NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2014) - Join community planners from across the province as they gather in Niagara Falls, Ontario on October 1st & 2nd for the 2014 Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Symposium.

The theme for the 2014 Symposium is Healthy Communities & Planning in a Digital Age. The landscape of communication, consultation and engagement is changing. Planning is more participatory and public involvement is increasing. The advent of social media - blogs, online forums, wikis, social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and collaborative software are also having a profound impact on planning and how planners interact with the public. The symposium will highlight, explore and engage attendees on this theme through numerous planning and professional practice issues.


  • Nora Young - Host & Creator of CBC Spark
  • Andrew Angus - Switch Video
  • Jordan Axani - LiveWorkLearnPlay
  • Jesse Hirsh - Internet Strategist & Broadcaster


  • Full day Sandbox Charrette on access to nature/natural playgrounds and active transportation; led by Adam Bienenstock and Robert Voigt
  • 15-minute Ignite sessions to spark conversations on a wide variety of topics
  • Networking events and a chance to explore Niagara
  • Hands on demos
  • Interactive Workshops

Detailed symposium information is posted at:

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute is the recognized voice of the Province's planning profession. Our more than 4,000 members work in government, private practice, universities, and non-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, urban design, environmental planning, transportation, health and social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development. Our Members have met strict practice requirements and are accountable to OPPI and the public to practice ethically and to abide by a Professional Code of Practice. Only Full Members are authorized by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Act, 1994, to use the title "Registered Professional Planner" (or "RPP").

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Contact Information:

Loretta Ryan, MCIP, RPP, CAE
Director, Public Affairs