ULI BC: Development Partnerships - Housing for Women by Women


2022-03-31T16:00:00 - 2022-03-31T18:00:00

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    South Flatz 565 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC V5T 0H8 Canada


    Standard Pricing Until March 31 Members Non-Members
    All Types CA$60.00 CA$85.00
    We will be gathering in the rooftop conference room.

    The Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) British Columbia is part of a global ULI network supporting and promoting the advancement of women in all disciplines of the real estate industry. WLI BC is proud to offer the Certificate Series of events which provides a unique skill-building series of workshops to forward our mandate in BC. This year, there will be three workshops focused on Development Partnerships offered as part of a WLI certificate program throughout 2022.

    The first event in this exciting series will focus on building housing ‘for women by women’ – a partnership between Purpose Driven Development and Soroptimist International of Vancouver. Purpose Driven Development has partnered with Soroptimist International of Vancouver to provide 135 residential units for women of all ages in Vancouver.

    Join us as we hear from Carla Guerrera (Founder & CEO of Purpose Driven Development & Planning) and Carla Busnardo (Redevelopment Committee Chair, Soroptimist International of Vancouver) as they discuss the project and how partnership and communication can effect a project’s outcome.

    Here are a few links to some articles on the project:



    Carla Guerrera

    Founder and Principal, Purpose Driven Development and Planning

    As a globally recognized real estate development professional, Carla combines the fields of real estate development and urban planning. Carla has delivered over $900m of complex, mixed-use real estate development across Canada's top markets over the past 19 years. Notable projects include leading the UDI award-winning Prescott mixed-use development in North Vancouver, and the West Don Lands masterplan development on Toronto’s waterfront, the world’s most advanced waterfront revitalization initiative. Carla has been awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institutes Top 40 Under 40 global land use professionals award, as well as Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 Award. Carla is the Founder and CEO of Purpose Driven Development, Planning and Strategy, a real estate and planning consultancy which brings a proven approach to driving successful development in today’s complex urban environment for developers, public sector and First Nations clients. Carla was recently appointed as a Board Member to the Thames Estuary Growth Board helping to lead the revitalization of the world-famous Thames River and the largest growth opportunity in the UK. Locally she also serves on the British Columbia Pavilion Corporation. Carla is an international thought leader and speaker on innovative approaches to development and city building.


    Carla Busnardo

    Redevelopment Committee Chair, Soroptomist International of Vancouver

    Carla has been a member of the global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls, since 1991. Soroptimists are women at their best helping other women become their best. Chartered in 1921, Soroptimist International turns 100 this year and the Vancouver club will be 100 in 1926. In the early '30s, SI Vancouver offered affordable housing to women and over the years managed and then owned the housing. 546 West 13th has served the community since 1961 and the entire club is looking forward to serving more women with the increase of suites from 21 to 135. This project gives the Vancouver club an opportunity to celebrate and honour past members. They executed the purchase and building of the current complex in a time where women were not able to do what they did. SI Vancouver will leave a beautiful building as a legacy for all members as we plan to hold our meetings and events in the new building. As a retired CBSA officer, part owner of one of the oldest estate wineries in BC, owner of a wine shop in Vancouver and 30 years serving her community, Carla brings a small business sense and no fear attitude to the committee.