Business & Economy
February 6, 2019

Women in Workplaces: We’re Not There Yet

Carla Guererra, founder and CEO of Purpose Driven Development, Planning and Strategy, and member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), drops a startling statistic in a new blog post on the ULI website:

In a global survey of 279 companies in 2010, McKinsey found that those companies with the greatest proportion of women in their executive committees earned a return on equity of 47% higher than those without female members.

It’s a simple message — more women equals more money.

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Kate Lambert (IBI), Paige Ritchie (Intracorp), and Carla Guererra (Purpose Driven Development, Planning and Strategy) are members of the Urban Land Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and education organization with almost 40,000 members worldwide, over 400 of whom are based in British Columbia. They’re also founding members of the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), with a stated objective of supporting and promoting the advancement of women in all disciplines of the real estate industry.

Kate, Paige and Carla visited with Gord and the Price Talks team recently, in advance of this week’s special, sold-out lunch event with the City of Vancouver’s outgoing General Manager of Development, Buildings, and Licensing, Kaye Krishna.

In their conversation, they just barely scraped the surface of all the issues related to inclusivity, the inequity in roles for women, and how righting the imbalance matters in city building and real estate development. It’s not just about creating an equal playing field, but about building better developments, communities, and cities for everyone.

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Join PT editor (and director of Walk Metro Vancouver) Sandy James for this ULI event — a morning conversation to discuss the City of New Westminster’s recent experience with senior-focused infrastructure planning with Great Streets for Seniors: Uptown Neighbourhood Initiative.

Following a panel discussion, we will take a brief walking tour of the Uptown Neighbourhood to discuss Great Streets, the challenges, and the steps taken to go from concept to capital plan.

  • Lisa Leblanc, Transportation Manager, City of New Westminster
  • Sandra James, Director, Walk Metro Vancouver
  • Dan Ross, Sr. Transportation Planner, Bunt & Associates, Great Streets for Seniors Study Co-Projector Manager
  • Alex Taciuk, Great Streets for Seniors Study Participant

Wednesday, September 26
8:15 am – 10:30 am

Century House, 620 8th Street, New Westminster

Member: $15
Non-Member: $25

Register here.

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Next Generation Transportation Thinkers Is your organization evolving its knowledge and talent in the face of uncertainty and change?

Graduates of SFU’s Next-Generation Transportation Certificate program are standing up to the transportation challenges of today and looking to create liveable and sustainable cities for the future.

Join us for a healthy dialogue about the shifting politics, demographics, and technology that influences the way industry and community approach transportation planning. This is an opportunity to learn about the fresh-thinking and educating that is taking place through SFU’s on-line Next-Generation Transportation certificate program in an informal ‘kitchen conversation’ setting with industry leaders, educators, and colleagues.

To close out the morning dialogue, Ted Mildon and Chuck We of Oxford Properties will take us on a tour of the impressive bicycle facilities at Oxford Place located at 1055 West Hastings Street.

Guest Speakers:

June 21

7:30 – 9:30 am (Oxford Place Bike Facility Tour: 9:00 to 9:30 am)

Bunt & Associates – Suite 1550-1050 West Pender Street

Members: $10 / Non-members: $15

Download a fillable registration form here. Fees increase $5 after June 20.


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Gordon Price: The Urban Land Institute BC hosted another session in their ‘Next Million Series’ on April 19 – this one on “Car Sharing and Changing Parking Requirements.”  Here are some of my notes.



  • A million more people by 2040 in Metro Vancouver means another 600,000 vehicles, based on past growth.  The average yearly distance driven would be 4,680 km.
  • It costs $9,500 a year to own a car.  Modo costs about $1,500
  • Each two-way car share replaces 9 to 14 cars.
  • Developers can save on parking about $140,000.
  • The biggest obstacle to car sharing is lack of understanding in how it can work for the user.  For the developer (according to Brad Howard of PCI) it’s how to incorporate a car-sharing vehicle into private space, like a condo’s parking garage.


ADRIAN BELL, Demand Management,  Translink

  • A Road toll of up to $3 equals a reduction of traffic up to 15 percent
  • There is a huge growth industry in mobility as a commodity, likely to begin with fleet management.
  • Self-driving fleets could remove the need for on-street parking and 80 percent of off-street parking



  • Parking relaxations and consumer amenity are key realizations
  • Simple agreements are needed.  Developers avoid complexity.
  • Swiss model of car share at transit stops can be an extension of transit service, paid for through one system.
  • Three to four trips per week makes sense for car sharing.
  • The car-sharing demographic tends to younger and older. As millennials age with families, their kids will see car sharing as the new norm.
  • Insurance contracts are still out of date.
  • Big question of Automated Vehcilces is whether people will self own or share.



  • While the number of vehicles could be 600,000 for the next million people, it need be only 300,000.
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ULI BC Programming 
A quick summary of upcoming events:

  • Annual Real Estate Outlook & Networking Event – November 18 at 4 pm
    • Great line of up speakers including keynote by Andrew Warren of PwC along with Darren Kwiatkowski (Shape Properties), Jon Ramscar (JLL) and Ben Smith (Rennie Marketing Systems) on the panel with moderation by Susan MacLaurin of GWL Realty Advisors




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ULI BC events taking place in June:


ULI BC: Annual Mayoral Address 

ULI BC is pleased to present Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson for a keynote address on affordable housing.  This is an opportunity to hear the Mayor speak about what is on the horizon at City Hall, plans for addressing some of the City’s toughest housing challenges, and his vision for Vancouver’s future. .

  • Wednesday, June 17
  • Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


June 11, 2015How Building Healthy Places is Good for Business + Why Everyone Should be Doing it!

  • June 11
  • 3 – 6 pm
  • Terminal City Club – 837 West Hastings Street

Register Today.



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Urban Land Institute BC: 

Keeping Metro Vancouver on Track – Transit Investment for a Liveable Region


Join ULI BC, City of Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs and additional panelists for a discussion on importance of new transportation investments and their role in supporting sustainable land use practices in the City of Vancouver and the region.

The event will conclude with a cocktail reception and social.


Wednesday, April 1

3 – 6 pm

Vancouver Convention Centre West

For full event details, including program agenda, fees and panelist information, visit our website here.

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ULI BC has arranged a Speakers Series for students studying planning, real estate, architecture and related disciplines.  Learn more about these careers by hearing directly from practicing professionals: three guest speakers will talk about their background, education, career and projects.


Wednesday, February 25

6:30 – 8 pm

UBC Campus: Lillooet Room | Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall)



Mona Jahedi, Architect, Stantec
Andrew Browne, Senior Community Planner, District of West Vancouver
Joyce Shen, Director of Business Development, Building Energy Specialist, Recollective Consulting


Eric Aderneck, Senior Regional Planner, Metro Vancouver


The ULI BC Speaker Series is available to student members and non-members at no cost. Please note that although this event is free, registration is required. Space is limited, be sure to register early.

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