Sunday, October 2

 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm        

Session 1A:  Design Studio — “GROWING IN and GROWING UP" Strategies for Infill in Urban and Rural Municipalities Workshop

This interactive and dynamic workshop will examine the “inward” growth potential of rural counties and urban cities. It will also examine responsible growth forms and types at their edges. The necessity for optimizing existing infrastructure, developing compact forms, and reducing our carbon footprint has never been greater. This is the mission of our generation - to change urban form so it is resilient and healthy.

The format will be as follows: Participants will pick a topic of interest  in one of the urban and rural topic areas. These urban and rural topic areas will be divided into hamlets, rural edge, infill , and cluster development for rural areas; and transit oriented development, downtown, infill and urban edge for urban areas. Lenore Mitchell of the City of St. Albert (urban) will then briefly present their internal and edge growth options followed by Peter Vana (rural) of Parkland County. Each specific topic table will have a hour discussion to develop break-through ideas recording in “pictographs” (essentially graphic diagrams that capture the concepts). The rural groups and the urban groups will then band together separately to choose the best ideas from rural and urban. Then each consolidated group will then present to the larger audience.  The session will close with an overall discussion on the similarities and possible bridging ideas between rural and urban development. Come join us at the “Growing In and Growing Up” workshop. It is sure to be a lively discussion with some creative (and entertaining) graphic expressions!

Learning Units: 3.5

Mr. Peter Vana RPP, MCIP

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Peter is a community planner that enjoys working in the “Twilight Zone” of municipal planning, where urban meets rural, and where economic diversity, environmental stewardship and social responsibility are mutually inclusive. Peter is also passionate about working on multi-disciplinary teams that challenge conventional wisdoms to create better communities. Over the past 35 years Peter has worked for both urban and rural municipalities, and in the private sector. Peter is currently the General Manager of Development Services for Parkland County where he provides leadership to the departments of Planning and Development, Community Economic Diversification, Environment and Community Sustainability, and the Smart Parkland program.

Lenore Mitchell RPP, MCIP

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Lenore completed a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning in 2004 from UBC.  She is employed with the City of St. Albert.  Her 22 years experience includes a wide range of planning topics including:  development variances, rezoning, enforcement, assisting on two Official Community Plans (OCP), social planning, long range planning, current planning, writing area structure plans and amendments, Municipal Development Plan (MDP) amendments, infill and green field subdivisions, and a backyard hen pilot project terms of reference.Lenore mentors and coaches new planners and staff members to help them develop skill sets and confidence needed to do their jobs.  She understands processes, legislations, and guides applicants through the system so that the job gets job done efficiently.  She strives to be honesty, trustworthy, and fair. 

Mr. Michael von Hausen RPP, FCIP, MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc.

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Michael graduated from Harvard with a Masters in Urban Design and a specialty in Real Estate Development Economics. He has 35 years of experience in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Russia and China. Currently, Michael is the president of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc. and finds time to work as an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Island University. Michael is passionate about teaching and sharing with the next generation of planners and urban designers the excitement and potential of exploring innovation in urban planning.


Session 1B: Planning Law – Brownlee LLP - SOLD OUT

This format for this session will be three – one hour blocks – separated by 2 coffee breaks. Rather than there being one topic for the hill afternoon each one hour block would be unique. Two of the time blocks will have a set topic supported by a 7-8 page summary paper, a PowerPoint presentation, and an opportunity for questions and discussion. The remaining time block will be a Question/Answer Session that would address questions that have been submitted by APPI members in advance of the Conference. This third block would be more in the nature of a Bear Pit format.  

The two time blocks topics will be:

• Emerging forms of Development — Tiny Houses/Sea Can Homes  and  

• Amendments to the Municipal Government Act

Thank you for those who have registered for sending in your top two choices of topics and a question for the Question/Answer session.

