About The Prairie Chapter
"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."
Members and non-members in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwest Ontario, from beginner to expert are welcome!
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. We are looking forward to refreshing our strategic plan this Summer 2023.
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. Read our 2021-2022 Prairie Chapter Annual Report!
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Prairie Chapter Chat
Every other month, IAP2 Prairies hosts practitioners from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario for a virtual Chapter Chat to discuss the topics that matter most tin this new era of engagement.
Build your skill set, share your experiences, and learn from other practitioners in our region with the shared goal of advancing the practice for all.
Previous Chapter Chat:
Crafting engagement strategy to disrupt and dismantle racism in the health system
with Colleen Schneider, Provincial Lead for Public and Patient Engagement, Shared Health Manitoba
Dialogue about race and racism is very difficult for so many. For those with lived experience of racism, it can be triggering. Among those who perpetuate racist behaviour, there is a range of understanding and acknowledgement and overall discomfort talking about racism.
Join us for a Chapter Chat with Colleen Schneider, who is leading work in Manitoba to disrupt and dismantle racism in the health system. Colleen will share some potential strategies to engage patients, staff, community and health partners, and leadership on racism. Through group discussion, we can learn from each other and generate ideas together.
Many of us may be working in anti-racism or may be called to work in this area. This session is sure to be thought-provoking and will provide you with ideas and engagement strategies for building anti-racist organizations and systems.
About the guest speaker: Colleen Schneider has been engaging the public and patients on health and health system issues since 2002. In her role, she also supports engagement on the transformation of the health system in Manitoba with a focus on addressing inequities in access to care for those in rural, remote, and First Nations communities. She lives in Wolseley, Winnipeg with her partner and 6 month old husky; new to the empty nest phase, they are enjoying their new cabin on the Winnipeg River.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORs
Lindsay thompson (SHE/HER)
Lindsay is a Senior Environmental Specialist at Manitoba Hydro. Over the last 12 years, Lindsay has worked for Manitoba Hydro building strong collaborative working relationships with communities. She designs and implements successful engagement processes for new transmission and distribution projects. She has a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba and an Environmental Education and Training Program Certificate from the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources.
Christine Markel (SHE/HER)
Christine Markel has over 15 years’ experience working in the environmental sector, the last ten of which have been with the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Environment. She has held a variety of roles throughout her years of service including Stakeholder Relations Lead with the Climate Change Branch, Senior Environmental Assessment Advisor in the Environmental Assessment and Stewardship Branch and is currently a Business Performance Consultant within the Corporate Services Division. Over the years Christine has been responsible for the management and delivery of stakeholder and Indigenous engagement to support legislative, regulatory and policy development for the Government of Saskatchewan. Christine enjoys the intersect between policy analysis and public engagement and working with a broad set of participants to seek solutions to complex environmental problems. She has a Masters of Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Saskatchewan. She has also completed numerous courses offered through IAP2 including Foundations and Techniques for Public Participation, Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation, Group Facilitation Skills for Public Involvement, Public Engagement and Social Media, and Dialogue and Deliberation.
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.
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.
Colleen McMahon (SHE/HER)
As a public engagement advisor in Government of Saskatchewan, Colleen provides strategic engagement planning advice and support to all ministry public and stakeholder engagement projects. Areas of focus include making engagement more accessible and inclusive, digital engagement, and engaging with people with lived experience, Before joining the Government of Saskatchewan, Colleen worked for almost a decade in Crown corporations and the private sector in various marketing, market research, and communications roles. She holds a Master of Science in Market Research, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Regina. She has also completed IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation and Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation. Colleen also serves on the Board of Directors for Lung Saskatchewan and the volunteer board for the Sheldon-Williams Music Program.
Daniel Waycik (one/ones)
Daniel Waycik brings 10+ years experience working in the non-profit sector leading projects focused on operational capacity development. Daniel specializes on projects that leverage internal capacity and focus on empowering the individual. Daniel specializes in community and organizational safety and security practice from working from both an operational and a cultural perspective. He has over a decade of experience in the commercial security industry including event security, event traffic management, private investigations, crime prevention, community safety &wellbeing planning. Working with business improvement zones, music festivals, as well as small and large municipalities.
Daniel has a proven capacity for flexible project management & support, working within unique organizations and multi-stakeholder joint operations. Daniel takes a systemic change approach to creating solutions, supporting the inherent functions within a community instead of displacing them.
Chapter Liaison with National Office
Erin is Director of Strategy and Governance with the Government of Manitoba’s Communications and Engagement Division. In her role, she supports Manitoba’s commitment to open government and including the public in decision-making. With a background in policy and a keen interest in making government more accessible to those it serves, Erin is excited to join the Board and to promote P2 principles wherever decisions that affect the public are made.
The Government of Manitoba received Organization of the Year at IAP2 Canada’s Core Values Awards in 2021 for launching the online EngageMB portal. EngageMB facilitates meaningful input from the public into provincial decisions.
SAMANTHA MARK (SHE/her)
Samantha is the Senior Manager with Prairie Wild Consulting Co. She leads and co-leads on a number of different projects working with municipalities, regions, Indigenous communities, and organizations across Saskatchewan and beyond. Samantha provides facilitation, engagement, policy writing, and project management. Samantha has led and co-led the development of numerous strategic plans, evaluations, needs assessment plans, district plans, municipal official community plans, zoning bylaws, concept plans, and dozens of community-based facilitations. Samantha has an honours degree from the Regional and Urban Planning Program at the University of Saskatchewan and has her full designation with the Canadian Institute of Planners.
MORGAN VESPA (SHE/Her)
Morgan has been the Manager of Public Engagement at the City of Winnipeg since 2016. With a background in environmental and First Nations engagement prior to moving into municipal engagement, Morgan’s research and professional experience has led to a keen interest in how public participation has the potential to strengthen communities and democracy.
Matt is a Senior Consultation Advisor with the Government of Saskatchewan. In this role he provides advice and training to Ministries and Crown Corporations to support their fulfilling of their Duty to Consult and Accommodate First Nation and Métis communities. He also provides training to proponents on how engagement with communities can support and inform Government’s Duty to Consult process. Before joining the Government of Saskatchewan, Matt worked as a Consultation Advisor for Métis Nation - Ontario (MNO) where he prepared communication materials and organized meetings, community gatherings, webinars, and teleconferences with more than 300 participants to facilitate communication between government, proponents, Regional Consultation Committees, and communities.
He holds a BSc in Environmental Science form Brandon University and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Saskatchewan.