About CAPS-ACÉAU Organization 


A:  The Canadian Association of Planning Students ‐ L’Association Canadienne des Étudiants en Aménagement et Urbanisme (CAPS‐ACÉAU) is a national non-profit organization representing urban, rural, regional, and related interdisciplinary students in Canada. Our primary mandate is to organize and host a 3 day conference each year. Our platform is expanding and we are now offering other events to help bring planning students together to engage in mindful discussions and debate.


Q: What is the mandate of CAPS-ACÉAU?

A: The mandate of CAPS‐ACÉAU is to organize the annual conference. The conference, which takes place over three days, creates a platform for exchange, dialogue, and presentations on important issues relating to innovative planning in urban, rural, and regional contexts. This is a grass‐roots participatory planning initiative that is volunteered based with the collaboration of industry professionals.


Q: What is the mission of CAPS-ACÉAU?

A: CAPS-ACÉAU is a non‐profit autonomous organization that will ensure transparency through consensus based decision making, accountability through sound financial and administrative practices, and sustainable development through dedicated long‐term commitment from the board of directors once themselves conference committee members.


Q: When was CAPS- ACÉAU formed?

A: 1984.


Q: What schools have previously hosted the CAPS- ACÉAU conference?

A: University of Manitoba (2015), University of Toronto/Ryerson University/York University (2014), University of Quebec at Montreal/McGill University/Concordia University (2013), Simon Fraser University (2012), University of Waterloo (2011), University of Guelph (2010), Université de Montréal/ Concordia University/Université du Québec/Université Laval (2009), Ryerson University (2008), University of Manitoba (2007), University of British Columbia (2006), and University of Toronto (2005).


Q: What events has CAPS-ACÉAU planned for this year?

A: CAPS-ACÉAU's 2016 Annual Conference in Banff, Alberta from Janurary 7-9, 2016.


Q: How can I get in touch with someone from CAPS-ACÉAU?

A: Please send all inquires to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be sure to answer your questions.


About the CAPS-ACÉAU 2015 Conference

Q: What is the CAPS-ACÉAU conference?

A:  The CAPS-ACÉAU conference is a three day event planned by volunteers and focusing on professional development for delegates. The conference moves to a different city in Canada each year bringing together delegates, professors and professionals to network, collaborate and share research on various planning topics.


Q: When is the CAPS-ACÉAU Conference?

A: January 7-9, 2016


Q: Where is the CAPS-ACÉAU conference located?

A: Each year the CAPS-ACÉAU conference moves to a different city across Canada. The 2016 Conference will be hosted at the Banff Centre for Leadership & Innovation.


Q: How do I register for the CAPS-ACÉAU conference?

A: Registration is now open. Please click here to be taken to the registration page.


Q: Who is able to attend the CAPS-ACÉAU conference?

A: Current students (both graduate and undergraduate), recent graduates and professionals are welcome to attend the conference.


Q: How much does it cost to attend the CAPS-ACÉAU conference?

A:  We try our very best to keep registration costs for students as low as possible. Pricing information is available here.


Q: Is any funding available to help with costs?

A: We encourage you to check with your school to see if any travel bursaries or grants are available for transportation to and from the conference as well as for accommodations. Most programs offer students funding on the condition that they make a presentation. At the CAPS-ACÉAU conference, all students have the opportunity to present their research if they wish to do so. Click here for a list of available funding.


Q: Is this a bilingual conference?

A: We want all students to be able to enjoy the conference and try our best to provide information in both of Canada’s official languages. If a significant number of students with French language register for the conference, we will make all efforts to ensure keynote presentations are simultaneously translated. In addition, students have the option to present their research in either French or English.


Q: Who can present at the conference?

A: We want all students and professionals to be able to present at the 2016 Conference. For presentation submissions, click here.


Q: I am a professional, can I attend the conference?

A: Yes, you most certainly can! We strongly encourage the attendance of professionals. In previous years the conference has proven to be rewarding for both students and professionals.


Q: Are sponsorship opportunities available?

A:  Planning a conference at the lowest possible cost to students is a huge undertaking. We welcome both in kind donations and financial contributions. Please contact the Conference Planning Committee for sponsorship opportunities.

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