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.

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

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.

Videos of the four keynote addresses will be available shortly.

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

Save the date! / Gardez les dates!

The 2016 IAP2 North American Conference will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Sept. 28-30, 2016. Have a sneak peek at some of the Best of Montreal!

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 -
August/September 2015
Bruce Gilbert, IAP2 President

In my first President’s Message, I noted that when doing my doctorate/post doc a few years back, I ‘dug deeply’ into the 6th rung of Sherry Arnstein’s 1969 Ladder of Citizen Participation (‘the partnership rung’). During these ‘scholarly’ years, I lived and breathed all things inter-organizational collaboration - a term that loosely means “where entities such as groups or organizations work deeply together through partnerships, alliances, coalitions networks - or variants of the above - to achieve some common or complementary objective” (Note: not to be confused with intra-organizational collaboration, a term that loosely means “where members in a single entity work together to improve that entity”; and certainly not to be mixed up with the more common everyday use of the word collaboration where any combination of individuals working together on anything garners the ‘collaboration’ moniker). Much to my surprise, and to the dismay of my friends and family, I became an expert in how to turn every conversation around to the topic of “collaborative process-performance and the 23 factors that can predispose a collaborative towards synergy” (z-z-z-z).

 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

IAP2 Monthly Webinar - your chance to engage and learn!

Due to the North American Conference, there will be no monthly webinar in September.

Our next webinar will be Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific), when the topic will be "Getting Engaged / Staying Engaged". John Stephens and Rick Morse from the University of North Carolina will discuss how they're using a blog to keep citizens involved in issues that affect them, even when there are no big decisions on the horizon. Further details will be announced soon.

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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.)

Volunteer Opportunity

Professional Development Steering Team - Volunteers Needed

In September, the IAP2 Canada Board decided to seek a consultant to help us determine the professional development needs of our members and the broader P2 community. We are currently looking for a few volunteers to support this process by helping determine what the scope of work should be, as well as timeline and budget. The goal is for IAP2 Canada to get a better understanding of the P2 professional development landscape by finding out what kind of training and workshops are of interest to the P2 community, what professional development is currently being offered to meet those needs, and where there are gaps that IAP2 Canada should look to address.

If you have 2-3 hours/month between now and January to be part of the PD Steering Team, please contact Anne Harding through info@iap2canada.ca by Monday, October 5th. We are looking for anyone with an interest in professional development for the Canadian P2 community, and preferably someone with experience hiring and managing consultants. 

We will not include volunteers in this group who currently profit from professional development (either as course developers or trainers) to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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