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 about the fundamentals of IAP2 Canada here.

Save the Date! The IAP2 Canada Annual General Meeting!

The IAP2 Canada AGM will be held online, Tuesday, April 28 at 2pm EDT. Take the time to learn about what happened in 2014 and plans for 2015. Your Board of Directors will be online to respond to your questions and participate in conversations.

Read the Agenda here.

Read the 2014 IAP2 Canada Annual Report here.

There will also be a discussion on advancing the practice of P2 and reviewing the IAP2 Spectrum.
Your ideas and opinions will help shape the future of the practice and our organization.

Could You Be a P2 Award-Winner?

Applications are now being received for the 2015 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards. These awards are an opportunity both to recognize fine effort and share best practices.

NOTE: Application deadline is Monday, May 4th at 4:30 PM Pacific.
Save the Dates – IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, May 27-31, 2015

We could all benefit from a refresher in the skills of the trade – or learn new ones – and our colleagues south of the border are offering the opportunity to do that later this spring! Come to Minneapolis for the IAP2 Skills Symposium at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, May 27-31! Courses range from the full, 5-day, IAP2 Foundations to classes on facilitating, engaging youth, ensuring diversity, evaluating your project and technology. 

Please note that this is "on-demand" training, and any courses that do not have at least 12 participants by April 27 will not be offered. 

2015 IAP2 North American Conference
Sept. 9-11, Portland, Oregon, USA


It promises to be an exciting time this September in Portland, Oregon, the "birthplace" of P2, with another time of sharing, energizing and refreshing with P2 colleagues from across North America.

The Selection Committee is currently reviewing over 70 submissions for session presentations, and the "Schedule-at-a-Glance" will be finalized soon.

Four dynamic and inspiring speakers will be delivering keynotes at this year’s Conference.

Register for the Conference before May 1, and receive the "Super-Early-Bird" rate. As well, the Conference venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lloyd Center, is offering a special Conference rate of US $149/night until August 12 or until all the blocked rooms are booked.

More information >>

President's Message
Anne Harding

It may seem like a weird time for this, but to me it feels a bit like the end of August right now.  Definitely not because of the weather (it snowed again at my place last night), but because the current IAP2 Canada Board is finishing up its 2014-2015 term. As of our Annual General Meeting at the end of the month you will have a new board of 9 directors and 6 deputy directors taking up the leadership of this fine organization (plan to attend the AGM on April 28th for the official announcement of the incoming board).

 Read more

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 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.

View the recording of this March 31 webinar, where student IAP2 leaders, as well as IAP2 Canada president Anne Harding, discuss those opportunities and answer questions. 

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!

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.

Renewing your membership

If you have been waiting to renew your membership or to open a new membership now is the time to do so! New membership rates and levels are now in effect (approved at the 2012 AGM).

Existing members can enter the Members-Only section and renew, while new members can follow the Join IAP2 Canada link.

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.

Member P2 Resources

We are adding more resources to benefit members!
IAP2 Certification Task Force 

The IAP2 Certification Task Force continues its work, developing a set of global standards for P2 practitioners.

Journal of Public Deliberation 

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

 Read it here

Evaluating your P2 Process: the IAP2 May Webinar

You’ve spent days, weeks or even months developing a P2 process for your client. You’ve facilitated the meetings, run the exercises, put to use your wide range of tools and techniques and gathered the input … but then what? How well did it work, and how do you find that out?

Dr Julia Abelson of McMaster University in Ontario is one of the leaders in the field of P2 evaluation. She and Geoff Wilson of Nova Scotia Health led a pan-Canadian project to develop the Patient and Public Engagement Evaluation Tool, which is adaptable to a variety of P2 projects. This work received the IAP2 Canada Core Values Award for Research Project of the Year in 2014.

Joining them will be Michael Quinn Patton and Charmagne Campbell-Patton of Minnesota-based Utilization-Focused Evaluation.

Register >> 

IAP2 monthly webinars are free for IAP2 members and only $50 for non-members.
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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Recent Job Opportunities

There are no job opportunities at this time. If you have a job or volunteer position of interest to an IAP2 member, please contact us at info@iap2canada.ca.

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