Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) Practitioner-In-Residence Harry Harker, RPP, FCIP ended the 2016 year on a high note by creating a brand new entrance award for students in the faculty’s Planning program. The ADOA and 1st Principles Planning Graduate Entrance Scholarship was created in honour of the Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA) which works with the faculty’s students through program experiences and hires many of its graduates. Harker created the scholarship to support graduate education in the field of small town and rural planning and sustainable regional planning in Western Canada.

“I have enjoyed many years of professional practice in rural communities,” Harker said. “Our students and graduates work in many different settings including cities, small towns, and rural communities. As a planner who believes that this work has great value, I wanted to make sure students were encouraged to explore professional opportunities in all of these areas.”

Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design, Nancy Pollock-Ellwand stated, “This gift underlines the diversity of opportunities for our students across a range of communities.  A sincere thank you to Harry Harker, our Practitioner-in-Residence, for highlighting these exciting prospects with this important entrance scholarship, and to ADOA for their ongoing connection to our Faculty.”

The first ADOA and 1st Principles Planning Graduate Entrance Scholarship will be awarded in the 2017-18 academic year. No application is necessary as the Faculty of Environmental Design awards committee will forward a recommendation to the Graduate Scholarship Office.

If you are interested in donating to student awards or other initiatives in the Faculty of Environmental Design, please see our Case for Support. You can make a gift online or contact Director of Development, Leitha Cosentino at 403.220.2717 or .

Pictured: Harry Harker, Practitioner-In-Residence, Faculty of Environmental Design; Dr. Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design and Terry Topolnitsky, President, Alberta Development Officers Association.

2018 ADOA Conference Presentations

The following presentations that are posted have permission from the author to post their presentations on the ADOA website. Mr. Mallory's presentation was designed especially for the ADOA Conference and he requested it not be made public.  If you want any information on Mr. Mallory and his climb of Mt. Everest, please do a Google search.

Bruce Drake & Chris Ulmer_Subdivision Processes

Gwendolyn Stewart-Palmer_New MGA Provisions

Keegan Rutherford_Planning Policies - ADOA Conference Sept 27, 2018

Nicole Paggett_Safety Codes – Permits & Process

2017 ADOA Conference Presentations

2017-09-23 ADOA Presentation - New MGA Provisions


I Love my job It's the people

National Energy Code presentation

Novhaus 2017 ADOA Conference

Broadband Presentation_Westlock Sept 28

Perspectives on Pit regulations John

Marijuana Edited Presentation pp

Marijuana Edited Presentation pp PDF format




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