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.




P2's "Best of the Best" from Canada and the USA were honoured at the 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards gala and dinner cruise (sponsored by Hydro-Québec), Sept. 29, 2016. Find out more here.

The winners of the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards were announced October 18. Read the News Release here.

Read about the Core Values Awards winners from around the world in the 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards Showcase.


IAP2 2016 North American Conference

The 2016 IAP2 North American Conference is now history, and by all accounts, a great success, with sold-out registrations and a variety of sessions addressing the question of "Who Cares about Public Participation?" from a wide range of angles. Major thanks are due to the organizing committee, the dozens of volunteers and the fine staff at Sofitel Golden Mile in Montreal for making this a worthwhile and memorable experience!

Read president Bruce Gilbert's "ruminations" on the Conference here.

Now ... mark Sept. 6-8, 2017 on your calendar and get ready to pack for the Rockies: Denver, Colorado, will host the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference!



Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l’AIP2

La Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l’AIP2 est maintenant terminée et s’est avérée un grand succès à tous les égards. De nombreux ateliers ont affiché complet et la question-thème de la conférence – « Mais qui s’intéresse à la participation publique? » – a été abordée sous une grande variété de perspectives.

Nous souhaitons remercier chaleureusement les membres du comité organisateur, les nombreux bénévoles ainsi que le personnel exceptionnel du Sofitel Le Carré Doré de Montréal d'avoir fait de cet événement une expérience à la fois profitable et mémorable.

Assurez-vous dès maintenant de réserver les dates du 6 au 8 septembre 2017 à votre agenda et préparez-vous à vous envoler vers les Rocheuses, car la ville de Denver, au Colorado, accueillera la prochaine Conférence nord-américaine de l’AIP2!

IAP2 Canada Professional Certification Program

IAP2 Canada's Professional Certification program os mpw underway, leading to the designations CP3 (Certified Public Participation Professional) and MCP3 (Master Certified Public Participation Professional). This is the indication that you have achieved a standard in the profession recognized the world-over.                   

2017 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium

Emotion and Outrage! Designing for Diversity! Social Media! When Things go Sideways! Evaluation!

IAP2 members have been asking for learning opportunities on these topics, and these and many others will be on offer at the 2017 Skills Symposium, Feb. 27 - March 3 in San Diego, California!

Find out more here.

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.

Who is an IAP2 Canada member?

People connected with P2 come in all shapes and sizes, with all manner of backgrounds and interests. Meet the members on the IAP2 Canada Member Wall!

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

IAP2 Organizations of the Year & USA Research Project of the Year -- the IAP2 November Webinar

How do you evolve a public health system from one in which patients are "receivers" into one that makes them "partners" in their own health care? The BC Ministry of Health has spent the past decade doing just that, and is this year's winner of the IAP2 Core Values Award for Organization of the Year. In that time, some 800 health care professionals received IAP2 training and thousands of patients were included in decisions affecting them. On Tuesday, November 8 (2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific), Shannon Holms will share how they were able to engage that many people -- and how management came to buy into the concept.

Developing a long-term plan for a city's future means making it work for the people who have to live with it, and the City of Hillsboro, Oregon, was named Organization of the Year in the USA for its process in building "Hillsboro 2035". Chris Hartye from the city and consultant Jason Robertson will let us in on the techniques for their success.

And did you know that one out of every 4 Americans is affected in some way by an incorrect medical diagnosis? That can have a huge and often devastating impact on patients and their families and friends -- as well as their doctors. The Jefferson Center and Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University received the Core Values Award for Research Project of the Year from IAP2 USA and the IAP2 Federation for their project, "Clearing the Error". Register here

You have an opportunity to contribute to the December 13 webinar (2pm ET)! Civic engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons tackles Social Media and P2 and is looking for examples of digital engagement that's worked really well ... and digital engagement that's gone, well, not so well. Fill out Susanna's form, to provide her with the information (and also an idea of what you'd like to learn from this webinar). Register here.

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

In October, we heard from the IAP2 Core Values Award winners for Project of the Year: Nova Scotia Health (which won both the Canadian and Federation award), for "Embedding Engagement in Models of Care"; and the Maricopa County (Arizona) Flood Control District. IAP2 members may view the video of the webinar here.

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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