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Call for Self-Nominations for IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board of Directors 

We are looking for interested and dynamic people from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to join the Board of Directors of the Prairies Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

The following dates are important in the upcoming Board of Directors selection process:

  *   Deadline for self-nominations: 5 pm CST, Friday, December 9, 2016

  *   Voting: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 to Friday, January 6, 2017

  *   Election results announced at the  IAP2 Prairies Chapter AGM: TBA

Board positions available: A maximum of 7 board positions will be filled through the election process; 6 directors will continue to serve under a two-year term. Prairies Chapter bylaws allow for up to 13 board members, with 1 board position held for representation by each province in the region (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario).

Directions: If you think you're right for the Board of Directors, complete the self-nomination form <IAP2 Prairies Chapter Elections - Self Nomination Package 2016-2017.doc> and submit it via email to the Elections Committee via prairies@iap2canada.ca<mailto:prairies@iap2canada.ca>, or email us with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Events and Training

IAP2 Prairies Chapter Lunch and Learn - Winnipeg

How Donald Trump May Have Saved our Democracies, and our Professional Community Engagement Practices
IAP2 Prairies Chapter Invites you to a Lunch and Learn Event on:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Anhang Room, Millennium Library, 251 Donald St
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by Martin Itzkow, FRSA(UK), IAP2 Prairies Chapter Member


What have we learned from the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and other countries where there has been a failure to connect, engage or pay attention to voices that are perceived to be less valuable than others?

How do we rethink our engagement approaches to ensure that we include those who voice the “NO” in our processes?  How do we remain ethical when those we engage feel that we are not valuing their voices, nor integrating their ideas into all that we do?

Please join us in a conversation that explores an engagement approach to help address the increasing social distance between the “Majority” and “Minority” voices in our community.

This lunch and learn session may provoke us,  and may make us feel uncomfortable, as we seek greater insight into our current professional engagement approaches and understanding of our special place of privilege.

Please RSVP to prairies@iap2canada.ca by Friday, December 2, 2016.

Bring your own lunch, coffee provided.

Feel free to share this notice with your colleagues!

IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation Training (5 days) in Winnipeg this fall and winter!

This is a two module program intended to provide a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation.

Planning Module* (3 days) - November 16-18, 2016

Techniques Module (2 days) - January 30-31, 2017

* The Planning Module is a prerequisite to the Techniques Module

Good decisions don’t just happen. They take planning and effort. Learn to apply IAP2’s approach to public participation in your very next process. IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation helps you gain the confidence needed to hit the ground running.

IAP2 has worked with practitioners from around the world to develop foundational tools that largely transcend national and cultural boundaries. Even advanced practitioners will find useful tools and techniques to assist in working with the public and clients to establish effective public participation. These tools are presented in an interactive and experiential learning environment that provides participants with the opportunity to explore their own public participation challenges with their instructor and peers.

**Current and new IAP2 members are eligible to receive a course discount of $275 for the five days, or $150 for the three days, at time of registration. (An IAP2 membership is $150 annually.)

To access the promotional discounts, or if you have any questions, please contact: Brock at feenstrab@mmm.ca   

For information on becoming a member of the IAP2 Prairies Chapter and to register please visit iap2canada.ca/membership.

Winnipeg course registration: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/iap2-foundations-in-public-participation-winnipeg-mb-2016-registration-26476818878 

Provided: Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, coffee, tea and other refreshments.

Training Update
*IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation Training in Regina Cancelled*
We would like to inform members that the Regina Training has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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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