Urban Leadership Program

ULI Toronto's Urban Leadership Program is an annual curriculum-based program designed to immerse mid-career professionals from different disciplines in Toronto city building to create positive change in our city.

Urban Leadership Program

Led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford



Our mission is to cultivate thought and industry leadership by immersing emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industry in the challenges and opportunities of developing the Greater Toronto Area.


Launching in October 2017, the seven day program (between October 2017 and May 2018) will attract no more than 30 real estate industry professionals, specially curated to ensure representation from the full spectrum of our multidisciplinary membership, cutting across the public and private sectors.

2017/18 Program Highlights

Program Overview

During the course of the eight-month program, participants will have an opportunity to provide leadership on a critical Toronto issue. Working in teams, participants will be responsible for sharing their expertise and advice to develop recommendations. Participants will be exposed to thought leaders across the key disciplines of land development. The program has been developed by a multidisciplinary expert team led by former City of Toronto Chief Planner Paul Bedford. Leaders will have the opportunity to collaborate with top industry peers from various real estate disciplines, to engage in solving real land use challenges within a defined region of Toronto District involving key stakeholders from the private, public, and non-profit community sectors.

It is ULI’s mission to ensure this generation of leaders have the right knowledge base and professional networks to take on the greatest city building challenges, so that we can increase the quality of life and economic prosperity of our region. ULI leadership programs across North America have raised the profile of their participants within the real estate industry and demonstrated added value to their employers.

The 2017/2018 Urban Leadership Program participants are:
Nasim Adab, City of Toronto
Caitlin Allan, Bousfields Inc.
Amit Ayare, Morrison Financial
Natalie Boodram, WSP
Aaron Clodd, SmartREIT
Liliana DaSilva, Region of Peel
Shawn Gilligan, QuadReal
Graham Haines, Ryerson City Building Institute
Emily Irvine, City of Mississauga
Golara Jalapour, DIALOG Design
Joanne Lam, RAW Design
Lesley Leech, Cadillac Fairview
Carsten Liesenberg, RAW Design
Eric Lucic, City of Mississauga
Melissa Lui, Perkins + Will
Mathieu Maslard, City of Toronto
Melissa McEnroe, Region of York
Leigh McGrath, Urban Strategies Inc.
Hadley Nelles, New Commons Development
Kayam Ramsewak, MTE Consultants
Dana Roebuck, First Gulf
Rasheed Serrao, Counterpoint Engineering
Stefanie Siu Chong, Quadrangle Architects Limited
Andreas Sokolowski, Artscape
Isaac Tang, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Jeffrey Thompson, RioCan
Melissa Winch, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Tsering Yangki, DREAM Unlimited Corp.
Yvonne Yeung, City of Markham


Session 1 – Kick Off & Walking Tour – October 14, 2017
Session 2 – City Building Context & Policy Framework – November 24, 2017
Session 3 – Infrastructure, Environment & Transportation Planning – January 19, 2018
Session 4 – Market Considerations Overview – February 23, 2018
Session 5 – Inspired Leadership, Moving Minds & Raising City Building Expectations – March 22, 2018
Session 6 – Team Workshop – April 12, 2018
Session 7 – Wrap Up with Team Presentations – May, 2018