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2018 IAP2 Prairies Chapter AGM and Workshop

Join us for a fun evening in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Every year the IAP2 Prairies Chapter hosts an AGM to share the efforts from the past year. In addition, we want to provide the opportunity for people interested in public engagement to come and learn more about IAP2, meet board members and enjoy a night of networking.
This year our events will be held in the following locations:

  • Winnipeg at the Clay Oven (Downtown at Shaw Park, 1 Portage Avenue East)
  • Regina at Beer Brothers (1821 Scarth Street)
  • Saskatoon at Mr. Mikes (2105 8th Street East)
5:00-5:30pm - arrival
5:30pm - AGM
6:00pm - workshop/presentation

Free event. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
Non-IAP2 members welcome. Please bring along interested colleagues.

Following the brief AGM, the following events will be offered:

Winnipeg Event

Shaping the Future of Public Engagement in Winnipeg

Presenter: Morgan Vespa, Manager, City of Winnipeg's Office of Public Engagement

Please join us and be part of shaping the future of public engagement in Winnipeg. We are excited to have Morgan Vespa from the City of Winnipeg’s Office of Public Engagement (OPE) join us at our AGM! Morgan will facilitate a discussion regarding what the office has achieved and wishes to engage with those present to help shape the future of engagement in the City of Winnipeg. 

If you are attending in Winnipeg, we ask that you take a moment to respond to a few survey questions before the AGM. Survey responses will be collected until February 2.

RSVP for Winnipeg Event

Saskatoon and Regina Events

Planning on the Prairies and Beyond - Engagement and Facilitation

Saskatoon Presenter: Samantha Mark - Senior Manager of Regional and Community Planning, Prairie Wild
Regina Presenter: Lenore Swystun - Founding Director, Prairie Wild

During this session Prairie Wild will share examples of their diverse work, the approach they use in engagement and facilitation for projects of all sizes, and some lessons learned. Participants will be engaged in a dialogue using some of the facilitation methods shared and how they can apply this in their own work/environment.

Prairie Wild Consulting has over 20+ years of experience rooted firmly on the prairies – growing where they are planted. Prairie Wild is known for delivering uniquely tailored planning and policy solutions in the areas of transparent citizen participation and engagement processes; community-based comprehensive regional and community planning and policy development; local and regional development; rural and northern diversification; cultural and heritage planning; land and infrastructure resiliency assessment and policy development; and, community-based social research.

RSVP for Saskatoon Event
RSVP for Regina Event

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM! 

Upcoming Events and Training

IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation Training - Winnipeg, MB

Planning Module
January 29-31, 2018 - Winnipeg, MB

Techniques Module
February 20-21, 2018 - Winnipeg, MB

Dialogue Partners is pleased to deliver the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation program in Winnipeg this January and February! This is a two module program intended to provide a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation. Find out more

Prairies Chapter 2017 Board of Directors! 

Trevor Joyal - President - Trevor is an environmental specialist with Manitoba Hydro focusing on environmental assessment work for transmission line and natural gas pipeline development. He studied Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba and has been involved in environmental assessment work in Manitoba since 2009 as both a consultant and proponent.

Roslyn Kozak - Vice President - Roslyn is a multi-disciplinary engagement and communications professional with 15 years of experience. She is currently a Principal at MPATH Engagement, a Regina-based company that delivers creative and innovative audience engagement programs. She works with organizations to improve relationships with key audiences, implement meaningful consultation and manage risk around important decisions. Roslyn’s recent work includes leading public participation projects for the City of Regina’s Official Community Plan, the City of Saskatoon’s Website Redesign and the Government of Saskatchewan's Consultation on the Future of Liquor Retailing.

Samantha Mark - Secretary -Samantha is a Regional and Community Planning Consultant with Prairie Wild Consulting Co. Samantha graduated with an honours degree from the Regional and Urban Planning Program at the University of Saskatchewan and has also obtained a Certificate in Group Facilitation from the University at the Center for Continuing and Distance Education. Samantha leads and co-leads on a number of different projects across Saskatchewan including working with a number of municipalities, regions and First Nation communities and organizations. Samantha provides facilitation and community engagement, policy writing and project management to a number of working groups within the west central area, eastern, and south eastern parts of the Province. This includes leading the process of developing a number of Official Community Plans, District Plans, Zoning Bylaws, Strategic Plans, development review responses, community engagement processes, facilitation, and other related work. 

David Marsh - David Marsh has more than 15 years of municipal, private sector, and international planning experience in Canada, the US and the Caribbean. He is currently employed with Dillon Consulting as a planning consultant in the Winnipeg office. He has been involved in a wide array of planning endeavours, from development entitlement processes, development plans, secondary/neighbourhood plans, zoning by-laws, policy planning, rapid transit and public participation in planning. He has significant experience in public outreach and engagement.

Brad Novecosky – Brad has 15 years of consulting experience in Canada and is the Senior Consultant for Public and First Nations engagement and consultation programs at Golder Associates. Brad successfully led numerous First Nations and public engagement programs through the environmental assessment and regulatory process for a number large projects and small projects in Saskatchewan.  Brad is also a senior archaeologist at Golder Associates with experience in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories as well as in the US.  

Lara Ludwig
Lara has been a community relations professional for around 10 years. She's just begun working for SaskPower as a consultant for infrastructure communications with an aim to increase stakeholders' understanding of transmission and distribution projects. Prior to this Lara was the community relations lead for a multi-billion mining project in Saskatchewan. Here she communicated technical knowledge in a way that facilitated a community discussion about a potential potash solution mine while managing the corporate brand, advertising, sponsorship and events with measurable results.

Lawrence Baschak As a career public servant for close to 30 years, Lawrence is currently with the Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.  Areas of interest include corporate planning, reporting and performance as well as providing support to the Ministry in public service renewal, continuous business improvement and facilitation.  His experience in public engagement and planning includes implementing public involvement policy and programs, facilitation of land use advisory committees in northern Saskatchewan and training in group facilitation.

Denisa Gavan-Koop Denisa is an urban planner and an IAP2 practicing professional with experience in the federal, municipal and non-profit sector. Denisa holds a Master of Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) from York University and a Master of Arts (Political Science-Honours) from the Simon Fraser University. She had led community engagement initiatives throughout Manitoba, at the University of Manitoba, the University of British Columbia and the City of Toronto. Denisa is also one of the first board members of the IAP2 Prairies Chapter. She completed the IAP2 Foundations/ Certificate in Public Participation in 2012.

Natalie Henault Natalie is a Senior Consultant within MNP’s Winnipeg office. She has demonstrated experience designing and facilitating community engagement processes related to strategic and economic development planning plans, infrastructure projects, environmental assessments and land-based feasibility assessment projects. In her current role, she is actively involved in the Indigenous business community, and promotes the value of public participation in decision-making processes. 

IAP2 Prairies Chapter - 2016 Annual Report

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