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IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board Updates and Happy New Year! 

We are pleased to share that the IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board will fill 6 board member positions, representing each region! The positions will be acclaimed at the AGM and an election will not be required. The new board members will be announced at our Annual General Meeting that will be held on Monday, January 30th.

The AGM will be held in-person in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina (locations TBD) will connect through a web-based meeting application. Information about the presenter, locations, and time to come!

On behalf of all the IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board members, we would like to wish you a happy new year!

Upcoming Events and Training

Training Update

Regina Foundations in Public Participation Training Rescheduled for Spring 2017
IAP2 Prairies Chapter is pleased to partner with Dialogue Partners to deliver the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation program in Regina this March and April! This is a two module program intended to provide a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation.

March 14-16, 2017 (Planning Module*)

April 19-20, 2017 (Techniques Module)

* The Planning Module is a prerequisite to the Techniques Module

Current and new IAP2 members are eligible to receive a course discount at time of registration. Please contact Roslyn at roslyn@mpathengage.com to access the promotional code. An IAP2 membership is $150 annually and the 5-day course discount is $275. For information on becoming a member of the IAP2 Prairies Chapter and to register please visit iap2canada.ca/membership.

Morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, coffee, tea and other refreshments will be provided. 

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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