PLACE 18 Conference Updates

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PLACE 18 Conference Updates

July 2018



PLACE 18 Conference Updates




Jeff Szucsik | Ice District, Edmonton


Friday, Oct 12 - Sunday, Oct 14, 2018



We are happy to welcome students, professionals, and academics from across Canada to PLACE 18 - a national conference targeted towards students in planning, geography, and related disciplines. 

This conference will be held October 12-14, 2018 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Planning for this event began in January 2018, and nearly eight months later we have secured major sponsors, speakers, and an initial slate of attendees. We have worked to ensure this conference is affordable by keeping registration costs low and providing airline and hotel discounts.

The conference will provide undergraduate and graduate students from across Canada the opportunity to learn about emerging planning issues and ideas from planning professionals, academic researchers, and decision-makers. We aim to connect attendees from different provinces to learn from one another due to the diverse situations planners encounter in each province, territory, and region. We recommend universities in close proximity also consider group transportation to this event. The school with the most attendees will be recognized at the Gala! 

Over the conference weekend, attendees will partake in field trips around Edmonton and attend various presentations and panels covering planning topics from diverse perspectives. More information about the PLACE 18 conference and the theme, (re)connect, can be found on our website





Register Now!




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

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

Stay tuned for an exciting keynote announcement coming soon!






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





Featured Speakers:


Kalen Anderson is the Director of the new City Plan in Edmonton's Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development Department. A passionate Edmontonian and committed city-builder, Kalen has worked for the City of Edmonton for over a decade in a variety of capacities and key leadership roles. She currently serves as Vice President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, is a board member for Arts Habitat, sits on the Faculty of Extension’s advisory board for the City-Region Studies Centre at the University of Alberta, and is a past Councillor of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute.




Josef Filipowicz is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Centre for Municipal Studies at the Fraser Institute. His work with the Fraser Institute includes the New Homes and Red Tape series focusing on the regulatory landscape surrounding home-building in Canada’s municipalities, as well as analysis of the impact land-use regulation has on the housing supply in Canada’s largest cities. He continues to work on urban issues including housing, municipal finance, and governance.





Do you have your own research to share?

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










Have any questions? Give us a shout at!









PLACE 18 Conference

Tuesday, August 14, 2018