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A celebration of women’s leadership in building a stronger Toronto Region through the responsible use of land.


Nancy Singer

Nancy Singer (1952 - 2021)

Nancy Singer devoted her life to her city and especially to the cause of affordable housing. In a career that included a remarkable tenure at City Hall to helming the Kehilla Residential Programme, her passion and dedication to social justice was magnetic - drawing together a broad spectrum of people from all stations to a humanitarian focus. Nancy asked us to pause, reflect and act – and her legacy of advocacy, project delivery and policy advancement stand as testament to her effectiveness. In the words of Mayor John Tory, Nancy “brought everyone together over one mutual goal: creating more inclusive housing for all. Toronto is a better, more socially just city because of Nancy's passion and commitments”. Nancy was honoured by her industry peers in 2014 and was named a WLI Champion in the inaugural year of this program. Asked to describe herself in one word, she offered ‘out-of-the-box’.
She was that. And we are all better for it.

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Andrea Gabor, 1952-2015

Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.

Andrea Gabor was an urban planner and one of the earliest Partners at Urban Strategies Inc., where she led many award-winning projects. Spanning a career of over thirty years, Andrea’s projects have shaped the fabric of Toronto and cities around the world. Recognized for her great contributions to the field of urban planning, in 2007 she was elected to the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Those who worked with her will remember Andrea as a true champion – a driven, dedicated planner who brought passion, humour and joy to professional life. She was a role model for all who had the privilege of working with her, including many on the ULI Toronto Championship team. Andrea is missed, but she will continue to serve as an example of professionalism, integrity, and excellence in the field of urban planning.


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