APPI Council Candour
Council met for our last 2018/2019 Council term meeting on April 26, 2019. The agenda was full and highlights of the meeting include:
- Opening the council meeting with a territorial acknowledgement to recognize and show respect for the place in which we gathered on Treaty 7 territorial lands and the homeland of Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, and to honour the relationship with Canada’s First Peoples.
- Council also reaffirmed its support for Indigenous reconciliation through ongoing initiatives within Council and for the planning profession in general.
- Council nominated Gary Buchanan to serve as APPI’s Director on the Professional Standards Board for a second term. Way to go Gary and we look forward to your updates.
- Council is happy to announce we have signed a Service Agreement with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). This agreement solidifies our relationship with CIP.
- APPI is also pleased to recognize CIP for reaching its centennial year in 2019.
- Council supported APPI’s participation and contribution to a National Compensation Survey designed to gather information from Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations members on compensation and benefits. Please watch your email inbox for the survey invitation this week.
Council had a packed agenda for the rest of the day as well and highlights include:
- APPI held the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Castell Building in Calgary to present the 2018 APPI Financial Statements to the APPI membership for their adoption.
- Jamal Ramjohn, APPI Returning Officer, announced the results of the Council Election for the 2019/2020 term. APPI would like to welcome and congratulate newly elected Amanda-Brea Watson; and for her second term, Glinis Buffalo. Congratulations to the continuing members of Council.
- The following education sessions: Roy Wright presented on “Regulatory Responsibilities”; Ocean Luo and Deanne Patsula from the City of Edmonton presented on “Abundant Community”; and David Kosior from the City of Calgary presented on “Transit Planning”. Thank you to all presenters for sharing your time with our planners.
- Council would like to thank the University of Calgary for their generosity to use their new downtown space to host the AGM and education sessions; and thank everyone in attendance at the AGM and the education sessions.
Council attended the Celebration of Activation hosted by the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and welcomes the announcement of their new faculty name and the opening of their space downtown.
Council was very happy to host the annual Volunteer Awards and Appreciation Celebration at the Charbar restaurant in Calgary. Volunteers are fundamental to the success of the institute. APPI’s members bring a vast array of experience and skills, and amazing things are accomplished. Thank you to all volunteers and congratulations to all those recognized at the event! You can find out more about the fantastic 2019 award recipients here.
The next Council meeting is council’s annual retreat May 24 – 26 in Pigeon Lake. Council is excited to work with Framework Partners Inc. to develop our new Strategic Plan for 2019-2022.
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].