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.


As a P2 practitioner you work hard to ensure that you are developing and delivering great public participation processes.  The IAP2 Core Values Awards wants to celebrate your efforts and share your best practices with others. Applications are being received now through Thursday, June 9. Find out more and download the Applicant's Kit here.



IAP2 Canada needs you! If you are passionate about P2 and promoting the profession in Canada and abroad, please consider becoming a member of the IAP2 Canada Board. Nominations are being accepted until June 7: find out more here.

You can also learn more about the experience and rewards of being a Board member on this Board Membership 101” webinar. Board members and Deputies share what they gained and gave from helping to lead IAP2 Canada.

IAP2 2016 North American Conference


Montreal, QC, Sept. 28-30

The program for this year's Conference is now set: read the Schedule-at-a-Glance here.

The theme, "Who cares about public participation?" is one which challenges our basic assumptions about the profession. The Conference sessions and keynote speakers will get us all talking, thinking and even re-thinking what the profession is all about.

Registration is now open for the Conference, and the Early-Bird rate is in effect until June 30:

IAP2 Members: C$ 550.00

Non-Members: C$ 700.00

Students: C$ 300.00

(All prices are subject to 5% GST and 9.975% QST – see the registration form for details)

Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l'AIP2


Montréal QC, du 28 au 30 septembre, 2016

Nous venons d'annoncer le programme détaillé de la Conférence. Lisez-le ici.

Le thème de la Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l’AIP2 -- "Mais qui s'intéresse à la participation publique?" -- nous pose une question qui annonce une remise en question des postulats en jeu. Cette année, nous discuterons, penserons et même ré-penserons la significance de notre profession.

Les frais d'inscription avant le 30 juin (en dollars canadiens):

Membres de l'AIP2: 550,00 $

Non-Membres: 700,00 $

Étudiants à tout temps: 300,00

Pour de plus amples informations sur la Conférence, cliquez ici.

IAP2 Canada Professional Certification Program

IAP2 Canada plans to pilot its Canadian Professional Certification program in 2016. The entire multi-step assessment process takes several months and will culminate with a face-to-face Assessment Centre in the fall.                   

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.) 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.

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 

The latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation -- a partner of IAP2 -- is now available.

 Read it here

Upcoming Webinars

"It's Geek to Me" -- the IAP2 June Webinar

On Tuesday, June 14, we are pleased to present another "Favourite from Portland" -- one of the sessions most highly-rated by those attending the 2015 IAP2 North American Conference last September.

Kelly Spitzley of HDR will reprise her presentation, "It's Geek to Me": a look at taking the tech-speak of planners and engineers and making it understandable to the general public, without talking down to them. Join us on June 14, at 11 am Pacific (2pm Eastern).

Find out more and register 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 White Papers

Responding to requests from members for greater access to research in the P2 field, the IAP2 Canada Research Committee is now commissioning White Papers on a number of topics.

Read Kate Nelischer's White Paper on Conflict Management and P2.

Read Karen Zypchyn's White Paper on Challenges and Advancements in Evaluating P2 Processes.

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