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September 21 and 22

2 days, 2 disciplines, 2 ways to participate – defining our professional roles and uniting to build more equitable, accessible and inspired communities.

#2GETHER2022

Beyond 25 Banner

September 21 and 22

2 days, 2 disciplines, 2 ways to participate – defining our professional roles and uniting to build more equitable, accessible and inspired communities.

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#2GETHER2022

Call for Presentations

The call for presentations is now closed.

THANK YOU to all those who submitted a proposal. We are now hard at work preparing the program for the 2GETHER joint OPPI-OALA conference. Those who submitted proposals should be notified in June.

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) have partnered to host a joint conference in London, Ontario this fall - in person!

The joint OPPI-OALA conference will be especially exciting as it marks a return to in-person events for both organizations since the beginning of the pandemic.

On September 21 and 22, explore the important role that professional planners and landscape architects play in the natural and built environments, including the ongoing climate crisis, racial and social injustice, the inherent rights and title of Indigenous Peoples, and other relevant topics impacting Ontario communities.

This is your chance to present in person
at our most talked about event of the year! 

OPPI and OALA encourage diverse projects, viewpoints, and speakers. The involvement of equity-deserving groups is strongly encouraged, and all speakers should consider how to represent or incorporate topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion into their sessions.

As we return to in-person events, the health and safety of our conference speakers, attendees, and staff is of the utmost importance. OPPI and OALA will continue to follow the latest government recommendations to provide you with the best level of protection at the joint conference this fall.

Questions? Contact oppi@absolutevents.com.

Essential Questions & evaluation rubric

The OPPI-OALA Planning Knowledge Exchange (PKE) Committee has developed a list of Essential Questions designed to encourage genuine inquiry into big ideas and core content and should be used when considering whether to submit a presentation. Please also be sure to review the evaluation rubric that will be used to assess all presentations. 
 

important dates

DEADLINE ACTION
Monday, March 21, 2022 Online presentation submission site opens
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at midnight Online presentation submission site closes
June 2022 Notification of presentation status
Presentation submissions must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on the day of the deadline.
Submissions will not be accepted after that time.

How to submit A PRESENTATION

All presentations must be submitted using the online presentation submission site. 
Fax or hardcopy versions will not be accepted.
Content that is intended to solicit business or sell products or services will not be considered.

Submissions must contain the following information
  • Title of presentation
  • Length of presentation
  • 300-word presentation description (used on marketing and promotional materials)
  • Which thematic Essential Questions the presentation fits into 
  • Three learner outcomes
  • Techniques planned to engage the audience
  • Contact details and biographical details for all speakers/facilitators/contributors
  • Requirements for audio/visual equipment or transportation
  • Whether you are willing to be recorded and/or livestreamed
 

Conference Presentation Formats

We recommend you submit a presentation in one of the following formats. If you have a new, exciting, or different method for your proposed session, don’t be afraid to suggest it! We are always looking for new, innovative, and engaging ways for attendees to learn.

Many of these formats are tailored for an in-person conference, however should OPPI and OALA move to a  fully virtual conference or other format, presentations may have to be modified or postponed.

Short, punchy 15-minute sessions designed to convey one or two concepts in a flash. A very popular option that provides considerable diversity for Conference attendees. These sessions also include a 5-minute question and answer period at the end.

Interactive 30 or Interactive 60: Our most popular session types, 30 or 60-minute sessions are designed to transfer specific skills or knowledge on planning-related issues. These sessions should provide practical skill development for planners and can incorporate hands-on experience, audience interaction, lectures and take-away resources. Please note question and answer time is built into both Interactive 30 and 60 sessions.

45-minute sessions led by a facilitator would discuss a topic or challenge and possible solutions. Outcomes are shared with participants - note in this case, your proposal should include a skilled facilitator to guide discussion, rather than a speaker. ​

60-minute panel sessions led by a facilitator would discuss a topic or challenge and possible solutions with multiple speakers. Outcomes are shared with participants - note in this case, your proposal should include a skilled facilitator to guide discussion, and multiple speakers.

These sessions are designed to feel more like a conversation and allows for maximum participation by attendees. Seats are arranged in a circular fashion, with 5 seats being left in the middle. These 5 seats represent the “fishbowl,” and anyone sitting in one of those seats is considered a speaker. Audience members are invited to rotate in and out to share their thoughts and continue growing the discussion. Dive into the fishbowl!

