Welcome to 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. Find out more, here.

The 2018-2020 IAP2 Canada Strategic Plan has been completed. Read it here.

Interested in joining IAP2 Canada? IAP2 Canada offers a variety of member benefits and services. Find out more here.


Thank you, to all those who took part in the IAP2 Canada Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, June 13. After a review of the accomplishments of 2017 and discussion of Association business, Board members shared their reflections on a year-long exploration of Indigenous Awareness. Watch the AGM and discussion here.

Download the 2017 IAP2 Canada Annual Report here.

The results were announced in the election for the Board of Directors for 2018-2019. Meet them here.

Next Assessment Centre: Nov. 30-Dec. 1

(Deadline to apply: August 10)

Applications are now being received for IAP2 Professional Certification. The designation CP3 (Certified Public Participation Professional) tells the world that you have the Core Competencies needed and that your P2 work meets an established set of internationally recognized criteria. Not to be confused with receiving a "Certificate of Completion" from the IAP2 Foundations course, Certification involves a rigorous process, leading to an in-person Assessment. So apply by August 10 for the next Assessment Centre, November 30 - December 1 in a location to be determined.

Learn more about Certification here.


Submissions are now being received for proposed courses at the Second Annual IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium, March 19 - 22, 2019, once again in Gatineau, Quebec. We plan to run the full five-day Foundations course, and one-, two- and three-day courses on other aspects of P2. If you're interested in providing training at this Symposium, download the submission form here and send it to IAP2 Canada by June 22, 2018. (Read the FAQs here.)DEADLINES EXTENDED: CONTRIBUTE THE LATEST WHITE PAPERS FOR IAP2 CANADA RESEARCH!

Are you a researcher or research organization?

An opportunity exists to produce one of two White Papers for the IAP2 Canada Research Committee. The Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest to write on two topics:

  • Provide tools and techniques that support the achievement of equity and align communication in community representation with diverse audiences, including non-English speakers; and
  • Explore methods to evaluate the Return on Investment of P2
The Research Committee has set aside a budget of $1,500.00 for each White Paper.

Interested? Download the Expression of Interest here and apply by June 30, 2018.

Learn more about the IAP2 Canada Research Committee here.

THE IAP2 NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE: More than just sessions!


You'll find something for everyone at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference -- Sept. 5 - 7 in Victoria, BC!

As well as a wide array of sessions geared to help grow a culture of P2, this year's Conference offers Wednesday afternoon workshops and panel discussions covering issues from Indigenous engagement, through transportation infrastructure, to instilling a P2 mindset in local and regional governments. Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance here to get the full rundown of the workshops and panels, as well as the sessions, field trips, and of course, the annual Core Values Awards!

So don't delay! Register today! Sign up before June 30 and get the special early-bird discount!

Only coming to the Gala? Click here.

LA CONFÉRENCE NORD-AMÉRICAINE DE L’AIP2 : Des séances pour tous et plus encore!


Chacun trouvera un atelier adapté à ses besoins lors de la Conférence nord-américaine de l’AIP2 qui se tiendra du 5 au 7 septembre à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique!

En plus d’un vaste choix de séances destinées à favoriser la propagation d’une culture de la P2, la conférence de cette année proposera des ateliers en après-midi le mercredi ainsi que des discussions de groupe sur divers thèmes allant de la participation autochtone aux infrastructures de transport, en passant par les façons d’inculquer un état d’esprit de P2 au sein des instances gouvernementales locales et régionales.

Consultez le programme détaillé ici pour vous renseigner sur tous les ateliers et groupes de discussion, ainsi que sur les séances, les visites sur le terrain et, bien entendu, le Gala annuel des prix d’excellence!

(Vous ne venez qu'au Gala des prix d'excellence? Cliquer ici.)

THE IAP2 CANADA CORE VALUES AWARDS: thank you to all who applied!

Thank you to all who applied for the 2018 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards! The application period is now past and the judges are reviewing the entries. Finalists will be notified by July and the awards will be presented at the annual Core Values Awards Gala in Victoria, September 7. Read more about the Core Values Awards here.

Sincère merci à tous ce qui a présenté leur candidature pour les prix d’excellence! Les finalistes seront notifié avant le mois de juillet et les gagnants seront annoncés au Gala des Prix d'excellence, le 7 septembre à Victoria!

Lisez plus des Prix d'excellence ici

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!

Upcoming Webinars

IAP2 Monthly Webinars are an added benefit for members: free to take part (and just $50 for non-members) AND access to recordings of past webinars.

Check out these samples:

2017 Core Values Awards: Projects of the Year (November, 2017)

Is Your Organization P2-Centric? (July, 2017)

Participatory Budgeting (January, 2017)

Coming in July: "Participatory Systems Change" (another Denver Encore)

When a government or other public agency commits to a policy of public engagement, it often runs into a clash: bringing as many people to the table as possible, versus the intricate and complex systems of government and administration.

How to work past that? On Tuesday, July 10 (11am PDT / 2pm EDT), Sebastian Merz and Robin Prest of the Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University and Dr Martin Carcasson of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, will reprise their session from the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference. They'll discuss some of the contributions of "thought leaders" at an international conference held in Whistler, BC in 2016.

Click here to register. (Remember the two-stage process: your confirmation email will include a link to another site. Just fill out the form there and receive your login information.)

Are you looking to hire a P2 specialist?

IAP2 Canada members get exclusive access to our Job Board. If you or your company are looking to hire someone in the Public Participation field -- full-time, part-time, contract -- send the information to info@iap2canada.ca, and we'll post it at no cost!


Membership in IAP2 Canada means ...

  • lifelong learning,
  • career enhancement
  • 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.

Member Benefits

Let's stay in touch!

Are you not (yet) a member of IAP2 Canada but would like to stay on top of its activities? Would you like to receive the information about upcoming learning webinars and other events? It will be great to stay connected and we promise not to clog your inbox! Click here and fill out the form.

Upcoming events

27 Jun 2018 7:30 AM (CDT) • 201 Portage Conference Centre - Concourse Level, Winnipeg
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.)

Looking for an item from a past IAP2 Newsletter?

Look 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. Check out the Events section to find out what's coming next.

Opportunities for Youth and P2!

If you are a student currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Canada (or have graduated within the past 12 months), you qualify for  the special Student Rate of just $50/year to be a member of IAP2 Canada! Enjoy the benefits of membership while making P2 part of your personal curriculum!

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!

Read what one student leader and a Past-President of IAP2 Canada have to say about youth/student involvement in IAP2 here and watch a webinar on student involvement here.

IAP2 Canada is proud to be a partner with the Journal of Public Deliberation. The latest issue is now online: read it here.

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