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Our vision: 

"IAP2 Canada Prairies Chapter is the leader in our region advocating for the practice of public participation. We aspire to engage P2 practitioners and communications professionals throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario by supporting the delivery of professional training, networking events and learning opportunities."   

Our priorities:

In 2017 the Prairie Chapter Board of Directors developed a strategic plan with overarching goals for the chapter. Each year,  the Board of Directors selects priority goals and associated actions to focus on. Priority actions for 2021 have been established and will be reviewed with the 2021-2022 board in the summer of 2021. 

Our progress: 

Each year, the Prairie Chapter Board of Directors prepares an Annual Report detailing activities undertaken and progress made towards achieving the goals outlined in the Prairie Chapter Strategic Plan. The 2020-2021 Prairie Chapter Annual Report is available here.

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Upcoming Prairie Chapter Events

  • Stay tuned! We are busy planning some amazing local events! Join our mailing list and follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date.

Members and non-members in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario, from beginner to expert are welcome!

To register, see the Upcoming Prairie Chapter Events section above. 

Introducing the Prairie Chapter Chat! 

Since March 2020, our priorities and needs as P2 practitioners have changed. Connect with fellow Prairie Chapter practitioners from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to discuss the topics that matter most to you in this new era of engagement.

Share knowledge and network. Join our recurring Chapter Chat sessions to connect, recharge, and become inspired. Build your skill set, share your experiences, and learn from other local practitioners with the shared goal of advancing the practice for all.


We are pleased to announce the 2020 Board of Directors. Thank- you Lara Ludwig (Regina); Lindsay Thompson (Winnipeg); Brad Muller (Winnipeg); Leah Goodwin (Regina); Lawrence Baschak (Regina); Janna Sampson (Saskatoon); and Paul Spasoff (Regina) for their time and dedication to the Prairie Chapter and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.  

Samantha Mark


Chapter President 

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.

Katie Suek


Chapter Vice President

Katie Suek is a Human Environment and Community Engagement Specialist with Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth). She has 14 years of experience specializing in the human dimensions of environmental planning and decision making. She holds a B.A. Hons degree with a major in cultural anthropology and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Saskatchewan. Katie has been a member of IAP2 since 2011 and is currently completing the first year of her third term as a member of the Prairie Chapter board of directors.

Shawn Silzer


Chapter Secretary

Shawn’s career – which includes work in the public and private sectors in both Canada and the US – has seen him develop experience in customer experience and corporate strategy, business process management, marketing /communications, change management, project management, and stakeholder facilitation. Shawn has served on the Regina Board of the International Association of Business Communicators, is certified with the Customer Experience Professionals Association, has earned his Hammer business process mastery, and is a Prosci Change Management Professional.

Sarah Collins


Chapter Treasurer

Maggie Bratland


With over 20 years experience in policy and environmental management, Maggie has worked for the past 7 years in her role as a Senior Environmental Specialists at Manitoba Hydro to integrate public, stakeholder and indigenous perspectives into planning and assessing the effects of transmission line developments. She manages engagement and communication along the full Project timeline – from early design to planning to construction and monitoring. She enjoys the diverse experiences and perspectives that IAP2 members bring to the table and the new ideas that spark from every conversation.

Jennifer Lester


Jennifer Lester is a Senior Manager with MNP LLP’s Consulting Practice.  Jennifer works with a wide variety of clients including Not for Profit Organizations, Provincial Ministries, Indigenous Organizations and First Nations.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Diploma in Accountancy from Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST). She is excited to support the Board and continue the development of her Public Participation skills.