CIP/API People Matter 2014 Conference
Fredericton, New-Brunswick  July 9-12, 2014

On behalf of the organizing committee of People Matter, the 2014 CIP│API conference, it was our pleasure to welcome delegates to New Brunswick’s capital city, Fredericton. Despite some stormy weather just days before the conference, delegates enjoyed fantastic weather, excellent food, a very social atmosphere and a tremendous depth of engaging and thought provoking conference content. The conference theme was intended to remind the profession of the valuable work we do in communities on a daily basis to enable Canadians to live a healthy lifestyle. Three dynamic keynotes got people thinking while a terrific variety of concurrent sessions, mobile workshops, and other sessions provided first-rate professional development. We think conference delegates learned a lot and had many opportunities to be active while in Fredericton.

There was another less obvious success story with the Fredericton conference. Hosting the conference in a smaller city like Fredericton allowed our members to come together to network and really connect with each other more intimately. In addition to keeping local bars and restaurants busy, delegates truly enjoyed the opening reception at Government House, the Friday evening Shindig, movie night at Barracks Square, and the other social events. From our perspective, this conference seemed to be one of the most casual, social, and fun in recent years.

New Brunswick’s planning community wanted to host a conference in a city where our national membership had never met. We are pleased to report that the conference was a success on all levels. The Organizing Committee would like to thank the members who travelled to Fredericton from every province and territory. We hope you have enjoyed your time in New Brunswick. We look forward to seeing everyone in Saskatoon in 2015.

Thanks to all of the presenters, delegates, sponsors, committee members, staff and supporters who contributed to making People Matter 2014 a success. For a list of the Committee members and volunteers, click here.

Conference Co-chairs
Alex Forbes, MBA, MCIP and Ken Forrest, MCIP, RPP

The Atlantic Planners Institute (API) is proud to welcome planners, municipal government representatives, health and other professionals from coast to coast to coast to Fredericton for the 2014 annual conference of API and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). New Brunswick is hosting the CIP national conference for the first time since 1989 and the New Brunswick planning community is guaranteeinga thought-provoking conference where you can be professionally challenged and personally enriched here in the provincial capital.

Read a Welcome Letter from the Mayor of Fredericton!


People Matter!

The Conference Theme – is a call for action for planners to place more emphasis on the physical, social, environmental, health and economic elements of communities that enhance quality of life. The conference will provide planners, other professionals, and municipal representatives with practical tools so we can get to work creating vibrant and healthy communities. The theme will explore how the work of planners has the potential to positively impact health by influencing how people live, work, eat and play.

The conference featured:

  • 3 keynote speakers
  • 11 mobile workshops
  • 13 intensive workshops
  • 33 concurrent sessions
  • Outstanding social events


Planners from every corner of Atlantic Canada, New England, and across Canada as well as health professionals, municipal representatives, and other professionals came to the conference to join planners in this important discussion. Excellent working relationships have been established with organizations representing public health officials, health inspectors, the medical community and municipal administrators as well as universities, non-profit organizations and senior levels of government. The conference provided an important opportunity for professionals from these diverse fields to come together to network and explore ways to further integrate the relationship between planning, our communities, and health.