SUNDAY, September 30      > MONDAY      > TUESDAY


9:00 AM- 11:00 AM  |  Sunday  |  Gold Silver

W1 Learning Unit: 2.0

Reinventing Riparian Lands for Sustainability: A Mini Workshop 

This workshop will help participants to identify and assess riparian lands, and conserve and manage them before, during and after land development occurs.  The first part of the workshop will provide common language, laws, and myths about municipal jurisdiction over riparian lands.  The second part will be hands on for participants to use the knowledge provided upfront to solve five practical scenarios where riparian lands have required special land use policy or bylaw considerations.

Judy Stewart, LL.M Ph.d, Sole Practitioner


11:00 AM- 12:00 PM  |  Sunday  |  Gold Silver

W1 Learning Unit: 1.0

Natural Resiliency to Flood and Drought: a Riparian Setback Calculator for Municipalities

Integrated watershed approach, collaborative community action, long-term resiliency, conservation, restoration, enhancement, stewardship. These concepts form the basis of the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program’s multi-year mission to assess and restore key natural functions in flood- and drought-prone areas and fund strategic mitigation projects in priority areas across Alberta. In line with these goals, the WRRP has developed a Riparian Setback Calculator for municipalities, especially applicable in rural or remote areas where recent land surveys, hydrological studies or boundary delineations may be more difficult to access. 

Mac Hickley, MEDes, RPP, Projects Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Parks 


1:00 - 3:00 PM   |  Sunday  |  Bronze

W2 Learning Unit: 2.0

Finding Least Conflict Lands for Renewable Energy Development

Using a precedent-setting process developed for San Joaquin Valley, California, our project team ‘refreshed’ the approach to find the least conflict lands for renewable energy development in the Alberta context. Wheatland County and County of Newell have a renewed level of interest from wind and solar developers and required support to improve decision making on the siting of renewable energy development. Rural municipalities are at the nexus of revitalizing economic diversification for their communities, ensuring the landscape is protected appropriately, and balancing the relationship between land owners’ development interests with the vision of the community as a whole. 

Kelly Learned, RPP, Miistakis Institute
Tracy Lee, Miistakis Institute

1:00 - 3:00 PM  |  Sunday  |  Gold / Silver

W3 Learning Units: 2.0

Smooth Moving for All Ages and Abilities

This session will provide participants with a basic toolkit to apply the principles of Universal Design (UD) to all aspects of their work. We will discuss some of the confusion around terms like universal design, accessibility, barrier-free design and the like to ensure that planners understand the differences between them. While the general focus of this session will be about the built environment, we will also include some discussion about social, physical and economic aspects by looking at the new Recover - Edmonton’s Urban Wellness Plan

Robert Lipka, RPP, Principal Urban Designer, City of Edmonton 


1:00 - 2:30 PM  |  Sunday  |  Rockies

1E Learning Units: 1.5

Regulating the Profession - Rules to Live (or die) By

This pilot course will provide an overview of the professional standards of conduct governing planners. The new Professional Code of Practice will be the central focus of the course and will be used to generate group discussion about issues confronting planners working in the public service and private industry. This discussion will help planners address a range of questions including:

  1. Who to go to for advice?
  2. How does the Code provide a moral/ethical foundation?
  3. How can APPI help with difficult issues?


Roy Wright, RPP, MCIP, APPI Discipline Committee Chair


1:00 - 2:00 PM  |  Sunday  |  Dawson / Stewart

1A Learning Unit: 1.0

Revitalization through Intensification: Smart Growth in the Mid-Sized Canadian City 

Smart Growth is an established planning policy framework adopted to facilitate more sustainable patterns of development. One of the core principles of the movement is the call for greater levels of intensification - that development be directed towards the existing urban footprint to revitalize mature neighbourhoods and to reduce development pressures at the periphery.

Rylan Graham, RPP, PhD Candidate, Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova, RPP, Professor of Planning & International Development, University of Calgary
Dr. Albert T. Han, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary


3:15 - 4:15 PM  |  Sunday  |  Bronze

1B Learning Unit: 1.0

Small Places, Big Dreams — Rural Revitalization in a Changing World 

Decisions by the federal and provincial governments to accelerate the phase out of coal, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan, and being a rural community in an urbanizing region caused Parkland County to rethink its need to focus on revitalization as a means to grow its rural centres. When facing economic change, how can rural communities grow by re¬focusing part of that growth through revitalization that embraces identity and spirit?

