APPI Council Candour
APPI Council met on Thursday night, November 2nd, to catch up on some important initiatives and processes that we’re following as 2017 winds down. Here are a few updates on things we’ve been doing on your behalf (see below) – but first, two important reminders:
1. World Town Planning Day (WTPD) is being celebrated all over the world (surprise!) this week, with interesting and relevant events being hosted in locations across Alberta and the Northwest Territories. For details of the events happening in your area, just hit this link. The Province of British Columbia has formally proclaimed November 8 World Town Planning Day. Find out more here.
2. Official ballots have been sent out to all APPI members via mail, for a formal vote on proposed amendments to APPI’s Bylaws. Please don’t forget to vote and return the ballot to the APPI Office before November 20. If you have any questions, please refer to the two prepared documents that are posted on the APPI website here or drop the APPI office a line.
- With respect to the proposed Bylaw amendments, APPI Council and Administration are still working with representatives of CIP to develop a mutually supportive agreement for services going into 2018. This process has been slower than anticipated but we are hopeful that all will be in place soon. Some background information on the shared and relative values of APPI and CIP is included in the two documents linked above.
- In preparation for the 2018 APPI Conference in Kananaskis next October, we’re looking into greater use of social media for interactive communications, as well as an app to manage your program sessions and to facilitate networking at the event. We have heard positive reactions to some of the interactive features employed at recent conferences in Jasper and Calgary.
- To follow up on the results of the 2016 APPI Salary Survey, we’re working to develop an appropriate way to continue a discussion of gender equity across the planning profession. If you are interested in joining this discussion, please drop the APPI office a line.
- Council continues to enhance the governance of the Institute through internal evaluations of strengths and opportunities for improvement, training sessions for Indigenous culture and awareness, and by monitoring our accomplishments and developing risk assessments to inform future strategic planning.
If you have an idea or question that you’d like to bring to APPI Council’s attention, we would be pleased to consider it and get back to you – please contact the office at [email protected].