A short term contract/scholarship position is available to participate in and interpret the essence of a half-day Reset Symposium that will take place on May 19, 2021. All forms of expression are encouraged including, but not limited to, a white paper, an illustrative graphic, a video or other reporting mechanism. The symposium is being sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Toronto Urban Land Institute and will consider opportunities, as the end of the pandemic approaches, for resetting the ways in which communities, housing and workplaces are planned and operated. A fixed payment of $1,500.00 is available to complete the task. Active guidance and mentorship will be available from a senior lawyer practicing in the urban planning area as well as Ryerson faculty. The task will commence on or about May 1, 2021 but the starting date is somewhat flexible. The successful candidate is welcome to join planning meetings with the sponsoring committee and the professional facilitators who will coordinate the symposium as well as related podcast production to promote and build on the outcome of the symposium. It is anticipated that the time required to complete the tasks will be in the range of 25 to 35 hours.
The Urban Land Institute and the Women’s Leadership Initiative – What they are
ULI is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. ULI is its members. Through our members’ dedication to the mission and their shared expertise, the Institute has been able to set standards of excellence in development practice.
Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Toronto is committed to increasing the number and visibility of women in leadership roles at ULI Toronto and the industry in general, by promoting the value that ULI offers for women in the industry. The Toronto District Council takes on a leadership role with WLI by spotlighting women in our various programs and initiatives.
The mission of WLI Toronto is to:
- Promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers as leaders within ULI and in the real estate industry
- Increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions within ULI and in the real estate industry
- Increase the number of women who are active ULI Full Members and support the development of young women members as leaders in ULI and in their professions
- Increase the visibility of women leaders within ULI and in the real estate industry
What the Reset Symposium Is
Workplaces and work-worlds in Western societies were designed by and for men.
There are deeply embedded and systemic barriers for women and marginalized people when it comes to access to opportunities, work/life balance, equitable economic benefit, and inclusive agency to help shape and steward the world we live in.
For those working to make progress on these issues, we believed change would take decades and more.
But COVID-19 has demonstrated in its tragic and disruptive pace that we have the capacity to adapt quickly en masse.
It has also revealed the compounding costs and losses that may come from failing to act.
This symposium is a conversation inviting diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives on the collective realization, reckoning and reset needed for cities to build back better.
This unique format that we are proposing for the symposium will blur the lines between experts and participants to surface new models and solutions which are only possible if we shift from the silos separating planners/ designers/ developers/ builders/ investors/ feminists/ economists/ urbanists/ organizers/ citizens to working in relationship with one another.
The Reset Symposium will also cultivate a multivalent Reset Lab, an on-going feedback loop for participants to build community, share insights and knowledge, and test and iterate on solutions.
The successful candidate will be a masters level Ryerson student who is enrolled in a program that directly addresses the activities of the Urban Land Institute and the issues to be discussed at the Reset Symposium.
Application Deadline and Contact Information
A letter expressing an interest in the position, in conjunction with the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae is to be submitted on or before April 23, 2021 to:
Kim Beckman, Partner
Davies Howe LLP
Questions regarding the position may be directed to Ms. Beckman at the email above or by phone to (416)605-7344.