In recognition and celebration of the accomplishments of CIP’s College of Fellows, Fellows Week 2023 highlights the positive impacts members of the College have made on the planning profession in priority areas outlined in CIP’s five-year Strategic Plan–1,835 Days of Impact.

Each year, CIP accepts nominations for the College of Fellows, the highest honour the Institute can bestow on a planner. As a part of CIP’s commitment to More Equitable Planning, Together, the Institute celebrates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion, and encourages nominations that reflect the diversity of the profession.

2023 nominations are due January 23.

This year’s five featured Fellows, have all impacted the profession in multiple and lasting ways, advancing CIP’s Vision for inclusive and vibrant communities, respectfully connected to the natural world, for the well-being of current and future generations.

Thank you to all of our Fellows for your dedication and commitment to the profession.


Linda Allen FCIP (1949-2022) (2002) 

The late Linda Allen (British Columbia) was a trailblazer in the planning profession, driven by her ideals of equity, affordability, and social sustainability. As co-founder of CitySpaces Consulting, she was a tireless advocate for affordable housing and life-long mentor and supporter of students and young professionals, leaving an indelible impact across the profession. Read more about Linda’s legacy here (Courtsey of PIBC)

Lesley Cabott FCIP (2022)

A recently inducted Fellow, Lesley Cabott (Yukon) has worked across Canada and understands the challenges faced by remote Northern communities, working to support decisions focused on long-term sustainability and resiliency. Lesley’s professional efforts have focused on climate change, place-making, and energy planning with all levels of governments, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, as well as private industry and countless community groups. A mentor and dedicated volunteer, she is a thoughtful, supportive, and inspiring leader, who encourages personal growth and brings a commitment to truth and reconciliation into every relationship and project. Find out more about Lesley here.

Jill Grant FCIP (2008)

Jill is recognized among the profession for her extensive contributions to education and research, focused on understanding the connections and gaps between planning theory and practice. Her research has provided valuable insight into the planning and design of residential environments, urban development practices and processes, and neighbourhood change. She has also published on the history of planning in Nova Scotia, illuminating the legacy of practice in the province. Find out more about Jill here.

Ann Joyner FCIP (2016)

Throughout her career, Ann has been a passionate advocate for the planning profession, including her work related to the self-regulation of the profession in Ontario. She is a life-long advocate for sustainable development and integrated land use, environmental and infrastructure planning, as well as a champion for women in the profession. Find out more about here.

Glenn Miller FCIP (2005)

Glenn is a passionate urban thinker and stimulator of important ideas both within and outside of the profession. He has worked with governments and the private sector to develop practical policy solutions to address housing issues among aging populations, as well as downtown revitalization plans. This work includes a 2017 report that led to the inclusion of age-friendly policies in the Ontario government’s 2017 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Find out more about Glenn here


The designation is a special status for members that is meant to recognize excellence, identify prominent role models, promote and acknowledge advances in planning practice, and draw leaders to the forefront of planning in Canada. It is given only to those members who exhibit the highest professional attainment and exhibit a wide breadth of experience. Such professional attainment and experience must be significant within a Canadian or international planning context. To be eligible, a planner must have achieved a high degree of excellence in two of the following four categories:

·     Professional practice
·     Teaching and mentoring planners
·     Planning and community research
·     Community service and leadership in the profession

Members of the College work collaboratively to support the planning profession. Through Meet and Mentor sessions, the CIP-PSTF CIP College of Fellows Undergraduate Bursary, and the Indspire College of Fellows Indigenous Planning Student Award, Fellows actively support the next generation of planning professionals.

Fellows also make a significant contribution to Plan Canada magazine through the ‘Fellows Corner’, a regular column providing diverse perspectives on the themes presented in each issue. The theme for the Winter 2022 issue, ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’, was also inspired by the opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the formal establishment of the College of Fellows.

Read the 2023 Nomination Guidelines