The BC Chapter hosted its first event of 2018 in Victoria on February 7. Drew Snider presented and led an interactive “Deep Dive” discussion about media relations & P2 with an engaged bunch of members and non-members.
Being able to tell the story you want about engagement through the media is important. Helping reporters and editors understand what “good” and “proper” public consultation looks like can help preserve the integrity of the process, even when vocal opponents try to discredit it. Discussion touched on ways of doing that — including the ever-popular “elevator pitch”. (insert quotes (Amelia took not me) and images)
We are pleased to welcome the Canadian Trainers Collective to Vancouver for Foundations training in March and the Courageous Leadership Project training in Vancouver in April. For details on the dates and to register please visit: www.iap2bc.ca/training-events/.
P2 Talks: Changing Engagement for a Changing City
The Wild Rose chapter is pleased to have hosted two successful joint presentations of Jane Purvis’ presentation IAP2: ‘Changing Engagement for a Changing City’ in both Calgary and Edmonton along with the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI). Both events were well attended by a diverse audience from both IAP2 and APPI. The luncheons provided the audience an opportunity to hear Jane discuss the City of Edmonton’s recently concluded 3-year-long Council-sponsored Initiative on Public Engagement that resulted in significant changes to Edmonton’s engagement policy and approach. (See the special report by Tannis Topolnisky in this newsletter.) Thank you to everyone that was able to attend and remember to check out our website for upcoming professional development and networking events.
Anne Harding is Wild Rose’s newest CP3
We are pleased to celebrate Anne Harding as one of Canada’s newest Certified Public Participation Professionals (CP3). Jessica Delaney and Yvonne Morrison were also granted the certification, along with Anne. Anne is the Owner of Forum Relations, a Calgary based consulting company dedicated to sustainable decision-making through effective community engagement. Along with being the most immediate Past-President of IAP2 Canada, she also works as Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations Senior Advisor at Suncor Energy. With Anne’s certification, the Wild Rose Chapter now has the most CP3’s in the country- a fact we are very proud of!
Save the date: April 27, 2018
IAP2 WR AGM, Networking and Core Value Awards Learning Opportunity
What can be more exciting than an AGM you ask? How about an opportunity to learn from two of last year’s core value award winners? Join us to hear about The City of Calgary’s Crowchild Trail Extension project and the Calgary Board of Education’s 2016 Transportation Study which goes beyond presenting and includes some skill building.
In between these two interactive sessions will be the AGM and a networking lunch. This is a great way to find out about what the chapter has been up to for the last year and possibilities for the upcoming year. We would love for you to join us!
Date: Friday April 27, 2018
Location: Fort Calgary (750 – 9th Ave SE)
Keep your eyes out for more details as they emerge. In the meantime, book yourself out for April 27!
The IAP2 Prairies Chapter held two successful AGMs on February 6, 2018. One in Winnipeg and a joint AGM between Regina and Saskatoon. The Chapter shared highlights of the past year and provided an opportunity for people interested in public engagement to learn more about IAP2 and membership benefits. After the AGM, both locations hosted a learning opportunity for attendees.
In Winnipeg, Morgan Vespa from the City of Winnipeg’s Office of Public Engagement facilitated a discussion regarding what the Office has achieved and the future of engagement in the City of Winnipeg. Regina hosted Samantha Mark, Prairie Wild Consulting Co., who shared case studies of their diverse work, the approach used in engagement and facilitation, and lessons learned.
The IAP2 Prairies Chapter is offering P2 training in the near future:
IAP2 Fundamentals in Public Participation
March 27-29, 2018 – Regina, SK
April 18-19, 2018 – Regina, SK
IAP2 Strategies for Public Opposition & Outrage in Public Participation
(formerly called IAP2 Emotion, Outrage & Public Participation)
May 8 & 9, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB
May 15 & 16, 2018 – Regina, SK
For more information and to register please visit: http://iap2canada.ca/prairie
Great Lakes Chapter members gathered in Burlington on Feb 22 and talked about “the tools we use”, highlighting tools and techniques used that are innovative and in most cases, FUN!
The group heard about:
Mentimeter which is a free software tool that helps to create fun and interactive presentations where participants use their mobile devices to participate.
Feedback Frames which is a tool that can be used for large group decision making using secret rating with instant visuals (see the photo for one in use at the meeting). This method of engagement is based on the concept of dotmocracy but allows for anonymous voting.
We went back in time and used RetroViewers – you remember these, we called them ViewMasters. These were used to show residents what a current parcel of land looked like and what it COULD look like after re-development of the site. A fun and interactive to show people concepts.
Online Town Hall was demonstrated. This is a great way to have people participate without having to actually come out to a townhall meeting.
Interested and want more info? Visit:
Keep on eye out for the IAP2 Great Lakes Newsletter for our next social P2 event. Have an idea for our next social get together? Let us know at email@example.com