PIBC Announces Winners of 2015 Awards for Excellence in Planning and Individual Achievement - Congratulations!

Posting Date: 
June 10, 2015 - June 19, 2015

JUNE 11, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) is excited to announce the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence in Planning and Individual Achievement. The winners will be formally presented at PIBC’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 18, at the Oceanic Plaza in Vancouver, BC.

The Institute annually recognizes the professional work and individual accomplishments of members across British Columbia and the Yukon through this awards and recognition program. The Awards for Excellence in Planning honour the best in professional planning work undertaken by members in five categories. The Awards for Individual Achievement recognize the efforts and impact of a member's work and personal commitment to planning in their community.

“Each year we receive numerous nominations and this year we are extremely excited to be awarding some of the most impactful and inspirational projects and individuals with our Awards for Planning Excellence and Individual Achievement,” said Andrew Young MCIP, RPP, President of PIBC, “A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees for their outstanding and innovative work this past year in contributing and helping to create more sustainable, livable communities.”

It is with great pleasure that PIBC announces the following 2015 winners in their respective categories:

Excellence in Planning Practice – City & Urban Areas - GOLD
•    CRD Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan Implementation Project -  Capital Regional District
•    West Vancouver's Coach House Examination - District of West Vancouver

Excellence in Planning Practice – Small Town & Rural Areas – SILVER
•    St Ann’s Block: The Making of a Great Street - City of Campbell River with partner(s) DIALOG, PWL Partnership, Highland Engineering and Surveying
•    A Plan for Tofino’s Main Street: A Place for People at the End of the Road - DIALOG and District of Tofino
•    Lakes District and Schooner Cove Comprehensive Zone Amendment - EKISTICS Town Planning Inc. and Regional District of Nanaimo with partner(s) Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP, Fairwinds Real Estate Management Inc

Excellence in Policy Planning – City & Urban Areas - GOLD
•    Healthy City Strategy - City of Vancouver

Excellence in Policy Planning – City & Urban Areas - SILVER
•    A Whole Health Neighbourhood: The Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment - DIALOG & Vancouver Coastal Health
•    Marpole Community Plan – City of Vancouver

Excellence in Policy Planning – Small Town & Rural Areas - SILVER
•    Northern BC Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Development Strategy - David Nairne and Associates Ltd with partner(s) Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association and Northern BC Tourism

Excellence in Policy Planning – Small Town & Rural Areas – HONOURABLE MENTION
•    Sunshine Coast Agricultural Area Plan - Sunshine Coast Regional District with partner(s): Investment Agriculture Foundation, AEL Agro Ecological Consulting, Upland Consulting
•     Lake Country Integrated Community Sustainability Plan - Golder Associates and District of Lake Country

Research & New Directions in Planning - SILVER
•    Planning for Climate Change: A Values-based, Strategic Approach for Urban Planners - EcoPlan International and UN-Habitat with partner(s) Compass Resource Management

Individual Achievement – Young Professional Leadership Award
•    William Dunn

For full summaries of the all winners and their projects, please visit:

For more information on the PIBC AGM & Elections, please visit:

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC)
Forward Thinking, Shaping Communities

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) is the professional association of planners in British Columbia and the Yukon and the westernmost affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) – the national association which has advanced and promoted responsible community planning since 1919.

A non-profit organization incorporated in 1958 under the Society Act of BC, our current membership includes over 1200 professional planners that work in both the public and private sectors in many different fields of planning, including land-use and development, municipal and regional planning, policy and law, heritage conservation, transportation, and more.

Our mission is to advance, promote, and support the planning profession with forward thinking services, events and professional certification that help professional planners shape more livable, sustainable communities. Our Certified Members have the exclusive right and privilege to utilize the professional title 'Registered Professional Planner' and designation 'RPP' in British Columbia and the Yukon and the designation 'MCIP' to indicate their professional status nationally with CIP.

For more information about PIBC, please visit www.pibc.bc.ca

News & Media Contact:
Dave Crossley
Executive Director
t: 604.696.5031
e: dave.crossley@pibc.bc.ca

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News & Media Contact:
Dave Crossley
Executive Director
ph: 604.696.5031
e: dave.crossley@pibc.bc.ca