APPI Council Candour
Prior to the “Revitalize” conference in beautiful, snowy Kananaskis, APPI Council held a regular full meeting. Here are some highlights from our discussions and other recent activities.
• On September 21, 2018, members of Council met with the University of Alberta’s planning students to meet and share aspects of how professional planners are regulated through APPI. The next week, on September 28, Council members met with Faculty of Environmental Design planning students at the University of Calgary.
• On September 29, APPI Council met to discuss the coming year’s priorities and approved the 2019 Budget.
Additional items included the following:
• Council tried something new to stimulate conversation at the beginning of our meetings, and implemented “generative thinking time.” The idea is that at each Council meeting, a variety of topics will be explored in small discussion groups and then shared with the rest of Council. This exercise is intended to stretch our mental capacity and open and stimulate our minds to a higher level of thinking. We think it's working!
• With approval of the 2019 Budget, Council is preparing to get to work on a new Strategic Plan.
• Council adopted a new “Event Safety Policy” and “Safety Management Plan” to ensure safe places for APPI members at our various educational events, as well as an “Event Script” to acknowledge the Indigenous traditional territory where our events take place.
• The 2018 APPI Conference was held September 30 - October 2, 2018, at the beautiful Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge located in Treaty 7 in the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut’ina, and the homeland of the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3. The conference explored how planners transition opportunities into reality to revitalize the places where we live, work and play.
• The conference included over 26 exciting learning sessions and tours, as well as plenty of amazing speakers, awards, social events and playful entertainment. And for the first time ever, this year’s conference included an address to the delegates by the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, where over 200 delegates were in attendance.
• Shout out to the amazing and talented Conference Co-Chairs, Tara Steell and Connor Smith, and their amazing conference planning committee for all of their hard work and dedication!
• APPI is proud to be the platinum sponsor for the upcoming Canadian Planning Student Conference – “Place 18” – taking place in Edmonton, October 12-14, 2018. Learn more about this event at www.placeconference.ca
and be sure to check it out!
• There will be a “Celebration of Planning” on World Town Planning Day, November 8, 2018 at the University of Alberta, click here
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]