Throughout the year, there are a variety of conferences for individuals and organizations involved with municipal planning, land use and the many related topics – from water management to community engagement.

Social distancing guidelines have altered the format and plans for many events, but some conferences and events are still happening. 

If you are involved with land use or planning, here are some 2020 conferences and events in Alberta.

Western Canada Water

February 4 – 5, 2020 — Edmonton Environment

This 2-day conference in Edmonton connect professionals working with water. The main topics of this conference will be watersheds, drinking water governance, stormwater, wastewater reuse and key initiatives.

Applied Land Use Planning Symposium 2020

February 6, 2020 — EdmontonLand use Planning

This is the first symposium from the University of Alberta’s Applied Land Use Planning Program. Planning practitioners will speak on land use planning topics and are available to answer questions.

RMA Spring Convention

March 16 – 18, 2020 — Cancelled Municipalities

The Spring Convention for the Rural Municialities of Alberta includes an annual tradeshow. There will also be workshops and plenary sessions, and a ministerial forum and resolutions session. RMA also hosts an annual Fall Convention. 

2020 CPAA Annual Planning Conference

April 26 – 29, 2020 — Cancelled Planning

The 2020 annual conference for the Community Planning Association of Alberta is focusing on exploring innovations and resiliency in community planning.

Land Use 2020

May 26 – 28, 2020 — CancelledLand use

The focus of this conference in Banff is biodiversity offsets. You should attend if your role involves biodiversity offsetting – the workshops will be geared towards professionals new and experienced with offsetting policy and approaches.

APPI Annual Conference

September 21 – 22, 2020 — Online Planning

The focus of the 2020 annual conference for the Alberta Profressional Planners Institute is “Beyond Success: Growth by Failure.” 

Communities in Bloom Symposium

September to October — Online Municipalities

Explore examples of initiatives that contribute to community health and well-being. This virtual symposium includes a variety of webinars and online events.

Alberta Ecotrust Environmental Gathering

October to December, 2020 — Online Environment

Open to any professional working on environmental issues in Alberta, the Environmental Gathering seeks to find new solutions to environmental challenges.

RMA Fall Convention

November 3 – 4, TBD Municipalities

The Fall Convention for the Rural Municialities of Alberta includes a partners program for families of municipal staff and elected officials. Along with workshops, plenary sessions, resolutions session and an opposition panel, the Fall Convention also hosts the annual awards ceremony. RMA also organizes an annual Spring Convention. 

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