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Brad Bradford

President, CAPS-ACÉAU Executive Board of Directors



The role for emerging Canadian planners is inherently complex. The geographic dispersion of our population and wide breadth of cultures presents both challenges and opportunities to addressing the requirements of our urban and rural communities.

My first exposure to the Canadian Association of Planning Students came from word of mouth while completing an internship at the Canadian Urban Institute. Upon pursuing my Masters of Arts in Planning at the University of Waterloo, I had the opportunity to attend the CAPS conference in Guelph, and have since embarked on planning the conference for Waterloo 2011.

The CAPS conference brings the profession’s most promising prospects from coast to coast to seek out innovative new approaches to planning processes while allowing students to immerse themselves in new research and collegial development.

I have found this conference to be truly unique to any other professional or academic experience in my personal development as a planner. The ability to have meaningful engagement with your peers and future co-workers is unparalleled and the presentations offer inspirational alternatives to business-as-usual practice.

I am genuinely excited to see all of the familiar faces from last year’s conference, and am looking forward to connecting with all of the creative planners that define the Canadian Association of Planning Students. Soyez des nôtres à Waterloo!

Warm Regards,


Brad Bradford

Kent Hakull

Vice-President, CAPS-ACÉAU Executive Board of Directors



It is said you do the best learning by doing, but for me the doing part (like hosting the CAPS-ACÉAU conference) comes after a long and winding educational journey, filled with observations and reflections on the many different geographies, cultures, histories, development patterns and, in the end, planning methodologies found around the world. I come to planning and conference organizing with the same understanding Robert Gibson expresses in the Alternatives Journal 36:2: “Simple solutions to difficult problems are exceedingly rare”.

At the University of Waterloo, like when the stars align, I met fellow planning students also interested and ready to embrace the ‘learning by doing’ concept. And like a good soccer match, it starts with friendship and passion, energy and motivation, and then the ball gets rolling. It’s first and foremost about having fun.

Ideally, next years conference will bridge physical, mental, institutional and social gaps for all who attend. I believe gaps extract and contract organically as well as artificially, be it within the sizable Canada, the current planning paradigm, or the diversity in planning students’ credentials and social backgrounds. Meeting in Waterloo is a chance to get to know one another and the profession of which we aim to be part. It is also a chance to better understand and appreciate the similarities and differences we will likely face in the future.

With hopes for our paths to cross in the future,

Kent Hakull

John Kazilis

Treasurer, CAPS-ACÉAU Executive Board of Directors


I have had the pleasure of immersing myself in the various cultural and environmental wonders Canada has to offer. From the skyscrapers of Toronto to the Canadian Coastal areas, I can truly say this country has provided me the best textbook for learning.


I have always thought that something magical happens when you bring together a number of caring individuals looking to solve the challenges of tomorrow. Next years CAPS-ACEAU Conference will help make this possible by bringing planners from across Canada together to solve some of these challenges.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo I feel strongly about ensuring the presence of undergraduate students at this years conference. I highly encourage you all to attend, as this is a great opportunity to meet colleagues and professionals alike, while learning about the rest of the Canadian planning realm.

C'est important de se rappeler qu'il n'y a pas une seule solution pour tous les défis du passé, du present, ou de l'avenir. Nous devons se fier sur les uns les autres pour atteindre du succès dans cette profession et travailler ensemble pour accomplir de meilleures choses.

I look forward to seeing you all in Waterloo!


John Kazilis

Kathryn Randle

Secretary, CAPS-ACÉAU Executive Board of Directors


The interdisciplinary nature of the planning profession requires that individuals from various fields of academia, geographic regions and cultures work together to create sustainable and vibrant urban and rural environments for the citizens of today.

Last year’s Canadian Association of Planning Students conference, demonstrated to me the diverse opinions, interests and backgrounds the planners of the future have. The CAPS conference allows for students from across Canada to interact, communicate and share research interests with one another as well as hearing from key note speakers.

The CAPS conference seeks to allow any student who wishes, the ability to present his/her research to a welcoming and supportive audience. This chance makes the CAPS conference stand apart from the rest.

The opportunity to share ideas, network with and support future colleagues is unprecedented.  This is why the CAPS Board of Directors and I are so eager to do everything in our power to make this year’s conference at Waterloo the best that we can for you! Venez chez nous, Waterloo!

Warm Regards,

Kathryn Randle

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