2022 API Conference Welcoming Remarks
Tracy Wade, RPP, MCIP
Chair of the Board
I am so happy to be able to welcome you to the 2022 Atlantic Planners Institute conference in Charlottetown this year. The last couple of years have been a struggle for everyone both personally and professionally. While we tried to balance child care, elder care, and self-care during pandemic lockdowns, the Atlantic region also saw unprecedented growth and development as people “from away” realized what a great place this region is for quality of life and achieving work-life balance. This meant that planners and planning offices were not idle – and while we’re not exactly “front line workers,” the essential role we play in communities was recognized by many. As the cost of living skyrocketed, so did the value of our homes, whether they were rental units, old farm houses, small bungalows, condos, or mcmansions. These factors along with the pandemic impacts forced us to recognize that equity and social justice are not automatically part of our democracy. And, if that wasn’t enough to worry about, we also have the looming threats associated with climate change to contend with.
The conference theme “a place for everyone” challenges us all to think outside the box in grappling with these “wicked” issues. Conference presenters tackle these topics and will showcase innovations in community planning. And perhaps most importantly, we have a chance to be together, to network and meet new colleagues or catch up with old friends. I cannot wait to see and be with you in Charlottetown!
Sam Murphy, RPP, LPP, MCIP
After the many challenges the last few years have presented, it is great to be in a position to gather once again. Even events as fresh in our minds as Hurricane Fiona reinforce the importance of the discussions we have together in terms of climate change, community design, equity, infrastructure, and resilience. On behalf of all of those involved in planning this conference, welcome to Charlottetown!