Charlotte St. Dennis, Brownlee LLP

Learning Units: 3.5


Sunday cont'd

 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 1C: Urban Design Game

Effective design of public and private buildings/spaces is essential to creating a unique sense of place. Various design decisions such as building massing, street frontage design, materials, number of entrances as well as the quality of architecture contribute to the overall character of the public realm.  Before playing the game, Mr. Deshpande will provide a brief presentation outlining key urban design principles essential to developing vibrant public places. Participants will be invited to work together and develop a vision for a hypothetical main street. The game is designed to provide an opportunity to planners to learn complex urban design issues through individual/group exercises involving block models, elevation drawings and group discussions. All designs will be evaluated though an interactive process.

No previous experience in drawing or urban design is necessary. If you like block games, want to draw or just want to discuss urban design in a fun setting, this game is for you! 

Learning Units: 1.5

Dnyanesh Deshpande RPP, MCIP, Principal at Green Space Alliance

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Dnyanesh has a strong background in planning with experience in the City of Edmonton, Strathcona, and Toronto. He is one of the co-founders of an international consultancy firm Green Space Alliance (GSA) with offices in Edmonton, USA and India. We provide multi-disciplinary services in urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture. Dnyanesh is hopes to be remembered as a friendly team player with a positive attitude, an efficient service provider and a visionary designer.



 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 1D: Negotiating with the Neighbours: From Body Armour & Blockades to Common Cause

Change is coming to the Municipal Government Act. Rumor has it that one of the forthcoming changes will be to make Intermunicipal Development Plans mandatory. This presentation will investigate IDPs as a valuable tool in the Planner’s toolbox. The requirements for and current status of a variety of IDPs across the province will be examined and a detailed look at the Red Deer County – City of Red Deer IDP will be used as a case study. 

Learning Units: 1.5

Harry Harker RPP, FCIP, University of Calgary

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Harry Harker has been in the planning industry for 44 years and is currently a Practitioner in Residence at the University of Calgary. He holds a bachelor of science in Marine Engineering, a masters in Environmental Engineering, a doctorate in Regional Planning, and an Urban Design Certificate. He has worked throughout BC and Alberta during his career including acting as the Town Manager of High River, and as the Director of Development services for Red Deer County.

Gary Buchanan RPP, MCIP, OPUS Stewart Weir

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Gary has worked in a variety of planning and development positions throughout Alberta for the Province, a school board, two regional planning commissions, one city and three rural municipalities.  In addition, Gary worked for two years as a planner for the Government of Malawi, as a volunteer through the World University Service of Canada.  After 35 years in the public sector Gary moved to the private sector, joining Opus Stewart Weir, as a Senior Projects Director.  Gary has a BA in Urban & Regional Planning, and an MA in Agriculture.




Monday, October 3

 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session 2A: Transforming business as usual through development charges

Both Calgary and Regina conducted extensive and transparent consultation processes to update their development charge policies to fairly allocate costs of growth-related capital infrastructure, and work towards achieving financial sustainability over the long term. At the intersection of land use, infrastructure and finance – the process of updating development charge policies has actually served as a catalyst to transform “business as usual” practices for each municipality in the areas of policy development, stakeholder involvement, and long-term financial planning. Hear about how they did it, the lessons learned, and how you can apply them in your community.

Learning Units: 1.0

Kathy Dietrich RPP, MCIP, City of Calgary

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Kathy is the Director of Calgary Growth Strategies at the City of Calgary. Her 30 plus years of professional experience including an MBA she obtained in 2012 put her at the top of her game so to speak.  Her most recent project at the City was to conduct extensive and transparent consultation processes to update the development charge policies to fairly allocate costs of growth-related capital infrastructure, and work towards achieving financial sustainability over the long term.

Shanie Leugner, City of Regina

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Shanie is the manager of long range planning at the City of Regina. She has been working in a professional capacity for about 16 years including 3 years in Iowa, but only in her current role focusing on long range planning for the last 4 years. She wants to be known as a leader who inspired others to find unique approaches to problem-solving that respect differing values.

