ULI Toronto: 2021-2022 Curtner Urban Leadership Program - Application

ULI Toronto's Curtner Urban Leadership Program is an annual curriculum-based program designed to challenge multi-disciplinary emerging industry leaders to work with communities to advance responsible, transformative, and positive city-building. The program is sponsored by BDP Quadrangle in memory of one of its founding partners, Brian L. Curtner, and reflects many of his passions, including city building, mentorship, and collaboration. 

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 and Greater Golden Horseshoe area.

2021-2022 Program Overview
Placemaking and placekeeping, while widely recognized as being an important element of community and real estate development and planning, are generally seen as something that the GTA only rarely does well.  Over the coming 8 months, the Curtner Leadership Program is going to focus on placemaking and placekeeping in a planning, land use and development context. Program participants shall be immersed in monthly sessions focused on specific related topics, identify and discuss problems, issues and challenges and provide holistic and inclusive solutions with real examples and emerging best practices.  In addition to the monthly sessions, the participants will work in groups to develop the first iteration of a specific plan for an assigned place within the GTA.  These plans will be presented at a public Town Hall at the end of the program in June 2022.
The 2021-2022 Program highlight is an (optional) in-person visit to Montreal (Spring 2022 and at an additional cost), supplemented with some virtual visits, to explore real-life examples of placemaking and placekeeping in the city, and to hear from and interact with the on-the-ground leaders responsible this work.

2021-2022 Program Day Virtual/In Person Schedule: *
Participants are expected to attend day-long sessions on the last Friday of every month, November 2021 to June 2022
- October 21, 2021 at 5 pm: Curtner Urban Leadership Program Kick-Off Happy Hour + Meet and Greet)
- November 2021: Program Day 1 (Placemaking & Placekeeping - Curriculum Co-design and Town Hall
- January 2022: Program Day 2
- February 2022: Program Day 3
- March 2022: Program Day 4
- April 2022: Program Day 5
- May 2022: Program Day 6
- June 2022: Program Day 7 (Town Hall)
* 2021/2022 Program Day dates subject to change. A finalized schedule will be provided to selected applicants upon notification of acceptance into the program.
Double vaccination and face mask are required to attend in-person sessions. In-person visit to Montreal (Spring 2022) will be optional at an additional cost. 

The Participants
Ideal participants are mid-career Toronto and area professionals, who work either directly or indirectly in, and have a strong working knowledge of, the real estate and/or land-use sectors.

Candidate Criteria
- Mid Career Professionals*
- Education: Undergraduate degree or higher.
- Work Experience: 5 years of experience in the real estate industry or related field, including academia, architecture, asset management, brokerage, communications professional, consultancy, corporate executive, development, engineering, finance, government, lawyer, non-profit, urban planning
*A limited number of spaces will be reserved for high potential early career professionals and the program will be available at a subsidized rate for professionals working in community and not-for-profit groups.

The Application
Please ensure you have all the following items to complete this application before you proceed with your submission:
- Letter of Support from Employer: one letter of support must be submitted from your current supervisor indicating your leadership potential. This letter also serves as a confirmation from your supervisor of your authorization to suspend regular workday activities for one day of each month in order to attend the Curtner Urban Leadership Program day.
- Statement of Interest by Candidate: Outlining the reason you would like to attend and your contributions to this program.
- Your Photo
- Short Biography
- Resume / Updated Linkedin Profile

The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 30, 2021. Selected applicants will be informed by end of October. Should you have any questions, please reach out to toronto@uli.org