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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.


National Trust Conference 2019 (Winnipeg, MB) - Heritage Delivers: Impact, Authenticity, and Catalytic Change

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:00 AM - Saturday, October 19, 2019 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

Fairmont Winnipeg, (2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba)

The annual National Trust Conference – presented in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) – is Canada’s largest event for professionals, practitioners, and volunteers engaged in regenerating and saving Canada’s historic places. The 450+ who will join us in Winnipeg for Heritage Delivers will come from a diverse range of backgrounds: planners and government representatives; architects, professionals, and the conservation industry; heritage organizations, and volunteers; and university instructors and students.

• National Trust Conference 2019 explores the catalytic power of historic places and how they are essential to building vibrant and diverse communities, and sustainable economies. The conference will blend high-impact plenaries, with multiple concurrent session streams, workshops, and skill-building field sessions.

• Planners will find rich opportunities for professional development with 5 tracks of concurrent sessions on the following themes: Indigenous cultural heritage, reconciliation, and sites of conscience; Design Impact – Sensitive additions and infill in historic districts; Social and Environmental Impact – Heritage planning, incentives, capturing data, and community wellbeing; and Economic Impact – Heritage-led development and policy change.

• Join expert workshops and field sessions on linseed oil paint finishes, Tyndall stone & terracotta, adaptive reuse, heritage conservation districts, downtown revitalization, and much more.


WLOD/SWOD: LRT - Before and After: WLOD/SWOD Joint Light Rail Transit Event Part 1

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 PM - Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Fortinos parking lot in the west end (1579 Main Street West), Hamilton, Ontario

PART 1 – HAMILTON’s future LRT:  Thursday October 17, 2019:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Have you taken the bus recently or are you a regular public transit user?  Hamilton’s Light Rail Transit will be a new way to ride for a city on the move!!  Please join staff from the City of Hamilton as we travel the future 14 km LRT line that will offer service from McMaster University in the west, through downtown Hamilton to Eastgate Square to the east.  Experience a bus ride from McMaster to Eastgate and find out how the route was chosen and the status of the LRT journey.  At Eastgate we will board a westbound bus and travel the future LRT route back making various stops along the way.

The tour will depart from the Fortinos parking lot in the west end (1579 Main Street West) at 1:00 p.m. where free parking is available.  We will board an HSR bus after introductions and background information about the Hamilton LRT Project, its current project status and how the project came to be approved, and key challenges to be overcome.  At Eastgate Square we will begin our return journey along the planned LRT route.  Stops along the route will include East Hamilton, Downtown, and West Hamilton (the final location and number of stops may be dependent on time constraints).  At these stops, LRT staff will discuss how Hamilton is planning for LRT through land use planning, unique aspects of Hamilton's LRT design decisions, construction challenges, expected changes in traffic patterns, how the Hamilton LRT is attracting new development and an overview of how the Hamilton LRT Project will be implemented. 

As we return to Fortinos, the tour’s final stop will be a visit to the Fairweather Brewing Company (5 Ofield Road) a short walk/drive from Fortinos where you will have the opportunity to join your colleagues for some snacks, refreshments and further discussion.  Please note that some walking will be required throughout the tour, so please dress accordingly.

Cost:  $20.00 Members        $15.00 students


WLOD/SWOD: LRT - Before and After: WLOD/SWOD Joint Light Rail Transit Event - Part 2

Start/End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:00 PM - Thursday, October 24, 2019 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Fairway Station located at CF Fairview Park Mall, Kitchener, Ontario.

PART 2 – REGION OF WATERLOO’s new ION LRT:  Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join staff from the Region of Waterloo for a guided ride along the recently opened ION Light Rail Transit line.  Rapid transit was recognized as a crucial component for the Region of Waterloo to contribute to greater transportation choice, moving people, managing growth, and facilitating intensification and reurbanization in the Region’s urban areas over a decade ago. After years of planning and construction, the ION Light Rail Transit system was officially launched on June 21, 2019. 

The tour will depart from the Fairway Station located at CF Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener at 1:00 pm, and head north on the ION route.  The ride along the 19 km ION route will include stops at select stations while Region of Waterloo staff provide insight into the planning and operation of the ION system, highlight some of the challenges and opportunities, and discuss development that has accompanied the ION.  A short walk from the northern end point will take participants to the Operations and Maintenance facility for a look behind the scenes. The tour’s final stop will be a visit to a pub along the ION route, providing an opportunity to join your colleagues for refreshments and further discussion. 

There is parking available near the Fairview Station which is located on the west side of the CF Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener.  Some walking will be required throughout the tour, so please plan accordingly.

