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.

The IAP2 Canada Annual General Meeting was held Tuesday, June 21, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of IAP2 Canada Great Lakes Chapter. View the (webinar) recording hereRead the Agenda here; download the IAP2 Canada 2015 Annual Report here.

IAP2 2016 North American Conference


Montreal, QC, Sept. 28-30

Key Resources


Conference Program

Montreal is an incredibly vibrant city with a multitude of tourist attractions. A local team of volunteers have enthusiastically put together this resource so you can make the most of your visit during the conference. It will help you plan your stay and soak in the local culture. They suggest some “mustdos”, some places to just unwind and relax, and some off the beaten track insights that you can’t find in guidebooks. Click on the above image or here to review the digital copy; click here to print.

Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l'AIP2


Montréal QC, du 28 au 30 septembre, 2016

Ressources clés

le Programme détaillé

Programme de la conférence

Montréal est une ville incroyablement vibrante avec une multitude d’attraits touristiques. Afin de vous aider à planifier votre visite et pour que vous profitiez au maximum de la Conférence nord-américaine, notre fabuleuse équipe de bénévoles vous a préparé ce court document pour vous aider à vous y retrouver. Grâce à lui, vous pourrez vous préparer pour la conférence, vous orienter dans la ville et profiter de ce qu’elle a à vous offrir. Nous vous proposons des idées qui sortent des sentiers battus et que l’on ne retrouve pas nécessairement dans les guides, sans toutefois tout vous dire, car, après tout, c’est en errant que l’on découvre une ville! Cliquez sur l'image ci-dessus ou ici pour consulter la copie numérique; cliquez ici pour imprimer.

IAP2 Canada Professional Certification Program

IAP2 Canada's Professional Certification program in 2016. This program leads to the designation CP3 (Certified Public Participation Professional) and MCP3 (Master Certified Public Participation Professional) and is the indication that you have achieved a standard in the profession recognized the world-over.                   

The 6th Annual Summit on

Public Consultation & Engagement

Engaging speakers ... multiple aspects ... new or improved P2 tools! You'll find it at the 6th Annual Summit on Public Consultation and Engagement, Dec. 5-6 in Toronto!

IAP2 Canada is excited to be an Association Partner once again this year, and IAP2 Canada members can get 20% off the regular registration price! Find out more here.

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.) Check out the Events section to find out 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 and watch a webinar on student involvement here

Are you a student who wants to get involved? Do you know one? 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

Membership has its benefits:
Journal of Public Deliberation 

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

 Read it here

Upcoming Webinars

Core Values Award Winners-1 -- the IAP2 Monthly Webinar

The 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards will be presented September 29 in Montreal, and on Tuesday, October 18, we'll meet the winners of Project of the Year for Canada and the United States. Register here.

On Tuesday, November 8, we'll hear from the 2016 Organizations of the Year and from the winner of Research Project of the Year in the United States.  Register here

Of course, we can't tell you their names until after the Core Values Awards Gala, so watch this space after Sept 29 for the announcement.

IAP2 Webinars are free for members and only $50 for non-members.

The September webinar brought together three civic politicians who have embraced P2 in their decision-making process and are seeing great success with it. IAP2 members may view the video of the webinar here.

Upcoming events

28 Sep 2016 (EDT) • Sofitel, Montreal QC
18 Oct 2016 2:00 PM (PDT) • Online
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.)

IAP2 Canada White Papers

Responding to requests from members for greater access to research in the P2 field, the IAP2 Canada Research Committee is now commissioning White Papers on a number of topics.

Read Kate Nelischer's White Paper on Conflict Management and P2.

Read Karen Zypchyn's White Paper on Challenges and Advancements in Evaluating P2 Processes.

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