Slobodsky Associates
(416) 697 4371


I am a Local Government relation’s specialist with more than fifteen years of senior executive experience with municipal government at senior political and bureaucratic levels.

Prior to opening my own practice I
 served as Chief of Staff for Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman. Throughout my twelve year career at City Hall I developed a strong reputation as a skilled consensus builder between diverse interests while at the same time developing and maintaining strong relationships with senior levels of government, private sector organizations and the media.

Since 2003, in private practice I have worked on a wide range of development applications. While on my own I have earned and proudly maintain a reputation with City staff, politicians, and clients that have come to respect me on my principled approach and facility to achieve results. I have developed a track record in managing complex developments through the municipal approval process with a high success rate.

In over twelve years of practice, I have only been involved in full OMB hearing less than a handful of times for files that I have worked on.

I have a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and the President of Slobodsky Associates.


  • Bell Canada
  • Bentall Kennedy
  • Brookfield Properties Management Corporation
  • Canadian Gaming Association
  • Cromwell Management Inc.
  • Dash Developments
  • Diamondcorp
  • Don Mills Ratepayers Association
  • El-Ad Canada
  • Easton Group of Companies
  • Empire Communities
  • First Capital Realty
  • Greenwood College
  • Knightstone Capital Management Inc.
  • Longo Development Corporation
  • Medallion Corporation
  • Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)
  • Mizrahi Developments
  • National Homes
  • North Drive Investments Inc.
  • O'Shanter Developments
  • Oxford Properties Group
  • PAL Insurance
  • Power Centres Inc.
  • Preserve Thornhill Woods Ratepayers Association
  • Riocan
  • Rise Developments
  • Rockport Group
  • Royal St. Georges College
  • Siteline Communities
  • Silvercore Properties Inc.
  • Shiplake Properties
  • SmartCentres
  • Sobeys Developments
  • Telus
  • Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
  • Verdiroc Development Corporation
  • Westfield Group


Slobodsky Associates has represented clients with varied and complex projects

Commercial Clients
Brookfield Developments
provide ongoing general advice for the over eighteen commercial properties in downtown Toronto
First Capital Reatly
assisted a team in rezoning of an older strip plaza into a mixed-use development. Very controversial and high profile, with a very organized and well-funded community opposed. Worked closely with staff towards a seventy-five page approval report.
Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)
worked on private/public partnership for the expansion of BMO Field, and a New Raptors facility on CNE owned land. Very high profile, was successful in achieving overwhelming support at full City Council
Oxford Properties
Bloor Street; rezoning of significant development as part of a city study at Yonge and Bloor
Currently working on a development that may lead to a new convention centre
successful approvals for very complex and high profile sites:
  • Yonge and Eglinton – majority support at Community Council and City Council for a new public plaza and an expanded retail concourse on this high profile corner even though there was a great deal of community opposition
  • Yonge/Sheppard Centre – re-urbanizing a dated retail mall, and adding rental apartment building
Silvercore Properties
working on rezoning of a ten-acre suburban plaza in the Finch and Yonge area. Participating in a city study to re-designate lands for future subway extension
Sobeys Properties
rezoning a three-acre site from a single grocery store to a mixed-use development. Very active opposition and local councilor. Participating in a working group process and an area wide land use study
controversial retail developments in Leaside and on Eastern Avenue. They were both approved.
Westfield Group
gave advice to this large international retail developer on potential opportunities in Toronto
Institutional Clients
Bell Canada/Telus
was successful in having a new site plan protocol for towers within the city of Toronto
Canadian Gaming Association
represented the association on a potential Casino in the City of Toronto. Extremely political and very high profile.
Greenwood College
doubled the size of a private school, through an extensive ratepayer working group process and then committee of adjustment
PAL Insurance
was successful in approving alterations to this heritage property
Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
represented the school board as part of the City of Toronto comprehensive zoning by-law review. Was successful in having a new designation.
Residential Clients
Cromwell Management Inc
Working on replacing two very old rental apartment buildings with market rental buildings in mid-town Toronto.
Dash Developments
Rezoned a property for 11 storeys, in a 4 storey apartment neighourhood. This site included rental replacement. Staff were opposed, but we negotiated a settlement.
Don Mills Ratepayers Association
Was retained by ratepayers association as their representative on the Don Mills Centre Development
The Development was appealed to the OMB; but once I was retained we worked out a settlement that approved a community centre for the neighbourhood as part of the residential and retail. City Council approved the settlement
Easton Group of Companies
Successful in achieving approval for 46 stories at Jarvis and Dundas.
El-Ad Canada
Went from an initial position of refusal by the city; to approval of 2200 units. Negotiated significant community benefits package. Then three years later went back through the process for another 600 units, while receiving staff and full council approval.
Empire Communities
Working with a team to have this site at Yorkville and Avenue Road approved for a luxury residential building. The site has a heritage building, and other constraints. Participated in a working group process organized by the local Councillor.
Longo Corp
Worked on revitalizing a large older 498 unit rental site to a mixed use site. Owner sold property before approval received.
Medallion Corporation
Approval of a 42 storey market rental building in St. Jamestown. This included very lengthy consultations not only with City Planning and Housing Policy, but also with the local community. There was a significant working group process with members of the local community and other stakeholders.
Mizrahi Devlopments
Part of a team seeking approval for 1 Bloor Street West; one of the highest profile sites in the City
National Homes
2800 Bloor Street: Successful in rezoning for a retirement home in a high profile neighbourhood
1060 Avenue Road: Successful in achieving a rezoning for a 7-storey retirement home in a neighbourhood. City position was originally four storeys
Power Centres Inc.
Negotiated approval of a 24 storey project that included heritage preservation and rental replacement on Shuter Street. It had been appealed to the OMB, as City staff was not supporting the height. Received political approval that led to a negotiated settlement.
Rise Developments
Part of a team that negotiated a 23 storey development at St. Clair and Bathurst in light of significant neighbourhood opposition
Rockport Group
Assisting with high profile conversion of a national heritage site to allow a rental apartment building at Yonge and Eglinton. Full support at City Council.
Shiplake Market Rental Developer
  • Received approval for rezoned property on Davisville for almost 500 market rental apartments. Only two Councillors voted against, including local Councillor.
  • Successful in having the City of Toronto establish a working group to have Development Charges deferred for market rental apartments.
  • Currently working on approval for another 650 market rental, including a privately owned, publicly accessible art gallery in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood.
West Mall
Was retained to push a three year old application that had stalled with city staff. Received approval for three condo towers on an existing rental building site.


  • Avoiding Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings - 10 years of practice has lead to less than 5 OMB hearings
  • Controversial/Complex/High Profile Sites
  • An Urban Planner with extensive municipal experience in managing complex developments
  • Guiding private sector developers through the municipal approval process