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Planners to discuss community readiness at Sudbury symposium

Laurentian University will host Ontario Professional Planners Institute Oct. 11-12
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The City of Greater Sudbury will host registered professional planners from across Ontario during the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s 2018 symposium. (File photo)

Registered professional planners will gather at Laurentian University in Sudbury Oct. 11-12 to talk about community readiness during the 2018 symposium of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

The forum will provide planners with an opportunity to discuss how communities can address challenges to their growth associated with factors such as climate change, economic uncertainty, and more.

Participants will have access to more than 60 interactive training sessions and mobile workshops, and each day will feature a keynote presentation.

On Oct. 1, Jason Ferrigan, Sudbury’s director of planning and president at the OPPI, will lead a panel discussion about community readiness in Sudbury through the context of community and infrastructure resiliency, economics and culture and diversity.

Panellists will include Scott Darling, chair of the Long Lake Stewardship Group; Don Duval, CEO of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT); and Tony Cecutti, general manager of growth and infrastructure services, for the City of Greater Sudbury.

The Oct. 12 speaker is Jesse Wente, a broadcaster, advocate and pop culture “philosopher.” He’ll speak about the hurdles toward achieving diversity and inclusion, and the importance of traditional knowledge in Canadian society.

With close to 4,500 members, the OPPI is the voice of Ontario’s planning profession.