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Nov
30

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Training for Professional Planners - RESCHEDULED

Start/End Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:00 AM - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 12:30 PM
District: Ontario

Online course

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), in collaboration with Climate Risk Institute, Risk Sciences International and Dillon Consulting, with funding support from Natural Resource Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program, has developed a suite of climate change training modules for Ontario Planners.  

The online training program is a first of its kind in Ontario, bringing together current knowledge informed by the deep experience of practitioners in the field, and supported by an Advisory Committee of academic, municipal, private sector, and Indigenous members.  

The training has been piloted with students and Planners, and a new offering is now open for registration via Climate Risk Institute.

 

MODULE

Date and Time

Lead Trainers

Module 1: Climate Science and Adaptation 

Part 1: Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 2021 
10:00 am -12:30 pm (EDT) 

Part2: Wednesday, Dec. 1st, 2021 
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT) 

Glenn Milner, P.Eng., MCC., Climate Risk Institute 

Anna Zaytseva, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc., Climate Risk Institute 

Module 2: Climate Policy 

Part 1: Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 2021 
10:00 am -12:30 pm (EDT) 

Part 2: Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 2021 
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT) 

Paul Cobb, B.Eng. Climate Risk Institute 

Zahra Jaffer, RPP., Dillon Consulting 

Module 3: Communication and Collaboration 

Part 1: Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 2021 
10:00 am -12:30 pm (EDT) 

Part 2: Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 2021 
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT) 

Heather Swan, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP, PMP., Dillon Consulting 

Merrilees Willemse, MCIP RPP, Dillon Consulting 

 

Module #1 reviews the fundamentals of climate change science and data, impacts in Ontario, risk assessment and adaptation planning. Module #2 covers climate and planning policy, reviewing requirements and opportunities around climate change adaptation. Lastly, Module #3 provides tools and strategies to support communication and collaboration around climate change impacts and adaptation planning.

Due to limited class size, we encourage participants to register for all three modules. Participants will work and connect an interactive case study connects in each module, applying new concepts and knowledge. 


Training sessions begin Nov 30th, 2021. Space is limited! Register here. 

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.

Dec
09

Writing and Editing Skills for Planners

Start/End Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:00 PM - Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:15 PM
District: Ontario

Online workshop

Technical writing is fact-based, clear, and direct communication. It helps the complicated behind-the scenes work shine and make sense to non-experts. It can help planners develop winning proposals and higher quality products, and gain the buy-in needed to move project forward. Even an expert prefers a well-written document that lets them quickly find what they need and use it to advance their complicated technical work.

 

This workshop is designed to introduce planners to the principles and best practices involved in communicating more effectively with decision-makers through studies, plans, and reports. The session will introduce the field of technical communications and how it applies to the planning profession, addressing:

 

 How to improve the readability and clarity of documents,

 How to make documents more persuasive and defensible,

 How to cope with gibberish, jargon, and meaningless phrases,

 Editing tips to add polish to your documents,

 The key elements of an in-house style guide to streamline and simplify the development of planning documents, and

 Approaches to sharing technical evidence and analysis to reach project goals.

  

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

 

a) Gain appreciation of the value of technical communication and apply learned techniques to their professional practice to deliver top-quality plans and reports.

b) Analyze and evaluate their own writing.

c) Build an evidence-based planning case

 

 Session Content:

 

v  What is technical writing? How can it help planners communicate their advice more clearly and effectively?

v  Technical writing techniques to:

    • Improve readability and clarity of your documents for readers

    •  Make documents more persuasive and defensible with decision-makers

    • Cope with gibberish, jargon, and meaningless phrases 

v  Technical editing tips:

         • Best practices to add precision and polish to planning documents

         •  Key elements of an in-house style guide to streamline and simplify the creation of planning documents.

v  Share evidence and technical analysis to educate diverse audiences and generate buy-in. 

v  Resources for technical communications.

 

 

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 of participants, 25.

Dec
10

ED: Winter Social with Queen's Planning Students

Start/End Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 4:30 PM - Friday, December 10, 2021 7:30 PM
District: Eastern District

On December 10th, Join OPPI's Eastern District and students from Queen's University's School of Urban and Regional Planning for an in-person end of year social. A great opportunity to socialize and network with current and future planners alike. The event will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 on Friday, December 10th at the Lieutenant's Pump (361 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON). Register today as spots are limited.

Jan
12

Community Energy Management Program

Start/End Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 6:00 PM - Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:30 PM
District: Ontario

The program is online.

Do you want to make addressing climate change at the local level a career? Check out this British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Community Energy Management program, which is delivered by Community Energy Association’s Director of Capacity Development, Pat Bell. Pat has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable community development and delivers coursework covering renewable energy, finance, transportation, buildings, and how climate action benefits local economies. The program has attracted students from across Canada and you can be part of the next cohort.

Program starts January 12, 2022, register now: https://www.bcit.ca/study/courses/cesa5110

• CESA 5110 – Introduction to Community Energy & Emissions Planning
• CESA 5210 – Community-Based Renewable Energy
• CESA 5310 – Green Energy & Local Economic Development
• CESA 5410 – Financing & Governance for Green Energy Systems
• CESA 5510 – Reducing Energy Use in New & Existing Buildings
• CESA 5610 – Low Carbon Transportation

To register or for more information contact Kerly Acosta Hitchcock at Khitchcock@bcit.ca or see https://www.bcit.ca/construction-environment/study/partnership-learning/community-energy-management/

May
05

Real Estate Development from the Inside Out {online course}

Start/End Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022 6:00 PM - Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:00 PM
District: Ontario

online

If you work with real estate developers or want to understand how the development industry functions, this course offers an inside look into the development process.

Practitioners and experts in the field—from both the private and public sectors—will share a variety of personal experiences. Their stories, combined with case studies and interactive discussions, will provide you with a wealth of insights into the real estate development industry.

You'll leave with practical knowledge of how the industry is structured, how it functions, who the players are, what motivates them, and how they interact.

Location: Online

Duration: 6 evenings

Tuition: $656.25

 

Register here




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