Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Karen Bolton RPP, MCIP

Karen Bolton RPP, MCIP




What are your hopes for the future of the planning profession?
I am confident that planners, skilled at understanding the complexities of land use and development and the need for critical partnerships, will be at the forefront of the discussion to inform .These skills will become increasingly valuable, as urban communities and regions are challenged to meet the growing demands of existing residents, and the diversity of needs associated with newcomers and transient populations. A discipline founded on inclusive engagement, data, structured plans, iterative review, and effective implementation, planning will continue to lead the way in creating resilient communities.
What are a few of your favourite places?
Saskatchewan is one of my favourite places in the world – a big prairie vista, expansive sky, clouds, stunning sunsets and sunrises; it inspires me. is a great city, easy to get around, all the amenities you could want, and weather, which we talk about a lot!
Which person has most inspired your work in planning?
Ralph Leibel MCIP, RPP. Over his long career, Ralph has provided a solid foundation for planning in an often challenging political climate. Under his guidance, I learned to value the role of planners in shaping communities, and the importance of building municipal capacity and independence to facilitate community health and success.
Anything else we should know about you?
I love travelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, cooking, spending time with family and friends, working on any number of challenging projects – sometimes all at and being with the dog at the lake. Life is good!