TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 7, 2016) -

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Find out about the best of the best in planning in Ontario! The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) will announce the 2016 winners of the Excellence in Planning Awards at a press conference this week.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Speakers: Andrea Bourrie, RPP, President, OPPI

This annual awards event coincides with another key planning celebration. On November 8th, planners around the world celebrated World Town Planning Day, raising awareness of the importance of planning in their communities. This year's awards will recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications in urban and community design, planning studies or reports, and public education. Find out about the projects and initiatives that are shaping communities across the province.

OPPI will also release a Call to Action: Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm, which urges planners, designers, various levels of government, municipal departments and agencies, and other related professionals and members of the public, to make the public realm a focus in community building and placemaking efforts across Ontario.

About the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)

OPPI is the recognized voice of the Province's planning profession. Our almost 4,500 members work in government, private practice, universities, and not-for-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, community design, environmental planning, transportation, health, social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development. Members meet quality 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, RPP, CAE
Director, Public Affairs

Sarah Snowdon
Communications Manager