ULI Toronto News

2018 WLI Championship Team Nominations Now Open!

        The Toronto chapter of WLI was created in 2014 with a mandate to advance women in real estate and the Championship Team was born with the first 80 members. The WLI Championship Team profiles women real estate experts and leaders and recognizes the talent that exists in our city region.  Each year a subset of the most influential women in the Toronto real estate community and land use sector will be chosen as Champions and formally inducted at the annual WLI reception. In 2017, 15 women were selected … Read More

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Awakening Transit Advocacy

  By: Richard Joy It’s been awhile, but frustration with transit gridlock in the Toronto Region is finally boiling over again. Distracted by the shiny objects of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s “Smart Track,” and the provincial government’s expanded version of this idea — the full electrification of the diesel commuter network — transit advocates went into a four-year hibernation. No doubt the fatigue of several bold and failed attempts to deal with regional transit’s number one challenge, dedicated taxes, contributed to this deep sleep. In this vacuum of advocacy, funding … Read More

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Inspiring Transit Ridership with Excellent Design

          Long before the first shovels ever break ground, design excellence is being fully baked into new transit facilities ultimately ensuring Metrolinx builds transit ridership and community pride. For transit builders like Metrolinx it’s more than just good design – it’s a real, tangible commitment to design excellence that catalyzes urban growth and ensures public dollars produce thoughtful and cost-effective results. But that’s just the start of what Metrolinx’s Design Excellence program will bring to projects across our region. It brings sensible urban design that supports … Read More

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How Toronto Gets Urban Housing and Zoning Right

By: Nick Norris, planning director for the city of Salt Lake City This is the third blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. It was 6 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. The outside temperature was 16 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s -9 degrees Celsius). “I can do this,” I said as I put on my cold weather running gear. Up until that point, my only experience exploring Toronto was the short walking trip from the train station to … Read More

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In Toronto, Arts and Culture Take Center Stage

By: Ellyn Parker, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use This is the second blog in a three-part series about insights from a study tour of Toronto by NLC’s 2018 Rose Center Land Use Fellows. Last month, NLC’s Rose Center Land Use fellowship team braved the cold temperatures of a polar blast to take in the breathtaking beauty of the city of Toronto, Ontario and learn from our peers and an extraordinary group of hosts that took time to show us around their vibrant city. The integration of infrastructure … Read More

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ULI brings Emerging Trends in Real Estate event to Ottawa for second year

By Hartley Witten, Carleton University Student On January 23rd, the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) hosted a highly informative breakfast presentation at the offices of PwC Ottawa. The presentation and panel discussion event, which was attended by both ULI members and members of the local urban planning and real estate industries, was held to explore the 2018 edition of the annual ULI/PwC “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” report. Jamison Young, President of the Ottawa ULI chapter kicked off the morning, providing a warm welcome to all before handing things … Read More

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What American Cities Can Learn From Toronto’s Success

By: Gideon Berger, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour.Last month, representatives from four NLC member cities — Columbus, Ohio, Richmond, Virginia, Salt Lake City, and Tucson, Arizona — traveled to Toronto, Ontario for a study tour. With a population of 2,800,000, Toronto is North America’s fourth-largest city — and the  community is working to cope with explosive growth (fueled in part … 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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Member Profile: Monika Rau, Development Coordinator at Dream Unlimited

By Nelson Mah, Laurentian Bank           Monika Rau is an urban planner, community builder and activist whose personal mission is to help shape Toronto’s growth as a city. She’s a forward-thinking individual who has spent her career focusing on planning, development, and real estate, as demonstrated by the wide range of titles she’s held at established firms and the breadth of her community and industry involvement as a volunteer. Monika caught the real estate bug at an early age. She was always fascinated by homes and … Read More

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FY17 Annual Report Released

The release of our FY17 Annual Report lands well into FY18 – so it serves as both a review of the fiscal year past and an interim report of the exciting year we have begun. Last April we hosted our second major symposium, which deepened our investigation into the areas of placemaking, mobility and technology. Established in 2015, these themes have proven to be durable programming lenses but much more work needs to be applied – both to their points of intersection and the balancing of these urban forces – … Read More

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