Canada’s largest city and financial capital Toronto is seeing a skyscraper construction boom that outstrips all local precedents, and that of many comparable cities worldwide. It is now using a sensible infrastructure foundation, including the city’s subway and PATH pedestrian tunnel network, to fill in neighborhoods and corridors that had previously been underbuilt. Suburban, single-family-home bedroom districts and low-rise commercial corridors are transforming into dynamic, skyscraper-anchored mixed-use nodes with their own distinct character, while the city’s industrial lakefront continues to transition into a recreational and residential development asset. Some of the world’s most significant architecture firms have come to capitalize on the new demand for inventive, adaptive urban centers, and Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is planning a new, eco-friendly lakefront district that will represent the latest in “smart city” technology and mass timber construction.

Participants in the Toronto Regional Program have a range of tour and session options, coordinated by the industrious CTBUH Canada Chapter. Starting with a plenary address, sessions covering developments such as The One, CIBC Square, and The Well will be followed by detailed overviews of Canadian technical advances in the tall building industry. Attendees will also get a chance to learn about some of the new, transit-oriented nodes rising in areas such as East Harbour and Vaughan. Attendees will be eligible to receive up to 9.5 credits of continuing education units.

Note: Program under development, to be finalized soon.

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Program Hosted at Distillery District, The Fermentating Cellar, 55 Mills Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3CA

The Toronto Regional City Program will be hosted at the Fermenting Cellar, a landmark venue in Toronto’s beautiful Distillery District. Originally constructed in 1859, the Fermenting Cellar offers a uniquely historic experience in the heart of the city; a converted industrial space with 35-foot ceilings, heavy timber beams, and original Kingston limestone walls. Guests will be conveyed to and from the Distillery District to the Delta Hotel via shuttle bus.

Friday 1 November

Session 1 – Program Opening

8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
9:00 – 10:20 AM

Opening Plenary

James Parakh

James Parakh

Urban Design Manager, City of Toronto Planning Division

"Toronto: 50 Forward | 50 Back"

Jamie Goad

Jamie Goad

Partner, Cityscape Development

"Distillery District: 50 Back | 50 Forward"

10:20 – 10:40 AM Coffee Break

Session 2 – Development Showcase Presentations

10:40 AM – 12:40 PM 10:40 AM

CIBC Square

11:10 AM

The Well

11:40 AM

The One

12:10 PM

30 Bay Street

John Frank

John Frank

Senior Vice-President, Construction, Hines Development
Adrian Price

Adrian Price

Principal, Architecture, BDP

Joshua Lax

Joshua Lax

Vice President, Development, Mizrahi Developments

David Jansen

David Jansen

Principal, Adamson Associates

Dominic Bettison

Dominic Bettison

Director, WilkinsonEyre
Kevin MacLean

Kevin MacLean

Principal, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd
Daniel Snodgrass

Daniel Snodgrass

Project Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd
12:40 – 1:40 PM Lunch

Session 3 – Technical Advances from Canada

1:40 – 2:10 PM
Carlos de Oliveira

Carlos de Oliveira

President & CEO, CAST CONNEX

"Cast Connex"

Michael Montgomery

Michael Montgomery

Chief Technical Officer, Kinetica

"Viscoelastic Coupling Dampers"

Trevor Haskett

Trevor Haskett

Principal, RWDI


2:10 – 3:20 PM Choose one of the two Walking Tours
Historic Distillery District
Founded in 1832, the Gooderham and Worts Distillery was one of Canada’s earliest business successes. Although the Distillery has long since ceased operations, it left behind one of the largest collections of intact Victorian-era industrial buildings in North America. Now preserved and restored as part of the Distillery District, this historical treasure will be brought to life in a fascinating historical tour.
Sidewalk Labs
Sidewalk Labs is a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Sidewalk Labs aims to tackle the problems of an urban future using advanced technology. The company plans to transform 4.9 hectares of undeveloped land in East Bayfront into Quayside, a test bed for emerging technologies and strategies that will also serve as a functional community.
3:20 – 3:45 PM Afternoon Tea

Session 4 – Transit-Connected Centres

3:45 – 4:50 PM 3:45 PM

East Harbour

4:10 PM

Sidewalk Labs

4:30 PM

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

4:50 – 5:00 PM Concluding Remarks
5:10 – 7:30 PM

Networking Reception at Cluny Bistro

Located at 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

The Networking Reception will be held at the Cluny Bistro, a traditional Parisian bistro juxtaposed with modern elements to create a unique and visually stunning dining experience.

Saturday 2 November

Off-Site Building Tours

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Option 1: Choose two of the four Construction Tours
Yonge + Rich The Well CIBC Square CASA II (TBC)
Option 2: Choose one Walking Tour
Tall Building Walking Tour, Downtown Toronto
This 90 minute tour will visit the recent tall building history as well as future developments under construction in the downtown core. Among the buildings visited will be Toronto City Hall, TD Centre, 120 Adelaide and the new CIBC Square. The tour will also feature public art, parks and open spaces as well as the cities PATH system of underground walkways that were created to improve the urban habitat. The tour will begin at the hotel lobby of the Delta. Areas of the tour will require climbing steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

12:30 PM Toronto Regional Program Concludes