Real Estate and land use professionals across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors are retooling their business strategies to reshape the future of the built environment to meet the increasingly acute demands of the future. The acceleration of global, national and local forces promises to fundamentally shift the trajectory of city building.
Bold and trusted leadership through the accountable advancement of clear Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) objectives is the foundation of the new social license for business and government. A realignment of private interests and public purpose.
Join ULI Toronto’s milestone ESG symposium that will explore the current and future urgencies facing our industry, the leaders who are championing them, and the communities they impact.
7:30AM: Networking Breakfast Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St E) Regent Park
Symposium Co-Chairs and Masters of Ceremony will introduce a program of challenging and inspiring speakers seeking to define why the emergence of ESG is critical to the real estate and development industry.
8:10AM: Land Acknowledgement
8:20AM: Opening Keynote – The New Urgency
9:05AM: The measure of success. The cost of failure.
As the fastest growing urban region in North America (& Europe), the GGH is a critical frontier in advancing toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. But what are the goal posts for the real estate and development industry – and the communities its serves? How is the industry rising to the challenge and demonstrating action rather than simply saying the words? And what is the cost of failure?
10:15AM: Unintended Consequences?
The pursuit of environmental and social objectives in city building poses many apparent conflicts from public infrastructure gentrification and displacement - to higher green construction cost and affordability. How can we recognize that environmental and social priorities are intertwined? And create the policy and economic frameworks to advance both simultaneously?
11:15AM: Keynote – Our Moment to Lead
11:45AM: Industry Leadership - Our Moment to Lead
How have Toronto developers retooled their corporate strategies to meet and exceed ESG goals to address the new urgencies at the local and global level? And what does accountability & transparency look like as companies pursue ESG and other impact strategies?
2:00PM: Walking Tours: Through Different Eyes Starts at Daniels Spectrum; ends at Daniels Artscape Launchpad (virtual option avail.)
Led by urban leaders and stakeholders from outside the real estate & land use industry, smaller tour groups will explore one of downtown Toronto’s most dynamic urban precincts designed as an immersion into the city from the perspectives of those who live and work outside our professional bubble. These tours will include multiple intersections with speakers with deep, lived experiences, including: indigenous community; homeless and low income housing residents; environmentalist; and more.
Fred Victor Centre
Regent Park District Energy
Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre
5PM: Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Awards Reception
Artscape Daniels Launchpad (4-130 Queens Quay East)
In cooperation with the Artscape Foundation, the first annual Tim Jones Creative Placemaking Award will be announced followed by a networking reception at the exciting new arts business incubator. Separate registration at no additional cost to attendees.
Urbanist, Professor University of Toronto, Author Rise of the Creative Class,
University of Toronto-St. George Campus
Richard Florida is the author of The New Urban Crisis (2017), and several best-sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class. He is a researcher and professor, serving as university professor and director of cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto. He is also founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.
Principal-In-Charge of urban planning and urban design, working to improve community wellbeing, with public and private clients. With a background in architecture and urban planning, currently developing community plans, large-scale master plans, transit corridors, TODs, and university campuses. Frequent speaker on city-building and community wellbeing.
My role (in fact, my entire career) is about developing healthy, engaged, inclusive and socially cohesive communities, whether defined by our customers, employees or partners. This is what drives me. Always has. Tridel is the largest builder of sustainable condominiums in Canada, creating energy-efficient, healthy places to live. I make sure we focus on more than the "bricks and mortar", to go beyond the physical, and include the social infrastructure that is critical to any successful community. I do this by bringing benefit programs like training, jobs and community engagement to where we build, so our brand is associated with more than the inconvenience of traffic, noise and dust that's traditionally associated with development. As Tridel is a recognized leader in the customer and employee experience, we continually evolve our approach aided by insight and evidence based research. This strategic process, which I oversee, helps us understand what the relevant priorities are of our customers and employees, so we make the biggest impact and best investment of resources while driving a greater value for our customers, employees and the business. High satisfaction and engagement creates loyalty, advocacy, increases productivity/revenue while reducing the cost of employee recruitment and customer acquisition. I helped Tridel achieve 98% customer satisfaction with 97% saying they would buy a Tridel home again. Similarly, 95% of employees have exceptional pride in the company and 93% know their purpose and how they contribute to our shared success. We also enjoy strong family and friend referrals from our customers at over 95%. I have personally helped deliver over 80 communities and 30,000+ homes. While I'm proud of every one, the FIRST community we build is our own. After all, happy employees, create happy customers and successful communities. I love sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned about branding, customer experience and corporate social responsibility as well as people, culture and talent development. Follow or connect with me on Linked In.