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WSP’s Planning Leaders to Exchange and Inspire at OPPI 2017

 

From contemplating the connection between community and resilient infrastructure, to discussing ways of starting a mentorship program at the office, WSP’s Planning leaders will be presenting and weighing in on a series of prevalent issues that affect the profession at the 2017 Ontario Professional Planners Institute Conference, October 3 to 5.


October 4, 2017

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Designing Effective Engagement: Identifying the Tools and Tactics
Sabrina Coletti and Claire Basinski

Sabrina Coletti and Claire Basinski

Consultation and engagement are a mandatory component of any planning assignment. In order to generate meaningful, effective and accessible engagement, planners should understand the audiences that they wish to engage, the desired outcomes, and the opportunities and challenges that may be presented. The speakers will provide attendees with an overview of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) approach, its application and the strengths and weaknesses of various engagement tactics. The theory and tactics will be reviewed by the presenters, followed by an interactive session to allow attendees to work together to design an engagement program for a unique planning scenario.


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

OPPI Planning Issues Strategy Group 
Robert Voigt

Robert Voigt

Participate in this one hour conference session and learn why the public realm is a focus in community building and placemaking efforts across Ontario. Led by Robert Voigt, Chair of the OPPI Planning Issues Strategy Group, participants will learn about why the public realm is crucial in achieving healthy communities across the Province and how professional planners, are at the forefront of planning for the public realm.


1:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Design Charette, Rethinking the Highway 26 Gateway in Thornbury 
Robert Voigt

Robert Voigt

With OPPI’s Community Design Working Group, Robert Voigt, Chair of the OPPI Planning Issues Strategy Group, is helping to facilitate a compact charrette workshop process to help rethink the Highway 26 gateway corridor into the Town of Thornbury. This session will provide participants with a first-hand opportunity to learn about the community design process and how to integrate policy, land use regulations, and design concepts into a cohesive framework that will guide the direction of the built environment. The session will also allow participants to create community design scenarios that will inform the redevelopment of the study area portion of the Highway 26 corridor in the village of Thornbury, Town of The Blue Mountains.


3:10 PM – 3:25 PM

Community Improvement Plans & Infrastructure
Bobby Gauthier

Bobby Gauthier

This session will explore the connections between community improvement plans and the promotion of resilient communities and infrastructure. Since community improvement plans have a unique ability to target privately-owned property, they can effectively complement a municipality's suite of tools to promote public infrastructure resiliency. In addition to identifying direct grant and loan programs, the session will highlight other tools under Section 28 of the Planning Act, such as land acquisition, to assist in the creation of public infrastructure such as cycling and pedestrian routes. The presenter will highlight case studies and programs being implemented by a variety of municipalities.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Starting a Mentorship Program at Your Own Office
Brett Sears

Brett Sears

The Transportation Planning Department of WSP established a mentorship program in 2016 in response to a strategic visioning exercise that identified mentorship as a staff desire. The session “Starting a Mentorship Program at Your Own Office” will address how we established our program and lessons we have learned since program inception. Attendees will gain an understanding of the benefits of mentoring and learn how to start a similar program in their own office.


October 5, 2017

 

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

The Changing Landscape in Purchasing Planning Services
Chris Tyrell

Chris Tyrell

This panel discussion is about the changing landscape in purchasing planning services. The session will focus on the issues and trends in procurement of planning services that are affecting client/consultant relationships. The panel will explore the breadth of planning service providers and their sustainability over the long term, changes in procurement processes and project complexity, consolidation in the planning industry and contract constraints.


About OPPI

The OPPI Conference is Ontario’s biggest planning event of the year. Held in the Town of Blue Mountains in Ontario, more than 80 interactive sessions and mobile workshops have been scheduled to facilitate the exchange of knowledge for the betterment of planning in Ontario.