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Jul
01

2019-2020 Eastern District Book Club

Start/End Date: Monday, July 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 AM
District: Eastern District

Stay tuned to the District e-blasts for meeting details.

Join the Eastern District Book Club in reading three books over the 2019-2020 year:

Fall (July-September)
Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (2017) by Ashley Dawson. Meeting will take place in October during the OPPI Symposium in Toronto.

Winter (November-January)
The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future (2019) by Ben Green. Meeting will take place in Ottawa in February.

Spring (March-May)
Perfect City: An Urban Fixer’s Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis (2019) by Joe Berridge. Meeting will take place in Ottawa in June.

Dec
01

OPPI Province-Wide Book Club: Winter edition

Start/End Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Saturday, February 29, 2020 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Does the cold weather make you want to curl up with a good book? Join planners from across Ontario in a Province-wide planning book club!
This winter we will be reading “Perfect City: An Urban Fixer's Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis” by Joe Berridge.

From the publisher:
“There may not be such a thing as a perfect city, but all great cities have moments of perfection -- perfect streets or buildings, perfect places to raise a family or to relax with a coffee -- and all of them strive for perfection when they undertake grand projects. Cities, more than ever, are the engines of our economies and the ecosystems in which our lives play out, which makes questions about the perfectibility of urban life all the more urgent.”

Joe Berridge is a Registered Professional Planner based in Toronto, Ontario. We look forward to exploring his perspective on some of the world’s major cities, and engaging in a dialogue about how cities and towns in Ontario can learn from their global counterparts.

We will aim to read 30-40 pages per week, beginning December 1. The reading schedule will be posted to the book club’s LinkedIn page, where we will also post weekly discussion questions for members to engage with each other and share lessons learned:
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13713010/


The book is available from Indigo, Amazon, or your local library.

https://www.amazon.ca/Perfect-City-Fixers-Global-Metropolis/dp/1999439511/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=perfect+city&qid=1573433105&sr=8-1https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/perfect-city-an-urban-fixers/9781999439514-item.html?ikwid=perfect+city&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

OPPI members may claim Continuous Professional Learning units according to the CPL Program Guide.

Jan
31

SWD: 18th Annual SWOD Curling Bonspiel

Start/End Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 9:00 AM - Friday, January 31, 2020 6:00 PM
District: Southwest District

Early draw with first game at 9:00, lunch at 11:00, and second game at 1:00
Late draw with first game at 11:00, lunch at 1:00, and second game at 3:00

TEAM MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO SECURE DRAW TIME
Teams of four (preferably single registration), or individual players welcome (Maximum 8 teams per draw)

Each individual requested to donate $10 prize, to be awarded at end of the day!

Lunch provided

No experience necessary! A fun opportunity to network with local planning colleagues!

Feb
20

Energy Conscious Community: An Energy Planning Course for Planning Professionals

Start/End Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:00 AM - Friday, February 21, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Description
Energy Conscious Community: An Energy Planning Course for Planning Professionals
The Community Energy Planning (CEP) course was designed for professional land use planners to expand the skill-set needed to accelerate the integration of energy and climate policy into land use planning (i.e., official plans, secondary planning, non-statutory master plans, and zoning by-law) and their implementing development review processes. In an effort to build capacity for energy conscious cities, this course will examine the feasibility of a standardized and structured approach to transformative urban greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and enhanced energy system resilience in communities across Canada, this course will examine best practices (i.e., policy, procedures and tools) to improve the quality, consistency and municipal capacity to implement CEPs.

Who is this course for?

This course was developed for planning professionals who would like to expand their knowledge of existing strategies to pursue community energy pathways and the support tools required to execute these initiatives. By investigating system integration, stakeholder engagement, community benefits and implementation strategies, this course will be beneficial as a support tool for professional planners in their central role of integrating local, renewable and conventional energy sources into their communities.

Why take this course?

Successful community energy planning is only possible if energy planning is integrated in the entire urban planning process. With the growing challenge of climate change, municipalities and energy utilities are charged with implementing both measures that adapt to the present conditions and measures that mitigate against future impacts. This course, which contains both an online and in-class component, will explore ways for municipalities and utilities to coordinate their actions to develop a comprehensive set of tools and strategies to manage their resources.

Concepts addressed in this course include:
- How land-use planning influences energy consumption and emissions
- The interrelationship of energy systems and municipal infrastructure (e.g., mobility, water, solid waste)
- The contribution of communities to national energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
- The role of land use planning in promoting low carbon choices for transportation, electricity generation and space heating
- Sustainable community energy planning
- The mainstreaming of energy and climate policy in land-use planning
- The fundamentals of energy systems.
- A brief history of energy transitions in Ontario and the role of communities
The impact of the modern energy transition on communities and land-use planners
The value proposition, rationale, and business/economic/social case Lunch will be provided.

