2020 APPI Annual Conference

Beyond Success
Growth by Failure 

September 21 - 22, 2020

In light of ongoing uncertainty about the lifting of restrictions on large gatherings, and without a full grasp on the economic impact that the pandemic may have on APPI’s potential in person conference attendance as well as sponsorship commitment, APPI Council, in consultation with the Conference Committee, has made the decision to cancel the in person offering of the 2020 APPI Conference in Lethbridge.  The focus has been shifted to an entirely virtual conference offering.  I assure you that the conference committee remains fully committed to delivering a roster of high caliber presentations and sessions, and creatively exploring virtual networking opportunities to shake up and improve our professional practice.  More details on registration and rates will be released in the next two months.

Wait, what? Yup, you read that right. This year our conference theme, BEYOND SUCCESS: GROWTH BY FAILURE, will have us talking about a topic often avoided but one from which much can be learned.

When was the last time you failed at something? Maybe it was this morning, maybe it was a decade ago. We’ve all experienced times when things didn’t proceed as anticipated. As planners, how do we learn from past experiences, build positive relationships, innovate, and anticipate? When addressing persistent themes like political directions, economic challenges, climate change, technological advancement, social and cultural diversification, the lines between failure and success are not always clear.
By sharing our stories and stumbles, we can encourage iterative learning and creativity in addressing challenges!

Thank you from the APPI 2020 Conference Organizing Committee!

Tyson Boylan, RPP, MCIP   Co-Chair
Spencer Croil, RPP, MCIP   Co-Chair
Shelagh Graham, RPP, MCIP Program Chair