Lynda Cooke, Urban Systems

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Lynda has a Bachelor of Science from University of British Colombia, is a professional engineer by trade and has been working in communities for the last 27 years. She really enjoys working with groups and collaborating on solutions, but in particular she loves the financial side of infrastructure delivery. She has plenty of experience with all aspects of community development, but she has a real passion for the numbers


Session 2B: Rebooting public transit in a small Alberta City

Public transit can open up a community to those who don’t drive, fight traffic congestion and help municipalities decrease their carbon footprint. In 2015, the City of Cold Lake launched a free public transit system to serve the residents of the community, however, this wasn’t the City’s first experience offering public transit. This presentation explores how lessons learned from the City’s previous transit experience, a strategy to “keep it simple”, and a bit of good fortune all came together in the launch of a successful new transit service. The presentation concludes with a summary of the lessons learned along the way that can assist other communities seeking to launch their own transit system.

Learning Unit: 1.0

Brad Schultz RPP, MCIP, City of Cold Lake

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Brad Schultz, RPP, MCIP graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A.(Hon) in Regional and Urban Development and also studied Human Geography and Civil Engineering. Brad has been a planner with the City of Cold Lake since 2009 and enjoys working in a small municipality that offers the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of both short, long range and even regional planning. His favorite part of the job is working with new staff and introducing them to the world of planning. When not working, Brad is an avid walker and loves exploring and photographing western Canada anytime he has the opportunity to travel.


Session 2C: Engagement strategies for modernizing a zoning bylaw

Microbreweries, urban agriculture, and marijuana dispensaries, which one is defined in Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw? Fixing regulations that result in boxy garage and garden suites, meeting community where they are with our engagement...meeting change is what Modernizing the Zoning Bylaw is all about! Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw was introduced in 2001, in the fifteen years passing; parts of the bylaw have fallen out of step with citizen, industry, and Council’s expectations. To respond, the Development Services Branch has assembled a team of planners to carry out the Modernizing the Zoning Bylaw program.

This presentation will provide an overview of our engagement approach; which is varied and diverse, it includes using Jane’s Walks, interactive open houses, workshops, game boarding, small group meetings, establishing a Community Infill Panel, and using online surveys to broaden our engagement. We’ve embraced making use of new tools like 3D printing to build mockups to help everyone see the change. We will introduce a variety of Zoning Bylaw projects and match them with a discussion about the engagement approach used in each project. 

Learning Units: 1.0

Colton Kirsop RPP, MCIP, City of Edmonton

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Colton completed his BA in Human Geography at the University of Alberta and a Masters in Planning at McGill University in Quebec. He has worked in Edmonton, St. Albert and Vancouver where he had the opportunity to work on projects such as the Vancouver View Corridor Study, the McCauley Revitalization Plan and most recently an Infill Housing design project. He is passionate about improving the development outcomes of communities by involving them in process regulation development.

Jeff Booth, City of Edmonton

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Jeff works at the City of Edmonton in the Development Services group where he's working on on amendments to facilitate the development of garage and garden suites while minimizing impacts on communities. I’ve also been exploring the legalization of secondary suites in semi-detached housing. Jeff has a BA in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. He's passionate about human rights and inclusive community development.



Monday cont'd

 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 3A: Women in Planning: Managing Career, Life & Legacy

**This session is open to both women and those who work with women**

Canadian Business Magazine just ranked Urban Planning the #2 best job in Canada. The article reflected on the increasing competitive nature of planning and the variety of opportunities that continue to open up for planners and their unique skill set. However, following APPI’s 2015 Salary and Compensation survey it became obvious that there are differences in the advancement and compensation between men and women in the profession. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges related to the advancement of women in the profession. It will examine the development of competencies such as negotiating and financial acumen while touching on the difference of men and women in competitive environments. A combination of research, candid conversations and insights from both inside and outside of the planning profession will be presented. Participants will be engaged in brainstorming activities and group collaborations to have honest dialogue and help share ideas on where both individual and collective change is needed.

