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
Sept. 9-11, Portland, Oregon, USA

Over 50 fascinating presentations are lined-up for the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference, Sept. 9 - 11 in Portland, Oregon. From sewers to Aboriginal engagement to digital engagement to missing millennials, there'll be a lot to stimulate and re-charge your P2 batteries. 

As well, there'll be discussion periods on certification and re-imagining the P2 spectrum, along with field tours in the "Birthplace of P2".

Get more information -- including the Schedule-at-a-Glance >>



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


From the Board
Tracy Vaughan, IAP2 Board

If free and fair elections are the democratic face of local government, public participation in decision-making is the city’s democratic fabric. As the Senior Public Engagement Advisor at the City of Vancouver, I help design public participation processes that enable us to reach a broad diversity of our community. I joined the board at IAP2 because I think it is important to strengthen and promote public participation in government decision-making across Canada.

 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.

Register >>

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.)

IAP2 Canada News

Work Opportunities with IAP2 Canada

IAP2 Canada is looking for some help. We have the following work available, learn more and consider applying.

The IAP2 Canada Research Committee is hiring: 

Expression of Interest for the Development of White Papers -
The IAP2 Canada Research Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from members to produce two white papers. The first white paper topic will focus on public participation evaluation. The second topic will draw attention to conflict management. Click here for more information.

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