Join us in Fredericton for People Matter
The CIP/API Conference · July 9-12, 2014

The Canadian Institute of Planners and the Atlantic Planners Institute are proud to welcome Canadian planners from coast to coast to Fredericton for our annual conference. New Brunswick is hosting the national conference for the first time since 1989 and it should be worth the wait! The New Brunswick planning community is guaranteeing a thought provoking and insightful conference in one of the most vibrant and appealing mid-sized urban settings in Canada. Located on a broad bend of the St. John River, Fredericton is one of Canada’s most beautiful and healthy cities. Be professionally challenged and personally enriched in Fredericton’s setting complete with majestic elm-lined streets, generous parks and natural areas, exemplary heritage architecture, and world renowned arts and culture; all within a compact city with a dynamic and rapidly growing economy. Join your colleagues from July 9-12 at the brand new Fredericton Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Fredericton for some genuine Maritime hospitality and cutting edge thinking in Canadian planning. Bring your family and begin or end your Atlantic Canadian summer vacation here!

People Matter! The Conference Theme

It is an exciting time to be a planner in Canada. After decades of planners working on a seemingly unending parade of vehicle-oriented suburban growth and development proposals, Canadians are demanding fundamental and radical change in their communities. Planners are at the forefront of leading this transformational change. Citizens want our communities to:

  • Provide housing choice
  • Incorporate increased density in context and design-sensitive ways
  • Deliver more balanced choices in transportation including walkable neighbourhoods and complete streets
  • Provide infrastructure to keep people mentally and physically active and healthy
  • Amplify local arts and culture
  • Provide meaningful employment that sustains quality of life

The theme for the 2014 CIP/API conference is People Matter! It is a call for action for planners to place more emphasis on the physical, social, health and economic elements of communities that enhance quality of life.

The conference will very broadly provide planners and other professionals with practical tools so we can get to work creating vibrant and healthy communities. The theme will explore how the work of planners has the potential to positively impact health by influencing how people live, work, play and eat.

The conference theme is people-focused and built around creating healthy communities.  The theme opens up many potential sub-themes that can be further explored as part of the conference.  We welcome conference content in a diverse range of areas including:

  • Quality of life: what does it mean in 2014 and beyond?
  • Considering human health in the decision making process
  • Creating effective health/planning partnerships
  • The relationship between good urban and rural planning and Canada’s health care system
  • The relationship between urban design and healthy communities
  • Transportation and in particular, active transportation including sidewalks, trails, and cycling routes
  • Urban agriculture and farming
  • Access to fresh local food
  • Planning for parks, recreation , and institutional facilities
  • Healthy housing for healthier Canadians
  • Arts and culture
  • Heritage
  • Planning for youth-friendly and age-friendly communities
  • Healthy economic growth and economic development

Who’s Coming?
People Matter! Fredericton 2014 will attract professional planners from every corner of Atlantic Canada, New England, and across the country.  The conference organizing team is reaching out to our colleagues in other professions that focus on the health of our communities and citizens.  Excellent working relationships have been established with organizations representing public health officials, health inspectors, the medical community and municipal administrators as well as universities, non-profit organizations and the senior levels of government.   The conference will provide an important opportunity for professionals from these diverse fields to come together to network and explore ways to further integrate the relationship between planning, our communities, and health.

Online registration will be available beginning Spring 2014. Mobile workshops and social tours will not be included in the cost of registration.

We look forward to seeing you in Fredericton!

Read a Welcome Letter from the Mayor of Fredericton!