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06/10/2020

Beth McMahon: My view on... Covid-19 and Canada

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Canadian Institute of Planners CEO Beth McMahon (top right in image) is encouraged by increased cooperation between Canada's different levels of government

Recovery is going to be slow and we are still in the early stages, but we are seeing in Canada – at least with the federal government – that we are heading in a direction that the Canadian Institute of Planners can support.

One of the things I’ve seen coming out of Covid-19 has been more sharing. For example, with the Global Planners Network – we didn’t use to have these types of conversations and now we have them quite regularly! In Canada, I’m doing the same with my peers across the allied professions – architecture, landscape architecture, engineering.

With our provincial regulators too, we’re having much more frequent conversations in terms of sharing information and trying to ensure that we are getting out the most current information to our members as well as best practices. I know that our members are looking to see what others are doing and if they can perhaps apply those good ideas to their own communities.

"We’re seeing a lot of sharing and goodwill across the country and collaboration between the provincial, federal and territorial levels of government"

There are a lot of conversations happening and we’re seeing a lot of sharing and goodwill across the country and collaboration between the provincial, federal and territorial levels of government.

Members of the Canadian Institute of Planners are looking at everything through a climate and equity lens – we feel as optimistic as it’s possible to be at this point in time.

Beth was in conversation with other members of the Global Planners Network including RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills. To watch the conversation in full, hosted by director of RTPI of Scotland and Ireland, Craig McLaren, visit bit.ly/planner1020-gpn

Beth McMahon is the chief executive of the Canadian Institute of Planners

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