Learning Units: 1.5

Misty Sklar RPP, MCIP, City of Calgary and APPI President

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Misty completed her Master’s in the City Planning Program at the University of Manitoba. She studied human and physical geography at the University of Calgary and completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Geography at the University of Manitoba. Misty has over 10 years of professional planning experience from both the public and private sectors.


Session 3B: Tools for Watershed Resiliency: Supporting Albertans in Stepping Back from the Water

Stepping Back from the Water is a beneficial management practices guide for new development near water bodies in Alberta’s settled region. This guide focuses on the need to conserve the functions of riparian areas, and highlights recommendations for riparian setback widths and buffers. This presentation will focus on the toolkit, which is anticipated to improve the capacity of municipalities and counties in development decisions that support healthy watersheds and resilient landscapes. Findings from the assessment survey, demonstrated needs, tools for education and outreach, and decision-support templates will all be presented.

Learning Units: 1.5

Yvette Thompson, Government of Alberta

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Yvette Thompson holds an MSc in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a BSc in Environmental Conservation Sciences (majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy), both from the University of Alberta. She has worked with Alberta Environment and Parks for the last couple years, focusing on watershed resiliency, climate adaptation and issues management. She previously has worked in sustainability advising, environmental education and environmental economics positions in both academic and not-for-profit spaces.   Yvette developed an environmental report card for events in the largest conference center in Edmonton, which was integrated into ICLEI and recognized by the Mayor.

Jay White,

Eric Macknak, Alberta Environment and Parks

Judy Stewart


Session 3C: Indigenous/Municipal Engagement – Fostering New Relationships in Planning

In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action, the current provincial government commitment to building stronger relationships with Alberta’s Indigenous peoples and the federal government goal to implement the United Nations Declaration Rights of Indigenous Peoples, three Alberta municipalities (Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge) are forging new relationships and designing together new policy with neighbouring Indigenous communities. These cities and their planners are exploring and learning what it means to engage with Indigenous communities, and doing so through diverse initiatives such as traditional knowledge studies, heritage interpretation, and neighbourhood planning.

Learning Units: 1.5

Aaron Aubin RPP, MCIP, Aubin Consulting Inc.

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Aaron is an Indigenous Planner with first nation ancestry. He has over 15 years of experience in Indigenous planning and engagement work with indigenous communities, industry and government at all levels. He is the former chair of the CIP Indigenous Peoples Planning Committee, former member of the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Affairs Committee and has presented at several conferences across Canada and internationally. Aaron is improving the lives of Indigenous people through awareness, meaningful engagement and building positive long-term relationships.

Jill Sonego, City of Calgary

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Jill has a master’s of planning in urban development from Ryerson University and over six years of urban planning experience; both public and private sector. Jill is skilled at listening intently to stakeholder groups to understand the nature of their aspirations and concerns, and then working with multiple groups with divergent views to find a common solution that is acceptable to all.  Jill is passionate about working with underprivileged communities facing development pressures to give them a stronger “voice” at City Hall while realizing positive planning outcomes.

Lisa Larson RPP, MCIP, City of Edmonton

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Lisa is a senior planner at the City of Edmonton where she is leading the City's River Crossing project, which is engaging with Indigenous communities and Edmontonians to determine how to build a great place in the heart of Edmonton's river valley that celebrates and reflects the area's rich heritage. She is passionate about bringing a human focus to how we strategize and implement a city’s or neighbourhood’s goals, and leveraging the knowledge and passion that people and communities bring to the table to build ownership over the future of the places that they care deeply about.



