From a recent article in the Novae Res Urbis Toronto newsletter, to which I subscribe, I learned of the work that former City of Toronto chief planner Paul Bedford is doing as head of the Curtner Leadership Program for the Urban Land Institute.
I heard a talk some years ago by Paul Bedford and was impressed with what he had to say.
An excerpt from the above-noted link reads:
Mission: 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.
The above-noted page features a link to 2018 Program Highlights
The page also includes a Program Overview; an excerpt from which reads:
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.