ULI Toronto to co-lead an initiative toward retrofitting the “physical realm” of the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor
TORONTO, ON, May 25, 2020 — ULI Toronto will co-lead an initiative to surface early and core recommendations toward retrofitting the “physical realm” as many more people start to move beyond their homes. The initiative is part of Reimagining Recovery – a six-track framework the Toronto Region Board of Trade launched as Toronto businesses begin to emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown and shift to economic recovery.
“COVID-19 is an existential threat to the global competitiveness of the region – requiring a much more fundamental economic rethink, including how we retrofit and develop the physical city going forward,” said Richard Joy, Executive Director at ULI Toronto and member of the initiative’s Steering Cabinet. “Now is the time to come together to leverage the full professional ecosystem of the real estate and development industry.”
A set of recommendations will be developed through a 1.5 day working session focussed on discrete components of the “physical realm” (including main streets, airports, mass transit, major events spaces, institutions, commercial spaces, shopping malls, residential spaces, and housing), established through nine separate Working Groups.
“ULI Toronto values the importance of this opportunity to convene over 100 leading regional, national and international companies, labour unions, and public agencies in an effort to retrofit our city region,” said Emma West, Partner, Bousfields, Incoming Chair, ULI Toronto and Table Lead for the Residential Working Group.
The Working Group themes will be: Transportation, Civic Assets, Educational Institutions, Cultural, Public Realm, Commercial, Retail, Residential, and Social Purpose Real Estate. Each of the nine Working Groups will have a Table Lead, selected for their expertise in the field.
“When we talk about retrofitting our infrastructure, it’s more than adjusting to the current pandemic,” said Jan De Silva, President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. “We’re taking a creative, collaborative look at how our transit, offices and other shared spaces need to evolve to encourage economic growth and innovation – which will be vital to our shared recovery, and why it’s one of six core priorities in our framework.”
The Table Leads are as follows:
Civic Assets: Tim Eastwood, Principal, Healthcare Sector, Stantecand Stuart Elgie, VP, Healthcare Sector Commercial: Grant Humes, Executive Director, Toronto Financial District BIA Culture: Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Principal, DIALOG Education: Nic de Salaberry, Director, Planning & Development at Ryerson University Public Realm: Michel Trocmé, Partner, Urban Strategies and Warren Price, Designer and Partner, Urban Strategies Residential: Emma West, Partner, Bousfields and Tyler Grinyer, Partner, Bousfields Retail: Katarzyna Sliwa, Partner, Dentons Social Purpose Real Estate: Remo Agostino, VP Development, Daniels Corporation Transportation: Daniel Haufschild, Principal, Arup
Reimagining Recovery is created in partnership with the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, Government of Canada, and dozens of leaders, experts, and researchers.
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