Chapter News from Coast to Coast to Coast

BC

BC OPEN HOUSE - Copy - CopyBeyond Coffee and Doughnuts: A Primer on Community Engagement for Architects and Engineers
Join colleagues for this wine and cheese meet and greet. The panel will share stories from the field about consultation experience followed by a whole group discussion – Thurs., October 8, 2015 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smokehouse (562 Beatty Street)
More information for registration at http://www.iap2bc.ca/

Nominations for the Executive of IAP2 BC
The BC Chapter AGM is on November 19, 2015 from 6pm – 8pm. The BC Chapter has an established membership, policies, and is financially secure.  If you are interested in serving a two year term 2015-2017 as a director at large and being part of a dynamic, fun group of professionals contributing to the chapter please email Nominations Chair, Emma Shea eshea@communica.ca.

IAP2 BC Chapter AGM & BC Fail Fest – Thursday, November 19, 2015.
There is no better time than an AGM to talk about what works and what does not. IAP2 BC’s Fail Fest celebrates the role failure plays in moving organizations to change. Join IAP2 BC at their AGM and social for a conversation that is sure to inspire, inform and ultimately change the way P2 practitioners perceive failure in our sector.  A panel of speakers will provide a brief overview of their project and the lessons they have learned when things did not go as planned followed by a whole group discussion.

For more information and the location please go to: http://www.iap2bc.ca/

AGM Schedule

  • 6:00 Networking & Socializing. Food and beverages are served
  • 6:30 Call Meeting to Order, Chair’s Remarks
  • Minutes of the 2014 AGM
  • Report of Executive Committee
  • Chapter Financials
  • Report & Installation of New Executive
  • Meeting Closes
  • 7:00 Presentation: IAP2 BC Fail Fest

Fall 2015 Training
Foundations in Public Participation
When: November 16 to 20, 2015
Where: Vancouver, BC
Hosted by: Canadian Trainers Collective
To register, please visit www.canadiantrainerscollective.ca/courses.

Prairies

Anne Carroll was a hit in Regina and Saskatoon, and her upcoming session in Winnipeg now has a wait list!
Anne Carroll was a hit in Regina and Saskatoon, and her upcoming session in Winnipeg now has a wait list!

Anne Carroll’s course in “Designing as if Stakeholders Matter – Understanding and Embracing the Spectrum of Diversity” continues to attract attention. After her successful sessions in Regina and Saskatoon in the summer, her initial Winnipeg session sold out quickly, so a second session has been added for Oct. 29-30. Register here.

The training was a huge success in Saskatoon and Regina, but don’t take our word for it. Here are a few words from our past participants:

“Excellent trainer — subject specialist engaged smaller groups, probed for higher understanding, and moved content at a pace that suited learners.  Kept focused and on time”
“Most useful was the focus on diverse stakeholders (and what that means) and good, practical advice”
“Fantastic trainer — can’t remember the last time I participated in training with such a qualified and engaging trainer”
“The case studies were a great application of techniques. Much more effective than continual lecture or Power Point”

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Atlantic

State of Engagement

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(l-r) Pattie LaCroix, Danny Graham, Geoff Wilson

The IAP2 Atlantic Chapter hosted a breakfast conversation with Danny Graham of Engage Nova Scotia, one of Nova Scotia’s most respected leaders in public engagement. His heartfelt, practical and inspiring message reminded us that to get to the heart of the challenges we face, we need to involve citizens in decisions that impact their lives.

Nova Scotia has a proud history of public engagement with roots planted in the legacy left by Joseph Howe.

Joseph Howe - journalist, statesman, champion of free speech.
Joseph Howe – journalist, statesman, champion of free speech.

Graham says engagement is in our DNA and that although it takes effort to build trusting relationships between citizens and government (and other large organizations), there is a tremendous willingness for people to be involved in conversations about the future. “We need to help people to work collaboratively.  Many innovative solutions come from working together, not just people self selecting who they deal with.” Graham acknowledges the insidious problem of people not trusting government and government not trusting people. “We need champions on both sides.”

The challenge ahead is exciting and daunting. Danny Graham is pleased to see the formation of the IAP2 Atlantic chapter and looks forward to working together  and using our collective wisdom to bring Nova Scotia to a better place.

LUC RICHARD
Luc Richard

Meeting with Planners

Luc Richard, a member of the IAP2 Atlantic Canada Chapter Committee, found a sympathetic audience when he met with 12 members of the New Brunswick Association of Planners recently in Bouctouche. Luc explained about IAP2 and how its principles could be applied in their work. He asked them to stand if they agreed with the principles of P2 as he read them out, and most got to their feet and stayed standing.

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Yukon/North

John Glynn-Morris, Yukon/North IAP2 organizer
John Glynn-Morris, Yukon/North IAP2 organizer

As a public launch, the Yukon Chapter hosted a free and public event: “Public Engagement 101: what it is, how to do it, and why it works”.  Stephani Roy McCallum and Kim Hyshka of Dialogue Partners, donated their time and expertise by facilitating the event.  (Dialogue Partners was already delivering the Foundations training program here in Whitehorse).

About 30 people participated in the event from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of interests including practitioners, senior government officials, and a number of interested citizens.  The event was positive, productive, and educational with most participants looking to continue the conversation.  As a result, the Yukon Chapter may evolve into a cluster of practitioners that also offers periodic public events based on healthy democracies and community building.

The Yukon Chapter would like to thank Dialogue Partners for their generosity, time and expertise.  This week, the Chapter will deliver a free ninety minute session to policy and communications staff with Yukon Government.  The intent is to explore the features and benefits of meaningful public engagement while showcasing IAP2, increasing the Chapter network and hopefully demand for future training opportunities.  Yukon Government is currently reviewing its public engagement policy so the timing is perfect!  Imagine if the Yukon were to base its public engagement policy on IAP2?  Stay tuned…

Do you live, work or do business in Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut? Do you expect to? John would love to hear from you. Email him at johnglynnmorris@gmail.com.

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