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Planning is well underway for the 2019 API conference in St. John’s, NL.
THE CONFERENCE THEME—REFLECTION
In 2019, the Canadian Institute of Planners celebrates 100 years of advancing planning across Canada. For planners in Atlantic Canada, this anniversary is an opportunity for us to reflect on our contribution to the communities we serve. It’s also a good time to look ahead and think about how our profession can continue to help those communities face new challenges in this rapidly changing world. Sometimes, what is old becomes new again. Are planners caught in a cycle of repackaging tried and true methods, or are we creating new and innovative approaches that truly advance our ability to help communities anticipate, embrace and adjust to change? How can we deliver the kinds of programs, plans and policies that advance planning in Atlantic Canada? What tools do we need to be able to effectively evaluate our work to ensure success?
Through the conference, we will:
- Reflect on past successes and challenges in planning in Atlantic Canada;
- Learn about Innovation in planning practice—new methods that address current issues and expected challenges;
- Share information about Delivering and Evaluating successful programs, policies and plans that demonstrate progress in planning.
Now more than ever, practising planners are hungry for the knowledge, skills and expertise that will be needed to help communities interpret and respond to the social, environmental and technological change that is occurring.
Greg Lindsay, journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker, is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy of its offshoot LA CoMotion—an annual urban mobility festival in the Arts District of Los Angeles. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.
Jill L Grant, FCIP, is Professor Emeritus of Planning at Dalhousie University. Her research has examined innovative approaches to city building with a focus on themes such as sustainable community design, neighbourhood change, new urbanism, and healthy communities.
Jill has authored dozens of articles, chapters, reports, and five books, including Seeking Talent for Creative Cities (2014, University of Toronto Press) and Planning the Good Community: New urbanism in theory and practice (2006, Routledge).
Reflection St. John’s 2019 will attract professional planners, planning students, other professionals with an interest in planning, municipal staff and elected officials. The conference will provide an important opportunity for professionals from diverse fields to come together to network and explore ways to further integrate the relationship between planning, our communities, and the new environment.