Wednesday, 1 February 2017

PSB News – January 2017

Professional Education and Examination

The Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada (PSB) launched the new format of the Professional Examination in September of last year. What was previously a long-written essay style examination is now a three-hour multiple choice exam. It continues, as it has to date, to assess enabling competencies competencies. Though no longer in long-written format, the question bank was designed to allow Candidates to use their thought processes and ability to integrate theory and past experience into future practice.

Developing the new format of the examination was the direct result of listening to Candidate feedback, and implementing a more modern approach to administering certification examinations. The new format allows for a quicker turn-around time for marking, expediting the process of delivering results to candidates. What previously took three months now takes no more than two weeks for Candidates to receive their results.

Moving to a multiple choice examination took months of hard work from a selected panel of planning professionals, who were required to develop the questions and scrutinize each possible answer, so a clear “correct” answer could be determined. This method was created to ensure the certification process is fair, clear and relevant. Once all questions were developed and analyzed, a trial exam was set for a select few long standing Full Certificated Members and recently certificated individuals. Based on their results and comments, the committee evaluated each examination question again until final bank of questions was agreed upon.
The next sitting of the Professional Examination will take place on March 20th, 2017. More details on the sitting can be found here.
Congratulations to the newly certified Professional Planners of 2016:
  • Banani Afsana
  • Lina Al-Dajani 
  • Matt Alexander 
  • Haseeb Amirzada 
  • Ruchika Angrish 
  • Jesse Auspitz 
  • Dalia Bahy 
  • Kimberley Baldwin 
  • Eric Bays 
  • Jonathan Benczkowski 
  • Jonah Bonn 
  • Joanna Bowes 
  • Erika Brown 
  • Sarah Burger 
  • Allen Burgess 
  • Phil Busby 
  • Melissa Campbell 
  • Jeff Chase 
  • Joyce Chen 
  • Ann Marie Chung 
  • Stephen Corr 
  • Caroline Cregan 
  • Alisha Cull 
  • Adam Curran 
  • Laura Dainard 
  • Andrew Dales 
  • Claire Daniels 
  • Danielle Lisa De Fields 
  • Antonio De Franco 
  • Leith Deacon 
  • Reed Des Roches 
  • Frances Dietrich-O'Connor 
  • Matthew Dumont 
  • William Dunn 
  • Matthew Edward 
  • Ashley Elliot 
  • Meagan Ferris 
  • Heather Finlay 
  • Kathleen Fralic 
  • Andrea Friedman 
  • Jasmine Frolick 
  • Linda Fyfe 
  • Dan Godin 
  • Ian Goeres 
  • Alexandra Goldstein 
  • Kate Goslett 
  • Adam Grossi 
  • Julie Hannah 
  • David Hannam 
  • Michael Hayek 
  • Nathan Hercanuck 
  • Chris Hilash 
  • Erin Huck 
  • Jennifer Huff 
  • Mark Iamarino 
  • Kurt Inglis 
  • Mark Johnson 
  • Laurie Johnson 
  • Tate Kelly 
  • Kristy Kilbourne 
  • Nola Kilmartin 
  • Caroline Kimble 
  • Alex Kolsteren 
  • Amanda Kosloski 
  • Luka Kot 
  • Casey Kulchki 
  • Michelle Kwok 
  • Lisa La Civita 
  • Samantha Lahey 
  • Jessica Lai Man Kwan 
  • Eric Lalande 
  • Kelsey Lang 
  • Jacob Larsen 
  • Claire Lemay 
  • Armando Lopes 
  • Ryan MacKrell 
  • Jennifer Maestre 
  • Tolek Makarewicz 
  • Alexandra Mangat 
  • Eric Mann 
  • Yuri Mantsvetov 
  • Truper McBride 
  • Devon McCloskey 
  • Michael McConnell 
  • Geoffrey McGrath 
  • Gillian McKee 
  • John McMulkin 
  • Jeff Medeiros 
  • Adam Miller 
  • Sarah Minnes 
  • Hillary Morgan 
  • Andrew Morgan 
  • Gregory Morrison 
  • Lara Nelson 
  • Garrett Newman 
  • Milan Nguyen 
  • Brynn Nheiley 
  • Julie Nolan 
  • Meghan Norman 
  • Erica Ogden 
  • Brynne O'Neill 
  • Brandon Orr 
  • Anya Paskovic 
  • Evan Perlman 
  • Lyla Peter 
  • Madelaine Peters 
  • Julia Pierdon 
  • Michael Pirocchi 
  • Caitlin Port 
  • Jaime Posen 
  • Jonathan Pradinuk 
  • Craig Purves 
  • Kevin Rachman 
  • Aaron Raymond 
  • James Reed 
  • Kayla Rell 
  • Melissa Ricci 
  • Scott Ritchie 
  • Michael Ruus 
  • David Sajecki 
  • Heather Sewell 
  • Sabrina Sgotto 
  • Meng Xi (Stream) Shen 
  • Simona Simion Julia Smachylo Andrew Colin Smith 
  • Adrianna Spinosa 
  • Jeff Thompson 
  • Shannon VanDalen 
  • Mirej Vasic 
  • David Veights 
  • Juliet Van Vliet 
  • Emily Wall 
  • Vicky Weekes 
  • Lindsay Wiginton 
  • Elora Wilkinson 
  • Kimberley Manon Wilmot 
  • Ryan Wong 
  • Kasel Yamashita 
  • Nicole Zambri 
  • Robert Zilke 
  • Tania Zimmerman

