UDI Capital Region Media Releases

2016 April Lunch – Vancouver developers see a learning curve to building in capital region
2016 January Lunch – Annual Forecast Lunch – January 19, 2016 – Greater Victoria region has reasons for optimism, panel says – Times Colonist
2015 September Lunch – Federal Candidates Panel Discussion Live Video Stream- September 15, 2015
Developers build bigger tax base in Victoria – Times Colonist April 30, 2015

View the article : www.timescolonist.com/business/developers-build-bigger-tax-base-in-victoria-1.1869675

UDI Capital Region Hosts Canucks icon Kirk McLean at Lunch January 9, 2013, at the Union Club
December 17, 2012

Urban Development Institute (UDI) Capital Region is pleased to welcome Canucks alumnus Kirk McLean as he sits down for a one-on-one chat with UDI Board member Gary Pooni, President of Brook Pooni Associates.

Topics will include Kirk’s foray into real estate development, and why Kirk thinks developers are like professional athletes. And yes, hockey will definitely be on the agenda… along with photos and autographs!

Added Executive Director Kathy Hogan, “We are thrilled to have another high-quality, high profile speaker join us for our lunchtime series, as we kick off the New Year. I am confident that this event will sell out very, very quickly – and that Kirk will provide some very interesting perspectives.”

About Kirk McLean
Kirk McLean has long been considered one of the best technical stand-up goalies to ever have played in the NHL. He was the number one goalie for the Vancouver Canucks for 11 years. Kirk was named to the NHL’s Second All Star Team in 1992 where he led the season with an extraordinary 38 wins and five shutouts. He also led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in a seven-game series to the New York Rangers. Following his time with the Canucks, Kirk went on to play for Carolina, Florida, and the New York Rangers before ending his career in the 2001-2002 Season.

For additional information or to order tickets, please contact:
Kathy Hogan
Executive Officer
Urban Development Institute – Capital Region Chapter
101 – 727 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1R8
Phone: 250-383-1072
Cell: 250-888-1671
khogan@udi.org

UDI Capital Region Launches New Web Site Reflecting Growth and Maturity of the Local Chapter
December 5, 2012

Urban Development Institute (UDI) Capital Region is pleased to announce the launch of its new Web site: www.udicapitalregion.ca. The new Web site is being launched at the end of one of the strongest years in the history of the local chapter, in terms of membership numbers, membership engagement, and collaboration with local municipalities in areas such as policy.

President Mike Miller added, “UDI Capital Region is providing members a common voice for the local development community, via ongoing education, networking events, and input in regard to government policies. This Web site gives us the opportunity to highlight that work, as we continue to expand and mature as an organization.”

The Urban Development Institute is a national non-profit association (with international affiliations) of the development industry and its related professions that is non-partisan in its activities. With over 600 corporate members, UDI represents thousands of individuals involved in all facets of land development and planning, including: developers, property managers, financial lenders, lawyers, engineers, planners, architects, appraisers, real estate professionals, local governments and government agencies. Since 1972, the Pacific Region has been dedicated to fostering effective communication between the industry, government, and the public; and aims to improve both housing and job opportunities for all British Columbians. UDI also serves as the public voice of the real estate development industry, communicating with the media on a number of issues. UDI concentrates its activities in three primary areas: government relations, professional development and education, and research.

Kathy Hogan
Executive Officer
Urban Development Institute – Capital Region Chapter
101 – 727 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1R8
Phone: 250-383-1072
Cell: 250-888-1671
Email: khogan@udi.org

Urban Development Institute Announces 2012 Awards for Excellence Winners
September 29, 2012

The Urban Development Institute – Pacific Region, hosted its biennial ‘Awards for Excellence’ in urban development on Friday, 26 October 2012. At a black tie gala event held in the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, the Institute recognized and celebrated the most outstanding of urban development projects from across B.C.

The 2012 UDI Awards Jury received over 88 project nominations, representing a diversity of product from the B.C development industry. The Institute’s values and principles marked the standards against which all project nominees were measured by an independent expert panel of jurors. These values are reflected by the following judging criteria:

  • The principles of environmental sustainability including the optimal densification of urban land surrounding public transit corridors, the integration of innovative green building technologies that can be adopted across industry, and the creation of walkable and liveable communities
  • Innovations in concept, design and construction quality
  • Integration with the surrounding neighbourhood
  • Ability to overcome complex planning, development and construction challenges
  • The functionality of use
  • The winning project’s marketing and sales success

UDI President and CEO, Ms Anne McMullin said, “For a winning project and its developer to win an award of excellence is the highest form of peer to peer recognition one can receive in the development industry.” Ms McMullin said, “The expert Jury considered all the key facets of the planning and development process in their assessment of each submission’s overall excellence. It was a difficult task identifying the winning projects amongst a field of elite.”

