FPEIM is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be George Cuff of George B. Cuff & Associates Ltd. George Cuff has a Canada-wide reputation amongst municipalities, crown agencies and other public sector bodies as an advisor, consultant and author on the art and principles of governance and the elements of effective organizations. He served four terms as Mayor of Spruce Grove, Alberta having been first elected in 1977. In addition to having chaired numerous boards and committees, George is also a Past President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (1982-83) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1988-89).
Here is a review from a recent client – First let me tell you what a delight it was to meet you and to attend my first George Cuff session. I truly love your style and approach to this topic and value your years of experience, your wisdom and your assertive approach to key issues. Community Futures Meridian could not have been more pleased with the session, only that there wasn’t more time with you.
Land Matters Presentation
The following representatives from the Prince Edward Island Institute of Professional Planners (PEIIPP) will be presenting at the 2021 FPEIM annual meeting:
Samantha Murphy has a graduate degree in urban and rural planning. She has worked at the municipal level with the Town of Cornwall and at the provincial level as a provincial planner, rising to the level of Manager of Municipal Affairs in 2007, before moving to the private sector in September 2020. Samantha’s professional experience has ranged from public engagement and consultation, policy and governance, municipal planning, provincial planning standards, and the modernization of the municipal governance framework in Prince Edward Island. Samantha is the principal of SJ Murphy Consulting firm and currently providing planning support and consulting services to a range of towns and rural municipalities across PEI.
Janice Harper is a registered professional planner who serves as chair of the Professional Education and Examination Committee, which develops, delivers and maintains the national ethics and professionalism test and the professional examination to candidates for full accreditation with the Canadian Institute of Planners. She is a board member on the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, and has worked on PEI since 2003, for and with a number of municipalities, as well as for the Province. She has served on the Task Force on Land Use and on the Climate Change Secretariat. She also owns and maintains an apple orchard in Fort Augustus, and will be planting several honeycrisp and cortland trees in 2021.
Alex Forbes joined the City of Charlottetown in 2013 to manage their Planning and Heritage Department after working with the City of Fredericton for over 22 years where he held various senior management positions. Alex has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. Alex has extensive experience in management, long range planning, policy development and heritage preservation. Alex has been active in the Canadian Institute of Planners during his career and was recently named a Fellow of the Institute.
FCM President Garth Frizzell is a councillor for the City of Prince George, British Columbia. He was first elected to council in 2008, and is currently serving his fourth term. He chairs the city’s finance and audit committee.
Garth has been elected to FCM’s Board of Directors 11 times. He has been a strong advocate for empowering local governments with the right tools to meet the needs of Canadians. With a decade of leadership in bringing local solutions to national challenges through FCM, he knows first-hand that when orders of government work together as partners, they get more and better results.
Garth lives in Prince George with his wife Sue and their three sons. There, he co-founded an award-winning technology software company. A former president of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, he also teaches business, economics and technology at the College of New Caledonia.