Millennial Advisory Committee Talk Development with Builder Jeff Paikin

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Karl Wulf, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their October meeting at the Haber Recreation Centre on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017. The Mayor welcomed those who attended and introduced a local developer for a discussion on residential developments in Burlington.


The October meeting commenced with an election for the Year 2 Co-Chairs. The First Term Co-Chairs Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma were at the polls against First Term committee members Karl Wulf. The committee members opted to give Karl Wulf and Mark McGuire the mandate for the second year of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Development in Burlington

The local Developer Jeff Paikin, of New Horizon Homes, came to the meeting to offer insight into a developers mind and the challenges that developers face when juggling the needs and want of buyers. Jeff Paikin offered insight into the difference between a 12 and a 25-storey building while acknowledging the obvious – both are already high enough that no pedestrian will notice the difference from the sidewalk immediately below. Paikin offered further insight into the plan for growth within Burlington, mentioning that the mobility hubs in Burlington will be critical for people movement as the Greater Toronto Area adds 250,000 new residents each year.

Burlington is a desirable community and that makes it hard to be affordable

Paikin pointed out an interesting and seemingly obvious fact, the stress on housing supply has more to do with the number of people seeking to live in this area. As a result of the stress on the housing supply, the demand for land has increased, while supply can only increase at the rate of construction – which are increasingly vertical projects. As single-family detached homes become a less common commodity in Burlington’s downtown, families may look to condos and apartments fulfil the desire to dwell downtown. However, family oriented units tend to be larger – and larger units tend to be the last units to sell due to their higher cost.

Paikin mentioned further insight on the Greenbelt as a long-term policy tool. The Greenbelt will benefit future generations by preventing the large suburban sprawl into a limited supply of natural heritage spaces – forests, rivers, and the escarpment. The Greenbelt also ensures that farmland is not developed.

421 Brant St.

The concluding discussion of the evening was a brief discussion of the development across from Burlington City Hall – 421-431 Brant St. The brief discussion highlighted a few criteria that the Millennial Advisory Committee believe are essential to preserving the civic aura around City Hall.

The Millennial Advisory Committee’s key considerations for assessing the development were based on the 5 criteria that were perceived at this time to be essential to encourage healthy growth in Burlington’s downtown without sacrificing the existing heritage and cultural appeal. The top 5 criteria for emphasis on developments in the downtown are:

  • Emphasize need for Transit (Bus, Walking, Cycling)
  • Emphasize Green Space (Plants)
  • Emphasize Employment Space (Retail and Commercial)
  • Emphasize Family-oriented Units & Design
  • Emphasize need for Parking (Resident, Visitor, and Retail-Consumer)

The committee established a consensus and opted to delegate at the Planning and Development Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 7 PM. The result of the Planning and Development Committee meeting was the decision to approve the application of 421 Brant St. Inc. at 23 storeys. Mayor Rick Goldring and Councilor Meed Ward voted against the proposal, citing the height as a concern and the need for more employment space.

Our Next Meeting

The November meeting will take place on Thursday, November 16th , 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. This meeting will be focus on upcoming discussions at Burlington City Hall, such as the redevelopment of the Waterfront Hotel, the New St. Road Diet Pilot Project, and the Bus Transit Schedule. These are important discussions for the future of Burlington.

If you are a millennial trying to get involved! This is a chance for millennials to speak out on the things they think would attract more millennials to Burlington.

Want to get involved?

To apply to be a member of the committee, please email with the following information.

  • Name
  • Age
  • Primary email address
  • City of current residence
  • Social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Profession/Student status
  • A 500-word (max.) response to the following question: What ideas do you have for Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee that would help meet its mandate of helping Burlington foster and retain millennial-age residents.

The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee was created to develop initiatives and provide input on how to keep and attract residents aged 19 to 36 in Burlington. The Millennial Advisory Committee identifies millennials as people born from 1981 to 1998.

Why get involved?

The City of Burlington has the best reasons to get involved with any Committee or Board:

  • meet new people
  • share your talents
  • develop skills
  • address a common interest
  • make a difference in your community

Want more information?

Read the Summer Update from Term 1 Co-chairs Chris Ritsma and Mark McGuire. You can keep up to date on the news from the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee by visiting

For more information about the committee, contact the Office of the Mayor at


Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Update – May 2016

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Goldring speaks with the Mayor's Millennial Advisory Committee at the May meeting.

Mayor Goldring speaks with the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee at the May meeting.


Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met once again on the second Thursday of the month, May 12th, to begin organizing the ideas of the group into a yearlong work plan.

The committee’s work plan addresses how the committee seeks to meet their mandate through co-creating critical success factors, how subcommittees should feed into the main millennial advisory committee, and identifying partners within the Burlington community to best engage millennials.