Martin Frigo, RPP, Manager, Long Range Policy Planning, Parkland County
Ken Venner, Partner, B&A Planning Group 
Liisa Tipman, Associate, B&A Planning Group 


3:15 - 4:15 PM  |  Sunday  |  Dawson / Stewart

1C Learning Unit: 1.0

Putting the “chi” back in Chinatown – Energizing a Prosperous Future

The term, chi, is described as the vital life force energy. Chi flows through everything, connecting elements and surroundings together to create a balanced system towards wellness and stability. This principal captures the spirit of the Chinatown Strategy and provides context for the goals that frame it. Edmonton’s Chinatown has a storied establishment history, marked by cycles of growth and decline impacted by pressures at different periods of time.  Chinatown is confronting challenges of shifting economic and population trends, political impacts and development pressures, resulting in the need for an overall integrated Chinatown strategy to focus revitalization efforts. 

Claudia Wong-Rusnak, RPP, Program Manager, City of Edmonton 
Dnyanesh Deshpande, RPP, Principal, Green Space Alliance


3:15 - 4:15 PM  |  Sunday  |  Sinclair / Palliser

1D Learning Unit: 1.0

Planning Chinatown: Adventures in Cross-Cultural Engagement

In 2016 The City of Calgary undertook an extensive public engagement program in Calgary’s Chinatown. The engagement was in response to a controversial land use application in that would have allowed three high-rise towers in the middle of Chinatown.  In response to deep concerns from the community over character, perceived loss of culture, and that they were not adequately consulted on this application, The City sought to speak to the whole community to gain various perspectives about both the application and Chinatown’s future. 

Allison Chan, M.E.Des, RPP, Senior Planner, City of Calgary


MONDAY, October 1


10:30 - 11:30 AM  |  Monday  |  Gold / Silver

2A Learning Unit: 1.0

Collaboration and Engagement with Indigenous Groups and the Government of Alberta

The presentation will highlight: cultural and spiritual protocol recognition, relationship building, open communication and transparency as part of the Government of Alberta's commitment to a renewed relationship with indigenous communities. Glinis and Kyra will discuss a few initiatives underway within the Government of Alberta and focus on the importance of co-creating Indigenous Planning processes and best practices as part of the renewed commitment to the implementation of the principles of the United Nations Declaration and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Glinis Buffalo, RPP, Engagement and Relationships Advisor, Alberta Indigenous Relations Ministry

10:30 - 11:30 AM  |  Monday  |  Bronze

2B Learning Unit: 1.0

RIMBY (Renewables in my Backyard)

Discussion of alternative energy systems, which may include: wind, solar, bio-mass, bio-fuel, water turbines, natural gas generation and geothermal; this presentation will highlight solar farms. 
Part 1 – Formal lecture Part 2 - Land Use Bylaw exercise.  Different communities approach the topic in a variety of ways.  Different groups will work on a template for how they would handle this within a Bylaw.  A Summary Sheet of information will be created which may contain Districts where communities have currently put solar farms, definitions and regulations. 

Jean Porteous, RPP, Consultant, Fraser Simpson Consulting Inc


10:30 - 11:50 AM  |  Monday  |  Rockies

2C Learning Unit: 1.5

Revitalizing Camping Experiences through Comfort – A Look at Comfort Camping in Alberta’s Parks

The popularity of comfort camping, or “glamping”, is on the rise worldwide, and our province is no exception to this trend. Alberta Parks offers comfort camping accommodations in eight of its parks, but units are in high demand and reach full capacity during peak times. To address the new demand for glamping, this study used market research with an evidence-based approach to recommend 10 additional Alberta Parks for comfort camping accommodations and investment. 

Justin Ellis, McElhanney 
Evan Goldstrom, McElhanney


10:30 - 11:30 AM  |  Monday  |  Dawson / Stewart

2D Learning Unit: 1.0

Preaching to the (wannabe) converted: The Risks and Rewards of Office Conversions

Multi-family buildings are essential for downtown revitalization. The growing trend of converting vacant and dated “B” and “C” class office buildings into multi-family dwellings suggests an obvious solution to reduce commercial vacancies and increase the supply of residential units. If this is the case, why don’t we see more variety, experimentation, or innovation? How can municipalities encourage conversion over demolition? Is the reward worth the risk? 
As a member of Edmonton’s Office Conversion Task Force, and a planning consultant at an architecture and design studio in Edmonton, Nola will guide us through the risks and rewards of office conversions. 

