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Join us for the most anticipated planning event of the year! CIP and APPI's joint national conference combines professional planning education and research, experiential workshops, networking, career development, and fun over three days from July 9-11 in Edmonton, AB.

3 Day, day passes and virtual registration options are available.

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Keynote Announcements

Don Iveson served as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor from 2013 to 2021 with a guiding leadership principle to make things better for the next generation. This long-term view is now embedded in: Edmonton’s smart-growth City Plan; City Council’s Energy Transition Strategy; and Edmonton’s nation-leading work on stormwater management and climate adaptation. 

Since retiring from City Hall, Don continues to live in Edmonton. He works part-time with Co-Operators as Executive Advisor for Climate Investment and Community Resilience. He is also ramping up Civic Good, a public policy advisory practice working on climate resilience, housing innovation, and civic innovation projects with like-minded clients ranging from startups to governments. He is a member of the Expert Panel on Adaptation at the Canadian Climate Institute, serves as Co-Chair of the Task Force on Housing and Climate, and volunteers as Board Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.


James Jones is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Tall Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta. Known as Notorious Cree across Instagram and TikTok, James has an engaging community of over 6M+ people globally. James uses his voice to educate and spread awareness on the issues impacting Indigenous communities across the globe. As a traditional hoop and powwow dancer, performance artist, youth workshop facilitator and public speaker, James advocates to inspire future generations by reclaiming his culture and encouraging others to do the same.


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A member of Chapleau Cree First Nation, Jennifer David is of mixed ancestry and was born and raised in Omushkego/Treaty 9 territory (Northeastern Ontario). As a partner, senior consultant, and minority shareholder of NVision Insight Group, a majority Indigenous-owned consulting company, she oversees cultural awareness and competency programming under the banner of The Path. As a skilled and experienced communicator, researcher, published writer and facilitator, Jennifer brings energy, creativity, and professionalism to every project, driven by her commitment to the promotion of Indigenous communities and cultures, and to amplifying First Nations, Inuit and Métis voices.


Tim Tamashiro

Explore how to live your life's purpose with our conference keynote, Tim Tamashiro. As the best-selling author of How to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life's Purpose, Tim will guide you through the ancient Japanese wisdom of Ikigai, which will help you explore and fulfill your true calling.

Tim is also a TEDx speaker, acclaimed jazz singer (he even performed for Queen Elizabeth II), and for 10 years, he was the national radio host with CBC’s Tonic. Now, Tim spends his time helping others find greater joy in their lives – you won’t want to miss his keynote at CONNECTION 2024 on July 11!

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Become a Partner or Exhibitor Today

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) are pleased to invite you to participate in the joint 2024 CIP & APPI national hybrid conference, CONNECTION 2024, in Edmonton and online, July 9-11, 2024. CONNECTION 2024 provides an opportunity to reach a captive and engaged audience of policy-makers, industry leaders, and practitioners before, during, and after the conference. 

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We share a profession, ethical foundation, and vision of supporting inclusive and vibrant communities. Our care for the natural world and the well-being of current and future generations is real and it shapes us as community-builders and problem-solvers. Together, at the 2024 CIP/APPI national planning conference, CONNECTION, we will harness our energy and leverage our values, tools, and training to bridge divisions, confront wicked problems, reconcile, and actively build and strengthen relationships between one another at an individual and community level. There is no better time than now to learn, connect, and share with each other–planners, students, allied professionals, researchers, placemakers, and all who are dedicated to building forward.

Conference Venue

Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta


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