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ABOUT THE PRAIRIE CHAPTER

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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Chapter Chat

Indigenous Engagement & Nuclear Power Development

Tuesday, October 5     12 noon - 1 pm (SK); 1 pm to 2 pm (MB and Northern ON) 


Addressing climate change requires a global effort to decarbonize the world’s energy systems. This means we’ll need to consider all zero emissions energy options, including nuclear power. Small modular reactors or SMRs hold promise for regions where the large nuclear reactors in operation today might not be feasible. Join Dazawray Landrie-Parke, Desiree Norwegian and Guy Lonechild on Tuesday, October 5 for a conversation about the role of meaningful Indigenous engagement as some Canadian utilities, including SaskPower, evaluate the potential for nuclear power from SMRs as a means of achieving net zero emissions from power generation. Bring your questions and an appetite for respectful dialogue with these respected engagement practitioners!

Dazawray Landrie-Parker (Métis) is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and an instructor at Yukon University. She is also the former Director of Operations for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan.  In 2014, Dazawray was appointed as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee for “F” Division (RCMP COAAC), which builds on her extensive background working with Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MNS) where she held several senior positions - including Director of Operations, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Policy Analyst. Dazawray’s Métis ancestry fueled her focus on Indigenous communities and inspired her undergraduate degree in Native Studies from the U of S. and her subsequent degree-Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas offered jointly by University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway and the U of S.  As the culmination of her program, Dazawray researched and built a community engagement framework for nuclear energy engagement in northern communities and the Policy for Public Engagement for the City of Saskatoon.



Desiree Norwegian is a member of Liidlii Kue First Nation, she is part of the Dene clan, meaning the land of the people from North West Territories. Desiree graduated from Algoma University with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. With Desiree’s strong determination and drive she next went on to obtain a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Desiree has worked in senior level accounting positions for the Municipality of Wawa and in the Energy Sector for Brookfield Renewable Power and Plasco Energy Group. Working in these roles had given Desiree the skills to take on her next adventure, the purchase of Abraflex 2004 Ltd in early January 2016-2020. Since then Desiree has decided to pursue her passion through Atunda Inc. and strive for Indigenous engagement, rights, equality and reconciliation, gender diversity, and teach/talk about the huge advantage that Nuclear power plays in our society (green power, medical isotopes, small & advanced modular reactors and great careers in stem & skilled trades) along with building a clean energy future. Desiree was also voted in as a board member for the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries in 2018, Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business 2019 and Workplace Wellness Institute 2019 and is acting Treasurer on two of the boards.



Guy Lonechild is a member of White Bear First Nations- Treaty #4 and is a well-known advocate in creating new economic opportunities and serves as President and CEO of First Nations Power Authority connecting both Indigenous and Industry leaders in renewable and alternative energy development. As a first of its kind organization, Mr. Lonechild heads the organization as our strategic leader and serves the FNPA Board and provides leadership direction to the FNPA Team.

Guy served as Vice-Chief and Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (1999-2008 and 2009-2011), where he oversaw the 25-year Economic Development Strategy highlighting important work in Alternative Energy, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Tourism, Gaming, Housing and Community Infrastructure, Education, Health and Social Development.

Before entering politics, Guy served in various capacities as band administrator and private consultant to First Nations in Business and Community Development. He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Cape Breton University and Associates Degree in Golf Complex Operations Management. He and his wife Leah have one child, Darian Lonechild and enjoy quality time with friends and extended family


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.


 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. 


MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A special thank you for the contributions to the Prairies Chapter Board and Deputy Board members who completed their term in 2021: Sarah Collins (Regina); Samantha Mark (Saskatoon); Robin Vandel (Winnipeg); and Ariane Delay (Winnipeg). 

Katie Suek

Saskatoon

Chapter 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.


Lindsay thompson

Winnipeg

Chapter Vice President 


Lindsay is a Senior Environmental Specialist at Manitoba Hydro. Over the last 11 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.

Lindsay thompson

Winnipeg

Chapter Vice President 


Lindsay is a Senior Environmental Specialist at Manitoba Hydro. Over the last 11 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.



SAMANTHA MARK

Saskatoon

Past President  





Shawn Silzer

Regina

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.




Maggie Bratland

Winnipeg

Chapter Treasurer

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

Saskatoon

Chapter Communications

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.