Wednesday, 13 January 2016

PSB News - January 2016

There have been a number of key events at PSB in the past couple of months, so let's get down to it:

PSB Issues RFP

PSB's The Board of Directors is soliciting proposals for a new association management services provider.  Deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, January 22, 2016.  [Note:  the RFP process is now closed.]

Next Sitting of the Professional Examination

The next sitting of  the Professional Examination will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016.  If you have completed your mentorship, sponsorship and the Ethics & Professionalism course and test, you can register for this sitting by March 11, 2016 by downloading, completing and submitting the registration form (http://www.psb-planningcanada.ca/COURSES-EXAMS/professionalexam.php).

PSB Developing Bilingualism Plan

PSB's Board of Directors has appointed a Committee on Bilingualism, chaired by AndrĂ© Daigle, MCIP, RPP.  The Committee is developing a plan to allow PSB to deliver all services bilingually.

New Professional Examination Format Under Development

The Professional Education and Examination Committee (PEEC) has been asked by the PSB Board of Directors to determine the feasibility of an on-line, multiple-choice Professional Examination to replace the current essay-style Examination.  If feasible, this will allow immediate informal feedback to Candidates on whether they were successful in the Examination.  PEEC has appointed the Professional Examination Sub-committee (PES) under the Chairmanship of Bruce Singbush, RPP to oversee this important work.


PSB Strategic Plan

At its meeting on November 13-14, 2015, the PSB Board of Directors began development of a strategic plan to guide our growth over the next few years.  The RFP for a new service provider and the development of a multiple-choice Professional Examination are among the key initiatives of the plan.


VIU Master of Community Planning Given Preliminary Accreditation

Vancouver Island University's Master of Community Planning degree program was granted preliminary accreditation on a conditional basis by the PSB Board of Directors.  Congratulations to Dr. Pam Shaw, RPP, MCIP, the program faculty and the University's administration on achieving this important milestone.

University of Alberta Planning Degree Programs Given Preliminary and Retroactive Accreditation

The BSc (Planning) and BA (Planning) degree programs offered by the University of Alberta were granted preliminary accreditation and retroactive accreditation (to the 2012-13 academic year) by the PSB Board of Directors.  Congratulations to Dr. Sandeep Agrawal, RPP, MCIP, the program faculty and the University's administration! 

University Planning Degree Programs Re-accredited

In 2015, PSB renewed the accreditation of planning degree programs offered by three universities:

  • Ryerson University
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Waterloo
Each program has had its accreditation unconditionally renewed for the maximum period of five years.  Please note that Waterloo's PhD (Planning) was not re-accredited since, under the terms of the Planning for the Future project, doctoral programs are no longer eligible for accreditation.  Our congratulations to Dr. Chris De Sousa, RPP (Ryerson), Dr. Richard Milgrom, MCIP (Manitoba) and Dr. Clarence Woudsma, RPP (Waterloo) and their respective faculties!

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