IAP2 Prairies Chapter

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News from Prairies Chapter

Board of Directors

Upcoming Events!


We are Pleased to Introduce your Prairies Chapter Board Members 

We are pleased to share that your new prairie chapter Board has been acclaimed.  A big thank you goes to the board members who have stepped down. The commitment from Bernie Bolen (SK), Kate Moir (MB), Katie Suek (SK) and Susan Freig (MB) and their commitment to the Board over the past two years has been greatly appreciated. During our last Board meeting, the new executive committee was elected.

As your Board, we are here to serve you as our members! We provide networking opportunities, a forum for P2 discussions, and are a community engagement resource for practitioners across the 3 provinces. Let us know how we can improve what we provide to our members and what events you would like to see over 2016.

Upcoming Events

Winnipeg Lunch and Learn with Tiffany Skomro - May 26, 2016 

Office of Public Engagement, City of Winnipeg
Where: Anhang Room, 2nd Floor Millennium Library (251 Donald Street)
When: Thursday, May 26 from 12:00-1:00 pm

Come and learn about the role of the Office of Public Engagement at the City of Winnipeg, and how public engagement is being integrated into City projects.
Throughout her career, Tiffany has established herself as a leader of change, providing strong analytical thinking and collaborating with various stakeholders to build relationships. With over ten years of experience leading all public engagement initiatives for the Water & Waste Department, as well as shaping the Office of Public Engagement, she has learned to work in a political and regulatory environment. As a founding member, and past Vice President, of International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada, Tiffany has established herself as a leader in public engagement. 
There is no charge for this event. Coffee/tea available. Bring your own lunch.
Please RSVP to sonia.buscaowczar@gov.mb.ca 

Regina Lunch & Learn - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 

Mark your calendars for a Lunch & Learn with Kathryn Pollack. 

"Community Contributions to a Mega-Project" will look at a specific community engagement tool used by Vale Potash Canada during their construction plans for a multi-billion potash mine project near Kronau, Saskatchewan.

 When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 doors open at 11:45 a.m.

 Where: Beer Bros. Gastropub & Deli, Private Room 1821 Scarth Street

Online tickets (both member and non-member prices) will be available for purchase soon - watch for further details or email: MBroadfoot@saskpower.com to confirm your spot now.

Winnipeg Plan Ahead for a Patio Drink with Your P2 Colleagues - June 16, 2016 

Patio Season is Here!
Where: Peasant Cookery Patio, 283 Bannatyne
When: Thursday, June 16 starting at 4:30 pm and onward

Join Chapter members and others in the P2 community in Winnipeg for this informal event to get to know each other and share common interests. Open to all Prairie Chapter members and their guests.

Prairies Chapter 2016 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.

Brock Feenstra - Vice President - Brock works at MMM Group as a planner with the planning and development team. He was involved with the IAP2 Prairies Chapter Start-Up Steering Committee and has been on the Board of Directors since its inauguration. His planning and public engagement experience involves land development projects, community plans, strategies, and policies, and transportation planning projects.

Myrna Broadfoot - Treasurer - Myrna is a stakeholder engagement specialist with SaskPower responsible for developing and delivering stakeholder engagement programs for numerous transmission and generation projects throughout Saskatchewan.  She strives to engage people and communities in a meaningful way utilizing the core values developed by IAP2.

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.

Heather Kasprick - Heather has been with the City of Kenora for 21 years in various capacities working with all departments within the City. Her areas of interest include public engagement and consultation with a focus on customer orientated approach to improve overall City services and delivery. Heather is the Manager of Legislative Services and Communications for the City and represents Northwestern Ontario on the Board.

Sonia Busca Owczar - Sonia has had an interest in promoting opportunities for patients and members of the public to have a greater say in the health services and policies that affect them.  She completed her Master of Social Work on this topic in 1996. Sonia has had 25 years of clinical experience in the area of social work in health.  She is currently working as a policy analyst for Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, Government of Manitoba and is actively engaged in promoting greater patient and public participation in health system design, implementation and evaluation. She is also a member of the newly forming “National Health Engagement Network”, a community of P2 practitioners in health across Canada who are exploring a formal relationship with IAP2 Canada.

Graham Dodds – Graham is a senior planner with Parks Canada.  For most of his 25 year career, he has been leading collaborative planning processes at parks and historic sites throughout the west and north.  Inspired by working with Aboriginal communities, Graham is interested how different cultures and world views can be bridged in consultation.  He is also interested in how organizations develop internal collaborative cultures.   Graham has a Master of Natural Resources Management and is a certified professional trainer.
Roslyn Kozak - 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.
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 BaschakAs 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 - Biography coming soon.


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