ULI Toronto News

Planning for Women in the Industry Starts Early

By Becky Loi, University of Waterloo, School of Planning Master’s Candidate What would you do if you had to redevelop a 5 ½ block site in the city? That was the question facing groups of high school students under ULI Toronto’s inaugural UrbanPlan program. An exciting program that spans ULI across North America and the UK, UrbanPlan is a practical, engaging exercise in which participants simulate a development project. In Toronto, the focus is on students in nine local high school classrooms participating for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 … Read More

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Extreme weather and transportation: Adapting to reality

How Metrolinx is planning to overcome the worst Mother Nature has to offer It was five years ago when torrential rain began to pour down, just as commuters in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) were heading home. It turned out to be more than just a storm passing through, but an extreme weather event with consequences. The Richmond Hill GO train that runs alongside the flood prone Don River left Union Station to head north. Shortly after it became clear that the corridor was impassible, water began quickly entering … Read More

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Member Profile: Andrew Garrett, Director, Real Estate Development at Cadillac Fairview

  By Brad Stewart, Project Manager, Quest Windows Andrew Garrett is the Director of Cadillac Fairview’s (CF) real estate development group,  overseeing a team of analysts responsible for assessing development and redevelopment opportunities within CF’s portfolio. In his spare time Andrew is known for helping early career professionals trying to break into commercial real estate and has been an important force in helping ULI Toronto develop its leadership program for mid-career professionals, now midway through its second class. He is also the founder of the WeBuild organization, which he started … Read More

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Join our team – ULI Toronto is Hiring

ULI Toronto -Events Assistant POSITION TITLE:                          Events Assistant DEPARTMENT:                             District Councils LOCATION:                                     Toronto REPORTS TO:                                 Director           POSITION STATUS:                    FULL TIME ULI (URBAN LAND INSTITUTE) ULI – the Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. With over 1600 members, ULI Toronto is the first Canadian District Council that provides an avenue for active dialogue … Read More

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New Membership Promotion – Join ULI Today!

Become a ULI member today and save $30! Between April 1 and June 30, 2018 use code DCMEM25 to receive $30 off a new associate and full private, public, or under 35 membership. Sign up today by calling 1-800-321-5011 or visit www.uli.org/join Offer valid for new members only.

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Learning how to create family-friendly environments in Toronto’s vertical communities

  By Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate On April 26, 2018, ULI Toronto brought together a panel of 6 developers, planners, designers, and urban families, to discuss how new City policy guidelines meant to promote liveable communities for families in the city’s downtown will influence how Toronto develops vertically. Moderator Ara Mamourian, a residential real estate broker with Property.ca, started the discussion by sharing his own personal experience of raising a family in a downtown condo, mainly driven by the desire to maximize the time spent with his family. … Read More

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Diversty, Our Strength

By: Richard Joy Diversity is our strength. As a city building industry, however, it’s not really our practice according to a national 2016 Matrix Search Group study. Over 70 percent of industry professionals in Canada are of Caucasian or European descent. While overall workforce gender balance is progressing slowly, fully 79 percent of women are not from diverse communities. Individuals identifying as LGBTQ are reflected in proportion to Canadian demographics, but employees of aboriginal descent and from the disability community are significantly underrepresented. The Matrix report digs into other details … Read More

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Member Profile: Matthew Slutsky, President and Co-Founder of BuzzBuzzHome

  By: Danny SC Tseng, Syllable       “The challenge right at the start was the naysayers. People constantly telling you that you can’t do it,” recalls Matthew Slutsky, the Founder and President of BuzzBuzzHome. The widely used online database for new construction homes was founded in Toronto with the goal of creating a fully transparent online space for anyone to do research while enabling collaboration between purchasers and industry experts. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing when Slutsky was getting his idea off the ground. Slutsky earned an … Read More

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Symposium 2018: Toronto Urbanism

Join global urbanists on November 7th at Evergreen Brick Works for a tour-focused symposium on the leading edge of North America’s fastest growing, and the world’s most diverse, city region. Investigate the contemporary tensions of city building and innovative approaches to building a resilient, inclusive and prosperous modern metropolis. Tour details to follow. ULI Toronto Symposium 2018 is offered in conjunction with the Future Cities Canada Summit at Evergreen Brick Works. That means that you can attend the ULI Toronto Symposium on November 7th and the Future Cities Canada Summit November … Read More

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Winning submission announced for first ever Toronto-focused Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition

By Sean MacKay, Managing Editor, BuzzBuzzHome A graduate student team from Cornell University took home the top prize at the 2018 Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition for its redevelopment vision for a large swath of land adjacent to the mouth of Toronto’s Don River. The winning team was announced at ULI Toronto’s fourth annual Meet The Chiefs dinner on April 5, which also featured a keynote address from Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff. This year marked the first time in 16 years that a site outside the US was … Read More

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