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Dr. Pierre Filion, professor emeritus in the School of Planning, has received Canada's highest honour for planning professionals. The Canadian Institute of Planners has inducted him into the Prestigious College of Fellows. The distinction is awarded to individuals who exemplify planning’s best values and recognizes excellence in professional practice, community service, teaching, or conducting planning and community research.
Dr. Filion has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s leading scholars, whose teaching and research has made significant contributions to planning practice in Canada and abroad. Whether through his courses, lectures, or as an advisor and mentor, he has been a leader in advancing planning course curricula for almost four decades. He is a leading expert in downtown and inner-city planning, metropolitan regional planning, and the interaction between land use planning and transportation. His many publications include, Canadian Cities in Transition, now in its sixth edition, which is a staple for planning students across the country, as well as practicing planners who seek to better understand the transformations underway in Canada’s urban centres. His expertise on complex urban issues has led to collaborations with government (local, provincial, and federal) and non-government agencies.
As a member of the College of Fellows, Dr. Filion is looking forward to participating in reflections about present and future tendencies affecting planning in Canada. We are experiencing profound environmental, economic, demographic and value transitions that will transform human settlements and how we live in them.
Congratulations to Dr. Filion and his colleagues for this achievement!
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