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london | october 7-8
Finding a Place in Evolving Communities
Ontario is in transition. Our province continues to welcome new residents from all corners of the globe from different cultures, worldviews, sexual orientation and gender identities, from all age ranges, but we face collective challenges such as how to accommodate a rapidly aging population, or where and how we can house Ontarians.
At the heart of these challenges is placemaking and communities. Whether you were born in Ontario or have come from afar, finding a place in evolving communities matters. We are asking our communities across Ontario to be all things to all people, break down barriers and ensure everyone has a place of their own to call home.
Ontario is not the only province with communities experiencing these challenges. At OPPI20, we will explore issues that are fundamental to community building and address issues related to housing and demographics so that the decisions made today by elected officials and decision makers are informed by Registered Professional Planners and remain sustainable in the decades to come, culminating with OPPI20 from October 7-8 at RBC Place London.
OPPI invites members, allied professions and organizations, elected officials, decision makers and everyone else to submit a proposal to speak at our 2020 Conference.
Short, punchy 15-minute sessions designed to convey one or two concepts in a flash. A very popular option that provides considerable diversity for Conference attendees. These sessions also include a 5-minute question and answer period at the end.
Interactive 30 or Interactive 60: Our most popular session types, 30 or 60-minute sessions are designed to transfer specific skills or knowledge on planning-related issues. These sessions should provide practical skill development for planners and can incorporate hands-on experience, audience interaction, lectures and take-away resources. Please note question and answer time is built into both Interactive 30 and 60 sessions.
45-minute sessions led by a facilitator would discuss a topic or challenge and possible solutions. Outcomes are shared with participants - note in this case, your proposal should include a skilled facilitator to guide discussion, rather than a speaker.
These sessions are designed to feel more like a conversation and allows for maximum participation by attendees. Seats are arranged in a circular fashion, with 5 seats being left in the middle. These 5 seats represent the “fishbowl,” and anyone sitting in one of those seats is considered a speaker. Audience members are invited to rotate in and out to share their thoughts and continue growing the discussion. Dive into the fishbowl!
These presentations could take the form of Infographics, videos, podcasts, online communities, interactive mapping, blogs, other innovative communication tools or poster presentations (4' high x 4' wide). Presentations will remain open for viewing for the duration of the symposium and presenters will be requested to explain and discuss their work during specified times in the program. Special consideration will be provided to proposals that include reusable digital content that could be added to OPPI’s expanding library of planner-related content, located on OPPI’s Digital Learning site.
Are you using new, innovative technology (e.g. 3D printing, 3D modeling, drones, “smart” technologies, etc.) at work? Do you wish to demonstrate the use of this technology, and showcase how it could be used in the context of a professional planner’s practice? Tech demos are intended to orient attendees to how technologies could complement their existing skillset and aid in a planner’s work in the public interest.
This session format gives local planners, OPPI members and other related professionals the opportunity to share local sites or projects. For the 2019 Conference, OPPI hopes to contain mobile workshops within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for ease of travel. Transportation could be on foot, bike, or public transit. Please note the transportation requirements in your proposal and be aware that workshops requiring chartered buses can be offered at an additional cost for participants.
Unlike other session formats where the content relates back to the thematic areas, mobile workshops are not required to focus on these themes. This is your opportunity to showcase the best in planning in the GTA!
Student members of OPPI will be invited over the summer of 2019 to submit proposals for either media presentations or lightning talks based on their research. Further information on the student Call for Presentations will be shared at a later date.
New for 2020! You’re invited to facilitate a session that either makes the audience laugh, or makes the audience think. This can be a short, punchy 15-minute session designed to convey one or two concepts in a flash. A very popular option that provides considerable diversity for Conference attendees. These sessions also include a 5-minute question and answer period at the end.
Have an idea for a session that you don't see captured in the formats listed above? Tell us about your idea to include it in the 2020 Conference program!