The mandate of the Millennial Advisory Committee was set out by Mayor Rick Goldring as developing initiatives focused on keeping and attracting millennial residents aged 18 to 35 in Burlington by concentrating on creating opportunities to engage millennials within the Burlington community. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee Update – April 2016

Members of the Mayor's Millennial Advisory Committee discuss the group's priorities at its first meeting on April 14, 2016.

Members of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee discuss the group’s priorities at its first meeting on April 14, 2016.

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring met for the first time with a selection of 18 Millennials aged 18 to 35 who live or work in Burlington. The Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is a new project in Burlington to engage with the demographic that represents 17% of the city’s population. Each month the committee will meet on the second Thursday at a cultural hub in Burlington to concentrate on the creation of opportunities to engage, attract and retain millennials in the city.

The meeting was held to develop topics for a year long work plan for the committee and to allow committee members to meet each other and discuss what they feel is important to Burlington for millennials.

Members spoke briefly about why they had an interest in being a part of the committee, which was fresh in their minds from the application they submitted to Mayor Rick Goldring. Committee members explained their personal relationship with the city of Burlington in regards to work and living. Some had been in Burlington a shorter period, while others had lived here their entire lives, giving insight into what causes certain millennials to stay, and others to come to Burlington. Continue reading

Showcasing Burlington for the Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Innovate Burlington is a not-for-profit marketing consultancy dedicated to supporting the growth of local businesses. Combining the fresh thinking of recent graduates with the guidance of expert mentors, Innovate Burlington partners with companies to deliver new ideas and insights that have a lasting impact on their strategy and marketing. Learn more on their website.

Innovate Burlington is working with the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee on engagement and community support for their Torch Relay.

I am pleased to share with you a guest blog by Kevin Degruijter, Sales and Marketing Coordinator with Innovate Burlington.

Viva PanAm BurlingtonThe Pan Am Games, the world’s 3rd largest international multi-sport games, are coming to Toronto in 2015! Close to 7,000 athletes from 41 nations will be participating in the 36 Pan Am and 15 Parapan Am sports (List here). The games may be a year and a half away, but like the athletes, that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting prepared now!

With close access to competition venues in Hamilton (soccer), Milton (cycling) and Toronto (multiple sports), Burlington residents have a great opportunity to become involved and witness the games first hand!

In advance of the games, the Torch Relay will make its way through the Burlington. We want to know your ideas for how to make this the best possible showcase of Burlington! To accomplish this, we are hosting a Twitter Party on Tuesday, November 19th from 8-9pm.  Here are the questions we will be asking you:

  • What do you love about Burlington?
  • Where’s your favourite place to go in your town?
  • Who is your local sports/Olympic hero?
  • What’s your favourite picture of Burlington? Share it with us for a chance to win a special prize!
  • What Burlington community event do you always look forward to?
  • What’s your favourite Pan Am sport?

A Twitter Party is an online discussion designed to inform and engage with people on a particular issue. We hope to start the conversation with local residents early to make sure their voices are heard and become an integral part of the Torch Relay planning process.

The official hashtag for the event is #YourPanAm, signifying the opportunity to truly make the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games your own.

To participate, all you need is a Twitter account and to follow us @InnovateBurl so you can tweet with us (using the hashtag #YourPanAm) on the night of the 19th.  It’s that easy!

For more information and to register for the chance to win a Pan Am Games prize pack, visit our Twitter Party invite page:

If you’d like more information on getting involved with the games, click here.

We hope to hear from you on the 19th!

Burlington Vital Signs: what do you see in your community?


October 3, 2013

The Burlington Community Foundation’s Vital Signs, 2013

The Burlington Community Foundation is an important community partner. Although not part of or funded by the City, BCF works with all of us—the city and many organizations—to build community vitality. 

This week, BCF released the second edition of Burlington’s Vital Signs – an annual check-up that evaluates Burlington as a place to live, work, and play by identifying trends that are critical to our quality of life. The Vital Signs report offers information that all of us should consider and provides some startling statistics as well as some that we can truly celebrate. Vital Signs, Burlington

The strong research base for the report gives us all confidence in the statistics, and BCF’s investment and care in providing this information for us is valued by Council and City staff.

I am pleased to share with you a guest blog by Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO of The Burlington Community Foundation on the findings in Burlington’s Vital Signs 2013 and encourage you to visit the BCF website to see the report in its entirety.


Burlington Community Foundation’s Vital Signs, 2013

By Colleen Mulholland, President & CEO, Burlington Community Foundation

Burlington Vital Signs Highlights

Colleen Mulholland, Vital Signs

Read more about the Vital Signs report from the Burlington Post

We live in one of the best cities in Canada … but, as the 2nd edition of our Vital Signs report highlights, Burlington is a city of contrasts.

We are a prosperous community with our median household income levels 24% higher than the Ontario average; we have an extremely educated labour pool, amazing cultural opportunities, and remarkable environmental features like our escarpment and waterfront. Yet, there are people struggling in our community in ways that are often unseen, as we drive and walk through our neighbourhoods.
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