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.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2016 IAP2 North American Conference!

Registration is now open for the Conference, held Sept. 28-30 in exciting, cosmopolitan, Montréal, Québec. Sign up now and take advantage of early-bird rates, in effect until June 30! Conference-goers also qualify for a special room rate at the host hotel, Sofitel Golden Mile.

INSCRIVEZ-VOUS DÈS MAINTENANT pour la Conférence Nord-Américaine de l'AIP2 2016!

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes pour la Conférence, qui aura lieu le 28-30 septembre à Montréal, QC. Les tarifs hâtifs sont en vigueur jusqu'au 30 juin, alors, n'hésitez plus! Les participants recevront un tarif spécial à notre hôtel, le Sofitel de Montréal.

Professional Development Market Analysis - IAP2 Canada Contract Opportunity

IAP2 Canada is looking to work with a market research consultant who can help us understand the P2 professional development environment. We want to get a better understanding of the various courses, workshops and other professional development offerings available to advance the practice of meaningful public engagement in Canada. We want to know what training is available to support P2 practitioners, decision-makers and participants - and where there are knowledge building gaps that IAP2 Canada might have a place in filling.

View the Request for Proposals here, and please pass it along through your networks as well! The deadline is February 10, 2016.

The IAP2 Mentorship Program wants YOU!

Are you an experienced P2 practitioner? Do you have skills and insights that you're wanting to pass along to the next generation? The IAP2 Mentorship Program is about to enter its next cycle in February, and we have been overwhelmed by the number of applications as protégés. Now, we need mentors to pair with them. But don't delay: the application deadline is January 27.

The IAP2 Spectrum: Thank you for your input!

Throughout this year, IAP2 Canada has been leading a discussion across the Federation on the future of the IAP2 Spectrum, whether it meets the needs of our profession and how it can be improved. The commenting period is now closed and the comments are being reviewed. Thank you to all who took part; there will be an update on "next steps" in the New Year.

IAP2 Certification is Ready to Go!

After 2 years of hard work, IAP2 is ready to launch the pilot Certification Program in January. This will establish a means by which a P2 practitioner can demonstrate that she or he meets a set of criteria in the field. The first Assessment Centre is scheduled to go in May and the application process will open in January.

Find out more here, along with a call for volunteers to help with marketing and communications.

IAP2 International Core Values Awards

The results are in! Check out the Best of the Best in P2 worldwide for 2015 in the IAP2 Core Values Awards Showcase here.
2015 IAP2 North American Conference

IAP2 North American Conference was held in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 9 - 11, with over 50 sessions and a record 350 attendees from all over North America, as well as Australia, South Africa and Indonesia.

The sessions and videos of the keynote presentations are now available online. Click here to find them.

Read about the Core Values Awards (and see their videos) here.

Meet the IAP2 Canada Board!

Meet the 2015-2016 IAP2 Canada Board here.

IAP2 Canada holds its Annual General Meeting in April via webinar. Click here to view the 2015 AGM and click here here for the accompanying PowerPoint. 

Message from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As we start 2016, I’d like to take some time to thank all of you for your contributions to the field of P2 over this past year. Thank you for supporting the IAP2 Canada organization, for participating in P2 related activities organized by your fellow members, and for generally raising the profile of this important area of professional practice. Special thanks are also in order for all of the Board Members of IAP2 Canada, all of the members of the various Chapters across Canada, and all other volunteers who have contributed their precious time and effort to IAP2 and the P2 cause. A lot of important P2 progress has been made over 2015 – I think you should all be very proud of your collective efforts.

In my view, the practice of P2 within Canada has never been stronger. More people understand the importance of this work (and the critical need to undertake it according to sound and ethical principles) than ever before. More of them are demanding high-quality P2 processes and activities. With direct experiences of effective P2 to draw upon, more citizens and stakeholder groups are more regularly challenging token or poorly designed P2 efforts. This has in turn increased the demand for qualified professionals who can help interested individuals and organizations to "up their P2 games".

So have fun. Enjoy life. See you in the New Year.


(Read the December message “From the Board”, with Vice-President Dejana Knih, 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.) 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

Participatory Budgeting and the Balancing Act -- the IAP2 February Webinar

IAP2 Canada (IAP2 USA) is excited to partner with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) for our next Monthly Webinar. Coinciding with NCDD's Tech Tuesday, we'll be hearing about Balancing Act, a new tool that allows people to learn about the public budgeting process and get a greater understanding of the decisions public officials have to make. For those with an interest in Participatory Budgeting, this can be a very valuable resource.

Register >>

Please note the special time: Tuesday, February 9 at 3pm Eastern / Noon Pacific.

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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