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Oct
06

OPPI21 Conference

Start/End Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:30 AM - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:15 PM
District: Ontario

The Ontario landscape is emerging from over a year of turmoil, exceptionally hard work and, at times, exhaustion. So now what?

 

What will slide back into whatever normal is? How will what's emerging impact your current planning strategies, how they evolve and what happens next? The OPPI21 conference will help you, your team, and our profession identify and discuss solutions.

 

We'll focus on NOW - what is happening in economic development and sustainability and in the accelerated uptake of technology?

 

And WHAT - what will we do about it? How will we heal our communities and improve our ability to work for the good of everyone?

 

This fall, the OPPI21 conference will be jam packed with exciting sessions led by industry leaders and experts, all ready to stir up meaningful and proactive discussion.

 

Last year's virtual event was one of OPPI's most successful conferences ever. You came in your shorts and in your pajamas, you gained insights, you shared ideas, and we all re-connected with colleagues and friends from years past.

 

This year promises to be even better with a powerful line-up of speakers and topics that will enable everyone who attends to build back better. And while we can't 100% promise there will be an in-person event in Kitchener-Waterloo, we're working on it and will let you know.


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Oct
13

OPPI21 Conference

Start/End Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:00 AM - Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:00 PM
District: Ontario

The Ontario landscape is emerging from over a year of turmoil, exceptionally hard work and, at times, exhaustion. So now what?

 

What will slide back into whatever normal is? How will what's emerging impact your current planning strategies, how they evolve and what happens next? The OPPI21 conference will help you, your team, and our profession identify and discuss solutions.

 

We'll focus on NOW - what is happening in economic development and sustainability and in the accelerated uptake of technology?

 

And WHAT - what will we do about it? How will we heal our communities and improve our ability to work for the good of everyone?

 

This fall, the OPPI21 conference will be jam packed with exciting sessions led by industry leaders and experts, all ready to stir up meaningful and proactive discussion.

 

Last year's virtual event was one of OPPI's most successful conferences ever. You came in your shorts and in your pajamas, you gained insights, you shared ideas, and we all re-connected with colleagues and friends from years past.

 

This year promises to be even better with a powerful line-up of speakers and topics that will enable everyone who attends to build back better. And while we can't 100% promise there will be an in-person event in Kitchener-Waterloo, we're working on it and will let you know.

 

Registration

Oct
20

OPPI21 Conference

Start/End Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:00 AM - Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:00 PM
District: Ontario

The Ontario landscape is emerging from over a year of turmoil, exceptionally hard work and, at times, exhaustion. So now what?

 

What will slide back into whatever normal is? How will what's emerging impact your current planning strategies, how they evolve and what happens next? The OPPI21 conference will help you, your team, and our profession identify and discuss solutions.

 

We'll focus on NOW - what is happening in economic development and sustainability and in the accelerated uptake of technology?

 

And WHAT - what will we do about it? How will we heal our communities and improve our ability to work for the good of everyone?

 

This fall, the OPPI21 conference will be jam packed with exciting sessions led by industry leaders and experts, all ready to stir up meaningful and proactive discussion.

 

Last year's virtual event was one of OPPI's most successful conferences ever. You came in your shorts and in your pajamas, you gained insights, you shared ideas, and we all re-connected with colleagues and friends from years past.

 

This year promises to be even better with a powerful line-up of speakers and topics that will enable everyone who attends to build back better. And while we can't 100% promise there will be an in-person event in Kitchener-Waterloo, we're working on it and will let you know.

Registration

Oct
21

ED: Planners and Pints

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:00 PM - Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:30 PM
District: Eastern District

We are inviting Eastern District planning staff to a fall gathering in Casselman, Ontario! We know many planners have been working in isolation for what feels like forever. The busy development season, lack of resources, and diminished opportunities for connection with our communities and colleagues has been difficult. Please feel free to come join us to connect over shared experience, exchange stories, and enjoy some excellent food.

Casselman is rapidly growing, primarily French-speaking town located about 30 minutes from Ottawa on the 417. The South Nation River runs through Casselman providing a water source for the local Cassel Brewery. The Bistro we selected for our gathering serves the local Cassel Brew in addition to house made soda and other tasty beverages. Their charcuterie boards and local-favourites sharing boards are not to be missed and will be provided at no cost thanks to generous support from OPPI.

