MEET THE 2014-2015 BOARD MEMBERS
ACCUEILLONS LES DIRECTEURS DE 2014-2015!
These board members were approved at the 2014 Annual General Meeting,
held April 25, 2014 in Edmonton.
Anne Harding, President until May 21, 2015 (2nd year, Alberta)
Anne has worked as a community engagement practitioner since 2005 and is currently a Senior Advisor in Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations at Suncor Energy. She is also the Owner of Forum Stakeholder Relations, a consulting firm focused on engaging communities in sustainable decision-making. Anne has worked on community engagement projects from school closures to Aboriginal economic development to the siting and construction of pipelines, conventional wells and wind farms. Anne received her MA in Corporate-Aboriginal Relations in 2012, focusing on collaborative initiatives between Aboriginal communities and resource companies as a means of building the social license to operate, community economic development, and trust-based relationships. Term of appointment: May 2013 - May 2015
Tiffany Skomro, Vice-president until May 21, 2015 (2nd year, Manitoba)
Tiffany is an engagement specialist in Winnipeg with experience in marketing research and data analysis, project management, public engagement and social media. As Public Engagement and Research Officer for the City of Winnipeg – Water & Waste Department, Tiffany has designed, planned and coordinated a variety of projects to ensure public transparency in the Department’s activities. She holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm. (Hons) from the University of Manitoba. Tiffany has been a member of IAP2 since 2007 and is currently serving her second term on the Board of IAP2 Canada. Term of appointment: May 2013 - May 2015
Jan Bloomfield, Secretary until May 2015 (1st year of 2nd term, Alberta)
Jan started her Edmonton-based company Strategy Plus in 1997 after over 24 years of public sector experience in parks, environment, tourism, and economic and community development. She continues to provide expertise in stakeholder consultation, and strategic and business planning to public and private sector clients. Jan has been a licensed trainer for the IAP2 Certificate Program since 2005, is a founding member of the Canadian Trainers Collective (CTC), and has been active on IAP2 Canada and Wild Rose boards since 2002. Jan has an Hon BA in Geography from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Geography from the University of Ottawa. Term of appointment: May 2014 - May 2016.
Kristin Drewes, Treasurer until May 21, 2015 (2nd year, Manitoba)
Kristin is a consultant with InterGroup Consultants, an interdisciplinary firm based in Winnipeg, specializing in socio-economics, energy economics and regulation, social science research, planning, and public participation. Her participation in the socio-economic impact assessments of numerous resource development projects have inherent ties with public engagement as people are typically the subject of her work. Kristin has a Bachelor of Recreation Studies and a Masters in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.Term of appointment: May 2013 - May 2015
Dejana Knih (1st year, Alberta)
Maria deBruijn (2nd year, Alberta)
Maria is an engagement strategist specializing in design, implementation and facilitation. After 12 years working in municipal and provincial government management roles, Maria founded Emerge Solutions Inc. Her work involves the open systems model of defining expectations, assessing current realities and closing the gap by transforming engagement and communication policies and, practices. She collaborates with a variety of clients in the public, private and, non-profit sectors engineering a wide range of sustainable engagement and communications strategies. Maria holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology focused on digital engagement.
Term of appointment: May 2013 - May 2015
Dejana's passion for engagement stems for her core belief that through dialogue and open communication most conflicts can be resolved. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Calgary with a minor in Communications Studies and further pursued her passion for education and dialogue by obtaining her M.A. from the University of Victoria where she studied Dispute Resolution. During her studies at the UVic she focused on collaborative decision making and engagement and wrote her thesis, "Community Engagement as Conflict Prevention: understanding the social license to operate." Dejana has presented at the IAP2 Wild Rose as well as at the Synergy Alberta conference and has received public participation training from IAP2 Canada. She is a trained mediator and facilitator, practices with the Community Mediation Calgary Society and as assists with facilitation and organization of member education events. She has engaged in public participation in both the energy (transmission) and health sectors. Term of appointment: May 2014 - May 2016
Hugo Mimee (1st year, Québec)
Hugo is a senior strategic advisor based in Montréal with more than 15 years of experience in public participation. His professional goal: socially acceptable projects! Hugo is passionate about meeting the challenges of fostering better citizen participation in the small and big decisions that are made every day. As a community relations advisor he has led many consultations on planning and implementation of various types of projects (major power lines, electrical substations, refurbishing of hydro plants). He currently works at Hydro-Québec, acting as an advisor and trainer in public participation for project managers and the community relations team. A member of the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec, he holds a Master’s degree in planning and regional development from Laval University and a Bachelor’s in urban planning from UQAM, lending him a broad and applied perspective around the public participation table. Hugo has been a member of IAP2 since 2013, and plays an active role on the steering committee for the emerging St. Lawrence chapter.
