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.

Certification Pilot Project up and running -- apply today!

It’s here! After two years of development, IAP2 USA is proud to present the pilot professional certification program. Be one of the first IAP2 Members to apply for this brand new certification program for P2 professionals, and help us fine tune the certification process.

In September 2015, IAP2 USA will conduct a pilot for the new professional certification program. The assessment process was developed by a task force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and South Africa in consultation with our membership. 



IAP2 Federation Model Review – Your Input is Needed!

When the IAP2 Federation of Affiliates model was established in 2011, members agreed to a 10-year implementation timeline. As we approach the 5-year point in our new governance model, it is time for a review to determine if any adjustments are needed to ensure organizational sustainability.

This review is open to all IAP2 Members and includes a survey, which should take about 10 minutes of your time but will be invaluable to the Review Committee going forward. Watch your email for the link to that survey. Please visit this page for more information on the review and note that the June 24 webinar is now available for review, along with a list of questions and answers from that webinar.


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!

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

Over 50 fascinating presentations are lined-up for the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 9 - 11 in Portland, Oregon. From sewers to Aboriginal engagement to digital engagement to missing millennials, there'll be a lot to stimulate and re-charge your P2 batteries. 

As well, there'll be discussion periods on certification and re-imagining the P2 spectrum, along with field tours in the "Birthplace of P2".

Get more information -- including the Schedule-at-a-Glance >>



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
Bruce Gilbert, IAP2 President

In 2003 I quit my job as the leader of a well-known provincial environmental conservation non-profit, and moved my family to Halifax to undertake doctoral studies. I left behind great pay, high-profile community sector commitments, my soccer team, close friends and family members. It was heart-breaking to leave – especially for my children. But I had to do it. I was restless. As odd as this may sound, this restlessness was all about P2. Specifically, after 20+ years in the P2 trenches, I decided that I needed to firm up my theoretical and scholarly understanding of the field I was firmly planted in. I wanted to become better at promoting and leading better and different P2. I wanted to learn about the drivers of effectiveness in P2 including why people did and did not participate and why things succeeded or failed when they did. I wanted to use scholarship to become a better practitioner.

 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



The IAP2 Monthly Webinar: "Meet the Authors: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy"

(note special date)

Longtime IAP2 member Matt Leighninger, executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and Tina Nabatchi, associate professor of administration and public affairs at Syracuse University, have just published their book, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy, and they'll be joining us live to talk about the book and the issues it raises and give you new insights into activating the democratic, problem-solving potential of citizens. Click here for more information and to register.

Note: this webinar will be held Tuesday, August 25 (not the second Tuesday of the month) at the usual time of 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern.

Register >>

Due to the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference, there will be no September webinar.

In our May webinar, "Evaluating Your P2 Process", Dr Julia Abelson and Geoff Wilson discussed their team's work in developing the Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET). The research paper on the project is now available in the "early-view" online version, prior to being included in an upcoming issue of "Health Expectation". 

Read the paper >>

Monthly webinars are free for members and just $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.)

IAP2 Canada News

Work Opportunities with IAP2 Canada

IAP2 Canada is looking for some help. We have the following work available, learn more and consider applying.

Re-Designing the IAP2 Canada Website – please click here for the Request for Proposals.

The IAP2 Canada Research Committee is hiring:

Contract Research Analyst -
To collect, review and catalog relevant P2 research and applied practice articles. Develop ongoing tracking and sharing mechanisms to collect articles and other documents and ensure permissions to share are collected. Click here for the job posting. 

Expression of Interest for the Development of White Papers -
The IAP2 Canada Research Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from members to produce two white papers. The first white paper topic will focus on public participation evaluation. The second topic will draw attention to conflict management. Click here for more information.

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