Monday cont'd

 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 4A: A Threshold of Responsibility in Community Engagement

There has been an increasing focus on how communities are engaged in discussions of community building. As more and more of us live in urban areas, figuring out how to share ideas and make decisions is more important than ever. Increased media attention has focused on the role of engagement and its effectiveness in ensuring citizens have a voice in the future of their communities. These conversations are often difficult, but they are extremely important if we are to figure out how to build better communities. Most times, the only burden of responsibility discussed is on the organization that organizes an engagement process - often times, planners are at the forefront of these efforts. While there indeed is a great deal of responsibility on the organizer, we propose a consideration of a “threshold of responsibility” that needs to be considered where the role of the community is explored. This session will include a presentation by John Lewis, President of Intelligent Futures, and a discussion amongst planners from around Alberta about what a threshold of responsibility looks like in their communities.

Learning Units: 1.0

John Lewis RPP, MCIP 
President and Founder, Intelligent Futures

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John Lewis is the President and founder of Intelligent Futures – a firm that works at the intersection of urbanism, sustainability and engagement. John brings together elements of community engagement, strategic planning, effective communication and capacity-building to create meaningful conversations for communities and organizations. Projects that John has worked on have won awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute,  the International Association for Public Participation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Urban Institute and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. John is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, was President of LEAD Canada (Leadership in Environment and Development) and is a member of LEAD International training team and has also been an instructor at the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University.


Session 4B: Making Change Happen. Have You Got What "It" Really Takes?

First, the “bad news”: 70% of all change initiatives fail. It’s a fact! And, 29% of all change initiatives are launched without any formal structure whatsoever. Those that lead change are often the worst culprits. They get embroiled in the technical aspects of change – whether it’s designing a new transit system, installing a new irrigation plant, or leading a business transformation – and often forget about the “human factor” influencing how real change happens, and sticks. So, what’s a planner going to do about it? As much as some people create complexity around the topic of leading change, the reality is creating, managing and leading change can be quite simple.

To prove the point, this high octane presentation outlines the compelling Rzultz “It Factor”TM model to lead change for the right results. The presentation also explains the science of brain mechanics causing good or bad reactions to change – and how to create calm - and lastly, it presents tips and techniques to create trust and improve collaboration to manage change more effectively. As a bonus, we will introduce five domains of people interactions that positively orchestrate the delivery of change information and interactions so that the change initiative is not subverted before it real change happens. Don’t miss out on this fast-paced, thought-provoking session. It will change your thinking; it will alter how you lead positive change.

Learning Units: 1.0

Pierre Lebel 
President and Managing Partner, RZULTZ Consulting

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As founder, president and managing partner of Rzultz Consulting, Pierre brings a unique and compelling blend of future vision, business insight, seasoned street-experience and innovative methods to inspire, provoke and enable leaders and organizations to realize their potential. Fun loving and eager to experience life to the fullest, Pierre brings over twenty years expertise from some of the most senior executive positions in Canada, or in  high performance consulting roles in Canada, the USA and Europe, all focussed on helping organizations unleash their inherent value. Working in aerospace, high-tech, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, financial, energy, risk management, professional services, retail, entertaiment, all levels of government, health care and not-for-profit sectors, Pierre honed his craft in delighting and provoking the best out of leaders and organizations.


Session 4C: Rebuilding and Rebranding – Changing Perceptions of a Place

This workshop will focus on plan implementation and changing the publics’ perceptions of a place by exploring the unprecedented transformation taking place in Edmonton’s Downtown and The Quarters Downtown, as well as some of the smaller scale transformations taking place at the neighbourhood level in a few of Edmonton’s strip malls. Place branding is a fairly new term that basically refers to how a location is marketed. Presenters will explore marketing methods and get attendees to think creatively about places in their municipalities that might be perceived to be unpleasant. This workshop will be delivered in three parts:

1)   Brief background on The Quarters Downtown and Edmonton’s Corner Stores Project - what’s been done and what’s planned

2)   Information on place branding principles and things that are being done to revitalize formerly fairly undesirable locations

3)   Activity to think creatively and apply place branding principles and ideas being implemented to change perceptions to attendees’ locations of choice.