Brenda Pichette (2nd year, Ontario)
Brenda is passionate about meaningful stakeholder engagement. She is an experienced facilitator and has an extensive repertoire of facilitation and training skills. As Senior Public Outreach Specialist and team leader for Health Canada’s Contaminated Sites Public Involvement team Brenda delivered guidance, training and advice to 19 different government departments and agencies on effective stakeholder engagement. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University in Montreal.
Term of appointment: May 2013 - May 2015
Noreen Rude (1st year of 2nd term, Alberta)
Noreen is currently the Manager of Engagement & Communication Partner Services at The City of Calgary, where she has held leadership roles for over 30 years. She has a passion for inclusive and transparent public involvement, reflected in her strong facilitation skills and can-do attitude. Noreen applies her talent for collaborating with others to ‘get things done’ to the development and operation of a regional recreation facility in north central Calgary and as Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association of Calgary. Noreen is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, and a Local Government Management Certificate.
Term of appointment: May 2014 - May 2016
Kevin Thorvaldson (2nd year, Alberta)
Kevin is Manager, Stakeholder Engagement team for Altalink, a transmission facility owner which serves 85% of Alberta’s population with reliable power. His team works with stakeholders, primarily landowners, to assess various transmission route line and substation location alternatives, to develop sustainable outcomes and relationships, for the life of their facilities. Kevin has 25 years of experience in media sales, media relations, and of course, public engagement. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Calgary, is married and will has two sons attending that institution.
Term of appointment: May 2013 - May 2015
DEPUTY BOARD MEMBERS
Kent Aitken, Ontario
joined the public service in 2009 to work on governance and strategic planning. More recently, he has taken a role in Open Government. He contributes to the civil society community through events, writing, and working with organizations that bridge the gap between government and citizens. Kent holds a degree in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, and one in Political Science and Economics from the University of Prince Edward Island. He is currently working on a Master's degree in Environmental Economics from the University of London, U.K.
Luc Richard, New Brunswick
Luc has been with the City of Dieppe since 2003. He is currently Director of the Corporate Affairs Department. Some of his responsibilities include strategic planning, organizational alignment as well as policy development. One of his current focus is promoting and fostering public participation within his organization. He is also leading various strategic initiatives and has a keen interest in governance. He has completed the IAP2 Certificate Program, has a teaching background and is a course conductor for Hockey Canada. He is very active within his community and has much experience with various volunteer boards. He believes municipal government, being closest to the people, has much to gain by increasing P2 opportunities for residents and the community as a whole.
Meghan Bratt, Ontario
Meghan is an environmental planner with experience in the private sector. Meghan has a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of Waterloo, where she was motivated by her interests in downtown revitalization, city centres, and understanding casual relationships between the built and natural environments and economic development. Meghan joins IAP2 Canada to support growth in the association and develop programming opportunities.
Amanda Mitchell, British Columbia
Amanda is a Public Engagement Specialist at the City of Vancouver where she acts as a best practice advisor on public engagement to staff throughout the City. She has a background in sustainability and a keen interest in the use of social media, digital tools, and creative engagement strategies to enhance community participation in policy creation. Amanda joined the City in 2010 to manage the online engagement process to develop the Greenest City Action Plan. Amanda is one of the founding directors of the Vancouver Public Space Network and a co-founder of Re:place Magazine (now Spacing Vancouver). Amanda holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture from UBC.