IAP2 Canada is Here!
Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to the overall success of IAP2 Canada’s Inaugural AGM and Charter Event held June 10-12, 2011 in Toronto! Over 45 people attended the event and many more were involved behind the scenes in planning and hosting the event.
We were fortunate to have individuals like Moira Deslandes (Executive Director, IAP2), Leanne Nurse (Program Analyst, US Environmental Protection Agency), David Kahane (Professor, University of Alberta and founder of Alberta Climate Change Dialogue), and Naki Osutei (VP Strategy, Greater Toronto “Civic Action” Alliance) as well as some of our own IAP2 members share their amazing experiences and knowledge. Thought provoking plenary and professional development sessions captured our interest and sparked our collective passion for working in the realm of P2.
We recognize that those in attendance represent a fraction of the overall IAP2 Canada membership and want to ensure that our entire membership can share in the information presented over the two day event. We will endeavour to upload session summaries and copies of each of the presentations to this site shortly.
Another highlight of the event was the opportunity to thank the IAP2 Canada Interim Board of Directors and all of the volunteers who completed an amazing feat by creating the foundation for the new IAP2 Canada member organization of the International IAP2 Federation. Please be sure to offer thanks to the outgoing Interim Board Members and to welcome the new IAP2 Canada Board of Directors.If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAP2 Canada, IAP2 in Transition
In March of 2010, after a lengthy international member engagement process, the IAP2 International Board voted to move from a chapter-based international organization to a federation of affiliates and IAP2 Canada was born. However, the big question remained, how was it to be nurtured?
In late spring and summer 2010, a group of chapter leaders and International Board members from Canada met to determine how to effect the transition to IAP2 Canada. They determined that this was not just a chapter issue and that member involvement, even in determining a process, was absolutely necessary. Chapter leaders when back to their members to identify volunteer for an affiliate creation team tasked with:
· Developing a process, work plan and approach in order to create IAP2 Canada
· Sharing that approach with Chapter representatives
· Working with others to implement that approach
· Being a part of creating IAP2 Canada
This team determined that a and IAP2 Canada Transition Board, with a mandate from Canadian IAP2 members should be stricken from Chapter leaders and volunteers from the membership at large. A call went out for volunteers and the proposed board was approved by an online member vote. In Dec 2011, the IAP2 Canada Transition Board had its first meeting!
Since then the Transition Board has been working to engage members and other stakeholders to determine what IAP2 Canada should be and look like, as well as prepare and meet the Canadian requirements for incorporation as a not-for-profit professional organization. In June 11 2011, the Transition Board will be host the Inaugural Charter Event and Annual General Meeting in Toronto and prepare to hand off to a fully elected affiliate Board of Directors.