Apr
30

Planner as a Facilitator Course - April 30 & May 1, 2020

Start/End Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:30 AM - Friday, May 1, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Toronto

475 Yonge St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7

 

Room: TBA

  

This two-day course provides training in effective facilitation methods and techniques to lead groups, guide discussions, analyze problems and achieve a consensus within groups. The course is designed to be interactive and offers participants the theory and methods to:

 

·         Facilitate any group more effectively and confidently

·         Make meetings more productive

·         Focus a diverse group's energy on common goals

·         Lead discussion on sensitive issues and problems

·         Create a sense of teamwork

·         Maximize productivity

·         Analyze and solve problems

 

Participants will be introduced to facilitation theory and be given the opportunity to lead actual facilitation sessions.

 

Course Instructor: Brian Benn

May
14

Managing Skills for Professional Planners - May 14, 2020

Start/End Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:30 AM - Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Global Knowledge Centre

2 Bloor St E, 31st Fl.

Toronto, ON   M5H 2V4

 

 

 

Course Outline: 

Are you a professional planner who is about to, or already has transitioned to a more senior role in your organization? Are you looking for ways to develop your skills as a manager or leader? Participate in OPPI’s Managing Skills for Planners course to learn tools and techniques to help you effectively manage teams or departments. Learn more about this course on OPPI’s Courses & Events page.

 

OPPI wants you to go green! Please note that OPPI does not provide printed resources for course registrants. Instead, you will be provided with digital resources approximately two weeks before the commencement of the course and are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with you on the day of the event.  

 

Course Instructor: 

Mellissa Last is a Certified Training and Development Professional with extensive project management experience. She has managed complex and highly strategic projects from inception to deployment and beyond involving stakeholders across multiple business units. She has experience in the Telecommunications, Retail, and Financial Services industries. 

 

May
14

Understanding Legislation for Planners Course - May 14, 2020

Start/End Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:30 AM - Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Toronto

475 Yonge St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7

 

Room: TBA

 

 

Planning operates within many legislative frameworks which affect planners and their day to day activities. This myriad of legislation can at times produce complex and frustrating issues for planners and organizations when they apply and use the legislation.

 

Understanding Legislation for Planners is a one-day course designed to provide planners with a foundation for working with planning legislation. It is an introductory course to help planners read and draft legislation and covers:

 

Ø    The role of legislation in the planning framework and an    overview of legislation relevant to Ontario planners

Ø    How legislation is enacted and implemented, principles of statutory interpretation

Ø    Jurisdictions and interrelations of planning legislation

Ø    Guidelines for drafting municipal by-laws

Ø    Applying, interpreting and challenging legislation

 

This course focuses on legislation that is applicable to Ontario planners, touching on relevant precedent decisions of the courts and tribunals related to legislative interpretation. Participants are provided with resource materials related to the legislation, relevant readings and case law. In addition, practical examples of drafting techniques arising in land use planning are covered. 

 

Course instructors: Ian Lord and Martin Rendl, RPP

 

Jun
11

Project Management for Planners - June 11, 2020

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 11, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Global Knowledge (Nexient Learning Centre)

2 Bloor St East, 31st Floor

Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

 

 

Course Outline: 

OPPI’s popular Project Management for Planners course has a new look! Join us for a one-day session that will help you understand the importance of effective project management in ensuring the success of your project. Learn more about this course on OPPI’s Courses & Events page. 

 

OPPI wants you to go green! Please note that OPPI does not provide printed resources for course registrants. Instead, you will be provided with digital resources approximately two weeks before the commencement of the course and are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with you on the day of the event. 

 

Course Instructor: 

Mellissa Last is a Certified Training and Development Professional with extensive project management experience. She has managed complex and highly strategic projects from inception to deployment and beyond involving stakeholders across multiple business units. She has experience in the Telecommunications, Retail, and Financial Services industries. 

 

Jun
18

Applied Project Management - June 18, 2020

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Global Knowledge Centre

2 Bloor St E, 31st Fl.

Toronto, ON   M5H 2V4

 

Course Outline: 

This one-day course provides learners with the opportunity to apply key concepts of project management by creating a project plan case study as part of a group. The case study will include all aspects of project management, including project charter, scope management, stakeholder management, and much more.

 

Although previous participation in the Project Management for Planners course is encouraged, it is not a prerequisite. Learn more about this course on OPPI’s Courses & Events page.

 

OPPI wants you to go green! Please note that OPPI does not provide printed resources for course registrants. Instead, you will be provided with digital resources approximately two weeks before the commencement of the course and are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with you on the day of the event.  

 

Course Instructor: 

Mellissa Last is a Certified Training and Development Professional with extensive project management experience. She has managed complex and highly strategic projects from inception to deployment and beyond involving stakeholders across multiple business units. She has experience in the Telecommunications, Retail, and Financial Services industries. 

 




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