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Toronto Chief City Planner Gregg Lintern shares his top city building values with an members-only ULI Toronto crowd

By Danny SC Tseng, Syllable Inc. “I focus a lot on values, which has really manifested itself in the work we do, the way we built Toronto over many decades, and how we think we need to build the city going forward,” said Gregg Lintern to ULI members attending an intimate Members-Only Lunch held at Cassels Brock LLP’s downtown office on June 18. Lintern, whose career in city planning began in Etobicoke in 1984, took over the city’s top planning role following the departure of Jennifer Keesmaat in September 2017. … Read More

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ULI Toronto’s Urban Leadership Program participants engage community members in a dialogue about city development

By Becky Loi, University of Waterloo, School of Planning Master’s Candidate On May 30th 2018, ULI Toronto hosted a Community Presentation for the class of 2018 of its Urban Leadership Program (ULP). 135 people from the community and local councilors attended  the culmination of an eight-month long program where 29 mid-career city-building professionals came together to share their vision for two sites on Toronto’s East End: Main-Danforth transit node and the eight-hectare Shoppers World site. Now in its second year, the ULP was developed by a multi-disciplinary expert team led by … Read More

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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

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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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