Accreditation Planning

The Accreditation Planning Committee has continued to meet on a bimonthly basis over the course of the last year. Its work consists mainly of:
  • Overseeing the policy and procedures for delivery of the accreditation program in accordance with the National Membership Manual – Accreditation;
  • Reviewing applications and determining eligibility requirements for accreditation within the Standards; and
  • Approving selection criteria for reviewers, the recruitment and training of volunteer reviewers, as well as reviewing and approving recommendations for accreditation before forwarding them to the Board of Directors. 
We are pleased to announce that in 2016, the PSB Board of Directors approved the re-accreditation of the following programs:
  • Queen’s University Master of Urban & Regional Planning program unconditionally, for the maximum of five years (until the end of academic 2021-2022).  Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved - Dennis Jacobs, Lloyd Talbot and Dr. Sandeep Agrawal (the Site Visit Team),  Dr. Dave Gordon and the faculty at Queen's.
  • University of Saskatchewan’s Bachelor of Arts in Planning program unconditionally, for the maximum of five years (until the end of academic 2021-2022). Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved – Ramona Mattix, Doug Daniels, and Andrew Seidel (the Site Visit Team),  Dr. Robert Patrick and the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Simon Fraser University’s Master’s of Resource Management (Planning) program, unconditionally for a period of two years (until the end of academic 2017-2018). Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved - Ryan Walker, Jolie Whetzel, and Raymond Young (the Site Visit Team), Dr. Tom Gunton and the faculty at Simon Fraser University.

PSB also conducted site visits in Fall 2016 for the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Arts, Planning program, which was granted preliminary and retroactive accreditation in 2015, and Vancouver Island University’s Master of Community Planning program, which was granted conditional preliminary accreditation in 2015. We look forward to reporting on the result of these site visits in the coming months. 

Board of Directors

The Board last met in person in July 2016 during the CIP conference in Quebec City; however, it has continued to meet via teleconference on a monthly basis. The 2016-17 Board is composed of:
  • John Jarvie, Chair
  • Diana Hawryluk, Vice-Chair
  • Gary Buchanan, Secretary-Treasurer
  • AndrĂ© Daigle, Director
  • Christopher Leach, Chair, PEEC
  • Finlay Sinclair, Chair, APC
  • Bruce Singbush, Director

As a number of years have passed since its creation, the Board will meet in February in Toronto to review its strategic plan to ensure the priorities of the organization continue to ring true and to develop a work plan with the Executive Director for the next three to five years in order to move forward the planning profession in Canada. Currently, some high-level priorities include developing bilingual service model, communications and technology strategies, and volunteer engagement. We look forward to reporting further in this regard in March.


With the fiscal year ending December 31st, PSB is wrapping up the annual financials and preparing for its review engagement. As a result of an increase in Candidate intake and Candidates writing the Professional Exam, as well as costs savings in board and management expenses, PSB will end the year with a higher than budgeted surplus. The application of this additional surplus will be determined at an upcoming strategic planning session. Stay tuned to find out PSB’s 2017 budget priorities.