Hometown supporters, including Renew Hamilton, were in the crowd today to cheer on local developer Steve Kulakowsky, the recipient of the NextGEN Award at this year’s Urban Leadership Awards hosted by the Canadian Urban Institute.
Kulakowsky was recognized at a national level for his commitment to downtown Hamilton redevelopment and championing the cause of other young entrepreneurs.
Among his latest building renewal projects, executed with his partner at Core Urban Inc., are Witton Lofts and The Empire Times. CLICK HERE to view 2013 video case study.
Kulakowsky acknowledged the help of a host of supporters, including Terry Cooke, CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation, the economic development team at the City of Hamilton and his Core Urban colleagues.
This year’s other recipients are:
Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award
Architect Jack Diamond, Diamond Schmitt Architects, for his contribution to improving the built form and advocacy for cities and the future of the GTA.
David Crombie Award
Sheldon Levy, Ryerson University, for his role in advancing the university as a city-builder through projects such as the redevelopment of Maple Leaf Gardens.
City Builder Award
City of Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge, for her leadership in sustainability, community energy and the revitalization of downtown Guelph.
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