Plan Canada Webinar Series: Smart Growth

October 13, 2023


12:00 PM (EST)

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Plan Canada Webinar Series: Smart Growth – A Review of Progress, Challenges, and its Impact Across Canada

Join CIP for the next edition of the new Plan Canada Webinar Series!

Moderated by Rylan Graham PhD, RPP, MCIP, Fall 2023 authors David Gordon RPP, FCIP, AICP, Katherine Perrott PhD, RPP, MCIP, and Ren Thomas PhD, RPP, MCIP will explore the influential planning concept of smart growth and its application across Canadian contexts. This is a great opportunity to hear more from the authors on their articles, and to ask your own questions about smart growth in the interactive Q&A session.

The Fall 2023 webinar will look at “Smart Growth – A Review of Progress, Challenges, and its Impact Across Canada.” Smart growth remains highly influential in Canadian planning practice. What was once a novel departure from typical planning and development is now considered to be best practice. As the principles of smart growth have moved into the mainstream, critiques have emerged, especially related to the impact of smart growth strategies on gentrification and housing affordability.

Each Plan Canada webinar is free to attend and can be used toward your CPL requirements. If you are a CIP member and attend the webinar, your CPL units will be automatically applied to your account, viewable in the Member Area. It does not get easier than that!

Are you a member of CIP or one of the Provincial or Territorial Institutes or Associations? Be sure to use the same email as your member area login (primary email) to ensure eligible continuous professional learning units are automatically added to your account.

Ren Thomas PhD, RPP, MCIP

Associate Professor, School of Planning, Dalhousie University

Principal, Ren Thomas Research & Planning

As a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), Ren is an Associate Professor at the School of Planning at Dalhousie University and a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance. My M.A. and Ph.D. are from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). She has worked for the Ontario Growth Secretariat, the University of Oregon, the University of Amsterdam, TransLink, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. As a research consultant, Ren has conducted studies for diverse organizations such as the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Infrastructure Canada, Phoenix Youth Programs, Autism Nova Scotia, and the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Katherine Perrot PhD, RPP, MCIP

Associate Director, Professional Practice and Lecturer, University of Waterloo Planning School

Katherine Perrott PhD, RPP, MCIP is the Associate Director, Professional Practice and a full time Lecturer at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, Ontario. She has 15 years of experience as a planning practitioner, lecturer, and researcher. As a planning consultant, she worked across the urban to rural spectrum on a range of public- and private-sector projects throughout Canada. She holds a master’s degree in planning from Dalhousie University and a PhD in planning from the University of Toronto.

David Gordon RPP, FCIP, AICP

David Gordon RPP, FCIP, AICP is a Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. He received a Doctor of Design degree from the Harvard GSD. David was SURP Director for over a decade and has also taught at McGill, Toronto, Riga, Western Australia, Harvard and Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, David was a principal in an urban design firm and manager in a Toronto waterfront agency. He is a member of the National Capital Commission’s design review committee, Research Chair of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, sharing their National Awards four times.  Recent books include The Canadian Suburbs Atlas, Town and Crown and Planning Canadian Communities (with Pam Shaw). His research examines planning histories, capital cities, waterfronts and suburbs in Canada, Australia and the USA.


Rylan Graham PhD, RPP, MCIP

Rylan Graham is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning and Sustainability at the University of Northern British Columbia. Rylan’s research focuses on issues related to growth management, intensification, downtown revitalization, and with a particular focus on mid-sized Canadian cities. Rylan has a PhD from the University of Calgary, a Master of Arts, Planning from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts, Geography from the University of Regina. Prior to entering academia, he practiced as a planner in Alberta and Saskatchewan.