Nola Kilmartin, RPP, Senior Urban Planner, KENNEDY

10:30 - 11:30 AM  |  Monday  |  Sinclair / Palliser

2E Learning Unit: 1.0

Small Area Scenario Simulation in Support of Urban Revitalization

A small area scenario simulation approach is designed to test potential urban revitalization scenarios. The generated results give urban planners, policy makers, and citizens the means to visualize and understand historic development trends, growth strategies, and revitalization alternatives for urban areas.  This presentation will show how small area scenario simulation tools can support urban revitalization within the City of Edmonton.

Sinisa Vukicevic, Senior Planner, City of Edmonton 
Rongxu Qiu, Method Analyst, City of Edmonton 
Emily Herd, Principal Planner, City of Edmonton


3:30 - 4:30 PM  |  Monday  |  Gold / Silver

3A Learning Unit: 1.0

Inter-municipal Planning Through Renewed Collaboration

Working together has its challenges, but it is also full of potential. Collaboration may not be easy, and it’s not about compromise. It’s about finding and building on shared interests and values to create mutually beneficial outcomes. Collaborative decision-making has been pivotally renewed for the planning profession with the Modernized Municipal Government Act’s requirements of Inter-municipal Development Plans, Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks, and Growth Boards. 

Lauren Bartlette, RPP, Maven Strategy Ltd
Stephanie Gagnon, RPP, Maven Strategy Ltd

3:30 - 4:30 PM  |  Monday  |  Bronze

3B Learning Unit: 1.0

Getting the Heck Out Of The Way: Essential Tricks and Tools Every Local Government needs right now to enable Tactical Urbanism to Revitalize Communities

Everyday citizens are keen to beautify and revitalize their neighbourhoods through tactical urbanism projects. Community-led low-cost changes to the built environment improve safety, inspire whimsy, and create gathering spaces for neighbours to come together. Through quick, inexpensive and short-term creative projects, tactical urbanism has become a successful tool to rapidly prototype and build support for long-term changes. 

Jennifer Black, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Calgary  
Kari Florizone, Development Planner, Town of Okotoks


3:30 - 4:30 PM  |  Monday  |  Rockies

3C Learning Unit: 1.0

Green and Walkable Streets: A Manual for Great Streets in Downtown Edmonton

A core element of Edmonton’s 2010 Capital City Downtown Plan is creating Green and Walkable streetscapes. The Plan recognized that streets serve multiple functions in urban centres; they serve essential transportation functions but are also an indispensable component of the public realm. Ensuring that these streets are safe, attractive, walkable, and sustainable is therefore key to creating a liveable, revitalized Downtown.

Tom Beck, RPP, Principal Planner, City of Edmonton 
Kevin Dieterman, CSLA Leed AP, Senior Landscape Architect, ISL Engineering and Land Services

3:30 - 4:30 PM  |  Monday  |  Dawson / Stewart

3D Learning Unit: 1.0

From Battle Royale to Revitalizing Relationships (and our Communities along the Way Too!)

Edmonton is undergoing an urban shift - transitioning from a big small town into a small big city. With this shift comes a tremendous need to overcome new challenges never faced before in Edmonton’s history. The time has come for Edmonton to revitalize, not only our communities, but our relationships with one another. A new paradigm is needed to truly evolve our planning frameworks and deliver what our communities want and need most.

Brian Murray, RPP, Associate Planner, B&A Planning Group 
Sean Lee, Planner, City of Edmonton 


3:30 - 4:30 PM  |  Monday  |  Sinclair / Palliser

3E Learning Unit: 1.0

Can Empathy Revitalize Planning?

Planning is about change. Often that change is required in response to the challenges our communities face, be it economic, environmental or otherwise. But change is hard, especially for the citizens and politicians we serve. Are our engagement tools and technical analysis producing the planning outcomes these challenges demand? 

