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. 


2017 Scholarship Winners (left to right) with OPPI representatives: Past OPPI President Andrea Bourrie, Emily Goldney, Ronald M. Keeble and Sydney Bailey

2017 Scholarship Winners

Emily GoldneyEmily Goldney - Winner of the 2017 Gerald Carothers Graduate Scholarship

Emily Goldney is a M.Pl. 2018 candidate at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queens University. In her second semester, she was elected to serve as the President of QGAPS (Queen’s Graduate Association of Planning Students). She is currently the principal spokesperson for Queens’ planning students, and represents student interests to the department.

She believes strongly that issues surrounding the environment will be key for her generation, and she hopes to do her part in shaping the future of cities and towns to make them high-quality, sustainable places for present and future generations.

OPPI’s Gerald Carrothers Graduate scholarship is named for a long-standing member who has made significant contributions to the Institute. Gerald has been a longstanding OPPI member and volunteer and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He has a special interest in planning education which makes this award especially appropriate.

Sydney BaileySydney Bailey - Winner of the 2017 Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship

Sydney Bailey is going into her fourth year of Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo. This year, she was given the role of Environment Ambassador, representing the Faculty and School of Planning at various events and sessions.

She is particularly interested in urban design, integrating her passion of planning with her natural creativity through which she hopes to make a difference in our communities.

OPPI’s Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate scholarship is named for a long-standing member who has made significant contributions to the Institute. Ron has been a longstanding OPPI member and volunteer and is one of OPPI’s biggest champions. He has taught planning for many years at Ryerson University which gives this award added meaning.

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 2018 Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship, 2018 Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship and the Andrea Bourrie 2018 Scholarship will be announced at the 2018 OPPI Symposium.

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 2018 OPPI Symposium being held in the Sudbury, Ontario, October 11-12, 2018. 

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

Andrea Bourrie 2018 Scholarship

The Andrea Bourrie 2018 Scholarship will recognize an OPPI Student Member who has demonstrated leadership in the field of planning for Community Engagement, Public Consultation and Strategic Initiatives.

Selection Criteria:

  • Expressed interest in the field of community engagement, public consultation and strategic initiatives.
  • Relevance of the student's research to planning for community engagement, public consultation and strategic initiatives (research can be completed, underway or proposed at the time of application).

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.