2012 - Naheed Nenshi
Mayor Naheed Nenshi is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and an active community leader. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership has already resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build better communities, keep Calgarians moving, and transform government to reinforce a culture of constant citizen-focused improvement at The City of Calgary.
His real passion is to make cities, especially Calgary, work better. He's the lead author of Building Up: Making Canada's Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development and has long put his ideas to work in Calgary.
Mayor Nenshi grew up in Calgary and has lived and worked in cities around the world before returning home. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.
2011 - Glen Murray
Glen Murray was appointed Minister of Research and Innovation on August 18, 2010.
Throughout his distinguished career Glen has put public service above all else. Whether it was as a member of the Toronto Gay Patrol in 1983, the Co-Chair of Canadians for Equal Marriage, or serving as Mayor of Winnipeg and Chair of the Big City Mayors Caucus, Glen has been on the front lines of community health, urban planning and sustainable development.
Glen’s public service has led to several awards including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the 2003 “Fight for LGBT Justice and Equality” award from Egale Canada and, for his work with the aboriginal community he was given the highest honour of an Eagle Feather.
Glen was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007. He has served on several university, hospital and community boards including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and Glen was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin to Chair the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, where he helped to shape environmental policy and respond to climate change in Canada.
Glen, through his work in communities across Canada and in his commitment to his constituents in Toronto Centre and the people of Ontario as Minister of Research and Innovation is a tireless champion for those who share the values of social justice, human rights and a sustainable world and future for us and our children.
2010 - Janine de la Salle
For 2010, CIP has changed the focus of the Award to celebrate the leaders of tomorrow. The 2010 CIP President’s Award will recognize the outstanding professional success and achievement of a young Canadian planner under the age of 35. The recipient of this award was chosen by the current President of the Institute, with endorsement from CIP Council. CIP congratulates this year’s recipient, Janine de la Salle, for the vision, leadership and intellectual rigour she has brought to her professional practice. Janine not only shows leadership on a wide range of planning projects, from comprehensive OCPs to complex web site tools and public consultations, but she has also established herself as one of Canada’s foremost authorities on integrating sustainable food systems into all aspects of city planning.
2009 - Michael Harcourt
Michael is a former premier of British Columbia, mayor of Vancouver, and city councillor. Mike is a passionate believer in the power of cities and communities to improve the human condition. A near-fatal accident in 2002 strengthened his resolve to contribute to the transformation of communities around the world through the principles of sustainability, particularly social inclusion.
He has chaired the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities and co-chaired the National Advisory Committee on the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in 2006. Among his many roles, he has served on the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, is Honorary Chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, and Associate Director at the Centre for Sustainability, Continuing Studies, at U.B.C.
In 2006 Mike was awarded the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award. The Canadian Institute of Planners is honoured to award Mike with this year’s President’s award in recognition of his commitment to sustainable and inclusive planning.
2008 - Gerald Hodge PhD
Gerald Hodge commenced his work in planning when Baby Boom children and their families had to be accommodated in our cities and towns. He had just earned a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Today, in his retirement, he ponders how communities can best respond to the surge of now much-older boomers, the subject of his newest book, The Geography of Aging: Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors. Over these fifty years, heattained a doctorate from MIT, returned to Canada to teach planning (first at UBC, then at Toronto, Queen's, and Simon Fraser), conducted extensive research on regional development issues (especially the viability of small towns), consulted on public policy issues (including a second airport for Toronto), became a film producer, a CBC radio commentator, a jazz deejay, and wrote (or co-wrote) four books.
Several concerns dominated his practice. Small communities and rural regions and their prospects and resilience were a prime focus; this led to Towns and Villages in Canada: the Importance of Being Unimportant (1983), with M.A. Qadeer. First Nations' communities such as Moose Factory ON, where he lived for a year and advised the local band, also figured in this concern. He considered the voice of the citizenry vital for planning and he walked the talk when development seemed inappropriate: waterfront development in Kingston, a lakeshore airport in Toronto, a freeway through downtown Vancouver. Planning Canadian Communities, which emerged in 1986, came out of his realization that Canadian planning is distinctive and needed to be recognized; four editions have followed with David Gordoncollaborating on the latest. Since Canada's regional planning is also distinctive, and deserved its own book, he published Planning Canadian Regions (2001) with Ira Robinson. Long before he turned 65; his concern about the adequacy of community environments to support the activities and independence of seniors showed in his reports and articles and is now more evident with his new book.
In between times, he served as director of the planning school at Queen's (1973-86), editor of Plan Canada (1979-81), a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging (1994-8), and produced a film series about seniors, Harvest of Age. Born in Vancouver, he now lives with his wife, Sharron, on Hornby Island where he continues to write and pursue his lifelong passions for photography and jazz.
