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What are the IAP2 Core Values Awards?

The IAP2 Core Values Awards are another way to help raise the bar in the field of public engagement: a friendly competition to encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones. Each year, IAP2 and its affiliates around the world recognize leaders in the profession; in 2014, IAP2 Canada inaugurated its own Core Values Awards.


The awards go to projects which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and P2 professionals can learn from one another and be inspired to keep raising their own standards.

The 2019 Core Values Awards application period is now closed. Winners were announced on September 5th at the IAP2 North American Conference. The 2020 Core Values Awards application process will open in February 2020. Thank you for your interest.

National Awards

  • Organization of the Year
  • Research Project of the Year
  • Project of the Year (selected from the Project Awards, below)
Project Awards
  • Indigenous Engagement
  • P2 for the Greater Good
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field

Visual Engagement Award

The Visual Engagement Award is a new award for 2018, in coordination with the Dazzling Notice Awards. The Visual Engagement Award recognizes creativity and innovation in P2 communications:
  • How did you invite the public to learn about the project?
  • How were people kept informed throughout the process?
  • How did you report out to participants?


2019 Award Winners


The 2019 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards attracted a record 18 entries. The winners were announced at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte, NC, September 5, 2019.

Meet the 2019 Winners

2019 Judges

Susanna Haas Lyons

Susanna  is a civic engagement specialist, who designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision makers.

(susannahaaslyons.com)


Dave Meslin

Dave is the Creative Director of Unlock Democracy Canada the founder of the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto and co-founder of Spacing Magazine. His new book, “Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up” will be published by Penguin in 2018. In his spare time, Dave enjoys playing with Legos.

  • Belinda Boyd


  • Belinda is Leader, Community Engagement, at Vancouver (BC) Coastal Health, specializing in Patient Public Engagement (PPE), ensuring a voice for people most affected by changes or decisions.

    VCH has received numerous Core Values Awards on Belinda's watch: Organization of the Year (2006), Creativity and Innovation, and Project of the Year (2014), and P2 for the Greater Good (2016). 

Anita Wasiuta

Anita's expertise in marketing programs, project and event management, volunteer engagement, facilitation, and public engagement all begin with developing relationships with people.

Anne Harding

Anne is a former president of IAP2 Canada, recipient of the 2015 Core Values Award for P2 for the Greater Good and a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3). Her specialties include the energy industry and Indigenous engagement.

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