IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter

For more information, to add your name to the contact list, or to share your talents, please contact greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca 

Geographic Area

The Great Lakes Chapter extends generally from Windsor to Kingston; Barrie to Fort Erie and includes the corridors of Highways 400, 401 and the Queen Elizabeth Way.

Executive Committee             

The Great Lakes Executive Committee 2016-2017:

  • President: Donna Kell
  • Vice President: Tracy Manolakakis
  • Past President: Karla Kolli
  • Secretary: Kyal Butler and Jodi Ball
  • Treasurer: Chris Gurski
  • Members-at-Large:  Carrie-Lynn Ognibene (Events / Communications), Tracey Ehl (Communications), David Nagler.  

Additional volunteer energy and ideas are always welcome.

Executive Committee minutes are available upon request.

Chapter News and Events

Annual General Meeting 2016

The Executive Committee hosted our Chapter's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 21 at the Hydro One Special Events Centre in Toronto.  In addition to our business meeting where the new executive team and the annual report were presented and accepted, we were also linked in to the IAP2 Canada AGM and participated virtually in the business of the national organization.

Eric Bergman was our guest speaker.  He talked about the blend between communications expertise and P2 objectives.  In his most recent book The Engaging Public Participation Presentation, Eric shares a step-by-step process to create conversational presentations that enhance engagement, understanding and support.  

Chapter Annual Reports

Strategic Directions 

Building on the core values of IAP2, the new IAP2 Great Lakes aspires to advance the practice of public participation by promoting a culture of connection and sharing among P2 practitioners (members and non-members) in the Great Lakes region.

To further vision, we will work with members and partners to deliver top notch:

  • Learning opportunities
  • Social events
  • Communication with members and non-members (i.e. practitioners outside of IAP2)
  • Development of strategic partnerships (e.g. OPPI, OAIA, etc.)
  • Recognition of people and projects
  • Advocacy, research and policy development

We recognize that we are a small, volunteer based organization, so we have to choose strategic priorities to ensure our sustainability.  For the 2013-2014 timeframe, our priorities are to:

  • Host multiple social and/or learning events each year.
  • Communicate effectively with both members and non members through e-newsletters, e-mail, the web and telephone outreach.
  • Undertake research, recognition and partnership development as opportunities arise. 
  • Through these activities, we aim to demonstrate value for membership, build connections and recognition for good public participation practices and build our membership.  We will review our progress regularly to make sure we are staying on track, and we will adjust course as necessary.
  • For more information, to add your name to the contact list, or to share your ideas and talents, please contact greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca.

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