Newfoundland and Ireland Planning Links

Seán O'Leary MIPI

I recently met with Ken O’Brien, Chief Municipal Planner at City of St. John's Newfoundland; Alton Glenn, ‎Director of Planning and Protective Services, Town of Paradise; Mary Bishop, planning consultant and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners who sits on its board of directors; and Town of Paradise planner Ann-Marie Cashin.

Alton is also President of the Newfoundland branch of the Atlantic Planners Institute. The Atlantic Planners Institute/Institut des Urbanistes de l’Atlantique, an affiliate of our Global Planners Network partners the Canadian Institute of Planners, is an association of professional planners in the four Atlantic Provinces of Canada: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. There are approximately 7,500 planning professionals in Canada.

The historic links between Newfoundland and Ireland were discussed (22% of Newfoundlanders claim Irish ancestry, mainly drawn from Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Dingle, in Kerry, and Cork) along with the similar challenges and opportunities facing planners and planning today.  The Institute intends developing closer links with planners in Newfoundland given this shared heritage and the opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking that exist.

Click here for a recent podcast interview with Ken O’Brien where he discusses the role of the planner in Canada. 

Previously on the IPI blog Graduate member Shelby Trautman discussed her work in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan

Seán O'Leary MIPI
Executive Director