CPAA 2019 – Exploring the Intersection of Planning and Politics


The Community Planning Association of Alberta (CPAA) is holding its annual conference this week, and B&A is once again an exhibitor, sponsor and presenter. 

The CPAA is an organization dedicated to the promotion of community planning in the Province of Alberta. Through various means, the Association provides a forum for the discussion of community planning-related concepts, ideas and issues with a view towards solutions. The Association is a volunteer-based organization, comprised of members from diverse backgrounds and interests and facilitates dialogue amongst elected officials, administrators, planning students, stakeholders and planning professionals throughout Alberta.

B&A has supported the Association for many years through various means, including as an active exhibitor, sponsor, presenter and volunteer/coordinator at several events. Nathan Petherick, Partner and CPAA board member speaks to B&A’s partnership with CPAA:

“The CPAA has always proven its unique ability to bring together various voices relative to Alberta’s planning landscape to support insightful dialogue and discussion around a wide range of planning topics. B&A has long been a proud supporter of CPAA and 2019 is no different. At the annual conference this year, B&A is not only sponsoring but has various members of our team presenting on topics ranging from environmental planning, small town resiliency and planning around energy infrastructure.”

CPAA’s 2019 annual conference will bring together over 250 representatives throughout Alberta. This year’s conference theme “Exploring the Intersection of Planning and Politics” has proven very fitting given the recent dialogue across the national landscape and is reflected in the conference selling out. B&A team members, Marissa Koop, Jonathan Schmidt, Nathan Petherick and Daniel MacGregor will be delivering the following presentations and workshops at the conference:

  • Marissa Koop – The Influence of Wetlands on Municipal Planning
  • Jonathan Schmidt – Business as Unusual: Economic Development and Planning in Small Communities – A Case Study of Canal Flats
  • Daniel MacGregor and Nathan Petherick – Land Use Planning in Proximity to Pipelines: Best Practices and Considerations

This year’s presentation topics and our municipal / industry partnerships in the delivery of these discussions are an ongoing testament to the growth and evolution of B&A and our increasing strategic focus to provide leading edge planning services to a wide range of clients sectors in our passion to create better communities, together.