CIP Awards

The Canadian Institute of Planners recognizes outstanding achievement in the planning profession through various recognition award programs. The following is a summary of available awards to planners and planning students.

Awards for Planning Excellence

The Canadian Institute of Planners annual Awards for Planning Excellence honour planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential, and overall presentation. All of these projects are deserving of recognition for their excellence in planning work, their contribution to the profession, and for showing particular strength in the category under which they won their award. Currently, there are twelve categories for these awards, each accepting submissions which are then judged by the Awards committee and awarded at the annual conference.

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Vision in Planning (ViP) Awards

CIP established its Vision in Planning Award in 2001 to recognize community plans that have achieved or exceeded their intended expectations and represent a significant contribution to Canadian planning heritage. The award celebrates plans of a historical nature that have been successfully implemented and have improved the quality of life for a Canadian community. The recipient of the Vision in Planning award is chosen by committee with endorsement from CIP Council and the local affiliate and is awarded at the national conference once a year.

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President’s Award

CIP established the President’s Award in 2006 to recognize achievement by a Canadian individual or organization whose significant contribution to the planning community warrants acknowledgment on a national level. The recipient(s) of this award is chosen by the current President of the Institute, with endorsement from CIP Council. This award does not involve a nomination process for a recipient, but is chosen based on the President’s selection of a recipient that he/she feels the association should recognize for that year. This award is given annually at the CIP conference by the current President to an individual or organization. The recipient(s) may or may not have membership in CIP.

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President's Award for Young Planners

In 2011, CIP created a second President's Award specifically celebrating the leaders of tomorrow. This award is to recognize a young planner for vision, leadership, and/or service to the profession. It is intended that this award will inspire other young planners to strive for excellence in their work.

The 2014 CIP President's Award for Young Planners will recognize the outstanding professional success and achievement of a young Canadian planner under the age of 35. The recipient of this award will be chosen by the current President of the Institute, with endorsement from CIP Council.

Nominations can be submitted by employers, colleagues, or CIP members in good standing. Nominees may not self-nominate.

Eligible candidates must be:

  • under 35 years of age as of December 31, 2014
  • members in good standing of the Institute (Student, Candidate or Full Member) at the date of entry and presentation of the award

The requirements are:

  • a citation of no more than 100 words from the nominator explaining the young planner's achievements and his/her promise for the future;
  • a summary of no more than 400 words detailing the candidate's professional qualifications including universities attended, employment history, volunteerism, etc.; and
  • a 100-word statement from the nominee explaining how they would promote planning as a professional activity should they win the Award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 14, 2014.

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Plan Canada Awards

In 1997, the Plan Canada Awards were introduced to recognize the best short and feature articles published in Plan Canada the preceding year. These articles are evaluated by the Plan Canada Awards committee and judged according to the extent to which the article serves the needs and interests of Plan Canada readers; writing style and clarity; good journalism including insight, imagination, depth of reporting, analysis; and demonstrated leadership and innovation.

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College of Fellows

Election as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners is the highest award the Institute can give to a planner. It is given only to those Members who exhibit the highest professional attainment and exhibit a wide breadth of experience. Such professional attainment and experience must be significant within the Canadian or international planning context of planning.

Becoming a Fellow gives the member the designation of FCIP (Fellow of Canadian Institute of Planners). To become a Fellow, a member must be nominated by another member in good standing adhering to the nomination criteria located in this section. The nomination is then brought before the Fellows nominating committee of the College of Fellows, CIP Council and the affiliate Council. Newly elected Fellows are inducted at the CIP national conference once a year.

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