Stories

Cities and towns are constantly reinventing themselves, reinvigorating their spaces and places through inventive design and good urbanism. 

Developers are building attainable and affordable housing allowing more people to get into the market. They are designing for kids and families in mind with gardens and playscapes. They are building higher density hubs in traditionally low-density areas. They are connecting people to nature, through parks and other sustainability features. 

Here are the stories of our members and how they are shaping our region.

  • Edmonton Metro, I’m Yours

    When it comes to romance in the movies, cities are the main character. There’s a scene in Clueless, where Cher, after realizing she was in madly in love, found herself walking aimlessly throughout the streets of Beverley Hills. In Notting Hill, Julia Roberts’ character professed her love for a local in a bookstore found along…

  • Growing the Grid

    Early in January, the temperature took a sharp turn, even prompting an Alberta Emergency Alert advising Albertans to cut back on electricity consumption. “Extreme cold resulting in high power demand has placed the Alberta grid at a high risk of rotating power outages,” the alert read. The cold snap put into perspective how important power…

  • Spring and Fall Luncheons Now Live!

    We know that you really, really love our luncheons – so we are excited to launch them all together so you can register for one, a few, or all of them at once! One of the priorities in our five-year Strategic Plan is to establish diverse educational opportunities for our members, and to revitalize our…

  • Job Posting: Manager of Policy & Governance

    Are you interested in joining a dynamic team at the helm of city-building advocacy and engagement in one of Canada’s fastest growing metro regions? The Urban Development Institute – Edmonton Metro is looking for a Manager of Policy and Governance to lead the development of policy positions through member engagement and research – all to…

  • The Year That Was

    The people in our industry continue to enthusiastically engage, collaborate, and influence change, united in addressing the many challenges faced by our cities and communities. From a nationwide housing shortage to significant cost escalations, we continue to work hard on all fronts. This year, our members provided councils and administrations with significant time, expertise, and…

  • Breaking Barriers

    Prior to developing neighbourhoods with Rohit Group of Companies, Leanne Ure was an engineer at Stantec, designing the plans and inventing the spaces and places within those communities. Inspired by her mom, a civil engineer, Ure has made it her personal mission to create opportunities for women in the industry to connect and support one…

  • 350 City Builders Gather to Celebrate Industry Contributions

    On November 18, 350 of our members, municipal and elected officials, and industry partners gathered at the JW Marriott for the 24th Annual Spirit Awards. “This annual celebration was a chance for us to recognize our peers and their contributions to making our region an attractive, affordable, and livable place,” said Kalen Anderson, Executive Director…

  • Why the Metro Matters

    Earlier this year, UDI – Edmonton Metro launched State of Growth, a report that provides a snapshot of land development trends and demographic profiles throughout the entire region. The report highlights social and economic strengths that have helped to attract jobs, people, and talent to the region – sharing what has worked well for municipalities,…

  • Give Me Shelter

    Tim was born in London, England towards the end of WWII.  “When the war ended, my mom carried me in her arms to Edmonton with other war brides,” said Tim Melton.   After the war clean up, his dad, Stanley Melton, would join them, eventually growing their family company, Melton Real Estate, into the largest real…

  • Quiet Regional Leadership

    “I want to help,” said Blayon Dibben, this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award.  Dibben, who is the Manager of Planning at Select Engineering Consultants, served on UDI – Edmonton Metro’s Board of Directors for nearly 7 years. Prior to joining the board, he supported the association through participation on several committees –…

  • Delivering on Downtown

    “Now more than ever, our downtown needs an all-hands-on-deck approach to recover,” said Kevin McKee, CEO of Pangman Development Corporation. Kevin served as the moderator of UDI – Edmonton Metro’s October luncheon, Delivering on Downtown, convening the perspectives of three downtown leaders, Alexandra Hryciw, Councillor Tim Cartmell, and Chief Dale McFee. He framed the conversation…

  • Championing Change

    When asked about how much time he has spent volunteering with UDI, Mike Kohl responded, “Too much to admit.”  Kohl, who serves as the Senior Vice President, Alberta Communities for Brookfield Residential, served as UDI’s Board Chair from 2020 to 2022. Prior to joining the Board, and over a span of seven years, he volunteered…