These presentations could take the form of Infographics, videos, podcasts, online communities, interactive mapping, blogs, other innovative communication tools or poster presentations (4' high x 4' wide). Presentations will remain open for viewing for the duration of the symposium and presenters will be requested to explain and discuss their work during specified times in the program. Special consideration will be provided to proposals that include reusable digital content that could be added to OPPI’s expanding library of planner-related content, located on OPPI’s Digital Learning site.

Are you using new, innovative technology (e.g. 3D printing, 3D modeling, drones, “smart” technologies, etc.) at work? Do you wish to demonstrate the use of this technology, and showcase how it could be used in the context of a professional planner’s practice? Tech demos are intended to orient attendees to how technologies could complement their existing skillset and aid in a planner’s work in the public interest.

This session format gives local planners, OPPI members and other related professionals the opportunity to share sites and projects in your District. Transportation could be on foot, bike, or public transit. Please note the transportation requirements in your proposal and be aware that workshops requiring chartered buses can be offered at an additional cost for participants. Unlike other session formats where the content relates back to the thematic areas, mobile workshops are not required to focus on these themes.
 

Student members of OPPI will be invited in late summer of 2022 to submit proposals for either media presentations or lightning talks based on their research. Further information on the student Call for Presentations will be shared at a later date.

You’re invited to facilitate a session that either makes the audience laugh, or makes the audience think. This can be a short, punchy 15-minute session designed to convey one or two concepts in a flash. A very popular option that provides considerable diversity for Conference attendees. These sessions also include a 5-minute question and answer period at the end.

Have an idea for a session that you don't see captured in the formats listed above? Tell us about your idea to include it in the 2021 Conference program!

Other content formats

Do you have an additional format you’d like to use to help facilitate the exchange of knowledge for the betterment of planning in Ontario? Please let us know!  We welcome your participation in these other opportunities at any time throughout the year:

FOR OPPI MEMBERS
  • The Planning Exchange Blog: OPPI’s blog is a member-sourced platform designed to explore contemporary planning approaches and issues important to your practice, and the public interest. Share your thoughts with Ontario’s professional planners!
  • District events: OPPI’s seven Districts are active year-round, providing members with events designed to educate participants on contemporary issues, often with a local flavour.
  • Livestream/webinar: digital, accessible, popular. Present your research or recent work to your colleagues through an internet livestream or webinar platform.
  • OPPI Website: the new OPPI website will explore planning issues from across the province through case studies, and how RPPs help to improve the quality of life in various Ontario communities. Do you have a case study you would like to share?
  • Y Magazine: OPPI’s magazine will be used to showcase to fellow planners and the public the role and value of RPPs in Ontario and how they work with the public interest in mind.

FOR OALA MEMBERS
  • OALA Ground Magazine: Ground Landscape Architect Quarterly is published by the Association of Landscape Architects. It profiles an open forum, ideas, and information related to the profession of landscape architects.
    For our latest issue: https://www.oala.ca/ground-quarterly/published-issues/
  • OALA Chapter Events: OALA’s two Chapters (Ottawa and Southwest) provide members with an opportunity for education and social connection in-person and on-line, year- round.
  • OALA Continuing Education: OALA’s Continuing Education Committee is always looking for speakers relevant to our members. Sessions can be available in-person and remotely year- round.

Selection Criteria & Review Process

All conference presentations are peer reviewed by the OPPI-OALA Planning Knowledge Exchange (PKE) Committee, and each reviewer assesses presentations against the established evaluation rubric. Additional considerations by the PKE Committee include content that represents urban, suburban, and rural interests and issues, geographic distribution across Ontario, public sector and private sector, gender and gender identity, and perspectives and experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) planners, professionals and members of the public.

Important information about the review process
  • All submissions will be peer reviewed.
  • The decision of the Committee on the inclusion or rejection of a proposal, and the presentation format, is final.
  • The Committee that reviews submissions may determine that a presentation could or should be presented in a format other than that proposed. The submitter will be consulted in this circumstance.
  • The main contact person listed on the submission will be emailed with a final decision.
  • Committee comments will not be supplied to those who have submitted presentations, nor will the Committee respond to requests for comment regarding rejection of any proposal.

Questions? Contact oppi@absolutevents.com.