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NEW! PlanON Awards

The PlanON Awards is a brand-new awards program that honours the exceptional achievements of OPPI members who demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to advancing the planning profession in Ontario.
 
Starting in 2023, this awards program celebrates the work of Registered Professional Planners (RPPs), and other OPPI members at every career stage, and recognizes the important role the planning profession plays in shaping the quality, livability, and sustainability of communities for future generations.

Everything you need to spread the word about the awards can be found in the PlanON Awards promotion kit

ImpoRtant Dates

Call for submission opens March 1, 2023
Call for submission closes May 1, 2023
Jurying and finalist notifications July 2023

Winners announced

August 2023

Awards ceremony during OPPI conference

September 2023


 

AWARD CATEGORIES

The PlanON Awards are the highest honour OPPI can bestow and for that reason there may be no awards presented in a given category.
 
PlanON Public Education Award
This award celebrates professional planners who have made meaningful contributions to advance public education within or outside the planning profession in Ontario. Submissions could include technical booklets, publications, pamphlets, newsletters, brochures, audio-visual presentations, workshops, online information, open houses, and more.
Up to two (2) awards may be given in this category.

PlanON Innovative Research Award
This award celebrates innovative academic researchers within the planning profession who, through scholarly activities, including academic papers, research, or publications, have the ability to positively impact the future of the planning profession in Ontario. Submissions should contain evidence-based research that provides a fresh perspective or defines emerging areas of planning, while also offering insight into new focus areas for planners.
Up to two (2) awards may be given in this category.

PlanON Vision Award
This award celebrates Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) and their teams who have exemplified excellence in upholding the public interest through their approach to solving the most important issues facing the planning profession in Ontario such as, climate change, affordable housing, technology, inclusivity, and more.

There are two categories for this award:
  • Planning Documentation. This category could include planning documentation created by or for public or private            entities (e.g. planning policy, functional master plans, strategic plans, community improvement plans, secondary plans, development, streetscape and /or urban design concepts, servicing plans, economic development plans or strategies pertaining to pertinent planning topics such as climate change, health and social services, housing, heritage, etc.) Up to two (2) awards may be given in this category.
 
  • Planning Process. This category could include unique and innovative approaches to any part of the planning process (e.g. policy development, functional master plans, strategic plans, community development plans, secondary plans, servicing pans, etc.) including but not limited to project management, policy review and development, evaluation and selection, public engagement and communication, data management and monitoring, etc. Up to two (2) awards may be given in this category.

PlanON Emerging Leadership Award
This award celebrates the future leaders of tomorrow within the planning profession by recognizing professionals in the first seven years of their careers, who exemplify the qualities of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and/or empowering others. Submissions should include any noteworthy contributions made to the planning profession during their time working as planners in Ontario.
One (1) award may be given in this category.

PlanON RPP Leadership Award
This award celebrates the trailblazers within the planning profession by recognizing Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) who exemplify the qualities of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and/or empowering others. Submissions should include any noteworthy contributions made to the planning profession during their time working as planners in Ontario.
One (1) award may be given in this category.

PlanON Volunteer Service Award
The OPPI Volunteer Service Award recognizes the extraordinary service and significant contribution of OPPI volunteers. The awards recognize volunteers who have raised awareness for the planning profession, mentored students or nurtured relationships, been involved with a special project or program, and more. Recipients of this award are chosen by a separate group of judges, made up of OPPI District Leadership Team members and other volunteers.
Up to two (2) awards may be given in this category.

GENERAL ELIGILIBTY

IMPORTANT FOR 2023:
Because OPPI has not offered an awards program since before the pandemic, the 2023 PlanON Awards will accept submissions that were built, implemented, adopted, approved, published, etc. within the last four years (2019-2022).
 
IMPORTANT FOR 2024:
Going forward in 2024 and beyond, submissions to the PlanON Awards will only be accepted within the last two years.

