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toronto | october 1–3

Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century

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Laurie Payne


Vice President Development, Diamond Corp.

Laurie leads one of Toronto’s largest private redevelopment sites, a 60‐acre industrial brownfield which will be transformed into a transit-supportive community with over four million square feet of office, retail, community recreation, and residential in a range of forms. Centered on new rapid transit and directly connected to Toronto’s ravine system and downtown, Laurie is overseeing every aspect of this transformation on behalf of three respected developers, Diamond Corp., Context and Lifetime.
Prior to joining Diamond Corp, Laurie was Development Director for Toronto Community Housing, North America’s second largest public housing provider. She guided a team of development professionals in the revitalization of outdated housing projects. The result of this work will be nearly 2,000 units of new and refurbished low‐income housing, 6,000 units of market housing and over a billion dollars in local economic activity.
In her 15 year career, Laurie was a Senior Associate with Urban Strategies Inc., an integrated planning and urban design firm. Laurie managed master plans for Waterfront Toronto’s 55‐acre East Bayfront Precinct; growth management plans for Toronto’s urbanizing suburbs; and, the revitalization of a 200‐year old Victorian asylum in London UK. Laurie began her career as a community facilitator for complex planning projects.

Laurie served as Communications Co‐chair for the Toronto District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In 2014, she was appointed to ULI Toronto’s Women's Leadership Initiative Championship Team and won the global Women’s Leadership Scholarship in 2013. As an advocate of strong urban design, Laurie was a Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and was a member of the Downsview Park Design Review Panel. In 2016, Laurie was named to the Urban Land Institute’s "40 Under 40", which represents the best young land-use professionals from around the globe, as selected by members of ULI.