June 27 to 30, 2015

THRIVE 2015 is your opportunity to experience, learn, and share what it takes to create thriving cities, towns, and regions. Expect a program that engages you actively, intellectually, and culturally.
Come experience one of Canada’s most dynamic downtowns and the vibrancy being created by a youthful, growing city.
Take home wonderful memories of Saskatoon and the people you meet, and apply new ideas and skills shared among planners from across the country to help your community to THRIVE.

Welcome from the Conference Co-Chairs


Conference co-chairs

On behalf of the Conference Committee we welcome you to Saskatoon for THRIVE 2015, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute (SPPI) annual conference. Saskatchewan has not hosted the CIP conference since 1996 and we have plenty to talk about and share with you. Demographically, Saskatoon is the youngest major city in Canada, creating a vibrancy which delights both visitors and residents. Your plans to create thriving communities are making a difference across Canada, and we are honoured to have you here enriching the conference with your ideas and expertise.
Ready to Learn? Our dedicated and passionate conference program committee has worked hard to create the perfect opportunity for you to experience, learn and share what it takes to create thriving communities and regions. An exciting line-up of
internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, mobile tours, and workshops are included in the program.
Ready to Network & Socialize? Our creative and energetic social and cultural committee has worked hard to prepare the greatest range of social and networking opportunities you could expect to have in a single conference. Music, entertainment, great food – all set in beautiful places and exciting venues throughout our city centre. You will see many of our public spaces and a variety of performance venues fully animated as Saskatoon hosts its annual Jazz Festival at the same time as the conference.
Need a Break? Walk, jog or bike along the world-class Meewasin Valley trail and park system, our city’s most popular public space, right in our dynamic downtown core adjacent to the conference hotels. Saskatoon’s urban waterfront at River Landing will inspire you and bring you within arm’s reach of the South Saskatchewan River.
What all members of the conference committee have in common is our ambition to be superb hosts and to introduce you to ‘our Saskatoon’, the things we believe create the magic of this thriving medium-sized Prairie city. We wish you a memorable and valuable conference experience at THRIVE 2015.
Alan Wallace MCIP, RPP and Ryan Walker MCIP, RPP
THRIVE 2015 Co-Chairs 

On behalf of Saskatoon City Council and all of our citizens, I am very pleased to welcome delegates attending THRIVE 2015, the Canadian Institute of Planners and Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute Conference being held in our city from June 27 to 30, 2015.

We are delighted to host planning professionals from across Canada in our city and thank you for your shared commitment to building thriving cities, towns and regions. It is my hope the opportunities for collaboration and networking offered at THRIVE 2015 will be of great benefit to delegates. Congratulations to the conference organizers for providing an engaging program of keynote speakers, tours and workshops.

Saskatoon welcomes visitors with wonderful experiences, sights and sounds. We celebrate life through our festivals, special events and rich offering of arts, culture, sports and recreation. I invite you to explore our vibrant city, experience our world-class hospitality and discover why we are proud to call Saskatoon our home.

Best wishes for a very productive and informative conference, and enjoy your stay in Saskatoon.
Donald J. Atchison
Mayor, City of Saskatoon

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