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Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Public Health and Planning 101: An Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environment

Start/End Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 AM - Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

This free online course can be taken anytime and you can go through it at your own pace. The course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities, supporting resources, self-assessments and takes approximately four hours to complete. 


The Ontario Public Health Association, OPPI and the Public Health Agency of Canada, have launched of a new online training program entitled, Public Health and Planning 101: An Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environment. Developed by volunteers and staff and inspired by research and user feedback, this introductory level course is designed to bridge the gaps between both professions, as well as provide greater opportunities for developing collaborative partnerships to help create and foster healthy built environments.

This free online course can be taken anytime and you can go through it at your own pace. The course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities, supporting resources, self-assessments and takes approximately four hours to complete.

For more information or to sign up for the course, click here!


OPPI Session in a Box – Call to Action

Start/End Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:00 AM


OPPI is excited about the launch of Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm – A Call to Action, which challenges planners, government, municipal departments, agencies, other related professionals, builders, developers, community groups and members of the public to make the public realm a focus in community building and placemaking efforts across Ontario.

OPPI is encouraging members to continue discussions on topics related to the public realm, and how they can help to create healthy communities. This template allows Districts to easily hold a session on the Call to Action without a lot of additional work. (You do not need an expert on this topic to run this session.)

Support materials for this one hour session (can easily be 90 minutes to give more time for discussion or condensed to 45 minutes for a lunch and learn format) include:

·        The Call to Action on the Public Realm 

·        A short video on the public realm that can be shown at the beginning of the session

·        PDF version of the presentation that is ‘ready to go’  

·        List of questions for participants to help guide discussion                                                              


For questions, please contact OPPI Director of Public Affairs, Loretta Ryan at 416.483.1873 or 1.800.668.1448 ext.226 or l.ryan@ontarioplanners.ca


Applied Project Management - May 29 & 30, 2017 SOLD OUT

Start/End Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 8:30 AM - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Global Knowledge Centre

2 Bloor St E, 31st Fl.

Toronto, ON   M5H 2V4


The purpose of Applied Project Management (APM) is to allow professional planners to develop the knowledge, skills, techniques and tools of Project Management as these relate to the professional practice of planning.

This course consists of two main components:

An online, theory-based element. Participants are introduced to key concepts of project management through video resources and articles drawn from across a broad range of project management materials. Participants will also review video interviews with experienced practitioners- peers working as project managers in various planning environments and produced specifically for this course.  There are six modules in the online component; each takes roughly one hour to complete. Once an online module is completed, the subsequent module becomes available. Note: this section is a pre-requisite for the in-person workshop.


An in-person workshop. This two-day workshop follows a case-based approach and allows participants to work with real-world information and material. The case method will generate practical discussion and critical reflection on the Project Management Institute (PMI)’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th Edition and how it interrelates to the field of planning.



Course instructor: Rob MacLeod


Planning Institute of BC 2017 Annual Conference - Equilibrium!

Start/End Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:00 AM - Friday, June 2, 2017 2:30 PM

Prince George Civic Centre
808 Canada Games Way,
Prince George, BC, V2L 5L1 


Join us in beautiful Prince George, BC, for the 2017 PIBC Annual Conference - Equilibrium! The upcoming conference will be headquartered at the Prince George Civic Centre in downtown Prince George. The conference program includes two exciting keynote speakers - including Happy City author Charles Montgomery, more than thirty diverse conference sessions & presentations, pre-conference workshops, ten mobile workshops & walking tours, locally inspired social activities, and more…


Early registration discounts are in effect, so be sure to register early and save. One-day options and discounts for students & retired planners are also available.

For more details and to register visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/v5q7nx




ND Northern District Lunch and Learn - "Innovation Revolution"

Start/End Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:00 PM - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:15 PM
District: Northern District

City of Greater Sudbury
Planning Services Boardroom
Tom Davies Square - 3rd Floor
200 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON

City of North Bay
5th Floor, Mayor’s Boardroom
City Hall
200 McIntyre Street East
North Bay, ON

City of Sault Ste. Marie
Biggings Room
Civic Centre – Level 3
99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

City of Thunder Bay
Development Services Boardroom - Development & Emergency Services Department
Victoriaville Civic Centre, 2nd Floor
111 Syndicate Avenue S.
Thunder Bay, ON


Ian Kilgour, RPP, will provide participants with an understanding of the "Innovation Revolution".

Cities throughout the world are creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems to stay competitive in this age's "Innovation Revolution". Like the Industrial Revolution, the Innovation Revolution is fundamentally and constantly changing every aspect of our lives.

The Industrial Revolution was hierarchical where only a few had access to capital to monetize ideas to then develop products and services. The Innovation Revolution is occurring on a level playing field, where ideas, capital and the development of products and services can happen anywhere.

