What is IAP2 Canada?

IAP2 Canada is an association of professionals in the field of public participation (P2), who seek to promote and improve the practice in relation to individuals, governments, institutions and other entities that affect the public interest in Canada and around the world.

IAP2 Canada carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:

  • Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology;
  • Advocate for public participation throughout the world;
  • Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals, and;
  • Provide technical assistance to improve public participation.

Read more about the foundations of IAP2 in the IAP2 Code of Ethics, the IAP2 Core Values and the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation

Read the new IAP2 Canada Foundations of Public Participation flyer, and learn more about the fundamentals of IAP2 Canada here.

Save the date! / Une date à mettre à votre agenda!

The 2016 IAP2 North American Conference will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Sept. 28-30, 2016.

La prochaine conférence nord-américaine de l’AIP2 aura lieu à Montréal, Québec du 28 au 30 septembre 2016. 

Be an Important Part of an Important Discussion!

Does the IAP2 Spectrum meet the needs of the public engagement environment of today -- and tomorrow? Are there things that need to be re-considered, limitations that need to be addressed? How can IAP2 continue to advance the practice of public participation, as it has for the past quarter-century?

IAP2 Canada is stepping into this conversation on behalf of the entire Federation, and over the next several months, will be welcoming opinions and suggestions from all over the world. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of the practice, so we invite you to visit our interactive Discussion Forum page and participate!

But hurry! This forum closes at the end of November!

5th Annual Public Engagement Summit - presented by Strategy Institute

IAP2 Canada is proud to be partner, once again, with Strategy Institute in the annual Public Engagement Summit, Dec. 1-2 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Toronto Airport.

IAP2 International Core Values Awards

The results are in! Check out the Best of the Best in P2 worldwide for 2015 in the IAP2 Core Values Awards Showcase here.
2015 IAP2 North American Conference

IAP2 North American Conference was held in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 9 - 11, with over 50 sessions and a record 350 attendees from all over North America, as well as Australia, South Africa and Indonesia.

The sessions and videos of the keynote presentations are now available online. Click here to find them.

Read about the Core Values Awards (and see their videos) here.

Meet the New IAP2 Canada Board!

The new Board of Directors and deputy board members are now in place for 2015-2016. Click here to meet them! 

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Annual General Meeting, held Tuesday, April 28 via webinar. The recording of the webinar can be viewed here. The accompanying PowerPoint can be found here

President’s Message – ‘Doing’ P2 Research ‘Together’
Bruce Gilbert, IAP2 President

In my last President’s Message (August), I shared my view that P2 professionals need to be proficient at helping organizations better engage their publics, but also highly skilled at helping them to build effective collaborative structures and processes. I opined that as professionals we need to be able to mentor, coach and support organizations to be effective and ‘smart’ partners given that inter-organizational collaboration is an important and high-order form of P2.

 Read more

Connect with an IAP2 Canada Chapter near you!

With six regional chapters, IAP2 Canada is truly a coast-to-coast organization! Each Chapter -- British Columbia, Wild Rose (Alberta), Prairies (Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario), Great Lakes (Southern Ontario), St Lawrence/Saint-Laurent (Eastern Ontario & Quebec) and Atlantic -- hosts its own events, activities and professional development opportunities. Please visit the Chapters section to find out what's happening region-by-region, and if you are in the area, you're welcome to attend an event. (Please note: the website for our newest chapter, Atlantic, is currently under development.) Please see "Upcoming Events" below or click here to see what's coming next.

Join us!

Membership in IAP2 Canada has its benefits – such as lifelong learning, career enhancement and networking with others in the P2 field.

Click here to become a new member or renew your current membership and if you have any questions about the process to renew your membership, please read the detailed guide.  

 For information on adding additional members to your organization bundle, please review the tutorial.

Opportunities for youth and IAP2

In increasing numbers, students across Canada and the United States are looking for ways of being involved in the events around them, and public participation activities provide that avenue! Getting involved with IAP2 has benefits for the students and the organization itself. Read what one student leader and the Past-President of IAP2 Canada have to say about youth/student involvement in IAP2 here. You can also view the March 31 webinar here and if you're a student interested in finding out more (or know someone who is), please contact Joelle Westlund.

Know a student who wants to get involved? Pass the link on to them, and encourage him or her to find out more by contacting us at info@iap2canada.ca!
Member P2 Resources

We are adding more resources to benefit members!
Journal of Public Deliberation 

The latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation -- a partner of IAP2 -- is now available.

 Read it here

Social Media & P2 -- the IAP2 December Webinar

Social Media is "trending" in pretty much every area of life, so what kind of a role does it play in P2? Join us on Tuesday, December 8 at 2pm (Eastern), for our last webinar of 2015, looking at the emerging and evolving role of social media in public participation. What tools are available? How can they be best used? What is your own experience? Karen Zypchyn, who curated social media postings from the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference, and Adriana Hemzacek of HDR in Chicago and formerly with the IAP2 USA Communications Committee will be our presenters.

Click here for a full calendar of events.

Important note on registration: to register for a training course or event, simply click on the event name. If online registration is available, click on the registration link. Otherwise, please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. (IAP2 Canada does not handle registrations for courses run by outside consultants: these are handled by the consultants themselves.)

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