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.

Download a brochure, explaining the principles of public participation (Code of Ethics, Core Values, etc.).  

Read about the fundamentals of IAP2 Canada here.

Voting is underway for the IAP2 Canada Board

Thank you to all those who have submitted nomination forms for the 2015-2016 IAP2 Canada Board. If you are still interested in serving, you may apply to be a Deputy Board member.
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. 

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.

If you're considering making a session presentation at the Conference, you have until March 6 to make your submission.

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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.

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President's Message 
February 2015

You know that Sister Sledge song “We Are Family”? (If you don’t, find it on YouTube, it’s super catchy.) I recently went through a time of personal struggle and now that I am coming out the other side I’m reflecting on all the awesome support I received from my community around me

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Connect with an IAP2 Canada Chapter near you!

IAP2 Canada currently boasts five Chapters -- we are almost coast-to-coast! Each Chapter 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 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

Creating a Framework for Citizen Engagement -- the IAP2 April Webinar

On Tuesday, April 14, the webinar will feature Desley Renton of the City of Melbourne, on Creating a Framework for Citizen Engagement in a city. Citizens of Melbourne are regarded as some of the most engaged in the world, and Desley will describe how her city managed that and will answer your questions.

Note the special time (due to the time difference with Australia): 4pm Eastern Daylight Time.

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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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