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Awards for Individual Achievement

The Awards for Individual Achievement allow colleagues and the profession to recognize the broader, personal achievements and contributions of individual PIBC Members separate and apart from any one particular plan, policy, project or other work product. These awards recognize and celebrate the overall impact of individual members’ work and personal commitment to planning and the effect they have in their community and within the profession.

PIBC encourages nominations and submissions for individual achievement in any one of the following three categories:

Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution 

The Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution is intended to recognize the efforts of individual PIBC Members and is based on the overall impact of the nominee’s work and personal commitment to planning, and the effect they have in their community and within the profession. The award recognizes leading volunteers in the planning profession who give back to the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the planning profession and contribute to the ongoing success of PIBC and the planning profession.

Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation

The Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation is intended to recognize the efforts of individual PIBC Members, specifically, a planner who demonstrates outstanding leadership, tenacity and advocacy on planning issues either in their community, provincially, or more broadly. The award honours the advocates, and the game-changers whose persistence and/or innovation contribute to the ongoing success of PIBC and the planning profession.

Award for Young Professional Leadership

The Award for Young Professional Leadership is intended to recognize the efforts of young and new planners who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and outstanding achievement at an early stage in their career. The award is based on the overall impact of the nominee’s work and personal commitment to planning. The award recognizes leading young members within the planning profession who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and who give back to the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the planning profession, and contribute to the ongoing success of PIBC and the planning profession.

These categories are reviewed each year by the Awards Committee to ensure their relevance to current planning practice. On an annual basis the Committee may amend existing categories or develop new categories accordingly.

Awards for Individual Achievement – Evaluation & Eligibility Criteria:

Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution – Criteria

The jury will evaluate the nomination of Members for the Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution based on the following:

  • The nominee’s ongoing and continued mentoring and guidance of PIBC members.
  • The nominee’s utilization of unique and innovative approaches to planning in their community and/or planning area.
  • The nominee’s promotion of the planning profession.
  • The nominee’s personal addition to the profession of planning through outstanding individual effort in their community and/or planning area.
  • The nominee’s commitment to the betterment of their community and/or planning area through the implementation of sound planning practices and process.
  • The nominee’s leadership by example, and their known high ethical standards.
  • The nominee’s work to raise the profile of their community and/or planning area.
  • The nominee’s work to document and preserve the planning history of their community or planning area.
  • The nominee’s other community work or community-related efforts that are indicative of a high professional standard.

Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution – Eligibility

  • Nominees for this award must be a Certified (RPP) Member, or Fellow, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia.
  • Nominations should include a thorough synopsis highlighting the nominee’s career as well as describing how the nominee has shown excellence in planning, commitment to their community and/or planning area and dedication to the profession through one or more of the criteria listed above.
  • Each nomination must be endorsed/supported with the signature of: at least three Certified (RPP) Members, or Fellows, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia; or at least two Certified (RPP) Members, or Fellows, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia and one community member. (See below for specific entry / nomination requirements)

Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation – Criteria

The jury will evaluate the nomination of Members for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation based on the following:

  • The nominee’s commitment to advocating or innovating around a planning issue (i.e.: heritage retention, energy conservation, community engagement, etc.) to raise awareness, encourage action and prompt a key change or new direction.
  • The nominee’s utilization of unique and innovative approaches to planning in their community and/or planning area.
  • The nominee’s personal addition to the profession of planning through outstanding individual effort in their community and/or planning area.
  • The nominee’s commitment to the betterment of their community and/or planning area through the implementation of sound planning practices and process.
  • The nominee’s leadership by example, and their known high ethical standards.
  • The nominee’s work to raise the profile of their community and/or planning area.

Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation – Eligibility

  • Nominees for this award must be a Certified (RPP) Member, or Fellow, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia.
  • Nominations should include a thorough synopsis highlighting the nominee’s career as well as describing how the nominee has shown excellence in advocating for key issues or pursuing innovation, through one or more of the criteria listed above.
  • Each nomination must be endorsed/supported with the signature of: at least three Certified (RPP) Members, or Fellows, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia; or at least two Certified (RPP) Members, or Fellows, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia and one community member. (See below for specific entry / nomination requirements)

Award for Young Professional Leadership – Criteria

The jury will evaluate the nomination of Members for the Award for Young Professional Leadership based on the following:

  • The nominee’s utilization of unique and innovative approaches to planning in their community or planning area.
  • The nominee’s personal addition to the profession of planning through outstanding individual effort in their community or planning area.
  • The nominee’s commitment to the betterment of their community and/or planning area through the implementation of sound planning practices and process.
  • The nominee’s leadership by example, and their known high ethical standards.
  • The nominee’s work to raise the profile of their community or planning area.
  • The nominee’s other community work or community-related efforts that are indicative of a high professional standard.

Award for Young Professional Leadership – Eligibility

  • Nominees for this award must be a Candidate, Certified (RPP) Member, or Fellow, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia and aged thirty-five years or younger, normally having ten years or less experience in professional planning practice.
  • Nominations should include a thorough synopsis highlighting the nominee’s career as well as describing how the nominee has shown excellence in planning, commitment to their community and dedication to the profession through one or more of the criteria listed above.
  • Each nomination must be endorsed/supported with the signature of: at least three Certified (RPP) Members, or Fellows, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia; or at least two Certified (RPP) Members, or Fellows, in good standing, of the Planning Institute of British Columbia and one community member or one Candidate Member in good standing. (See below for specific entry / nomination requirements)

Awards for Individual Achievement – Entry Requirements:

  • Completed Online Submission Form.
  • Award submissions summary document (between 2-5 pages maximum) highlighting the nominee’s career as well as describing how the nominee has shown excellence in planning, leadership, innovation, commitment to their community and dedication to the profession through one or more of the criteria listed for the particular category (must be in PDF format only).
  • Additional letters of support or endorsement for the nominee and their suitability for the award in the particular category (must be in PDF format only).

Please Note:  All nominations for the Awards for Individual Achievement are treated as confidential, and are typically made by colleagues, associates, and community members with knowledge of, and experience with the member nominee. Such nominations are typically made confidentially, without the direct knowledge of the member nominee. Unsuccessful member nominees are not contacted or notified by the Jury.

Jury & Submissions:

The Awards Jury for all awards is composed of a Committee of several experienced Institute members, appointed by the PIBC Board of Directors, representing a variety of planning backgrounds from across British Columbia and the Yukon.

Jury members cannot evaluate or vote on nominations for individuals with whom they have any personal or professional conflict of interest.

Awards for Individual Achievement Sub-Committee Members (2019):

  • Jagdev Dhillon FCIP (Ret.)
  • Rebecca Chaster MCIP, RPP - City of Coquitlam
  • Anthony Kittel MCIP, RPP - City of Toronto
  • Lynn Wilson MCIP, RPP - Capital Regional District

The Jury, by unanimous vote, may move a submission from one category to another. A Jury Selection Award may be granted to recognize submissions that reflect excellence in planning without fitting into one of the three nomination categories. The Awards Jury may choose to not present awards or to present more than one award in each category, as deemed appropriate.

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