Development Challenge 2017


Congratulations to the Developing Leaders and students who registered by July 7th to participate in the competition.

July 19 – Kick-off Social Event. Hosted by Cushman & Wakefield, with opening remarks by David Gerofsky, CEO, First Gulf Corporation.

July 20 – The competition began as teams were announced and the Project Brief was released to all contestants.

August 7 – One-page initial proposals/abstracts due. Advisors will review and consult at this stage with each participating team.

Scroll below to see the development site selected for this years's competiton.

August 21 – Comprehensive development proposals due. Round one judging follows.

August 29 (approx) – Three Finalist Teams announced. The teams then submit presentation-ready development proposals in preparation for Awards Night.

September 26 – Development Challenge Awards Night. The Finalists present their development concepts live on stage before a panel of distinguished judges and the audience of NAIOP members and colleagues. Location: Arcadian Loft, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 9th Floor, Toronto.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the First Place, Second Place and Third Place teams.

NAIOP is excited to announce Quadrangle as the Visual Support Sponsor for the final round of submissions! Courtesy of Quadrangle, the finalist teams will have professional design assistance on the project renderings they present on Awards Night.


NAIOP is pleased to welcome the distinguished industry leaders who will judge the finalists' presentations on Awards Night in September.

Michael Cooper – President and Chief Responsible Officer, Dream
Sharm Powell – Head of Canadian Real Estate Investments, CPP Investment Board
Chuck Scott – CEO, Canada, Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Wein – President, Great Gulf Residential, Great Gulf Group 
Richard Witt – Principal, Quadrangle

NAIOP Greater Toronto believes this annual Development Challenge promotes and encourages its overall mission established by and for the members. The competition allows those in the Developing Leaders group to demonstrate their talents and skills to senior industry members through written and live oral presentations. By expanding Developing Leaders’ skill sets and networks we are empowering our future leaders today. 

During the summer, professionals 35 years of age or under from all industry disciplines, as well as GTA-based business school students, will form small diverse teams to create development proposals for a waterfront site in Toronto. Mimicking a real life experience, teams will work with the constraints of the actual site.

Awards Night, September 26, is the evening of the live competition among the teams that will be selected as finalists by experienced industry practitioners. The Awards Night panel of judges will select the first place team based on objective criteria provided in July at the outset of the competition, plus the depth and quality of its live presentation.

This summer, watch for invitations to attend Awards Night and witness this exciting competition!  
View Photos from Awards NIght 2016