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Jeff CookPrincipal, Beringia Community Planning Inc., MCIP, RPP

Jeff Cook is the Principal of Beringia Community Planning Inc. Working in the community since 1991, Jeff is a planning facilitator, community engagement specialist, educator and trainer with community planning and development experience (comprehensive, sector and project planning), working with over 40 First Nations and community groups across Canada.

His practice is founded on principles of community development, social inclusion, participatory action, transformative learning and cultural respect.

Jeff's experience includes comprehensive, sector and project-based planning in areas of community socio-economic development, land use, housing & infrastructure, governance and community health with both self-governing and non-self-governing Nations.  He is especially well known for participatory approach to community planning, with expertise in comprehensive community planning. He has published articles in Plan Canada, including a report called "Gaining Momentum: Sharing 96 Best Practices of First Nations Comprehensive Community Planning".

He currently teaches at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (Indigenous Community Planning Master's Program) and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is the current National Chair (second term) of the Indigenous Peoples' Planning Subcommittee (IPPS) and is an Advisor on the Indigenous Inclusion Subcommittee for the International Association of Public Participation.


Keynote Address

Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 9:30 - 10:30


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