In 2018, we will be heading to Laurentian University, Sudbury for our annual event. Every year, we are proud to offer engaging, educational sessions to our attendees that represent some of the most pressing issues in the planning profession, and we want you to help facilitate the exchange of planning knowledge. 

Call for Presentations

The theme for 2018 is Community Readiness. Ontario communities experience and will continue to experience challenges, be it through the adverse effects of climate change, economic uncertainty, and more. We encourage you to think about these challenges, and the work Ontario’s professional planners and related professions are doing to ensure communities are ready to face potentially negative outcomes. 

RPPs are the professionals specifically educated, trained, experienced and ethically committed to guiding decision makers, the public and people in all sectors along the better-informed path to inspired communities in the public interest. With your help, we aim to analyze the Community Readiness through the following Learning Strategy topics and in the process, delve into, and answer these big questions about what community readiness looks like. 

Infrastructure Resiliency 
• Economics & Finance 
• Culture & Diversity 

Key Dates

Online submission site opens: November 8th 
Proposals due: December 11th , 5:00pm EST (Late Submissions will not be accepted)
Notification of proposal status: March 2018

Presentation Formats

We recommend you submit a proposal in one of the following formats. If you have a new, exciting, and different method for your proposed session, don’t be afraid to suggest it! We are always looking for new, innovative and engaging ways for attendees to learn.

Interactive Training Sessions
Interactive 30 or Interactive 60: Our most popular session type, 30 or 60 minute sessions are designed to teach specific skills or address specific planning related issues. These sessions should provide practical skill development for planners and can incorporate hands-on experience, audience interaction, lectures and take-away resources. Please note question and answer time is built into both Interactive 30 and 60 sessions.

Ignite Sessions
We are looking for brief yet dynamic presentations by savvy planners! These 10 or 15 minute sessions are intended to spark ideas, innovation and conversation. Short rapid-fire sessions provide bite-sized learning opportunities, usually based on an initiative or challenge. A series of short talks will be presented in a given time slot.

Fishbowl Sessions
This session is designed to feel more like a conversation, and allows for maximum participation by attendees. Seats are arranged in a circular fashion, with 5 seats being left in the middle. These 5 seats represent the “fishbowl,” and anyone sitting in one of those seats is considered a speaker. Audience members are invited to rotate in and out to share their thoughts and continue growing the discussion. Dive into the fishbowl!

Multimedia Sessions
These presentations could take the form of infographics, videos, podcasts, online communities, interactive mapping, blogs, other innovative communication tools or poster presentations (4' high x 4' wide). Presentations will remain open for viewing for the duration of the symposium and presenters will be requested to explain and discuss their work during specified times in the program. Special consideration will be provided to proposals that include reusable digital content that could be added to OPPI’s expanding library of planner-related content, located on OPPI’s Digital Learning site. 

Mobile Workshops
This session format gives local planners and other OPPI members the opportunity to share local sites or projects. For the 2018 Symposium, OPPI hopes to contain mobile workshops within Greater Sudbury for ease of travel. Transportation could be on foot, bike, or public transit. Please note the transportation requirements in your proposal and be aware that workshops requiring bus transportation will be offered at an additional cost for participants.   Unlike other session formats, where the content relates back to the Symposium’s central theme, mobile workshops are not required to focus on community readiness. This is your opportunity to showcase the best in planning in Sudbury!

Student Members 

Student members of OPPI will be invited over the summer of 2018 to submit proposals for either media presentations or ignite sessions based on their research. Further information on the student Call for Presentations will be shared at a later date. 

Presentation Support

If your proposal is accepted, you will have the option to participate in a workshop next September facilitated by an education specialist, to work with you and help you to develop and refine your session to ensure it is successful and engaging. 

How to Submit Your Proposal

All proposals must be submitted using the online submission system.  Use the login tab to create a profile and submit today!  Email, fax or hardcopy versions of a proposal will not be accepted.

Submissions must contain the following information:


Presentation title


100 word session description to be used in the program


Identify the thematic area the presentation fits into


3 Learner outcomes


Techniques planned to engage the audience


Length of presentation


Contact details and biographical details for all speakers/facilitators


Requirements for audio/visual equipment or transportation


Whether you are willing to be recorded and/or livestreamed


Whether you are willing to write an entry for the Ontario Planning Journal or Planning Exchange blog

Selection Criteria

All presentations will be peer reviewed and each reviewer will assess proposals against a previously-established criteria. Click here to view the criteria. 

Please note: Presentations that are intended to solicit business or sell products/services will not be considered.

Review Process

  • All submissions will be peer reviewed.
  • The Committee that reviews submissions may determine that a proposal could or should be presented in a format other than that proposed. The submitter will be consulted in this circumstance.
  • The main contact person listed on the proposal will be contacted via email with a final decision.
  • The decision of the Review Committee on the inclusion or rejection of a proposal, and the presentation format, is final.
  • Reviewer comments will not be supplied to those who have submitted proposals, nor will the Review Committee respond to requests for comment regarding rejection of any proposal.
If you have any questions about potential sessions or the call for presentations, please contact us by email at