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 was formed in April 2013:

  • Laurie Bruce, Principal, Planning Solutions
  • Tracey Ehl, Principal, Ehl Harrison Consulting Inc.
  • Sherif Kinawy, Graduate Assistant, University of Toronto
  • Karla Kolli, Associate, Dillon Consulting Limited
  • Katrina McCullough, Environmental Planner, AECOM
  • Carrie-Lynn Ognibene, Senior Advisor, Corporate Relations, Hydro One Networks Inc.
  • Michael Sullivan, Senior Project Manager, Cambium Inc.
  • Sheila Wilson, Manager, Community Development and Partnerships, Haldimand County

 Executive committee minutes are available upon request.

Chapter News and Events

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first learning and socializing event in 2014. Robert Davis and Morgan Boyco shared an insightful presentation with the group on social media and e-consultation.

Coming up in April, the Great Lakes Chapter will be hosting another learning event, as well as our Annual general meeting and elections, so stay tuned! We're always looking for volunteers, so please email us (greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca) if you are interested.

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.

Collaborating in Complex Times: Advanced Stakeholder Engagement Vivien Twyford in Toronto - October 28th and 29th, 2013

This workshop goes beyond traditional models of engagement to explore ways to engage stakeholders who have multiple perspectives and strong interests in co-creating enduring solutions to complex dilemmas. Strategies to avoid or manage potential challenges and the non‐technical risk to your projects will be offered such as:

  • Political interference
  • Legal challenges
  • Constant scrutiny of data and decisions by technical experts and stakeholders
  • Negative media attention
  • Community angst, outrage and emotion
  • Public protests
  • Activist blockades

Vivien Twyford was the founding partner of Twyfords in 1988. Having developed a specialty in the area of public participation, Vivien has for the past 25 years designed and implemented stakeholder participation programs around some very sensitive projects. Vivien was international President of IAP2 in 2004, the first person living and working outside North America to hold that office. More recently Vivien was part of the Twyfords’ collaborative process that developed this new framework we call Collaborative Governance.

For Information and bookings contact

Or contact Jo Nelson or Darlene Fisher at ICA Associates, 1-416-691-2316  


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