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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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New ULI Report Explores Growing Interest in Building for Health

TORONTO (August 14, 2018) — The Urban Land Institute (ULI) explores the growing popularity of building for health and wellness and the value derived from it in a new report, The Business Case for Healthy Buildings: Insights from Early Adopters. The report documents how real estate leaders worldwide are increasingly looking to create homes and workspaces that support healthy lifestyles. “From Los Angeles to London and beyond, developers, investors, building owners and managers, and leasing firms for office, mixed-use, and residential projects are looking to learn from the early adopters … Read More

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Summer 2018 Update from Executive Director Richard Joy

It’s hard to comprehend that Derek Goring’s two-year term as Chair of ULI Toronto, and Emma West’s term as Vice Chair has come to end – what an amazing whirlwind tenure they have had. Allow me to inventory some of the hi-lights… Our programming has tripled from 25 to 75, and doubled total registrations to over 7500. Stand outs from those 75 events include hosting our second major Symposium in Spring 2017 in conjunction with our sold out Meet the Chiefs gala and public event for a total of nearly … 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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Member Profile: Brennan Carroll, Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

By Nelson Mah, Meridian Credit Union Brennan Carroll is a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), where he’s spent his entire career practicing Commercial Real Estate Law. He is a part of the commercial leasing, health sector services and public private infrastructure groups and has over 18 years of experience in providing advice for all types of commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, purchasing, sales and financing. Brennan grew up near Chatham, ON, and became focused on a career as a lawyer … 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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WLI celebrates its 2018 Championship Team with a timely discussion of data, privacy and development in the digital age

By Amber Couse On June 14th, 2018, ULI Toronto celebrated the Women’s Leadership Initiative’s Championship Team, which recognizes the achievements of women while continuing to support their presence and advancement in leadership roles within the real estate, development and city building professions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region. Since its inaugural year in 2014, the Championship Team has continued to expand by adding more inspiring and accomplished women in the industry to its ranks. The WLI event was hosted by lead sponsor, McCarthy Tetrault, along with industry sponsors Gensler … Read More

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ULI Toronto welcomes members from across North America for 2018’s Young Leader’s Exchange

By Christine Chea, Graywood Developments This past May, ULI Toronto had the honour of hosting this year’s Young Leader’s Exchange where the ULI Connect Committee (formerly known as the Young Leader Committee) welcomed Young Leaders (ULI members under the age of 35) from across North America to see for themselves what this city has to offer. Over the course of three days, ULI Toronto played host to ULI members from cities such as Philadelphia, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Washington, Tampa, Nashville, and Baltimore. The Exchange kicked off at Stikeman Elliott’s … Read More

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Reimagining Former Airport Lands at Downsview

By: Eunice Wong, EY Transaction Real Estate A little less than 30 years ago, the federal government had decommissioned the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) at Downsview in Toronto, revealing the transformational potential for hundreds of acres in the area. Fast forward to January 2018, Bombardier Inc. announced the decision to offer its 370-acre site for sale. On June 7th, 2018, Bombardier confirmed the completion of the previously announced sale of its Downsview property to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) for $635 million USD. Pursuant to an agreement with … Read More

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This architecture and design firm developed a framework for understanding, measuring and improving community wellbeing

By Jessica Myers, Yonge + St Clair On May 9th, 2018, ULI Toronto members were hosted by architecture and design firm Dialog for a breakfast discussion focused on a unique framework their company has been working on for over two years on the idea of community wellbeing. Held within Dialog’s offices at 2 Bloor Street East, Principal Architects Antonio Gomez-Palacio and Craig Applegath spoke about their mission to measure and then improve community wellbeing surrounding architectural projects. The session provided an overview of the methodology, exemplified by some case studies … Read More

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