National Conference

Join us for the most anticipated planning event of the year! CIP and APPI’s joint national conference combines professional planning education and research, experiential workshops, networking, career development, and fun over three days from July 9-11 in Edmonton, AB.

Why you should attend this year’s national planning conference:

  • Student Sessions: Connect with your peers by attending student-led presentations focused on individual research. These sessions are integrated into our jam-packed three-day program to ensure you have access to unique opportunities for students while still experiencing all that our national conference has to offer. 
  • Visit our Professional Development Lounge: Learn more about the career support that CIP offers students, including an in-person version of the CIP National Job Board, a resume clinic, and onsite professional headshots generously provided by our partner, Urban Systems.
  • Network with planners from all across Canada: Our opening and closing receptions, as well as our first-time delegates meet and greet, are all included in our discounted student rate!

Click here to view the full conference program.

Volunteer and save on your conference registration

CIP is looking for student volunteers to help onsite at CONNECTION 2024. If you are a student member planning on attending this year’s conference, then don’t miss this opportunity to learn and network, all while saving money on your conference registration! 

How does it work? 

  • Register for the conference 
  • Apply to volunteer online through the application form 
  • Once accepted, attend the conference and complete your assigned hours and responsibilities 
  • After the conference, you will receive a 50% reimbursement on your registration fee

With flexible scheduling and a wide variety of tasks, you will have the opportunity to complete your volunteer hours while enjoying the conference. We are only looking for 15-20 volunteers, so act fast! The deadline to apply is April 26, 11:59 p.m. PT.

Call for Student Posters 

CIP is accepting applications for the student poster gallery until April 26. Submissions should showcase your current research and projects, and will be displayed in the exhibitor area during the conference. Posters will be evaluated by a panel and an award will be presented to the winning submission.

Student Accommodations 

From now until June 9, students can reserve specially-priced accommodations for the conference at the University of Alberta. Visit our travel and accommodations page to learn more.

Unable to attend in person? Don’t worry CONNECTION is a hybrid conference! 

Our online conference features livestreams of our three keynote speakers, plus 21 sessions which will all be recorded and available on demand. Students can register for just $99 + tax. Check out our conference program to learn more about our online sessions.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Have you heard of the CIP-ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF)? This is CIP’s partner charity that awards scholarships and bursaries to students in accredited planning programs. Mark your calendars — bursary applications will be opening in August! In the meantime, learn more about CIP-PSTF’s bursaries here.

Get Involved

Join CIP’s Board of Directors!

We are seeking a Student Director to join our Board for a two-year term. Learn more about the qualifications required here. The deadline to submit your nomination is March 27, 3:00 p.m. ET.

Is this opportunity right for you? Check out this 90-second video from AJ Bimm, our current Student Director, to hear about his experience on the CIP Board of Directors and his advice for applicants!

Learning Opportunities & Resources

Browse the Latest on the CIP Events Calendar

As a student member of CIP, you can benefit from FREE access to webinars and events on a wide variety of planning subjects – all through the CIP Events Calendar!

Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:

Visit our website to find more upcoming learning opportunities on the Calendar.

Learn Something New On-Demand with the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) HUB

As a student member, you also benefit from access to the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) HUB.

Log in to the CIP Member Area today to check out our most recently added resources.

CIP National Job Board

The CIP National Job Board provides centralized access to opportunities for students and recent graduates. 

Pro Tips: Upload your CV to give potential employers 24/7 access to your CV. You can also set up a job alert to be the first to know about new opportunities.

CIP Student Representatives

Have you met your school’s CIP representative yet? CIP has 21 student representatives at 14 educational institutions across Canada. Student representatives act as liaisons for CIP, represent you and your school’s interests, communicate important events and initiatives, and coordinate student involvement in CIP events.

  • Nikkitta Fame – Vancouver Island University
  • Sarah Peterson – University of Saskatchewan
  • Jamie Fung – University of Toronto
  • Julien Doucette-Preville – University of Calgary
  • Chloe Bullen – Queen’s University
  • Homa Jalili Safarian – Queen’s University
  • Rudia Nam – York University
  • Charlotte Minnes – York University
  • Natasha Gaudio Harrison – University of Guelph
  • Kimberly Bell – University of Guelph
  • Sawyer Klassen – University of Manitoba
  • Karian Chen – Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Anika Munir – Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Bradley Sarandi – University of Alberta
  • Daniel Witte – University of Alberta
  • Martha Kilian – Simon Fraser University
  • Bridget Buglioni – McGill University
  • Isabelle Bernard – McGill University
  • Alana Titerle – Dalhousie University
  • Danielle McCabe – Dalhousie University
  • Émilie Béland – Université Laval

Did You Know?

As part of CIP’s commitment to supporting the next generation of planning leaders, all post-secondary students can now join CIP for free. This includes students from accredited, non-accredited, and non-planning programs. Please share with your friends and school networks!