Oct
21

WLOD Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark - Fall Hike

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:30 PM - Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00 PM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

 

Join staff from the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark for a fall hike to learn more about the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark. The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is a collaborative initiative to protect, restore and connect more than 3,900 hectares (9,600 acres) of natural lands at the western end of Lake Ontario.

Staff from the RBG will be discussing the land management strategy, as well as highlighting some of the ecologically significant features of the area.

• Meet at the Rock Chapel Sanctuary Parking Lot - 318 Rock Chapel Rd, Dundas, ON, L9H 5E2 (parking is included in event registration fee)

• Wear appropriate footwear for a hike in the woods

• Bring your own water

• COVID requirements – RBG requires the completions of a contact tracing sheet prior to the tour. This will bedistributed at the hike, or prior to the hike via email. The RBG will retain this information for one month after the hike. Masks are required for times when physical distancing is not possible. A COVID-19 screening questionnaire will be sent to registered participants prior to the hike. Please do not attend the event if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, and/or have been told to self-isolate by a public health authority.

 

Nov
01

Leading Virtual Teams - Fall 2021

Start/End Date: Monday, November 1, 2021 9:30 AM - Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11:00 AM
District: Ontario

Online Course

This online course is for the professional planner who is in a leadership role, a partner in a private firm, or managing others. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques and develop skills to both manage and lead others effectively. All practice activities are conducted in small groups.

 

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the responsibilities of a manager and leader
  • Apply methods of communication to drive trust
  • Apply methods of performance management in your professional life
  • Understand some fundamentals of human resources

 

This course will involve two 90-minute virtual sessions.


November, Monday 1 (9:30-11:00)

November, Wednesday 3 (9:30-11:00)

 

Maximum number of participants, 15. 

 

The information to connect will be emailed to you on October, Wednesday 27. Please, check your “spam/junk” folder if you do not see it in your Inbox.

 

OPPI wants you to go green! Please, note that OPPI does not provide printed resources for course registrants.

 

Course Instructor 

Brodie Church is a facilitator and certified training practitioner with a passion for workplace performance and project management. He has more than a decade of experience within the financial services industry, having worked increasingly senior roles within retail, call centre, IT and HR environments.  He now focuses his energy helping a wide range of industries and government bodies prioritize and execute their project objectives through instructor-led training solutions, specializing in project management and workplace communication.

 

 

Nov
03

ORD: Oak Ridges District Virtual Fall Social

Start/End Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:30 PM - Wednesday, November 3, 2021 7:45 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Online event.

 

Information to connect to the session will be emailed to participants on November 2 at noon. Please, check your "junk/spam" folders if you do not see the email on your Inbox.

Grab a glass or a cup of your favourite beverage and connect with us online!

Join your colleagues from Durham, Peel and York Regions for a networking evening with the opportunity to catch up, share experiences on how the pandemic has changed your work-life balance, and suggest ideas for upcoming District events and workshops.

This is a free event, but registration is required by November 1, 2021. Space is limited (to 30 participants) and registration will close once at capacity.

Nov
08

Project Management for Planners - Fall 2021

Start/End Date: Monday, November 8, 2021 9:30 AM - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 11:30 AM
District: Ontario

Online course

Join us for this online course that will help you understand the importance of effective project management in ensuring the success of your project. You will come away with the basic knowledge and skills in managing various-sized projects in all areas of urban and rural community development, urban design, environment, transportation, health and social services, housing, and economic development.

 

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of having project planning skills
  • Identify project challenges and create solutions
  • Define various project management related term
  • Understand how to improve project communication
  • Apply the requirements for a project plan and create a project charter
  • Use project management templates and tools

 

This course will involve two 120-minute virtual sessions.

 

November, Monday 8 (9:30-11:30)

November, Wednesday 10 (9:30-11:30)

 

Maximum number of participants, 15. 


Information to connect will be emailed to you on November, Wednesday 3. Please, check your “spam/junk” folder if you do not see it in your Inbox.

 

OPPI wants you to go green! Please note that OPPI does not provide printed resources for course registrants.

 

Course Instructor

Brodie Church is a facilitator and certified training practitioner with a passion for workplace performance and project management. He has more than a decade of experience within the financial services industry, having worked increasingly senior roles within retail, call centre, IT and HR environments.  He now focuses his energy helping a wide range of industries and government bodies prioritize and execute their project objectives through instructor-led training solutions, specializing in project management and workplace communication.