This lunch and learn session will introduce Planners to the new Entrepreneurial Ecosystems their communities are building (or about to build) and further the discussion on how Planners can effectively play their part.


SWD - Growth Management Policies From Around the World

Start/End Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:00 PM - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:00 PM
District: Southwest District

University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building (EV3)
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3G1

Join your OPPI colleagues for a presentation and Q & A discussion led by University of Waterloo School of Planning students of their comparative analysis of Ontario’s Growth Plan with growth management policies in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. This presentation is timely with Ontario’s role out of revisions to the Growth Plan. The University Of Waterloo School Of Planning is hosting the event in their beautiful LEED Platinum facility on Wednesday May 31st.

4th year students from the core – “Professional Practice” Course led by Planner-in-Residence – Bill Green, undertook a comparative analysis of Ontario’s Growth Plan with metropolitan areas around the world. A small sample of these projects will be presented with an emphasis on what we can learn from other jurisdictions. This event is eligible for a CPL credit.

This event is open to anyone that is interested in attending. The event will include appetizers and refreshments. Proceeds of this event will be donated to the SWD Scholarship Fund.


2017 Toronto New Urbanism Film Festival

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 6:30 PM - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 9:30 PM
District: Ontario

Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 1J5


The Toronto New Urbanism Film Festival is back! This year features the Canadian premiere of the best of 2016 New Urbanism Films as a two-night exclusive event!

Last year’s inaugural event was a great success and the event returns this year to the same venue – Innis Town Hall on Wednesday June 1 (Part 1) and Thursday June 7 (Part 2).

Tickets for the Double Bill (June 1 and June 7) are $17/Members and $20/Non-members

General Admission tickets are $12/Members and $15/Non-Members

Student tickets are $7 per student.

Please visit   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-toronto-new-urbanism-film-festival-tickets-34249014725  for ticket purchase.


Planner at the Ontario Municipal Board Course - June 2, 2017

Start/End Date: Friday, June 2, 2017 8:30 AM - Friday, June 2, 2017 5:00 PM
District: Ontario

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Toronto

475 Yonge St. 

Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7


Room: TBA


Virtually everything a planner does has the potential to become the subject of an Ontario Municipal Board hearing. Background studies and research can become vital evidence supporting a decision. Recommendations to a council or client may become the subject of cross-examination.


Municipal Board hearings are stressful for a planner. The planner is under fire (or feels like it), subject to cross-examination, and under the watchful eye of the client or council. The planner will be relied upon to justify and, to some extent, defend a recommendation or conclusion that was made several months or even years earlier.


In many cases, a solicitor may not be involved until the matter is actually on its way to a hearing. In rarer instances, usually in smaller communities, the planner may attend without a lawyer.


Most planners must learn the skills necessary to be effective at the Board the hard way - trial and error. Yet a planner must expect to appear at hearings periodically, and as his or her career progresses, hearings can become increasingly difficult as the issues become larger and more complicated and the opposition more skilled.


Designed for planners with little or no Ontario Municipal Board experience, as well as those seeking to refresh their knowledge, this one-day course covers the following topics through instruction and case studies:


·         Role of the OMB member

·         Planner as an expert witness

·         Preparing for an OMB hearing

·         Evidence in Chief

·         Cross examination

·         Professional conduct and ethics

·         Case studies



Course Instructor: Martin Rendl, RPP


LD Duty to Consult & Planning Workshop

Start/End Date: Friday, June 2, 2017 8:45 AM - Friday, June 2, 2017 3:45 PM
District: Lakeland District

County of Grey Council Chambers
595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound


As of April 2014, the new PPS instructs planning authorities to consider the interests of Aboriginal communities in conserving cultural heritage and archaeological resources, and to implement the PPS in a manner consistent with the Constitution Act‘s recognition and affirmation of existing Aboriginal and treaty rights.

This is one of the first Canadian examples of a province explicitly delegating the responsibility to municipalities. Municipal planning authorities must now integrate consultation with Aboriginal Peoples into their approvals process. This workshop will focus on the priority of relationship-building between First Nations, Métis, and planners that can enhance and sustain successful consultation.

The day will include:

 meet and learn from Indigenous and non-Indigenous planners engaged in consultation issues
 hear about current collaborative efforts
 examine case studies, in-depth
 take home new knowledge and awareness


WLOD Breakfast and Learn: Emerging Perspectives in Planning Law

Start/End Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:00 AM
District: Western Lake Ontario District

June 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am  Hot breakfast provided.
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington


A timely event to learn about and discuss current planning law issues. Two local lawyers will share their experience and expertise on topics including OMB Reform and Legal Non-conforming uses. 


Nancy Smith - Turkstra Mazza Associates

Joanna Wice - Legal Services, City of Hamilton

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