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.

The benefits of Student membership include:

  • Lower membership fees
  • Networking and volunteer opportunities
  • Continuing educational opportunities while completing your program

In addition to your Student membership, OPPI provides scholarships each year to eligible student members. Students can apply for student scholarships, including:

  • Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship ($2,500)
  • Andrea Bourrie 2018 Scholarship ($3,000)

Student members from each accredited program have the opportunity to participate on OPPI’s Student Liaison Committee as a representative of their program. Become involved in OPPI initiatives and represent the interests of planning students across Ontario.

Learn more about student scholarship opportunities for the 2018 academic year and about OPPI’s Student Delegate nomination for 2018-2019 below.

Student Scholarship Applications

Applications for 2018 scholarships are now closed! Please see criteria and application information below.


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

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)

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).
  • 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.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Meg-Morris-headshot-135x195.jpgMeg Morris - Winner of the 2018 Gerald Carothers Graduate Scholarship

Meg Morris is a graduate student in the Masters of Urban Planning program at Queen’s University. Meg has a passion for the environment and planning with Indigenous peoples. She presented her research at the 2017 OPPI Conference, which analyzed the extent to which Indigenous peoples were included in the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review. 

In addition, with her current work in New Zealand, she is able to integrate her work, research and interests, and the perspective of a planner in a country known for environmental stewardship and relations with the Indigenous Maori people. 

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.

Alex-Gaio-headshot-135x195.jpgAlex Gaio - Winner of the 2018 Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship

Alex Gaio is a fourth year student in the Urban and Regional Planning program at Ryerson University. Alex served as OPPI’s Student Delegate for 2017-18 and chaired OPPI’s Student Liaison Committee, networking and linking students across accredited university planning programs in Ontario.

Alex is driven by challenging global issues that require creative, design-based solutions and has been involved with transit infrastructure projects in Calgary and Auckland, New Zealand. 

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.

Aida-Mas-headshot-135x195.jpgAida Mas - Winner of the 2018 Andrea Bourrie Schoalrship

Aida Mas is a graduate student in the Masters of Environmental Studies at York University, while working as a community organizer and program manager to advance transportation justice. 

Aida is a dedicated to community engagement and addressing the inequitable status quo that plagues many traditional consultation processes by bridging the gap between local knowledge and professional expertise in civic processes. She is particularly interested in leveraging community-based initiatives to engage citizens through participatory mapping and budgeting, as well as strategic community development initiatives.

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.


Become a Student Leader on Campus!  

OPPI Student Representatives

Are you a student member looking for an opportunity to get involved in the OPPI community? Consider becoming our next Student Delegate or Student Representative.

Nominations for Student Delegate are now closed. Please see nomination information below.

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 promoted in January and February and 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.

Student Representatives

Student Representatives from each accredited planning program participate on OPPI's Student Liaison Committee. Student Representatives have an exciting opportunity to become involved in OPPI initiatives and to represent the interests of planning students across Ontario. A Student Liaison Committee Handbook offers guidance to students serving in this position.

Student Delegate

The Student Delegate, chosen from an accredited planning program in Ontario and elected by OPPI Student members, chairs the 16-member 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 OPPI's publication.
  • 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.

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. Electronic ballots are sent to all Student members in March of each year and ballots may be cast until the beginning of April.