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IN THIS ISSUE
 SEPT
WE ARE OPPI
2017 ANNUAL REPORT - A SIGNIFICANT YEAR
Excerpt of Message from OPPI President, Andrea Bourrie, RPP: 
"Significant. That's the word I have chosen to describe my second year as OPPI President. Together, we've dealt with:
  • Updates to planning legislation
  • Inspiration through the execution of our new strategic plan, INSPIRE OPPI
  • Anticipation of new professional regulation
Significant effort has gone into everything we've touched. Hundreds of volunteer and staff hours turn ordinary tasks into extraordinary achievements and make OPPI the envy of associations across the country."

Read the full 2017 Annual Report, including Financial Summary, Notice of Meeting, AGM Agenda, Recognition, and more here.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED! 
Our
seven Districts engage, connect and recognize members and volunteers locally. They also facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise for the betterment of planning in Ontario.

OPPI is working on a new onboarding tool to help District Leadership Team volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities, and the resources available to help fulfil their roles.

Consider volunteering with your District . Connect with your District Chair, learn about leadership opportunities, and sign up to volunteer in your District!
YOUR PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY
BILL 122: PERSISTENT AND HOPEFUL 
As we shared in the August issue of The Planner,  Bill 122,  Registered Professional Planners Act 2017,  was introduced by then MPP Peter Milczyn and received First and Second Reading in the legislature this spring. The Bill received support from all three parties thanks to the more than 200 OPPI members who persistently contacted their MPPs. In late July, MPP Peter Milczyn, sponsor of Bill 122, was promoted to Cabinet as Minister of Housing. As Minister, he is  no longer eligible to sponsor Bill 122, and we are currently seeking a new sponsor. Once the new sponsor is confirmed, we hope that it will continue to go to committee and then to Third Reading.
 
We are confident that the government will acknowledge the value of what we do and the proposed RPP Act will pass with all party support in the near future. On Oct 4th, we will be celebrating RPP at our Conference networking dinner where we are hopeful to make a significant announcement on Bill 122.
 
As summer draws to a close, if you have not yet contacted your MPP, please do so now . Follow up now with another email message, call or in-person meeting. We look forward to celebrating RPP with you at Blue Mountain! 
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!
Our
six universities offering accredited planning programs will welcome the Outreach Committee in September to speak to their planning students.

Outreach Committee members welcome them to our professional community and introduce OPPI as a valuable resource to student planners. 

Are you interested in supporting our 500 Student Members transition along their professional journey? Volunteer today !
BUILDING RPP
CHECK OUT OPPI'S NEW COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY 
Have you registered for #OPPI17? If so, we can't wait to see you there. We have an exciting launch planned for you. When you visit the INSPIRE OPPI Hub, be sure to check out a short video on our new Communications Strategy for OPPI's Strategic Plan - INSPIRE OPPI. OPPI staff, Council and branding and communications firm, Tenzing, have been working for several months gathering information from our members to develop a sound communications strategy for the future of the Institute. Come by the Hub as we unveil a sneak peek of what's to come in the coming months. 
BRANDING RPP ON SOCIAL MEDIA 
If you are a Full Member of OPPI in good standing, you may use your RPP designation after your surname, academic degrees and professional licenses, but before other memberships and affiliations.

Your social media is a key platform that will help build the RPP brand in Ontario. We spoke with RPPs who are already doing just that.

"I am proud to be an RPP and I want everyone on social media to know I am part of a group of highly skilled professionals." - Tracey Pillon-Abbs, RPP


"Identifying myself as a Registered Professional Planner helps raise awareness of the RPP designation and reminds me to maintain a respectful and professional tone when engaging with other Twitter users." - Matt Alexander,
KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
PLANNING EXCHANGE BLOG: I AM AN RPP

What does becoming or being an RPP mean to you? 

RPPs are highly educated, ethically committed and trained to guide communities through evolutionary change for the public good. In this month's Planning Exchange blog , OPPI Director Ben Puzanov, RPP, shares his thoughts on what RPP means to him. 
READ OPPI'S BILL 139 POLICY SUBMISSIONS
Read OPPI's Policy Submissions on Bill 139
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) would like to thank all of the members who contributed to Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (OMB Reform). Your input was welcome and appreciated. Special thank you to Paddy Kennedy and Mark Dorfman along with the many volunteers from the Planning Issues Strategy Group and from within the membership that contributed. Read OPPI's policy submission here.
WhatyouneedtoknowWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Save the Date: Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Join your OPPI colleagues for the AGM on Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain Resort in the Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario. 

Download the #OPPI17 Conference Mobile App Today!
Network and converse with other planners, plan your schedule, learn more about speakers, sessions and attendees, and much more! For more information on how to download the app, click here
 
World Town Planning Day
November 8th is the annual celebration of World Town Planning Day! Every year, planners around the world engage in events and activities on or around November 8th to raise awareness of the importance of planning in their communities. Stay tuned for details on you can get involved in 2017!
 
2017 Excellence in Planning Awards - Save the Date
The Excellence in Planning Awards recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications in urban and community design, planning studies or reports, and public education. This year's event takes place on November 1st at Queen's Park. Visit the Excellence in Planning Awards webpage to find out more about this year's winners! 
Videos
FEATURED VIDEO
 
District Webinar Series: The Implications of Condominium Development: Part 1 & 2


  The first entry in OPPI's District Webinar Series explores the complex long-term regeneration issues that arise from condominium ownership. Doctors Brian Webb and Steven Weber, RPP, discuss the findings of their research in this two-part webinar recording. This webinar was planned and coordinated with the assistance of the Western Lake Ontario District Leadership Team. 
careers
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Searching for a Job?
Targeted to planners, search the OPPI Job Ads to save you time and effort when looking for a new position.
Are you an Employer?
Advertise your available planning positions with OPPI's Job Postings. There is no better way to reach qualified planning professionals.
events
UPCOMING EVENTS
Lakeland District Designing Public Spaces to Support Vibrant Communities SOLD OUT - Sept 15

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