Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) History & Milestones

This timeline catalogues the events which have shaped the history of the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC).

The timeline was made to index important events in the history of PIBC and inform users on the subjects contained within. This a legacy project which will continue to be updated, and so will be a living timeline, designed to be interactive and updateable. There are many different kinds of events which have shaped the Institute; including Institute Affairs, which relate to the inner workings of the Institute; Historical Events, which are important milestones at the local, provincial, and national level which have influenced the Institute; Policy and Legislation, which is a grouping of the various pieces of legislation which have molded the form of the Institute.

1871-07-20 00:00:00

British Columbia joins the Canadian Confederation

In return for joining the Confederation, BC's massive debt was absorbed, and the Canadian government promised a railway to the Pacific.

1919-10-01 00:00:00

Founding of the Town Planning Institute of Canada

The TPIC was formed with the recognition that planning the cities and communities of Canada was a necessary and fruitful activity. In 1914, only three provinces had planning statutes. By 1924 each province except Quebec had some kind of statute related to planning. The influence of the TPIC was immense in kickstarting this legislative process.

1949-11-08 00:00:00

World Town Planning Day is started

Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera started World Town Planning Day (also known as World Urbanism Day) in 1949.

1952-12-01 00:00:00

The University of British Columbia (UBC) starts its Masters program of Community and Regional Planning

UBC began this program with the hopes of developing a cohesive body of academically trained planners

1957-12-12 00:00:00

First Meeting of Council

Council met to discuss the goals for the Institute on the 12th of December, 1957

1958-03-11 00:00:00

Second Meeting of Coucil

At the second meeting of PIBC's inaugural council, the positions of Presidency and Vice-Presidency were filled, and discussion regarding incorporation was had.

1958-06-08 00:00:00

Gerald Sutton Brown becomes PIBC's first president

1958-06-09 12:05:52

The Incorporation of the Planning Institute of British Columbia

The Planning Institute of British Columbia was incorporated as a society of urban and regional planners under the "Society Act" in 1958.

1959-09-01 00:00:00

Drafting of the Planning Act

The "Planning Act" was worked on throughout 1959 in order to solidfy the legal status of planning in British Columbia.

1960-06-08 00:00:00

James Wilson elected as president of PIBC

1961-04-15 00:00:00

Placement of Age-Restrictions on Membership

The Institute, when it began, placed fairly minimal restrictions on membership, but, in 1961, found it optimal to update their by-laws and restrict membership on the basis of age.

1961-06-08 00:00:00

William Kerr elected as president of PIBC

1963-06-08 00:00:00

Brahm Wiesman elected as president of PIBC

1964-11-01 15:49:22

Sell the Sizzle, not the Steak!

With the pressure of industry rising by the year, if not the month, there was a special presentation at the Annual General Meeting of 1964 regarding the importance of "selling" the practice of planning.

1965-06-08 00:00:00

Anthony Hugh Roberts elected as president of PIBC

1967-06-08 00:00:00

Antony Parr elected as president of PIBC

1967-09-01 00:00:00

Ethical conduct of member investigated by PIBC council

The Planning Institute of British Columbia has always been aware of potential ethical dilemmas with its members, and conducted its first investigation when a claim was made against a member of the Institute in 1967.

1968-09-01 00:00:00

Correspondence between PIBC and the BC Society of Landscape Architects

Conversations with the BC Society of Landscape Architects occured throughout 1968 regarding the definition of what a Landscape Architect was, and how that related to the profession of planning.

1969-03-31 00:00:00

End of the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board

Regional planning was dissolved and replaced with regional districts, which operated slightly above the municipal level

1969-06-08 00:00:00

Norman Pearson elected as president of PIBC

1971-06-08 00:00:00

Victor Parker elected as president of PIBC

1972-06-08 00:00:00

James G. Sellner elected as president of PIBC

1973-04-18 00:00:00

Establishment of the Agricultural Land Reserve

To protect vital agricultural land, the provincial government passed legislation in 1973 which created both the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).

1973-06-08 00:00:00

Graham Stallard elected as president of PIBC

1973-12-01 00:00:00

University of British Columbia's planning Ph.D. program begins and ends.

The now defunct PhD of planning at the University of British Columbia was a program for advanced study and research.

1974-06-08 00:00:00

Paul Roer elected as president of PIBC

1974-09-01 00:00:00

Islands Trust Act passed

The Islands Trust Act was created to protect British Columbia's coastline.

1975-06-08 00:00:00

Jim Moodie elected as president of PIBC

1976-06-08 00:00:00

Graham Stallard elected as president of PIBC

Graham Stallard is the only person to have been elected for the position of president of PIBC twice.

1977-06-08 00:00:00

John Connelly elected as president of PIBC

1979-06-08 00:00:00

Harold Thomson elected as president of PIBC

1979-09-01 00:00:00

Joint Statement on the Agricultural Land Reserve

PIBC contributed to a Joint Statement on the Agricultural Land Reserve.

1981-06-08 00:00:00

Jim Masterson elected as president of PIBC

1981-09-01 00:00:00

Inclusion of Yukon into PIBC

Up until this point, planners in the Yukon had been associated with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

1982-09-18 00:00:00

Land Use Act

The Land Use Act (LUA) created stipulations on land use throughout the province, which gave planners a formal, legislative framework to work with.

1983-06-08 00:00:00

Jay Wollenberg elected as president of PIBC

1985-06-08 00:00:00

Hugh Kellas elected as president of PIBC

1985-09-01 00:00:00

Examinations became available in Yukon

One of the integrative moves made by PIBC was to begin offering candidacy examinations in Yukon.

1986-05-02 00:00:00

Expo 86

When Vancouver won the 1979 bid for Expo 86, it heralded the beginning of a new era for the city.

1987-06-08 00:00:00

Jill Davidson is elected as the first female president of PIBC

1989-06-08 21:18:44

Peter Bloodoff elected as president of PIBC

1989-09-01 00:00:00

Occupational Title Protection

The designation of "Registered Planner" became a reality in 1989, when PIBC secured this occupational title protection.

1991-06-08 21:18:44

Jay Simons elected as president of PIBC

1992-09-01 00:00:00

The Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) is started

CORE was designed to increase collaborative planning and stakeholder investment.

1993-06-08 21:18:44

Don Harasym elected as president of PIBC

1995-06-08 21:18:44

Linda Allen elected as president of PIBC

1995-09-01 00:00:00

First Land and Resources Management Plan (LRMP)

The first LRMP focused on the crown land resources in the area surrounding Kamloops.

1996-12-01 00:00:00

The University of Northern British Columbia's Bachelor of Environmental Planning

UNBC offered a bachelors of science degree in environmental planning from 1996 to 2004, when they began offering a bachelors degree in planning specifically.

1997-06-08 21:18:44

Rob Roycroft elected as president of PIBC

1999-06-08 21:18:44

Blake Hudema elected as president of PIBC

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