Kate van Fraassen, RPP, Planner 2, City of Calgary


TUESDAY, October 2


9:00 - 10:30 AM  |  Tuesday  |  Gold / Silver

4A Learning Units: 1.5

West District: A New Activity Centre

West District is a comprehensive development vision for a new Activity Centre in west Calgary. It is envisioned as a higher-intensity, mixed-use, compact and transit-supportive node that is described in the Calgary Municipal Development Plan (MDP) as an “urban centre” for a sub-region of the City that provides opportunities for people to work, live, shop, recreate, and meet their daily needs. 

David White, RPP, Principal, CivicWorks Planning + Design 
John Lewis, RPP, President, Intelligent Futures 
Julie McGuire, RPP, Senior Planner, City of Calgary 


9:00 - 10:30 AM  |  Tuesday  |  Bronze

4B Learning Units: 1.5

The Death and Life of Public Engagement: Successful Methods in Meaningful Rural Engagement

In 2016 Lacombe County began the process of reviewing their Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB). Lacombe County residents had been through a significant amount of input and public engagement for the preceding 10 years, due to a large agenda of statutory plan development, rezoning and subdivision applications. There was participation burnout among County residents; a key challenge to developing a successful MDP and LUB for the County. To overcome this challenge, the County developed a re-energized public engagement strategy, as the previous methods had become stagnant and repetitive. Consequently, the process to develop a MDP and LUB became just as important, if not more important, than the content of the plans themselves. 

Anita O’Driscoll, Senior Planner, Lacombe County 
Cajun Paradis, Planner/Development Officer, Lacombe County 


9:00 - 10:00 AM  |  Tuesday  |  Rockies

4C Learning Units: 1.5

Getting to Yes: Fostering Creative Experiments in a Risk Adverse Environment

As cities evolve at ever faster rates, many are looking to creative and innovative approaches to keep up with citizens and revitalize areas. Tactical urbanism and public space experiments allow municipalities, communities and organizations to test out new ideas and see what traction they gain. We’ve all seen the popularity of such initiatives rise, through Instagram, Twitter and media channels. However, the realities of instigating them can be trickier than their ‘lighter, quicker, cheaper’ characterization would suggest.

Kate Zago, Planner, City of Calgary 
Jen Malzer, Transportation Planner, City of Calgary 


10:00 - 10:30 AM  |  Tuesday  |  Rockies

LT1 Learning Units: 0.5

Community Planning and Age-Friendly Communities: What’s the Relationship?

This session will critically examine the relationship between community planning and age friendly communities. It’s absolutely true that we are an aging society and not everyone ages in the same way. Elderly or age friendly communities are places where: older adults are involved in decisions that have a direct impact on them, considers aspects of frailty in its infrastructure and ensures health service planning is centred on the varying needs of older adults.  Also explored will be characteristics of places that are age friendly so we need to ask how the field of planning plays a role in facilitating such environments. These are all elements of good community planning.

Kyle Whitfield, PhD, RPP, Associate Professor, University of Alberta


9:00 - 10:30 AM  |  Tuesday  |  Explorer (Dawson/Stewart & Sinclair/Palliser)

4D Learning Units: 1.5

Striving for Average: The Planning’s Done – now what about some development?

Striving For Average will explore the revitalization of affordable housing sites in Calgary, Alberta on the heels of the approval of a National Housing Strategy, Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy, and The City of Calgary’s adoption of Foundation for Home: Calgary’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy. A workshop style presentation will focus on a major revitalization initiative in SE Calgary. The redevelopment will provide new affordable homes in a mixed-use, mixed-income development, including exploration around a subsidized daycare, community amenity spaces, and social supports. The revitalization of the site will provide safe, affordable housing, renew the built environment, provide social infrastructure to assist residents with intersectional barriers to success, modernize planning and architecture, provide potential cost savings, and prioritize the human experience of living in a well-planned community. The workshop will be focused on presenting the opportunity at hand and using a collaborative charrette style approach to introduce new planning tools for municipalities, ideation work for the site and a future model discussion around affordable housing.

Matthew Godfrey, Project Manager, Affordable Housing, City of Calgary  
Teresa Goldstein
, Manager, Affordable Housing, City of Calgary 
Matt Thomson, Community Housing Consultant, Urban Matters
Susan Sanderson, Coordinator, Capital Development, Affordable Housing, The City of Calgary