fair Housing Plan mean for the future of real estate in the GTA?

By Brad Stewart, Project Manager, AGC Glass Click Here to View Presentations          Toronto’s real estate community gathered at the offices of McMillan LLP on June 26, 2017 to review the latest statistics for residential real estate transactions and metrics and to hear from a panel of experts for an assessment of the impacts of Ontario’s Fair Housing legislation. McMillan’s offices offered a beautiful view of the city skyline, which seemed fitting given the skyline’s plethora of condos and their relevance to the topic of discussion. The panelists … Read More

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Passionate urbanists from across the industry rub shoulders at the 2017 ULI Toronto Summer Social

By Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng Inc. View Photos Here         There’s something special about connecting with like-minded individuals passionate about city building against the backdrop of one of the most stunning views of Toronto’s skyline. Now in its 7th year, the ULI Summer Social took place at Lavelle, currently King West’s most prominent rooftop hospitality venue. The July 13th event was supported by Cushman & Wakefield, Harris Sheaffer (bar sponsors), architectsAlliance, Hullmark, Triangles (cabana sponsors), Diamond Schmitt, GBCA, Rumble (supporting sponsors), and ZToday (partner sponsor). Freed Development … Read More

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Here’s what we learned about the revitalized City of Pittsburgh on the 2017 ULI City Exchange

Christine Chea, Graywood Developments View Photos Here         This year’s destination for the ULI Toronto City Exchange was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 28 members taking part in a whirlwind tour of the City of Bridges on June 23 and 24. The timing of this tour coincided with Pittsburgh’s recent moment in the spotlight, after the current US President commented that policymakers’ focus should be on “Pittsburgh, not Paris”. On this exchange, ULI Toronto members learned firsthand how far the city has come from the decades-old image of the … Read More

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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 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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Meet The Chiefs 2017: A path to overcome the greatest planning & development challenges of the 21st century

By Danny Tseng, Soldatova Tseng Inc. View Pictures View Program Watch Video         This post is part of a series covering ULI Toronto’s Electric Cities Spring 2017 Symposium which took place on April 24 and 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. ULI Toronto’s second city building symposium saw over 1,000 industry professionals gather to learn and engage on topics revolving around placemaking, mobility and technology. “People are not persuaded by facts, but enticed by perspective,” remarked keynote speaker Maarten Hajer as he gazed across the packed … Read More

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