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Nicholas Kuhl

Nicholas Kuhl


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Student

Bio

Biography

Nicholas is a natural leader, teacher, and big-picture thinker who thrives on developing people-centred solutions to complex planning problems. Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Nicholas is a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student at Queen’s University with a background in education from Brock University.

Nicholas has a passion for creating outside-the-box policy that brings together unlikely stakeholders, and he excels at communicating these policies in a way that is accessible to everyone.  Throughout his academic career as well as in his planning work for Lincoln, Kingston, and Fort Erie, Nicholas has been an energetic and active volunteer.   Beginning by serving on his local library board, Nicholas has become actively engaged in representing planning students locally at Queen’s University, provincially on the OPPI Student Liaison Committee, and nationally as the Co-Chair of the CIP's Student Affairs Sub-Committee. On the national Student Affairs Sub-committee, Nicholas is advocating for the development of a national planning student exchange program and, with the support of this committee, is re-imagining the ways CIP will support and engage its students for generations to come.

Nicholas is excited by the opportunity to take on the role of CIP Director to effect organizational change that will continue to grow the CIP’s relevance to planning students long into the future.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys refereeing hockey, cycling, camping, and hiking with his dog

Expression of Interest

Ensuring the voices of students are heard and considered at all levels of the planning profession is my passion. I have been actively engaged in representing planning students locally on the Queen’s University Graduate Association of Planning Students, provincially as my school’s representative on the OPPI Student Liaison Committee, and nationally as the Co-Chair of the CIP's Student Affairs Sub-Committee.  Currently, on the national Student Affairs Sub-committee, I am advocating for the development of a national planning student exchange program and, with the support of my Co-chair and committee, re-imagining the ways CIP will support and engage its students for generations to come.

As the CIP enters the second half of its 2017-2020 strategic plan, I believe that the organization is at a crossroads when it comes to student engagement and development.  The CIP is uniquely poised to be an advocate for the student initiatives of Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations, and a bridge for connecting students across the country.  What it needs now is the leadership and vision to realize this potential fully.  With the support of the Student Affairs Sub-committee, I am interested in building on the strong foundation of student advocacy laid by Elizabeth Nicoll, and taking on the role of CIP Director to effect organizational change that will guarantee and continue to grow the CIP’s relevance to planning students long into the future.

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