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From the Ground Up

A digital mastermind series profiling Toronto’s top city-building innovators and the stories behind the movements they built.

Episode 1

How We Built This Toronto with Stephen Diamond and Bob Blazevski, DiamondCorp

June 9, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 2

How We Built This Toronto with Norm Li, Norm Li

June 16, 2020 | 10 AM

Episode 3

How We Built This Toronto with Jane Farrow, Dept of Words & Deeds

June 23, 2020 | 1 PM

Episode 4

How We Built This Toronto with Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone, Giannone Petricone Associates

June 30, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 5

How We Built This Toronto with Edward Skira, Urban Toronto


July 7, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 6

How We Built This Toronto with Eve Lewis, Urbanation, MarketVision, Woodcliff Developments

July 14, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 7

How We Built This Toronto with Andrea DelZotto, Tridel, ADZ Ventures

July 27, 2020 | 10 AM

Episode 8

How We Built This Toronto with Sharon Golberg, Dash Group of Companies

August 18, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 9

How We Built This Toronto with Monika Jaroszonek, Ratio.City

August 25, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 10

How We Built This Toronto with Derek Lobo, SVN | Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage

September 1, 2020 | 10 AM

Episode 11

How We Built This Toronto with Matthew Slutsky, BuzzBuzzHome

Sep 15, 2020 | 10 AM

Episode 12

How We Built This Toronto with Lauren Haw, Zoocasa

Sep 22, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 13

How We Built This Toronto with Leith Moore, R-Hauz Solution

Oct 6, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 14

How We Built This Toronto with Mazyar Mortazavi, TAS

Oct 20, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 15

How We Built This Toronto with Adam Ochshorn, Curated Properties

Nov 3rd, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 16

How We Built This Toronto with Alex Speigel, Windmill Development Group

Nov 17, 2020 | 11 AM

Episode 17

From the Ground Up with Jennifer Keesmaat, Markee Developments

Jan 12, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 18

From the Ground Up with Sasha Cucuz, Greybrook Captial

Jan 26, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 19

From the Ground Up with Jan Gehl, Gehl

Feb 09, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 20

From the Ground Up with Shirley Blumberg, KPMB Architects

Feb 23, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 21

From the Ground Up with David Wex, Urban Capital

March 9, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 22

From the Ground Up with Dermot Sweeny, Sweeny&Co Architects

March 23, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 23

From the Ground Up with Bill Gairdner, Gairloch Developments 

April 6, 2021 | 11 AM

Episode 24

From the Ground Up with Jon Love, Kingsett Capital 

April 20, 2021 | 11 AM

About the Hosts

Inspired by the venerable “How I Built This” podcast, our mission is simple: to uncover the stories, wisdoms and best practices behind the leaders that have built our city. And the hope that if we find this interesting, you will too.

Lirad Kligman | MBA

Lirad brings close to a decade of real estate development, sales and marketing experience having worked for a prominent Toronto real estate development firm with mixed-use residential projects in Toronto and Calgary.

 

Today, Lirad brings his experience for the benefit of The Yorkville Team’s clients and manages the new developments and commercial land divisions. Lirad is involved with a number of non-profit community organizations including Kehilla Residential Programme and the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto.

Naama Blonder | Architect, Urban Planner | OAA, RPP

Naama has a bold vision: to change what good development can and should look like; with that in mind, she co-founded Smart Density.

 

Naama’s professional work spans across planning and architecture, and by marrying the two disciplines, she brings a deeper and more realistic understanding of how municipal policies take physical shape.