Make Planning Your Career

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If you wish to pursue a career in planning, six Ontario universities offer accredited planning programs. Visit the Professional Standards Board (PSB) for a list of planning programs accredited in Canada.

OPPI recognizes that student members are key to the future of the planning profession and encourages planning students to Apply for Student membership.

Student Representatives from each accredited planning program participate in a Student Liaison Committee. One student from an accredited planning program in Ontario becomes the Student Delegate, elected by OPPI Student members for a one-year term and chairs the 14-member Student Liaison Committee. Nominations for Student Delegate are accepted annually before March 1st. Electronic ballots are sent to all Student members in March of each year and ballots may be cast until the beginning of April.

OPPI Scholarships of $2,000 (Undergraduate), $2,500 (Graduate) and $3,000 (President's Scholarship, awarded every two years) are available to eligible student members. 


2016 Scholarship Winners (left to right) with OPPI representatives: OPPI President Andrea Bourrie, Jessica D’Aoust, Paul J. Stagl, Bailey Bradshaw, Ronald M. Keeble and Kelly Graham

2016 Scholarship Winners

Kelly GrahamKelly Graham - Winner of the 2016 Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship

Kelly is a graduate of the Masters in Planning program at Ryerson University. She was the OPPI Student Delegate and chair of the Student Liaison Committee for 2015-2016. Kelly is now a Junior Planner with Weston Consulting. She hopes to stay engaged with OPPI and to work directly with communities in crafting policies and development plans "that reflect the ideals and ambitions for our collective future."

Bailey BradshawBailey Bradshaw - Winner of the 2016 Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship

Bailey Bradshaw is entering her fourth year of the Urban and Regional Planning program at Ryerson University and is a student member of OPPI. Bailey’s ultimate interest as a prospective planner is the "building of strong, inclusive, and engaged communities."

Jessica D'AoustJessica D'Aoust - Winner of the 2016 Paul J. Stagl Scholarship

Jessica D’Aoust has recently completed the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Queen’s University, with a focus in Land Use and Real Estate Development. She is a student member of OPPI. She looks forward to make a difference in the field [of planning], especially regarding "protecting and championing for small town planning, as well as community design and community improvement."

Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship and Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship

Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship and Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship assist in furthering planning education and recognize student members who are making a contribution to their communities. Applicants must be members of OPPI at the time of application and the recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate planning program in Ontario.

Selection Criteria

  • Extent of current and past service and commitment to the community (e.g., planning school, OPPI or society in general)
  • The career objectives of the applicant
  • Academic performance
  • Reference support (two letters of reference)

Southwest Ontario District Planning Student Scholarships

Southwest Ontario District Planning Student Scholarships are intended to promote excellence in relevant planning education, community service and personal achievement by student members of OPPI's Southwestern District who are enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate university planning program for the academic year in which the application is made.

The successful applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevant academic interests and/or research activity to professional planning practice in Southwestern Ontario
  • Academic performance
  • Current or past contributions to the activities of a community, club, volunteer organization, university, or, OPPI.

Apply Now

Winners of the 2017 Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship, and the 2017 Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship will be announced at the 2017 OPPI Conference.

Please complete this form no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1st, attaching scans of:

  • Two (2) letters of reference, one of which is from a Full Member of OPPI
  • A current academic transcript

The Outreach Committee evaluates submissions based on the above-noted selection criteria. It may elect not to make an award and may choose a runner-up to whom the scholarship may be awarded in the event that the first choice recipient is found to be ineligible.

The Outreach Committee evaluates submissions based on the above-noted selection criteria. It may elect not to make an award and may choose a runner-up to whom the scholarship may be awarded in the event that the first choice recipient is found to be ineligible.

Scholarship recipients will be announced within 60 days of the closing date for submissions. The winners will be profiled in the Ontario Planning Journal and on OPPI's website and social media channels. The winners will also receive a complimentary registration for the 2017 OPPI Conference being held in the Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario, October 3-5, 2017. 

For further information, please email the OPPI office or call 416.483.1873 ext. 0 or 1.800.668.1448.

To Apply for the Southwest District Ontario Planning Scholarship:

A letter of application with full return address and phone number must be accompanied by:

  • No more than a two-page statement of academic interests and/or career objectives
  • Two letters of reference: one of which must be from either an university faculty who is a Full member of OPPI or a previous employer in a planning related profession
  • One copy of all academic transcripts for all completed post secondary courses, which is a certified original or a photocopy of an original that is verified by a member of the university staff to be a true copy.

Applications must be received by the Secretary-Treasurer of the SWOD-OPPI Educational Trust Foundation on or before November 1 each year. Only complete applications will be considered. Up to two awards will be presented to the successful candidate at the November meeting of the Southwestern District OPPI membership. Successful candidates must supply their social insurance number to obtain the award.

Secretary-Treasurer of the SWOD-OPPI Educational Trust Foundation

Student Representatives

Student Representatives have an exciting opportunity to become involved in OPPI initiatives and to represent the interests of planning students across Ontario. The Student Representative's term of office runs from June to June in a given calendar year. A Student Liaison Committee Handbook offers guidance to students serving in this position.


Student Delegate

A Student Delegate, chosen from an accredited planning program in Ontario, chairs the Student Liaison Committee for a one-year term (June to June). In addition to providing leadership and maintaining regular contact with the Student Representatives, the Student Delegate's role and responsibilities include the following functions:

  • Promoting student awareness of OPPI and Student membership in the Institute, by visiting the planning programs recognized by OPPI and promoting student-oriented activities, initiatives and research through regular submissions to the Ontario Planning Journal.
  • Encouraging student involvement in the various programs, activities and committees at both the provincial and district levels.
  • Attending and participating in the promotion and development of Student Day at the OPPI Conference or Symposium.
  • Representing OPPI at the annual CAPS conference.

Note: All related and approved expenses are paid for by OPPI.


Nominations for Student Delegate

Nominations for election as Student Delegate will be accepted no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 1st. The Nomination Form must be completed and endorsed by two OPPI Student Members in good standing.