ULI BC: Wesbrook Story – A UBC Properties Trust Walking Tour


2023-06-15T15:30:00 - 2023-06-15T18:00:00

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    Norman Mackenzie Square 3378 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver, BC V6S 0E3 CANADA


    Standard Pricing Until June 15 Members Non-Members
    All Types CA$10.00 CA$15.00

    The story of UBC began with funding by the Province, envisioned as “a university city in an idyllic setting” by its founding architects. While construction began in 1914, it was not until 70 years later that UBC’s original vision for a University Town came into being. Robert (Bob) Lee,  a UBC Alumnus with an established record of real estate development, was appointed to the UBC Board of Governors in 1984, and pushed for UBC to take an active role in developing a portion of the UBC lands. With the success of its inaugural community leading the way, the UBC Properties Trust continued development works to support and grow an endowment fund which will see close to $2 billion from the Trust alone in the next 20 years.

    Wesbrook Place is UBC’s largest neighbourhood, and a natural gathering place for the whole community. The neighbourhood is now more than 6,000 homes, comfortably composed across 114 acres. At its heart stands Wesbrook Village, a full complement of restaurants, pubs, a liquor store, cafes, shops, and neighbourhood services. University Hill Secondary School offers local kids an ideal place to learn, and the Wesbrook Community Centre – a soaring timber building – hosts events and programs for every resident. Sustainable urban design defines the entire neighbourhood, and community parks and gathering places are everywhere you look. All showcasing the breathtaking forests of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, right next door.

    Join us as we learn about the past, present, and future of this dynamic neighbourhood in UBC!


    3:30pm Gather at Norman Mackenzie Square at 3378 Wesbrook Mall
    3:45pm - 5:00pm Walking Tour
    5:00pm - 6:00pm Happy Hour at Browns (cash bar)



    Paul Young

    Director of Planning & Design, UBC Properties Trust

    UBC Properties Trust is the wholly-owned development company through which the University of British Columbia implements its community building program. Paul’s background as a development planner spans more than 45 years of planning and implementing large-scale neighbourhood and community development projects. During 15 years as Director of Planning for Wesbild Holdings, and for 9 years prior to that as the land planner for Genstar Development Company’s Pacific Region, Paul created and implemented detailed plans for neighbourhoods comprising over 10,000 homes in BC’s Lower Mainland municipalities. In his role at UBC, Paul is working at the leading edge of designing and implementing a sustainable community of 25,000 new residents. Paul is also a UBC Grad (BA, 1976).