General eligibility criteria:
  • Applicants can self-nominate and/or be nominated by their employer, colleagues, or others.
  • Applicants and/or nominees must be a member of OPPI in good standing.
  • Applicants must have led or played a significant role in the project submission.
  • Applicants must certify that their client is aware of and supports the submission.
  • Applicants must own or have approval to share intellectual property for promotion purposes.
  • Applicants may submit a project only once in one category.
  • Applicants may submit an additional project in another category.
  • Projects submitted must be relating to work that was built, implemented, adopted, approved, published, etc., within the province of Ontario.
  • The 2023 PlanON Awards will accept submissions that were built, implemented, adopted, approved, published, etc. within the last four years (2019-2022).

AWARD-SPECIFIC eligility

AWARD SPECIFIC ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA SPECIFIC SUBMISSION QUESTIONS SUPPORTING MATERIALS
PlanON Public Education Award
  • Individuals or teams with at least one Full or Candidate OPPI member in good standing
  • Who was your target audience?
  • How did your work advance public education about planning?
  • How did you measure success?
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents that clearly identify the work submitted
  • One-page cover letter identifying which pages or information within the supporting documents jurors should review as part of the submission
PlanON Innovative Research Award
  • Student, Pre-Candidate, Candidate, and Full OPPI members in good standing
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral theses are accepted
  • What emerging areas of planning or new focus areas are revealed by your research?
  • What is the implication of your research on the planning profession?
  • How can your research positively impact the future of the planning profession in Ontario?
  • One (1) letter of support from the advising professor (if applicable)
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents that clearly identify the work submitted
  • One-page cover letter identifying which pages or information within the supporting documents jurors should review as part of the submission
PlanON Vision Award for Planning Documentation

and

PlanON Vision Award for Planning Process
  • Teams with at least one Full OPPI member in good standing
  • The OPPI member must have played a substantial role in the project
  • Submissions must be within the province of Ontario
  • Documentation/Project must be built, implemented, adopted, approved, published, etc. within three years preceding the submissions
  • How did your work tackle and aim to solve the most important issues facing the planning profession in Ontario such as, climate change, affordable housing, technology, inclusivity, and more?
  • How did your work exemplify principles of good planning in the public interest such as, considering diverse voices, allied professionals, environmental impacts, short-term needs and long-term vision, and more?
  • How does this submission consider evaluation as part of the project’s success?
  • Does this submission innovate a new concept or creatively refine existing technique or procedure? If so, how?
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents that clearly identify the work submitted
  • One-page cover letter identifying which pages or information within the supporting documents jurors should review as part of the submission
PlanON Emerging Leadership Award
  • Candidate or Full OPPI members in good standing with less than seven (7) years of planning work experience
 
 
  • What does being an emerging leader mean to you?
  • How do you exemplify the qualities of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and/or empowering others?
  • What recent noteworthy contributions have you made to the planning profession during your time working as a planner in Ontario?
  • Two (2) letters of support from an employer or planning colleague
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents
PlanON RPP Leadership Award
  • Full OPPI members, in good standing, with more than seven (7) years of planning work experience
 
 
  • What does being a leader mean to you?
  • How do you exemplify the qualities of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and/or empowering others?
  • What recent noteworthy contributions have you made to the planning profession during your time working as a planner in Ontario?
  • Two (2) letters of support from an employer or planning colleague
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents
PlanON Volunteer Service Award
  • Any OPPI member in good standing
  • Previous recipients cannot be awarded again
  • What recent noteworthy contributions have you made in your time as an OPPI volunteer?
  • What does being an OPPI volunteer mean to you?
  • What qualities have you demonstrated in your time as an OPPI volunteer?
  • Submissions must be accompanied by two letters of support from an OPPI member
  • Up to two (2) supporting documents

HOW TO SUBMIT

There is a fee to enter the PlanON Awards. 
Pricing information coming soon. 
  1. Compile all general submissions requirements and award-specific submissions requirements.
  2. Complete one online entry form for each entry and upload all supporting materials.
  3. Submit your payment by credit card through the online entry form.

juror profiles

The PlanON Awards are judged by a panel of six (6)  jurors, consisting of OPPI members and allied professionals. The jury panel is made of up individuals from within and outside the planning profession from diverse geographic areas, sectors, backgrounds, and demographics. Read the juror profiles.

 

Questions?
Contact communications@ontarioplanners.ca.