Learning Units: 1.0

Braidon Reid, City of Edmonton

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Braidon is a Commercial Business Strategist for the Community Economic Development section for the City of Edmonton. He currently manages the Corner Store Pilot Program which seeks to revitalize small commercial centres in mature neighbourhoods. Recently the CSP won the Economic Developers of Alberta Award of Excellence for its innovative approach to CED and continues to see increased success in the second iteration of the pilot.

Lucas Sherwin

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Lucas Sherwin is a student at the University of Alberta’s new school of Planning, BSc stream. He has spent the last year working with the Urban Renewal section at the City of Edmonton, and has enjoyed working with diverse teams and helping manage the details of projects. Recently Lucas was also part of a team that completed a policy review of the MDPs in the Capital Region for the CRB.

Heather Chisholm RPP, MCIP
City of Edmonton

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Heather Chisholm, MSc Rural Planning and Development, has worked as a planner for 7 years, 1 year private, 6 years public sector. She has a knack for gathering people together to work as a team and helping to organize information sessions, such as lunch and learns. She has just finished organizing a walkability symposium featuring Jeff Speck, and loves working with people. She is loving her current position, which involves working on the transformation taking place in east downtown (The Quarters Downtown).

 Tom Beck MCIP, RPP, City of Edmonton

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Tom Beck completed his BA in Geography at Queen’s University and the Planning Masters Program at the University of Toronto. He has been working for the City of Edmonton for 4 ½ years and helped to prepare the Capital City Downtown Community Revitalization Levy Plan in 2013. This lays the groundwork for 20 years of investment in infrastructure and public spaces in Downtown Edmonton that will dramatically change it forever. He is passionate about downtowns, mainstreets, and public spaces.


Tuesday, October 4

 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 5A: This Session has been Cancelled.
Re-engaging Main Street: Combating Downtown transition in Rural Alberta. A case analysis of efforts in Rocky Mountain House

Main Street was once every small rural community’s “third place” where all shopping, community events, and social gatherings occurred for rural towns, villages, and area county residents. Starting in the early 1970’s, a gradual, but impactful, transition started to occur in these Main Street areas as a hollowing out of the downtown commercial core began to occur.

In Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, this transition continued into the late 2000’s resulting a peak vacancy rate of 30% of storefront commercial locations on the Town’s Main Street in 2011. In the summer of that year, Town Council approved the Main Street Revitalization Action Plan which set out a multi-pronged approach to downtown revitalization. The result has been a transformation of the Town’s Main Street from a declining local service centre, to a shopping destination.  This presentation will walk the attendance through the process completed, and share any insights and learnings found in leading a rural downtown revitalization effort.

Learning Units: 1.0

Brad Dollevoet, Town of Rocky Mountain House

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Brad Dollevoet is trained as an economist (MSc in Resource Economics, UofA ’10), and has followed his passion of wanting to help create resilient rural communities into a career in the economic development and planning professions. Brad started his career with Strathona County, where he worked for three years gaining experience in the planning field while completing his graduate degree. From there, he jumped to consulting and utilized his combined skillset in Planning and Economics in consulting to the AB Government on the development of both the Lower Athabasca and South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. From there, he followed his desire to move back to a small rural community and took a new role as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Rocky Mountain House where he has since been plying his trade in both fields.


Session 5B: From devastation to renewal - Hamlet of Bragg Creek Revitalization Plan

In the summer of 2013, the Hamlet of Bragg Creek suffered major damage during one of the worst floods in Alberta’s history. The Hamlet core was underwater, trees were uprooted, roads and pathways were washed out, and servicing infrastructure was destroyed. The Recovery in the Hamlet of Bragg Creek has been particularly challenging and the community has struggled to restore its former charm even three years after the flood. To support the community’s efforts, the County initiated the Bragg Creek Revitalization Plan, an action orientated document that not only guides the flood recovery efforts, but also outlines a new vision for the Hamlet to reach its full potential. The team is excited to share with you all the changes that have happened and those that are still to come.