2007 - Jeanne Mary Wolfe CM, FCIP, OUQ membre émerite
Jeanne Mary Wolfe is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal. Educated at London University, the University of Western Ontario and McGill, she worked at the City of Montreal, the Quebec Provincial Government and in the private sector as a planner before beginning her academic career. She was Director of the School of Urban Planning from 1988 to 1999. Her teaching has focused on History and Theory, Studio teaching based on real world problems, and introductory Urban Planning.Today she teaches Urban Planning and Infrastructure at McGill’s term abroad in Barbados, a job she considers a “hardship” posting!
Her research interests include housing, governance and institutional change, urban policy, and international development. A leading scholar in the history and theory of city planning, and in community development, housing, and planning practice in Canada, Jeanne is co-editor of four books, and author or co-author of numerous book chapters, technical reports, journal articles, working papers, research reports, newspaper articles and book reviews. She has supervised research for well over one hundred Masters theses and two PhD dissertations at McGill.
At the same time Jeanne has been very active in Montreal urban affairs, as a housing and preservation advocate, and is a keen publicist of local and Canadian planning issues. A strong supporter of community engagement, and contributor to many initiatives that have resulted in neighbourhood revitalization, lasting social and economic improvements for residents, and good city design, she is a leader in encouraging university outreach. In addition she has often been called upon to be a commissioner in public hearings on planning issues and to serve on boards and committees.
Since 1985 Jeanne has also worked extensively overseas, usually involving students in research trips. Projects include: preparatory work towards a plan for Belize City (1985-90), setting up post-graduate planning studies at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad (1990-95), institutional strengthening through the Partnership in Urban Development, led by the Montreal Interuniversity Group, Urbanisation and Development, which includes work in Trinidad, Puebla, San José and Haiti (1990-2003), a Caribbean-wide infrastructure study for the IADB (1996), an ongoing comparative examination of land tenure and access to housing in Trinidad, St. Lucia and Costa Rica (2003-2007) and research into governance with the World Bank (2002). Since her retirement she has been engaged in a Shastri-funded action research project on solid waste management in two cities in India (2004-2007), development of a subdivision in Kampala, focused on providing for urban agriculture (2005-2007) and participates in the work of the Canadian Institute of Planners in China (2003-2004, and this year).
Jeanne’s tireless devotion to the betterment of the planning profession has earned her the respect and admiration of her students, peers and all who know her. The Canadian Institute of Planners is honoured to award Jeanne Wolfe this year’s President’s award to thank her for her outstanding lifetime commitment to professional planning within Canada and internationally.
2006 - H. Peter Oberlander O.C.
A career spanning nearly 60 years commenced with a B.Arch at McGill. Subsequently, Peter Oberlander achieved many Canadian firsts, obtaining both a Master of City Planning and PhD in Regional Planning from Harvard. Having launched Canada’s first professional School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, he initiated Ottawa’s Ministry of State for Urban Affairs as its inaugural Secretary (Deputy Minister). UBC awarded Peter Oberlander an Honorary Doctorate in 1998 for lifetime service, acknowledging his distinguished academic career of teaching and research in architecture and planning. He lectured at many universities in Canada and abroad, including Canadian Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Community service paralleled his academic career, including election to the Vancouver School Board, serving as its Chairman during the ‘sixties’ and chairing Vancouver’s Town Planning Commission during the strategic anti-freeway debate.
As the first Canadian, he served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the American Society of Planning Officials, and the Alumni Council of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Oberlander’s engagement with the United Nations and its Centre for Human Settlements spans more than 30 years, including Habitat l – 1976, Habitat ll – 1996, and continuing with WUF 3 - 2006. His role in Habitat l resulted in his appointment as Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Secretary
General from 1995-1997 for the City Summit in Istanbul; recently he served as Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Hon. Stephen Owen, and currently as Senior Advisor to Canada’s Commissioner General for WUF3 - 2006.
Between 1980 and 1990, he served on the Canadian Delegations to the annual meetings of the UN Commission on Human Settlements and consulted on a variety of UN housing and development projects including planning Nigeria’s new national capital, and founding Ghana’s Institute for Community Planning at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.
Peter advised the People’s Republic of China on Land Use Policy, and is Board member of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Peter Oberlander was invested Member of the Order of Canada (Urban Affairs) in 1995, and promoted to the rank of Officer (Urban Affairs & Housing) in 2002 with the citation:
“He is an important advocate of sustainable urbanization - the process of improving the quality of our cities while promoting their sustainable growth. Widely respected by governments and international organizations, he served in the mid-1990s as a Senior Advisor for the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements, and for the Environment Ministerial Meeting of the 1997 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Toronto. Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, he continues to teach and raise awareness of the necessity of maintaining the quality and integrity of the environment we live in.”