The Canadian Institute of Planners Inducts Three New Fellows for their Contributions to the Planning Profession
OTTAWA, Ontario – May 31, 2018 – The Canadian Institute of Planners is pleased to announce three new inductees into its esteemed College of Fellows: Dana Anderson, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, and the late Kathy Dietrich.
Recognition as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners is the highest honour a planner in Canada can receive. It recognizes national excellence, identifies prominent role models, promotes advances in planning practice, and draws leaders to the forefront of planning in Canada. Only members of the College of Fellows are permitted to use the title of FCIP, which denotes Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.   
“On behalf of CIP, it is a privilege to recognize these three outstanding women as our newest Fellows,” said Eleanor Mohammed, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners. “Today, they join 129 previous inductees, all of whom have made remarkable and lasting contributions to Canadian professional planning.”
Chair of the CIP College of Fellows, Rob Buchan FCIP, commented “It is my honour to welcome Dana Anderson, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, and the late Kathy Dietrich to the College of Fellows. Being inducted to the College highlights and acknowledges their exemplary contribution to Canadian planning and Canadian society. These inductees have been exceptional planning practitioners, educators, mentors, and leaders.”
The 2018 official College of Fellows induction ceremony will be held at the joint Canadian Institute of Planners and Manitoba Professional Planners Institute National Conference (SOUL 2018), in Winnipeg, July 21, 2018. For complete event details and registration, please visit
2019 Nominations Process: the Eligible individual must be nominated by a CIP member in good standing, providing evidence that all criteria for the College of Fellows have been met or exceeded (see criteria here). All nominations are brought before the Fellows Selection Jury, which provides their recommendations to the CIP Board of Directors for review and approval.
The 2018 Canadian Institute of Planners Fellows:
Dana Anderson FCIP, RPP
Dana Anderson’s career as a professional planner spans 30 years of significant contributions in both the private and public sectors. Her experience at various levels of government, for national corporations and with communities ranging in population from 2,000 to 2,000,000, speaks to her ability to transfer planning knowledge and practice, as well as to make a substantial and positive change in many communities. In her role as the Director of Planning for Oakville, Ontario she delivered one of the first approved Official Plans and Zoning By-laws to implement the Province of Ontario’s 2006 Growth Plan. She has also successfully managed several complex redevelopment projects across Ontario and has been recognized by the Ontario Professional Planning Institute (OPPI) with awards of excellence for her planning projects and volunteer service to the Institute where she has served as a Council Member and Committee Chair.
Dana currently co-teaches a studio graduate course in Project Planning at the University of Waterloo and continues to contribute as a speaker, panel member and guest lecturer on planning practice. Dana has demonstrated over her distinguished career mastery of the principles of planning and continues to inspire young planners as a mentor and an example of how planners can and should contribute to their communities.
Kathy Dietrich RPP, FCIP (D)
The late Kathy Dietrich made an incredible impact on her colleagues and practice during her life. Her work at the Town of Cochrane on implementing a rare Community Revitalization Levy financial tool to support the redevelopment of a high-profile contaminated downtown site is an award-winning example of achieving inner-city redevelopment. Her work to revolutionize on the approach to development charges at the City of Calgary is an illustration of transparency in process, fostering relationships with city builders and creating a sustainable fiscal arrangement to support city growth. Kathy was also involved in the education throughout her career, delivering lectures and courses at universities, and helping develop curriculum for professional seminars. She exemplified strong leadership and mentored many colleagues and young planners, assisting them to improve their interpersonal skills, strategic planning, political acumen, collaboration, and relationship building.
Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, CM, FCIP, urbaniste émérite
Blanche Lemco van Ginkel is a pioneering woman in the fields of planning and architecture in Canada. Highlights from her planning career, which began in the 1940s, include work on early plans for Bowring Park NL, Bathurst NB, Meadowvale ON, Regina SK, influential studies of the Port of Montréal, Midtown Manhattan and Vieux Montréal, and serving as a member of the planning team for Expo 67 in Montréal. Blanche taught for over 30 years at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard GSD, Université de Montréal, McGill and the University of Toronto, where she was Dean, mentoring hundreds of students and becoming an inclusive role model for young professionals. Blanche was the first female Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1973, and, in 1977, became the first woman to be appointed as a Dean of Architecture in Canada. She was a founding member of l’Ordre des urbanistes du Québec, which established the Prix Blanche Lemco van Ginkel in her honour. A Member of the Order of Canada, Blanche has received numerous practice, academic, service awards, including the International Federation of Housing and Planning Grand Prix and the Massey Medal.
Full Biographies available HERE
About the Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 6,900 planning professionals nationally and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919. Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities, by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency.  Our members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning, and economic development. Learn more about CIP and the role of planners at
About the College of the Fellows
The College of Fellows is a special status developed by CIP that recognizes excellence, identifies prominent role models, promotes advances in planning practice, and draws leaders to the forefront of planning in Canada. Selection as a Fellow of CIP is the highest award the Institute can give to an individual planner, and only those distinguished individuals are permitted to use the “FCIP” title. See the full list of Fellows here.
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