Chapter Updates: March 2015

ATLANTIC (emerging) CHAPTER

CONGRATULATIONS!  The IAP2 members who have been working to establish a chapter in Atlantic Canada reached a major milestone in the past month: submitting their Letter of Intent and a draft proposal to the IAP2 Canada Board of Directors. The proposal was approved by the IAP2 Canada Board at its monthly meeting in March.

Members in that region were inspired by the turnout at the first IAP2 North American Conference, which was held in Halifax in 2012, to start setting up a Chapter to cover Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Now, a 12-member Steering Committee, headed by Chair Geoff Wilson and Vice-Chair Linda Young, will complete the process.

Over the next 12 months, they plan to hold up to three networking and professional development events and send out four news bulletins, updating their progress. As well, they’ll reach out to organizations with similar goals, like The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and the Canadian Evaluation Society.

The Committee will recruit additional members, and won’t limit itself to members of IAP2 Canada.

P2 practitioners in Newfoundland and Labrador will have an opportunity to find out more about this emerging Chapter at a Networking Social co-hosted by IAP2 Canada and the Canadian Trainers Collective. The Social takes place Wednesday, March 25 at Quintana’s in Churchill Square.

Find out more >>

There’ll also be a chance to learn about the City of St John’s new Engage Policy and lots more. It’s a free event, but the organizers do ask that you RSVP so they can plan.


BC CHAPTER

The BC Chapter is excited to launch the 2015 Event Series:

Engage!– Thewhat’s? whys? and hows? of community engagement for your profession.
The BC Chapter in collaboration with professional associations including the Planning Institute of BC, the Canadian Public Relations Society and others is co-presenting a series of thought provoking discussions on getting engagement right. The series launches on May 5th in Vancouver.

SAVE THE DATE!
April 28, 5-7 pm
for “Beyond the Open House – Public Participation is More than Coffee and Doughnuts” in Victoria. The special guest speaker will be Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. Watch for details to come.

May 5th – IAP2 BC PIBC (Planning Institute of BC) co-present

Planning for Engagement
Location: downtown Vancouver
More information to come on IAP2 BC’s website

IAP2 Training in BC
IAP2 Foundations Course

  • Victoria
    • Planning for Effective P2 April 27-29
    • Techniques for Effective P2 April 30-May 1
  • Vancouver
    • Planning for Effective P2 November 16-18
    • Techniques for Effective P2 November 19-20

Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation (EOP2)
Vancouver, May 5 and 6

More information >>


GREAT LAKES

The Great Lakes Chapter had a great start to the New Year and is preparing for the Annual General Meeting and elections.

On February 3, about 25 P2 professionals attended the Winter Schmooze at the Blake House in Toronto.  We were treated to insightful and extremely entertaining talks from Jason Diceman and Richard Delaney.  Jason is a Senior Public Consultation Coordinator for the City of Toronto.  Many of you will know Richard, President of Delaney and Associates, who has been providing IAP2 training since 2007.

Several attendees expressed an interest in getting more involved in the Chapter, which is great news as we approach the executive committee election.

Also be on the lookout for a call for nominations as the election will be rolling out in the coming weeks.  Please consider putting your name forward and becoming a leader for our growing chapter.


PRAIRIES

Greetings from the Prairies Chapter!

We are excited to announce the appointment of our 2015 board executive:

David Marsh – President
David has more than 15 years of municipal, private sector, and international planning experience in Canada, the US and the Caribbean. He is currently employed with Dillon Consulting as a planning consultant in the Winnipeg office. He has been involved in a wide array of planning endeavours, from development entitlement processes, development plans, secondary/neighbourhood plans, zoning by-laws, policy planning, rapid transit and public participation in planning. He has significant experience in public outreach and engagement.

Brock Feenstra – Vice President
Brock is a planner that has been working with MMM Group for over three years in the planning and development group.  Brock was involved with the IAP2 Prairies Chapter Start-Up Steering Committee and has been on the Board of Directors since its inauguration.  Brock is passionate about sustainability, recently completing his Master of City Planning degree focusing on Regenerative Design and Development which aims beyond sustainable development.

Trevor Joyal – Secretary
Trevor is an environmental specialist with Manitoba Hydro focusing on environmental assessment work for transmission line and natural gas pipeline development. He studied Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba and has been involved in environmental assessment work in Manitoba since 2009 as both a consultant and proponent.

Myrna Broadfoot – Treasurer
Myrna is a stakeholder engagement specialist with SaskPower responsible for developing and delivering stakeholder engagement programs for numerous transmission and generation projects throughout Saskatchewan.  She strives to engage people and communities in a meaningful way utilizing the core values developed by IAP2.

With our board of directors and executive in place, we look forward to broadening our membership, raising awareness about IAP2 and planning an exciting year of events for our members.


WILD ROSE

Do you have work or pleasure bringing you to Calgary at the end of May? Plan around the IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter’s AGM and Signature event May 28th! Or make a special trip! The Signature Event promises to be a fun and creative event, designed to allow you maximum opportunities to connect with your fellow practitioners and chat about the practice of P2.

We also have regular networking events, so let us know if you are ever in Edmonton, Calgary or Ft McMurray and we’ll let you know what’s going on in the world of P2. We love to connect with our colleagues from other parts of Canada!

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