Save the Date – Registration Opens October 5!
What practical skills do planners need to succeed at their jobs? Join us for a crash course on the essentials - technical writing, engagement strategies, due diligence, and ethical conduct. Our knowledgeable and highly experienced panel will introduce you to important planning skills that engage the public and have an impact on decision-making:
- Technical Writing – develop your writing skills to be clear, persuasive, accessible and inclusive in the wide range of documents you prepare;
- Engagement Strategies – learn to engage effectively with council and the public, and how to handle difficult situations;
- Due Diligence in Planning – find out your legal obligations and ensure that you are following protocols and procedures in development approvals;
- Ethical Conduct in Planning – learn how to address “sticky” situations, and the procedures for reporting perceived unethical behaviour.
Principal, Scribe Technical Writers & Editors
Lisa Orchard is owner and principal consultant of Scribe Technical Writers & Editors. She is an urban expert who brings a big-picture, interdisciplinary, and creative approach to city building that combines her experience in several related fields: technical writing, technical editing, urban planning, policy and research, community engagement, and intergovernmental relations. She has been involved in research, policy, and planning projects for many high-profile, effective projects that will have an impact on our urban environment for decades into the future.
Mark Koch RPP, MCIP
Principal, Context Group
Mark Koch RPP, MCIP is a recognized leader in the planning, development and local government fields, having served as a Planning Director in three fast growing communities in British Columbia. A regular volunteer, Mark has served as President of the Local Government Management Association, on multiple international development assignments, as well as a Chapter President with the Planning Institute of British Columbia. Most passionate about building great places and supporting thriving communities in Canada and abroad, Mark is a Registered Professional Planner, who’s work has been acknowledged with multiple national and provincial awards. He holds two Masters Degrees, in both Public Administration and Planning, received from the University of Alaska and York University respectively. Mark also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Geography and Economic Development from Simon Fraser University.
Lui Carvello RPP, MCIP
Lawyer & Planner, Carvello Law
Lui Carvello RPP, MCIP is a planner and lawyer who prides himself on sharing his knowledge and experience with his clients and the profession. With 22+ years of legal practice, including at Canada's largest law firm advising developers and major corporations and at a boutique municipal law firm, Lui’s own firm focusses on his passion: Planning, Development and Environmental Law. Carvello Law advises only local governments, conservation organizations, and First Nations, having grown from the "Original 6" in 2010 to 50+ clients across British Columbia. Based in Victoria, the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt People, Lui strives for excellence in client service through Practical Advice, Creative Options and Value.
Lindsay Chase RPP, MCIP
Member, PIBC Professional Conduct Review Committee
Member, Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada
Lindsay Chase RPP MCIP is a member of the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada, and the PIBC Professional Conduct Review Committee (the committee responsible for overseeing and administering the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct including investigating complaints of alleged misconduct against members); Instructor in the Master of Community Planning Program at Vancouver Island University; PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Victoria; and has over 20 years of experience as a planner in rural and urban communities. Lindsay’s current research interests are related to professional ethics, research methods and making policy connections between biospheres and local governments.