Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The mission of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute is to promote pride and excellence in professional planning as it applies to the stewardship of the natural and built environments and to the building of healthy communities.

Presentations, Dinner, New MPPI Member Certificates, Awards

Presentation Theme: The regeneration of The Metropolitan Theatre and its importance in Winnipeg’s downtown

The mission of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute is ‘to promote pride and excellence in professional planning as it applies to the stewardship of the natural and built environments and to the building of healthy communities.’ The redevelopment of the 93-year old Metropolitan Theatre into The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre is local example of excellence in planning and stewardship of the built environment that has led to a more dynamic and healthy downtown. The historic theatre closed its doors in 1987 and remained closed until November 2012 when Canad Inns reopened it. Canad Inns spent two years restoring the property and reimaging it as The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Along the way they worked with Number 10 Architects and the City of Winnipeg to ensure this exceptional building remains a source of civic pride, and continues to draw citizens and visitors to Winnipeg’s downtown. A panel discussion will cover the professional perspectives of Heritage Planner Jennifer Hansell (City of Winnipeg), Architect Don Beaton (Number TEN Architectural Group) and Developer Lane Ledohowski (Canad Inns) on their development and stewardship of this important project.

  • Time: 4:30–5:30 pm - Registration, mingling over cocktails on the rooftop patio and guided tours of the historic renovation project
    5:30 pm onwards – AGM Business Meeting (free to attend), Panel Presentations, Dinner, New Member Certificates, Awards
  • Date: Monday, May 27, 2013
  • Cost: $50

Registration required. AGM Registration

MPPI / MALA Annual Golf Tournament - Change of Date - Thursday, June 13th

Please note the change in date! It turns out that spring isn't just around the corner. To ensure that the course is in tip-top shape (and not under a foot of water) we have had to reschedule. For those of you who have already registered, if the new date is a problem we are able to refund the fee. If golfing under the warm summer sun is of interest to you then come join landscape architects, planners, and industry friends for the 10th Annual MPPI-MALA Making the Links Golf Tournament at the scenic Lorette Golf Course! You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy a BBQ dinner, drinks, contests, friends, and prizes. Come for 9 holes of slogging the ball and exciting contests followed by a barbecue steak dinner and prizes. Back by popular demand is the always popular Best Dressed Team contest. Proceeds from the golf tournament will support student initiatives and activities within the Department of City Planning and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba. To guarantee your space, please return the attached Registration Form as soon as possible.

Golf Registration


At the 2012 MPPI Annual General Meeting, MPPI council presented its reports for the prior year and presented an update on its Strategic Plan process, inviting feedback from those in attendance on work to date. To view a copy of the annual report click here: 2012 Annual Report

Another Manitoba Win in the Great Places in Canada Contest!

CIP has announced the winners of the 2011 Great Places in Canada contest. Manitoba once again provides a strong showing in this second year of the annual program designed to get Canadians excited about the places they love, while highlighted the role planners play in shaping communities. The full press release can be found in the PDF. Congratulations to Osborne Village on this win.


CIP, through its National Communications Committee, is seeking media spokespeople from across Canada, to speak on planning issues. The intent is to build a media contact list from all regions comprising experts on planning topics who would be willing and able to provide media comment in a timely fashion. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Lisa Holowchuk, the MPPI representative on the National Communications Committee, at for more information.


As a result of an extensive and effective consultation process involving Affiliates, Members and Stakeholders, 2010 will see the Planning profession in Canada evolve, positioning Canada's Planners with even more opportunities worldwide. Through the improvement of national standards, the profession as a whole will benefit from more stringent standards, improving labour mobility for planners and raising the profile of the profession.

In support of this initiative, CIP has launched a new website where members can find up-to-date information on the Planning for the Future Project.

Be sure to visit the site regularly for progress reports on future developments.

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