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 2014-2015:

  • President: Carrie-Lynn Ognibene
  • Vice President: Agni Papageorgiou
  • Secretary: Karla Kolli
  • Chapter Liaison: Mike Sullivan
  • Communications/Membership: Brent Bullough
  • Research: Inayat Singh
  • Immediate Past President/Treasurer: Tracey Ehl

Executive Committee minutes are available upon request.

The new Executive Committee was formed at our last AGM. All names and positions will be posted soon.

Chapter News and Events

Winter Schmooze 2015

Please join the Great Lakes Chapter and our special guests at our Winter Schmooze on Tuesday, February 3 at the Blake House in Toronto at 6 pm


We’ll be joined by the City of Toronto’s Jason Diceman, Delaney + Associates’ Richard Delaney, and Hydro One Networks’ (and Chapter President) Carrie-Lynn Ognibene for an informative and fun panel discussion on “Success and Horror: Tips for Dialogue and Deliberation”. 


We’ll supply some appetizers.  If you’re looking for more, you can treat yourself something from the Blake House’s fantastic menu.  Please arrive around  6 pm to meet your fellow Great Lakes P2 practitioners and order some food and drinks.  The Panel will begin around 6:45 pm


This event is open to members and non-members.


You can also learn about opportunities to participate on the 2015/16 Executive Committee.  You’ll love the experience.


To give us a heads-up on numbers, please email your RSVP to greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca by January 30, 2015.


Event Summary:

   IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter Winter Schmooze

   Tuesday, February 3, 2015

   6:00 pm start (panel at 6:45)

   The Blake House

   449 Jarvis Street, Toronto



Panel Bios


Jason Diceman

Since 2010 Jason has been working as a Senior Public Consultation Coordinator for the City of Toronto. Previous to that Jason did similar work for LURA consulting.  His recent projects have included Front St. at Union Station, the downtown cycle tracks, and the controversial Chorley Park trail in Rosedale.


Jason empowers groups by facilitating constructive public consultation, effective deliberation and participatory decision-making.  He leads the planning and implementation of large multi-stakeholder collaborative meetings that lead to clear outputs and the design and management of affordable and productive community engagement processes.  


Along with having insight into many engagement methodologies, Jason has created his own innovative paper based idea rating sheets materials and techniques for efficiently finding agreements among large numbers of people in a variety of face-to-face and out of meeting environments.


Jason has presented workshops across Canada and the USA, researched consensus cultures in eco-villages in Denmark and spent six months in Venezuela investigating their evolving participatory democracy.


Richard Delaney

Richard has been a public engagement facilitator for over 20 years. He established Delaney + Associates in 1996. The company has offices in Vancouver and Ottawa. Their strength sectors are health, municipal, energy and natural resources. Richard  is a Certified Professional Facilitator. He received his International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) certificate in 2006 and became an IAP2 trainer in 2007. He conducts over 70% of Canadian Foundations training. Richard’s undergraduate education is in forestry and his post grad education is public policy and administration. He has planned and facilitated hundreds of engagement events and developed policies and tools kits for federal departments, provincial ministries, municipalities and companies.

Carrie-Lynn Ognibene

Carrie-Lynn is currently President of the Great Lakes Chapter of IAP2 Canada. She has more than 25 years of experience in various communications roles with Hydro One and its predecessor, Ontario Hydro.  In her role as Senior Advisor, Corporate Relations, her main focus is on public, community and stakeholder relations, including the design and delivery of consultation programs to support new electricity infrastructure and other corporate initiatives.


Prior to joining the electricity sector, Carrie-Lynn worked in municipal government and was a Parliamentary Intern at the House of Commons.  Educated at the University of Ottawa and Laval University, Carrie-Lynn holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first Chapter Annual General Meeting in April. Special thanks to our guest speaker, Lee Anne Cameron, Director of First Nation and Métis Relations at Hydro One, who shared her experiences and best practices with the group.

Our new Executive Committee has been formed so stay tuned for upcoming events and meetings! We're always looking for volunteers, so please email us (greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca) if you are interested.

Annual Report 2013-2014

A draft of the Great Lakes Chapter Annual Report is now available. The final report will be posted once approved.

Strategic Directions 2013-2014

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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