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PIBC 2021 Annual Conference - Whitehorse, Yukon

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to visit the PIBC Annual Conference site for full conference information, preliminary programs & schedules, speakers information as well as fees and registration. We look forward to seeing you online June 15 to 18!

PIBC will be holding our 2021 annual conference - North of Normal - online this year from June 15 to 18, hosted from Whitehorse, Yukon. The decision to proceed with a virtual conference was made in keeping with current public health guidelines, best practices, and expectations with respect to travel and large in-person gatherings.  

You can look forward to a diverse, educational and comprehensive virtual annual conference to be hosted by our PIBC Yukon Chapter. We are working with our dedicated local volunteer conference committee to ensure this online conference will come with a distinctive Yukon sense and feel, and will include unique local elements from Whitehorse. To help ensure that all members ultimately have the opportunity for the full Whitehorse and Yukon conference experience, we will also be looking to return with a future annual conference in person in Whitehorse in the coming years.

The tagline for this year’s conference is planning North of Normal.

PIBC 2021 Annual Conference


Physical distancing, the closure of public buildings and local businesses, the climate crisis and Black Lives Matter protests; people's ability to operate, communicate, and go about their daily lives have been disrupted in 2020. The evolving response to this new reality has significantly changed most of our relationships within Yukon and BC communities and with our neighbours.  

To mitigate social, environmental, and economic fallout, it is more important now than ever for industry, communities, First Nations, and governments to come together to ensure that planning and community-building continue to protect the 
land, support livelihoods, and strengthen our connections to one another and the places we live.

This conference is about planning North of Normal; it’s about planning in wilderness communities, storytelling, First Nations-led planning, and building healthy communities.

As northerners, we have often found unusual ways to tackle our problems and, at this conference, we want to focus on planning that is North of Normal with the following themes:

- Planning for the New Normal
- Living with Nature
- Planning Stories
- First Nations Planning
- Building Healthy Communities

Check back here for links to the preliminary program and online registration starting in early May.



Jessie Hemphill - PIBC 2021 Keynote Speaker
Jessie Hemphill - Indigenous Planner, Facilitator & Teacher

Jessie Hemphill (Gwa'sala-‘Nakwaxda'xw Nations) is a partner and senior planner with Alderhill Planning Inc. She teaches Indigenous planning at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Island University and her passion is to strengthen Indigenous communities through planning, empowerment and dialogue while advocating for women, youth and Indigenous peoples.


Charles L. Marohn, Jr
Charles L. Marohn, Jr. - Founder and President, Strong Towns

Charles Marohn, named by Planetizen as one of the Ten Most Influential Urbanists of all time, is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He is also a professional engineer, land use planner, author and host of the Strong Towns Podcasts. Charles has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America.


Registration and the release of the full preliminary program for this year’s conference will take place online starting in early May. Early registration rates and member discounts will apply. Be sure to register early and save!

PIBC 2021 Registration Fees:

  • Members: $299 ($249 Early)
  • Non-Members: $349 ($299 Early)
  • Student & Retired Members: $39 ($29 Early)
  • Student & Retired Non-Members: $49 ($39 Early)

Registration fees are in Canadian dollars, subject to 5% GST and include access to all keynote speaker presentations, online conference sessions, virtual mini-mobile workshops, online networking, and on-demand recordings of all program elements after the conference.


Thank you to our partners for generously supporting the #PIBC2021 Annual Conference! There are limited opportunities available to sponsor and become a partner at our signature annual event. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach and highlight your organization to professional planners across BC and Yukon. Click here to learn more about the #PIBC2021 Annual Conference sponsor & partnership packages.


Young Anderson



Yukon Land Use Planning Council



Lidstone & Company

Carvello Law

Urban Systems










Kobayashi + Zedda

City of Whitehorse


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