PLACE 18 Conference Update

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PLACE 18 Conference Updates

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PLACE 18 Conference Updates




Jeff Wallace | The Runway 


Friday, Oct 12 - Sunday, Oct 14, 2018



PLACE 18 is 2 months away! 

We can't wait to (re)connect and hope you are just as excited! 

Over the conference weekend, attendees will partake in field trips around Edmonton and attend various presentations and panels covering planning topics from diverse perspectives. 

For more information about the conference schedule and opportunities, check out our website. See below for links to discounted hotels and airlines.





Register Now!




Do you have your own research to share?

We are accepting abstracts for student presentations and posters! Visit our website for submission requirements.





Featured Speakers:


Dr. S. Jeff Birchall, PhD
Jeff recently joined the University of Alberta’s Urban and Regional Planning Program, having previously served as Marsden Scholar, Royal Society of New Zealand. Jeff’s research explores the nature of local scale climate impacts and the decision dynamics around how climate adaptation is incorporated into strategic policy and planning. Prior to academia, Jeff held posts at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.




Nicole Bonnett, BSc, MA Candidate
Nicole recently completed a BSc (w distinction), Planning Specialization, from the University of Alberta’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), and is now pursuing an MA in Human Geography, as a SSHRC Fellow, in Dr. Birchall’s coastal community climate resilience research group, EAS. Nicole’s research involves analysis of the incorporation of climate change adaptation into strategic planning at the regional district scale on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Danielle Koleyak, M.EDes., P.Ag
Danielle is currently an environmental project manager with the City of Edmonton. Her current work focuses on climate change adaptation planning, environmental management, and environmental policy. She has a background in environmental science, with a Masters Degree in Environmental Design, focusing on the integration of environmental objectives into land use planning.


Dianne Gillespie, MA
Dianne is a Community Development Coordinator with the City of St. Albert. In addition to her previous degrees in Urban Planning (BSc) and Health Promotion (MSc), from the University of Alberta, Dianne recently completed an MA in Human Geography. Dianne's MA research investigated how planners and policy makers in Bedford, Nova Scotia perceive and plan for sea level rise.





The PLACE 18 organizing team is pleased to offer conference attendees special hotel and air travel rates! 


Varscona Hotel on Whyte - $150 per night
Metterra Hotel on Whyte - $160 per night
Matrix Hotel - $160 per night
Campus Tower Suite Hotel - $150 per night

More information about accommodations can be found on our website.


Air Canada Promo Code: 6RUJ4W71
WestJet Coupon Code: C87YG89



KEYNOTE: Charles Montgomery
Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist, and leader of a consultancy building more happiness into cities. He is the author of the celebrated book Happy City.
Tickets for Charles Montgomery's keynote on Saturday, October 13th are available here.  





Conference Highlights:

Friday afternoon tours of Edmonton
A variety of tour options will be available to choose from, each focusing on a distinct area of Edmonton. 

Friday Social & Networking Night
Enjoy an evening of networking at the iconic Art Gallery of Alberta.

Saturday Keynote - Charles Montgomery
Join us for a keynote presentation from Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City. 

Saturday Gala & Pecha Kucha Night
Hosted at the Shaw Conference Centre, the Gala will include dinner, pecha kucha presentations, and dancing! 










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PLACE 18 Conference


Tuesday, September 4, 2018