From February 6th-8th Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox was the site of the

Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS-ACÉAU) 30th Anniversary Conference.

York University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto co-hosted the conference themed “Transformations,” which focused on “changes to our shared urban experience, our cities’ fabrics, and the planning profession itself.” Over 420 delegates, the largest number of attendees at a CAPS-ACÉAU conference to date, took in three days of workshops, tours, and speakers, including Ken Greenberg, Paul Bedford, Jennifer Keesmaat, Christopher Hume, Antonio Gomez-Palacio, and Michael Gordon, along with over 40 student presentations.

York planning students played a key role in putting the weekend together. Both the president and vice-president of CAPS-ACÉAU – Matthew Boscariol and Allison Bradford – are MES students, as were several members of the organizing committee.

A highlight from this hugely successful event certainly included the Saturday afternoon panel of planning directors themed “What can we do to make planning better?” where delegates were treated to photos of their professors back in their grad school days (See York’s Planning Director Laura Taylor below). The conference was also a huge success on social media, where the hashtag #CAPS30 trended number one in Toronto and in the top ten in Canada throughout the weekend.


Keep an eye on the CAPS-ACÉAU website for info on next year’s event, and the CAPS-ACÉU Journal for stories from this years conference.

-Anthony Taylor