Cost:  $20.00 Members        $15.00 students


Managing Skills for Professional Planners - October 25, 2019 SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 8:30 AM - Friday, October 25, 2019 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 Programs & 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. 



Ontario Association for Impact Assessment (OAIA) Conference 2019 - Transforming and Re-Energizing Ontario: Impact Assessment for a Low Carbon Future

Start/End Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 8:00 AM - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:30 PM
District: Ontario

Faculty Club – University Of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

In Ontario, the transformation to a low carbon future is underway and occurring at a time when impact assessment is also undergoing review in the face of uncertainty and increasing complexity in our decision-making processes. In these times, impact assessment remains an important tool for helping clarify the choices we need to make to achieve a low carbon future.

As impact assessment practitioners, we also need to transform and re-energize our discipline. If impact assessment is to support a low carbon future, practitioners will need to embrace innovation, develop and operationalize new assessment frameworks, systems and tools.

The conference consider factors such as:

The achievements and lessons learned so far from implementing renewable energy projects in Ontario;
 The structure, nature and impacts of low carbon energy and transportation systems;
 Tools for assessing the impacts of new and emerging technologies;
 Challenges to increasing energy efficiency and conservation;
 Implications for urban, rural and remote community planning;
 The utility of lifecycle assessments of new and emerging technologies and the role of strategic environmental
assessment in long-term energy planning;
 Energy governance frameworks, barriers and opportunities; and
 How we undertake coordinated action, especially when regional economic interests or cultural viewpoints pull us in different directions.

Note: A pre-conference workshop will also be held on October 28, 2019 to address legislative change in Ontario and Canada. The workshop will be focused on highlighting the key features and developments relating to the federal Impact Assessment Act. The workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss the Government of Ontario’s discussion paper on modernizing Ontario’s environmental assessment program.


ORD: Rouge National Urban Park - Guided Bus & Walking Tour with Parks Canada

Start/End Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 1:30 PM - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 5:00 PM
District: Oak Ridges District

Join Parks Canada planner Richard Scott to learn more about the Rouge National Urban Park, Canada's first and only national urban park in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. The event will begin at the Aaniin Community Centre (14th Ave/Middlefield Rd, Markham) with light refreshments and a presentation on the background, vision, defining features and actions completed to date since Parks Canada became involved in the park in 2011. A bus will then take participants to see and experience the park firsthand. The tour will highlight some of the spectacular natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes and includes stops at Bob Hunter Memorial Park, the newly constructed Stouffville Gateway Welcome Area and the Glasgow Hiking Trails in Uxbridge Township.

The tour includes a 4 km hike which is expected to take approximately one hour to complete. Participants are reminded to bring appropriate footwear.

The tour begins and ends at the Aaniin Community Centre.

Registration/Refreshments: 1:30 – 1:45
Parks Canada Presentation: 1:45 – 2:30
Bus & Walking Tour of the RNUP: 2:30 – 5:00


Homeward: Developing the Missing Middle

Start/End Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 9:30 AM - Friday, November 1, 2019 2:30 PM
District: Ontario

The future success for towns and cities is inextricably connected to their ability to provide Missing Middle housing for their communities. It touches on economic development, community health, aging in place, resiliency and growth. At this workshop session, participants will hear presentations from economic development, planning, development industry, and government sectors, and learn about Missing Middle housing in small urban and rural communities. They will gain a more fulsome understanding of Missing Middle housing’s characteristics, and tactics to developing it in their communities. Attendees will also participate in tabletop exercises that will inform a Touchstone report that will be published after the series is complete.


Asset Management 201: Balancing Risk and Levels of Service

Start/End Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:00 AM - Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Belleville, Ontario

Asset management is about risk management. It’s also a complex balancing act – balancing customer expectations with affordability.
Join us in this advanced course where we will drill down to explore how to weigh risk alongside levels of service. In this interactive workshop, participants will discover how to assess risks related to climate change (and other factors) and how to use risk to prioritize assets for lifecycle activities. Through a case study, participants will explore how to determine current levels of service for various asset categories and identify how to establish clear priorities for proposing levels of service that are achievable and affordable, now and into the future.

Cost: $105+HST (light lunch included)
Registration Page: https://www.ospe.on.ca/asset-management


Annual Toronto Planning Dinner

Start/End Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 5:00 PM - Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:00 PM
District: Ontario

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Canadian Room
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

The University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto is excited to announce the date of our annual highly anticipated networking dinner - Thursday, November 7th, 2019, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The 29th Annual Toronto Planning Dinner, is the premier event for those in the planning, development and real estate industry.

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  • No refund: if less than 2 weeks' notice

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