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.


Do you have a background in Public Participation?  Are you experienced in researching, interviewing and distilling information into a brief document, easily accessible across disciplines? If so, please consider applying to write a White Paper for IAP2 Canada.

The IAP2 Canada Research Committee is asking for Expression(s) of Interest to produce two White Papers:

  1. Social Media Applications for Public Participation
  2. Securing Support or Sponsorship for P2 from Top-Level Management and/or Decision Makers
IAP2 Canada has budgeted up to $1,500.00 for each White Paper.
Key dates:

DEADLINE TO APPLY (to info@iap2canada.ca):  February 17

For more information, please click here.

Read two previous White Papers from 2015-2016:


One of the many benefits of being a member of IAP2 Canada is the Mentorship Program. This program connects newcomers to the profession (protégé(e)s) with established practitioners (mentors) for the purpose of one-on-one sharing of ideas, expertise and support. While the program was initially conceived to help newcomers develop, participants in past years' sessions agree that the benefits flow both ways.

Applications are being taken for the 2017 program, with the deadline January 18, 2017. Find more information, including applications and role descriptions, here.

Read some of the testimonials from participants in previous sessions here.

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.




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.

Read here about the winners of the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards for 2016.

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

SAVE THE DATE: 09/06/17!

Get ready to pack for the Rockies!

The IAP2 2017 North American Conference will be held September 6 - 8 at the Westin Downtown in Denver, Colorado.

The Organizing Committee is already hard at work, and the conference theme and call for presentation submissions will be announced in the coming weeks!

IAP2 2016 North American Conference

Many thanks to the volunteers, staff, presenters and attendees who made the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference the success it was!

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


Montons dans les Rocheuses pour la Conférence nord-américaine 2017 de l'AIP2!

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!

Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l’AIP2

Nous souhaitons remercier chaleureusement les membres du comité organisateur, les nombreux bénévoles, les conférenciers et tout ceux qui sont venus à notre Conférence à Montréal en septembre!

Lisez ici, les pensées du président Bruce Gilbert après la Conférence.

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 

IAP2 Canada is a partner with the Journal of Public Deliberation. Find the latest issue -- and back-issues -- here

Upcoming Webinars

Montreal Encore: "Making Engagement Meaningful with P2 Toolkits" -- the IAP2 February Webinar

Three different P2 projects; three different demographics; each needed a different set of P2 "tools" in order to be effective. How do these experiences and the lessons gained from them affect your own practice?

Join us on Tuesday, February 14 (2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific) as Cristelle Blackford and Abby Monroe reprise their session presentation from the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference in Montreal.

Register here for this webinar, and remember the two-stage process -- follow the URL in your Registration Confirmation email to get your login information.

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

Looking for an item from a past IAP2 Newsletter?

Look 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 Professional Certification Program

IAP2 Canada's Professional Certification program is now 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.                   

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. 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.

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