Ms McMullin said, “As the drivers of the B.C. economy, it is important for developers and their projects to be recognized amongst peers in the industry. UDI encourages and celebrates those developers who create sustainable, liveable communities that combined reflect a significant financial investment in this province.”

Ms McMullin added, “I think all of the Award winners and nominees can take great pride in what the development industry has accomplished these past two years.” The contribution from our industry sustains a healthy urban fabric and a strong BC economy. UDI congratulates all of the winners in the 2012 UDI Awards for Excellence.
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Congratulations to UDI Capital Region’s member Townline Group of Companies their project “The Hudson” – Winners of “Best of Vancouver Island.”  A project well deserved of this award for revitalizing a building of such significance to Victoria.

Urban Development Institute Expanding Local Chapter
September 5, 2012
Urban Development Institute (UDI) is pleased to announce that it is formally extending its focus around Victoria, to include the Capital Region.

Geographic expansion of the local UDI chapter (formerly UDI, Victoria) comes at a time when the organization is seeing a significant increase in membership, including many from areas outside of Victoria.
UDI Capital Region President Mike Miller added, “We have spent several months laying the foundations to support ongoing growth; and to better focus the local chapter to serve the needs of our members. The name change to UDI Capital Region simply reflects the fact that much of that work involves engaging a development community that has grown organically beyond the downtown core.”

UDI Capital Region has seen a double-digit percentage increase in membership to date in 2012, despite the depressed economic climate.

The Urban Development Institute is a national non-profit association (with international affiliations) of the development industry and its related professions that is non-partisan in its activities. With over 600 corporate members, UDI Pacific Region represents thousands of individuals involved in all facets of land development and planning, including: developers, property managers, financial lenders, lawyers, engineers, planners, architects, appraisers, real estate professionals, local governments and government agencies. Since 1972, the Pacific Region has been dedicated to fostering effective communication between the industry, government, and the public; and aims to improve both housing and job opportunities for all British Columbians. UDI Pacific also serves as the public voice of the real estate development industry, communicating with the media on a number of issues. UDI concentrates its activities in three primary areas: government relations, professional development and education, and research.

For additional information, please contact:

Kathy Hogan
Executive Officer
UDI Capital Region
101 – 727 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1R8
Phone: 250-383-1072
Cell: 250-888-1671
Email: khogan@udi.org

Summer Boost for Mustard Seed Food Bank
July 27, 2012
Summer can be a difficult time for food banks – many donors are on vacation and families can be hard-pressed to find enough food to feed their children.

Thankfully, this summer the Urban Development Institute – Victoria Chapter, Tri-Eagle Developments, and Michael and Debbie Jawl have united to sponsor the “Urban Development Institute Summer Stock-Up Food Drive”.

It will be held Thursday, August 9th, from 7am thru 10am, at the former Island Audio store – 1620 Blanshard Street at Fisgard. The site of the future Gateway Green Building.

There is an easy drive-thru access for cars, and volunteers will be on hand to help unload non-perishable food donations for The Mustard Seed. Cash donations are also welcome, and volunteers will be there to issue tax receipts.

Brent Palmer, Food Bank Director at The Mustard Seed, says, “This event comes at a perfect time to replenish our food supplies. Our shelves are looking pretty bare at the moment and the need in our community remains high. Our sincere thanks to the organizers of this food drive.”

Travis Lee, President of Tri-Eagle, says “At any given time there are several vacant properties in the region that are in between tenancies. I encourage property owners to consider partnering up with community and charity groups to assist on short term projects, especially in high profile locations.”

Mike Miller, President of Abstract Developments and UDI Victoria, says “As Developers we understand the value of real estate and the opportunity that exists, on a short term basis, with vacant properties to assist groups like The Mustard Seed. UDI Victoria is pleased to help match our member’s properties with charity groups when ever possible.”

Media representatives are welcome to be on-site during the food drive on August 9th.

We also welcome requests for advance interviews – available will be Mike Miller, President of the Urban Development Institute Victoria Chapter and Mr. Travis Lee of Tri-Eagle Development.

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Mr. Mike Miller or Mr. Travis Lee, please contact:

Kathy Hogan ( Executive Officer)
Urban Development Institute
udivictoria@udi.org
250-383-1072

At the Mustard Seed Food Bank, please contact:
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie@mustardseed.ca
250-953-1582