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2024 IAP2 NAC Program

Discover the latest trends, strategies, and innovations in public participation at the 2024 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) North American Conference. Dive into two days of enriching sessions, interactive workshops, and insightful discussions led by industry experts and experienced practitioners.

The sessions will be provided in the language they are presented in below. For detailed session information, please visit the Session Descriptions page. To learn more about the speakers, please refer to the Speakers page.



Thursday, October 24

12:00 – 6:00 Conference Registration
  1:00 – 4:00

Pre-Conference Field Trips (Registration Required)

Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Becoming an Engagement Coach
  • Artificial Intelligence - potential and ethics
  • Youth Led Solutions: The Role of Youth Engagement in Shaping our Futures

  6:00 – 8:30 Opening Reception featuring keynote speaker The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Friday, October 25

7:00 – 4:00 Registration / Check In
  7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast
  8:00 – 8:45 Keynote Speaker
  8:45 - 9:00  Networking
  9:00 – 10:30

Concurrent Sessions (90 Minute)

  • Practices for Community-led design and development of Affordable Housing in Canada / Pratiques pour la conception et le développement de logements abordables dirigés par la communauté au Canada (Simultaneous Translation)

  • Empowering Equitable Engagement: Utilizing Social Vulnerability Index for Inclusive Community Engagement

  • YES AND … How Improv can improve your practice of P2/Engagement

  • Technology (TBD)

  9:00 – 9:45 2024 Core Values Award Recipient - Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field  (45 Minute) 
  9:45 – 10:00 Break for 45 Minute Sessions
  10:00 – 10:45 2024 Core Values Award Recipient - Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture (45 Minute) 
  10:30 – 11:00 Break for 90 Minute Sessions
  11:00 – 12:00

Concurrent Sessions (60 Minute)

  • Consulter les enfants à partir de 4 ans ? C’est possible ! / Consulting children as young as 4 years old? It's possible! (Simultaneous Translation)
  • Building Trust, Building Acceptance and Building Transit Infrastructure
  • From Language Access to Language Justice: A Guide for More Inclusive & Just Public Process
  • Building Authenticity Skills and Practices for Corporate Social Responsibility & Indigenous Engagement
  • A Facilitator’s Journey: Designing Processes to Bring Communities into a Threshold of Trust that Empowers Change
  12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Networking
  1:30 – 3:00

Concurrent Sessions (90 Minute)

  • Shaping the Future of Land Use Planning: Beyond the Public Hearing / Façonner l'avenir de l'aménagement du territoire : Au-delà de l'audience publique (Simultaneous Translation)
  • La seule stratégie nécessaire en participation publique est une stratégie de curiosité! Une discussion autour du feu. The only strategy needed in public participation is a strategy of curiosity! A discussion around the fire.

  • Engagement in the Federal Public Service - Learning From Each Other to Advance P2

  • Canada's Five Pillars of Democracy: A Fireside Chat on P2

  1:30 – 4:30

Workshop (3 hour)

  • The power of vulnerability to create meaning in community engagement
  3:00 - 3:30 Health and Networking Break - only 15 minutes for Workshop
  3:30 – 4:30 Concurrent Sessions (60 Minute)
  • From Community Engagement to Community Building
  • Seize Today, Shape Tomorrow: Collaborative Intelligence in Engagement and Facilitation
  • Combating Misinformation: Strategies for Authentic Engagement in a Post-Truth Era
  4:30 – 6:00 Free Time
  6:00 – 9:00 Fun Committee Planned Activity

Saturday, October 26

7:30 – 12:30 Registration / Check In
  8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
  8:45 – 9:00 Networking
  9:00 – 10:00

2024 Core Values Award Recipient - Organization of the Year - Canada and USA / "Bénéficiaire du Prix des Valeurs Fondamentales - Organisation de l'Année - États-Unis et Canada (Simultaneous Translation)

Concurrent Sessions 

(60 Minute)
  • Co-Creating the Future With Children and Youth
  • Navigating Complexity: Engagement to Drive Change Amid Tragedy and Division
  • Hands-on Help - Become a CP3
  • Is Public Participation Working? Canadians' Perspectives on Decision Making
  10:00 – 10:30 Health and Networking Break
  10:30 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions (90 Minute)
  • Translating Community Voices into Actionable Insights with AI: Durham, NC / Transformer les voix de la communauté en insights exploitables avec l'IA : Durham, NC (Simultaneous Translation)
  • Creating culturally safe spaces in health-care facilities session
  • Building Buy-in, Trust, and Accountability for High-Stakes Engagements using Gamification
  • Tales from the Trenches: the uncanny adventures of a public engagement professional
  • Leaders’ Innovation Lab: Building Buy-in and Accountability for High-Stakes Engagements using Gamification
  10:30 – 11:15 2024 Core Values Award Recipient - Visual Engagement (45 Minute) 
  11:15 – 11:30 Break for 45 Minute Sessions
  11:30 – 12:15

2024 Core Values Award Recipient - Research (45 Minute)

  12:15 – 1:45 Closing Plenary Lunch
  1:45 – 2:00 Break
  2:00 – 3:00

2024 Core Values Award Recipient - Indigenous Engagement

Concurrent Sessions (60 Minute)

  • Les effets de la variable linguistique dans un contexte de bilinguisme officiel en situation de démocratie numérique : le cas de la ville de Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick, CANADA /  The effects of linguistic variables in the context of official bilingualism in a digital democracy setting: the case of the city of Moncton, New Brunswick, CANADA (Simultaneous Translation)

  • Powering a Green Nova Scotia, Together. How we're engaging communities and making them part of the clean energy transition

  • Championing underrepresented voices of lived/living experience in mental health

  • Collaborative Engagement as a tool to empower underrepresented and equity-denied communities

  3:00 – 3:15 Break
  3:15 – 4:15

Concurrent Sessions (60 Minute)

  • Transformation urbaine collaborative : Conditions de succès d’une Cohorte citoyenne mobilisée / Collaborative urban transformation: Success conditions of an engaged citizen cohort (Traduction simultanée) (Simultaneous Translation)
  • Our Plan Toronto: An Equitable Engagement Approach for an Equitable City
  • Rebuilding Trust with 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities Through Dialogue
  • Breaking Barriers: Panel Discussion on Engaging Persons with Disabilities
  • Beyond Eurocentric Engagement: Culturally Responsive Approaches to Community Engagement

Disclaimer: Please note that the program schedule and details are subject to change. Stay updated by visiting our website regularly or contacting us directly.

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