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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."   

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Our newly appointed board of directors is hard at work planning events, training and networking opportunities...

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MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS


IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board Members

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 (Saskatoon) - IAP2 Prairies Chapter President, Training Committee

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 (Saskatoon) - Board Member, Membership and Outreach Committee

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.


Maggie Bratland - (Winnipeg) Board Member, Membership and Outreach Committee

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.


Shawn Silzer (Regina) - Board Member, Events Committee

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.


Robin Vandal (Winnipeg) - Board Member

Robin is a skilled liaison and community engagement specialist with many years of experience in the resource sector. Engagement, consultation, facilitation and project management are where she thrives. Robin has been with Manitoba Hydro for 8 years working in Liaison roles. Before that she worked in the non-profit sector where experience in Governance was gained. Robin obtained a Masters of Environment with a focus on Resource Management as well as a Masters Certificate in Project Management and a PMP Designation.