Nov
22

Applied Project Management for Planners - Fall 2021

Start/End Date: Monday, November 22, 2021 9:30 AM - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 11:30 AM
District: Ontario

Online course

Join us for this online course and learn how to apply key concepts of project management with a variety of hands-on group collaborations using real-world scenarios. This course is a continuation of the Project Management for Planners course, expanding on specific activities and best practices that can be applied when working through the project lifecycle. Although previous participation in the Project Management for Planners course is encouraged, it is not a prerequisite.

 

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Manage project changes and shifting priorities
  • Handle interpersonal conflict within project teams
  • Identify and assess project risks
  • Communicate assertively when providing recommendations
  • Save time and delegate project tasks
  • Stay motivated and engaged throughout the project lifecycle
  • Apply project management templates and tools

 

This course will involve two 120-minute virtual sessions.

November, Monday 22 (9:30-11:30)

November, Wednesday 24 (9:30-11:30)

 

Maximum number of participants, 15. 

  

Information to connect will be emailed to participants on November, Wednesday 17. Please, check your “spam/junk” folder if you do not see it in your Inbox.

 

OPPI wants you to go green! Please note that OPPI does not provide printed resources for course registrants.

 

Course Instructor

Brodie Church is a facilitator and certified training practitioner with a passion for workplace performance and project management. He has more than a decade of experience within the financial services industry, having worked increasingly senior roles within retail, call centre, IT, and HR environments.  He now focuses his energy helping a wide range of industries and government bodies prioritize and execute their project objectives through instructor-led training solutions, specializing in project management and workplace communication.

Dec
02

Introduction to Plain Language for Planners

Start/End Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:00 PM - Thursday, December 2, 2021 1:15 PM
District: Ontario

Online workshop

Plain Language is an internationally accepted approach to communicating with a diverse range of people, from other subject matter experts to the least-engaged members of the public. It helps to provide information in a way that the reader can find, understand, and use.

 

This workshop introduces strategies for applying Plain Language techniques to a range of documents that planners need to prepare on the job. Introduction to Plain Language for Planners is designed to provide planners with the tools they need to:

 

      · Apply Plain Language theory and techniques to improve communication,

      · Address the disconnect with other experts, decision-makers, and the general public on influential, complex plans, projects, and programs,

      · Provide engaging content that generates meaningful input and better outcomes, and

      · Work more effectively with decision-makers and partners like local politicians, consultants, non-profits, and the general public.

 

 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

 

a)    Gain appreciation of value of writing in Plain Language, to advance their profession and the communities they serve.

b)    Apply the techniques to writing reports, studies, and other documents.

c)    Analyze and evaluate documents to communicate in a more accessible and inclusive manner.

 

 

Session Content:


v  What is Plain Language? How can it help planners communicate more effectively with decision-makers and the general public?

    Its value to city building professions

    Current environment and expectations (e.g., Ontario Land Tribunal)

    Common mistakes in planning reports, studies, briefs (with real examples)

    The science of readability

 

v  Plain Language techniques 

    Identifying the audience: Who your reader is, what they care about

    Defining your purpose and creating key messages

    Structuring your document for impact and clarity

    Integrating visual components to help make your case

    Do's and Don'ts: Inclusive language, jargon, spelling, grammar, voice, and tone


v  Editing and proofreading for accessibility and polish

    Word choice

    Eliminating wordiness

 

v  Resources for Plain Language writing

 


Instructor:

Lisa Orchard makes complex ideas clear for diverse audiences. As a technical communications professional with 20+ years of experience writing and editing strategic documents to advance city-building projects, she brings a big-picture, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to her clients in industry, government, and non-profits. With a background in urban and transportation planning, policy and research, and consultation and engagement, she has been involved in many high-profile initiatives that will influence our cities for decades into the future. She launched her firm, Scribe Technical Writers and Editors, in 2019, to bring the best practices from technical communications to city building professions. It’s a unique combination!

 

Maximum number participants, 25.




Cancellation Policy for OPPI Events

  • Full refund: requires a minimum of one month's notice
  • 75% refund: requires 2-4 weeks' notice
  • No refund: if less than 2 weeks' notice


Cancellation Policy for Partnered Events

  • Please contact the partnered organization directly