Class of 2019

ULI Toronto's Curtner 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.

The Curtner Leadership Program is sponsored by Quadrangle in memory of one of its founding partners, Brian L. Curtner. The program reflects many of Brian’s passions, including city building, mentorship and collaboration.

Class of 2019



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 2018, the seven day program (between October 2018 and May 2019) 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.

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.

2018/19 Urban Leadership Program participants:

Alecsandra Parvu, IBI Group
Amanda Mock, WSP
Antonio (Tony) De Franco, Urban Strategies
Banah Mustafa, Sweeny &Co. Architects
Betty Vuong, HATCH
Brian Teefy, Strategy Corp
Carolyn Freeman, Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects
Cynthia Shahani, Dream
Daniele Vezzoli, Zeidler
Daran Somas, City of Toronto (Real Estate Services)
Devan Sommerville, Counsel Public Affairs
Harim Labuschagne, Quadrangle
Ian Trudeau, Entuitive
Jacob Larsen, City of Toronto (Affordable Housing Office)
Maryam Sabzevari, City of Toronto
Max Rosenfeld, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd
Michelle German, Evergreen Canada
Nima Kia, Habitat GTA
Paul Stasiewich, First Gulf
Philip Ristevski, Cadillac Fairview
Rahul Nargas, Dialog
Sasha Jurak, Waterfront Toronto
Scott Pennington, CreateTO
Stephanie Rosales, Choice Properties REIT


Session 1 – Kick Off & Walking Tour – October 26, 2018
Session 2 – Presentation from community representatives – November 17, 2018
Session 3 – Mastering Leadership with Vanessa Judelman – December 7, 2018
Session 4 –Financial Market Considerations & Mastering Leadership with Vanessa Judelman– January 30, 2019
Session 5 – Levering the Employment Potential of Mount Dennis – February 28, 2019
Session 6 – Breaking the rules: Innovation mindset for an eco-neighbourhood – March 28, 2019
Session 7 – Unlocking Creativity: Translating Ideas and Strategies through Design – April 25, 2019
Session 8 – Community Presentations – May 21, 2019

Background Materials

BIA seeks to improve Mount Dennis main street with streetscape plan
Making Space for Culture
Materials for the Arts