Learning Units: 1.0

Michael von Hausen RPP, FCIP, MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc.

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Michael graduated from Harvard with a Masters in Urban Design and a specialty in Real Estate Development Economics. He has 35 years of experience in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Russia and China. Currently, Michael is the president of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc. and finds time to work as an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Island University. Michael is passionate about teaching and sharing with the next generation of planners and urban designers the excitement and potential of exploring innovation in urban planning

Amy Zaluski RPP, MCIP, Rocky View County

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Amy has twelve years of planning experience in policy planning, land use and subdivision, intermunicipal collaboration, and public engagement. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Amy began her career at Rocky View County in 2004 as a long-range policy planner, primarily preparing Area Structure Plans and related policy projects. Throughout the years, she’s had the opportunity to work on land use and subdivision applications, participate on annexation mediation teams, prepare a new Municipal Development Plan for the County, mentor colleagues, and work with many talented people from a variety of disciplines.

Johnson Kwan RPP, MCIP, Rocky View County

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Johnson has over six years of professional planning experience in policy planning, community engagement, as well as land use, subdivision and development applications. He has a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University and a Graduate Diploma in International Development from London School of Economics. In the first few years of his career, he worked in Northern Alberta with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, mainly focuses on policy planning and community engagements.  Johnson transitioned into Development Planning with Rocky View County in 2013, where he is now the project manager for the Bragg Creek Hamlet Design Guideline and Greater Bragg Creek Area Structure Plan amendments.

Ben Bailey, McElhanney Consulting Services

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Ben is an APPI candidate member with 2 years’ experience working with McElhanney Consulting Ltd. as a community planner. His dedication to improving how people engage with their urban environments has been framed from a degree in social psychology from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Urban Planning (Urban Design specialization) from the University of Calgary. His range of planning experience includes Design Guidelines, Revitalization Plans, Master Plans, Subdivision, Area Structure Plans, Neighbourhood Outline Plans, Land Use Bylaws, and public facilitation and engagement. Ben is currently developing the Bragg Creek Hamlet Design Guidelines in collaboration with Rocky View County.


Session 5C: The Suite Hereafter: Changes to make secondary suites a reality

The City of Calgary and its citizens have been involved in an increasingly polarized debate about the appropriateness of secondary suites in our communities. At this presentation, find out how Calgary has responded to conflicting pressures from communities and Council to crack down on unsafe and illegal suites but also to make suites more widely available and improve housing choice. We have used a “suite” of policy options and implementation tools to increase the profile of suite safety, and make safe secondary suites easier to develop. 

Learning Units: 1.0

Cathy Ascroft RPP, MCIP, City of Calgary

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Cathy is a Senior Special Projects Officer in the City of Calgary Planning & Development Department. Cathy is a lawyer and planner who has worked in the field of municipal and environmental planning for 20 years with stints in consulting, education and municipal government.

Cliff de Jong, City of Calgary

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Cliff graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996 with a Regional and Urban Planning degree. His move to Alberta corresponded with the dissolution of the regional planning commissions in the Calgary area – so he was competing with lots of unemployed, yet experienced planners for the few planning jobs available. After working first in a bakery, then as a property assessment consultant for two years, he joined the City of Calgary in June of 1999. Cliff has occupied several positions throughout planning and development and have worked on many interesting projects, including: Forming the Calgary Regional Partnership, City of Calgary Annexation applications, Updating the Airport Vicinity Protection Area Regulation,  Suspended construction sites (during the 2008 downturn), Creating the Public Protection Site Safety Plan (for building permits), and many facets of secondary suites since 2010.