If you’re hoping to atttend our long-awaited hybrid national conference, Elevation 2.0, we recommend you register soon as spots are filling up quickly. Happening July 5 – 8, 2022 Elevation 2.0 will offer both an in-person and an online option. For those interested in attending in-person, rooms are filling up quickly in Whistler so make sure to book using our discounted room rate at the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside Hotel by June 4 (more details below).

Whether you choose to attend in person or online, the Elevation 2.0 program will allow you to meet all of your annual Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) requirements.

Attend in-person

Join us in the beautiful mountain town of Whistler for Elevation 2.0, where planners and community builders from across the country will once again come together to share ideas, ask questions, and learn from diverse perspectives. This year’s conference is an opportunity to spur conversations and collaborations on key planning issues that have been hampered by the necessity of virtual formats over the past two years. Our in-person program will include workshops and learning tours, in addition to sessions and keynote addresses. We are committed to providing a safe space and will have COVID-19 protocols based on current public health guidelines.

Attend online

Our online option will allow you to access live streams of the keynote presentations and a selection of the sessions straight from Whistler. Visit our online program page to find out what sessions will be available online.

Planning your trip


Reserve Your Hotel Now – Rooms Are Almost Gone!

Our room block at the Fairmont Whistler is fully booked. There are still a very limited number of Gold rooms available at the Fairmont on the peak dates. Find out more here.

We have also secured a discounted room rate for Elevation 2.0 delegates at the following hotel until June  4 or until the hotel has sold out.

Book a Room at the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside Hotel and receive a 15% discount when booking.

Rooms are booking quickly, so act now to take advantage of this offer. 

To reserve your room at the Pan Pacific Whistler with the discount code, each guest must indicate “Canadian Institute of Planners” at time of booking.

Pan Pacific Whistler reservations contact:

Toll Free: 1 (888) 905-9995

Direct: 1 (604) 905-2999

Email: guestservices@panpacific.com

Air Travel: Our Travels and Accommodation page provides discount codes for air travel with Air Canada and West Jet.

Airport Shuttles: Whistler is a two-hour drive from Vancouver’s airport so don’t forget to book transportation for your arrival. You can access information about shuttles here.

Sightseeing: Tourism Whistler has provided a special site for conference delegates with a variety of sightseeing and dining options in Whistler, as well as information on transportation.

Conference Highlights

Welcome Reception: A Unique Experience at the Skwxwú7mesh Líl̓wat Cultural Centre

While our welcome reception is a great evening to socialize with your colleagues in the planning profession and begin to create new connections, this year’s welcome reception will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations by walking through the cultural centre’s exhibits, experiencing traditional songs, and meeting with their experienced Cultural ambassadors.

Our Keynote Addresses

Mitchell J. Silver FAICP, Hon. ASLA: One of the most celebrated urban thinkers in the world, Mr. Silver has been elected to Planetizen’s list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists, named one of the top 100 City Innovators by UBM Future Cities & one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment by Urban Times, and is the recipient of numerous honours and awards. Former New York City Parks Commissioner and President of the American Planning Association, Mr. Silver is the current President of the American Institute of Certified Planners Commission (AICP).

Planning for Housing Panel: This dynamic panel features leading thinkers and doers on housing in Canada, who will tackle some of the most complex and urgent issues related to planning, homelessness, and affordability with a focus on innovative ideas and solutions. Moderated by Dr. Ren Thomas RPP, MCIP, award-winning researcher and author, with panelists:

  • Lilian Chau RPP, MCIP, CEO of Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society
  • Dr. Esther de Vos, Executive Director of BC Housing’s Research Centre
  • Deana Grinnell RPP, MCIP, Executive Vice President, Real Estate, Canada Lands Company
  • Patricia Roset-Zuppa, Vice-President, Policy Development, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Ramy Nassar: Ramy Nassar is the founder of 1000 Days Out and author of the AI Product Design Handbook. As the former Managing Director of Design & Strategy for Architech and Head of Innovation for Mattel, he has led the creation of disruptive new digital products and platforms with companies including Apple, Air Canada, New Balance, and Facebook. Mr. Nassar teaches post-graduate courses in Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, and AI Design at a number of Universities in Canada and around the world.

Closing Gala: A Celebration with a View at the Roundhouse Lodge

On the evening of July 7, we’ll head up the mountain for an evening of festivities and live music outdoors on the mountaintop patio at Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge. Situated at 1,850 meters, Roundhouse Lodge gives you a great view of the valley and surrounding peaks.

Looking for more details? Find out all you need to know about Elevation 2.0 on our conference website.