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Meet our 2021 Scholarship & Bursary Recipients

The CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) is the Canadian planning profession’s national charity, providing a scholarship and bursary program to students in accredited planning programs in Canada. The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) created CIP-PSTF in 1989 to contribute to the advancement of professional planning. After incorporating as a separate entity under the Canada Corporations Act, the fund received charitable status in 1990.

In 2021, CIP-PSTF awarded six scholarships and three bursaries, totalling $35,000 in financial assistance.


Patrycia Menko, University of Waterloo

“The Retail Food Environment, Food Access, and Gentrification Processes in Toronto”

Patrycia Menko is an MES in Planning student at the University of Waterloo (UW). Patrycia’s thesis research focuses on geographic and economic retail food environments in Toronto, ON and gentrification constraints on healthy food access, particularly for minority and vulnerable populations. She hopes her research will help integrate healthy food access into municipal land use decisions through “food haven” policies that protect and promote retailer diversity and through impact studies that assess and mitigate business and resident displacement due to retail food development. Her additional interests include environmental sustainability and encouraging public transit ridership. Patrycia also works as a graduate research assistant at the University of Waterloo and has held several leadership and volunteer leadership roles in her community, including Social Officer for the Association of Graduate Planners at UW. She is motivated by the prospect of joining organizations and advisory groups to address planning issues, strengthening allyship between the planning profession and public health, and forevermore continuing her education through practice.


Claire Lee, Queen's UniversityMaking Space for Physical Distancing in Canada's Urban Centres: A Case Study of Vancouver's Slow Streets

Claire is a recent graduate of Queen’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Hailing from the West Coast, she had the unique experience of growing up in a heritage house in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. Cycling the Seawall and exploring Stanley Park, wandering around downtown, and regularly taking public transit led to an early appreciation of urban life. Claire went on to complete her undergraduate degree in human geography at the University of Victoria, where she had the chance to realize her interest in urban planning graduate studies. In the past few years, Claire has taken opportunities to broaden her perspective, living in Vancouver, Victoria, Aberystwyth (Wales), Kingston and now Ottawa where she is currently working as a co-op student with the City of Ottawa’s Public Realm and Urban Design team. In the future, she hopes to continue to complete most trips by bike, visit as many breweries as possible and explore wherever her planning career will take her next!