A dedicated group of Toronto’s rental housing industry leaders has announced plans to create a documentary film centered on the history of the multi- residential sector, aptly titled We Built This City.

The City of Toronto that existed in the middle of the century was vastly different from the cosmopolitan hub that it is today. Indeed, monotone low-rise banks, hotels and churches dominated the skyline and most contemporary suburban regions were still rural. After 1951, the city saw an influx of immigrants and their offspring. These included the Jewish construction visionaries who, after World War II, helped to transform the silhouette and very soul of Toronto. This film tells their story.

Whereas North America was unwelcoming to Jews following the war, Toronto embraced them. Over the next three decades, many Jewish developers created one of the most unique concentrations of apartment buildings and communities — and, in many cases, the precursors to our booming condominium market. Today, there are over 500,000 rental units over 2,000 buildings in Toronto, representing approximately one-third of all housing. This group, quite literally, built this city!

After a lengthy selection process, the selection committee landed on award-winning producer and director Ron Chapman, whose credits include: documentary film The Poet of Havana (2015, HBO USA); The Forbidden Shore (2016); and feature documentary Who the F**K is Arthur Fogel (2014, NETFLIX/EPIX USA, released in over 42 countries). Throughout the research and production phase, Chapman will reach out to families in the community and will be accepting relevant photos and archive materials.

“The legacy of our city’s iconic, world-class apartment industry is just waiting to be told,” said Chapman. “We’ll paint a compelling picture of a group of those dreamers and risk-takers who planted the seeds for Toronto’s booming rental stock.”

Having raised nearly 70% of its $1M goal for production, the film committee is actively seeking the remaining 30% required to begin production. At this point, your support is critical.

For information on how you can get involved, please click here.

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Sustainability has become a key issue in the property management industry, and landlords coast-to-coast are increasingly focused on their environmental policies and procedures.

This special episode of the Insider Network will showcases FRPO’s Living Green Together Program while covering a series of key operational elements such as Hydro, Gas and Water consumption as well as Waste Diversion Strategies.

Join Cursive’s Jessica Green as she brings you interviews with some of industry’s most respected players and uncovers the highlights to their sustainability goals along with the keys to their operational strategies.

View all of the clips right here on the Rental Housing Business Network website.

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Jessica Green, founder of Cursive PR, had the distinction of serving as a panelist at the FRPO (Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario) 4th annual Women in Rental Housing Luncheon on August 25.

Held at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto, the event was moderated by Greenwin CEO Kris Boyce.

Here’s a round-up of this inspiring event from Canadian Apartment Magazine:

With 150 in attendance, making it the largest of its kind to date, the women’s luncheon provides an opportunity for industry women to gather, mingle, and listen to inspirational stories and viewpoints on a range of topics including wellness in the workplace, community service and mentoring.

“This important event brings together women working in the rental housing industry to motivate, inspire and share their experiences,” said Lynzi Michal, Director of Membership and Marketing at FRPO. “FRPO is pleased to support the advancement of women and highlight their stories for the next generation of leaders.This is an exciting time for rental housing and it is encouraging to see greater diversity in senior management as women continue to excel in this field.”

Boyce kicked off the discussion with a rundown of “10 secrets to success” every woman should know about. From the importance of being true to oneself and accepting our mistakes and failures, to the benefits of paying it forward to other young rising stars, the discussion was also a reminder of the struggles faced by past generations of working women who were denied opportunities and rights due to gender inequality.

At the top of the agenda was health and wellness and the constant pursuit of that elusive work-life balance. “Creating an environment that allows you to be successful often means creating boundaries and taking important steps just for you,” advised Kristina Lauesen.

“It’s easy to say invest in yourself, make time for yourself, but how many of us actually go ahead and do that?” added Brandi McIlvenny. “We need to be mindful of what makes us happy and what fills our cup up. By investing just a fraction of energy towards ourselves, everything in our lives will benefit.”

“As women we tend to think we are so bad if we steal a moment for ourselves,” said Jessica Green. “But taking care of yourself and prioritizing your health and your well-being are not bad. So be kind to yourself and remember that everyone struggles with this concept.”

Finding strength and a voice in the male-dominated boardroom is another struggle for many working women today, and this was touched on by the panelists who have all been in that situation. “I remind myself that everybody, male or female, brings something different to the discussion,” said Lauesen. “Everybody comes from different backgrounds and brings their own expertise to the table. If their voices weren’t valid, then they wouldn’t be sitting there.”

Andrea Rocheleau said that showing support and being a role model for other young women is critical to breaking barriers and getting a more balanced representation in leadership roles. “Without those women who saw potential in me, I know I would not be where I am today.”

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