CHAPTER NEWS – February 2017


2017-bc-deep-dive-indigenous-1The BC Chapter continued its “Deep Dive” series with a session on Indigenous Engagement (left), presented by Jeff Cook, founder of Beringia Community Involvement.

IAP2 BC Members and trainees will get to “test-drive” a P2 technique at another P2 Drinks event. This evening – where the appies are free but the drinks aren’t – is happening in conjunction with the Foundations course provided by the Canadian Trainers Collective. The course itself runs March 13-17; the “test drive” is March 15 at the Devil’s Elbow in Vancouver.

IAP2 BC Member Survey: What we heard …

In 2016 the BC Chapter asked its members to give us feedback on the events hosted by IAP2 BC last year and ideas for this year. As public engagement practitioners, you know it’s important to report back on what you heard and how you’re using the feedback, so below is a summary of what we heard and how we’re using BC members’ thoughtful responses.

The survey was sent out in the spring and fall of 2016 by newsletter, Twitter and Facebook. There were only 16 responses, but the responses were detailed and thoughtful. The IAP2 BC executive read and discussed these responses at our annual planning meeting in January.

At the P2 Drinks on March 15 we’ll have a “Try a Technique” evening. This was one of the topics suggested through the survey response. If there’s a specific technique that you’d like to try, contact us. We’ll be looking for other opportunities to address your topics.

Susanna Haas Lyons

Another topic suggestion was to explore engagement metrics. On April 27 Susanna Haas Lyons will present on evaluation techniques. Please check the website for more information.

Other suggestions for future events included:

  • How P2 fits into corporate sustainable development
  • Moving from protest to progress – what role should P2 play in moving an outraged society to one that is not so polarized? Suggests a panel presentation who could speak to social activism and how to move communications and engagement into the ‘centre’
  • How P2 practitioners in BC are attracting and retaining clientele and tips and tricks for the RFP process
  • Planning and delivering charrettes
  • Facilitating with contentious issues
  • Engaging youth and other key publics in engaging ways

We asked: how can we bring events to the BC membership outside of Vancouver and Victoria?

We heard:

  • Incorporating a tour that relates to Public Participation
  • Partner with other organizations (e.g. economic development, chambers of commerce, Canadian Public Relations Society) – many of these associations host “business after hours” events and IAP2 BC could be the guest. Kamloops has a thriving chamber of commerce
  • Hold events in Nanaimo
  • Contact local members to publicize events
  • Host webinars
  • A couple of people expressed interest in helping to organize these events, with their contact information.

These are great suggestions. We will be webcasting our Deep Dive events so stay tuned!

We asked: what else could IAP2 BC do to support you as a P2 practitioner (e.g. workshops, guest speakers, resource material, outreach)?

We heard:

  • Host interactive “Try the Technique” evening: test out a variety of techniques (e.g. twitter townhalls, polling, revolving conversations). Would help if people are apprehensive about trying something for the first time with their stakeholders
  • Have proponents post contracts through IAP2
  • Workshops, mentoring for newcomers to the area and practice
  • Smaller scale workshop and training for those who can’t travel to conference

Our first P2 drinks of the year is themed “try a technique”. We’re considering these other suggestions. Stay tuned!

Thank you again for taking the time to respond and to help to make IAP2 BC a useful resource for your practice. We’ll look for more opportunities to build on your suggestions. And, if you have ideas to bring events outside of Vancouver and Victoria, forums for future events or ways to support your fellow practitioners, please be in touch!


The Wild Rose Chapter has started up its popular Coffee Klatches, with the first in Calgary earlier this month and the next one coming up March 15 at the Bow Valley Square Starbucks in Edmonton. Make sure you RSVP.

The Foundations course, trained by Delaney and Associates, will be offered in Calgary, March 6-10.

And is IAP2 Wild Rose meeting your needs as a P2 practitioner? What can it do better? Take their member survey now. The survey closes February 28.


The Prairie Chapter held its AGM on January 31, 2017 across three cities (Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon) where Dialogue Partners led a discussion with participants on “Polarization, Outrage and Entitlement: the New Space of Public Engagement”. In addition, three new board members were voted on to the Board making us 12 strong across three provinces. It is the first time for the Prairies Chapter that a majority of the seats are held by Saskatchewan members! Having this strong of a presence in Saskatchewan will continue the Board’s goal to strengthen the P2 community in the Province.


The Great Lakes executive team would like to invite all members to be “owners” of the 2017 program. Do you have an exciting project that you can share in a webinar format?  Would you like to host P2 drinks in your community?  Do you know of an event the Chapter should participate in?  Other ideas?  Let us know.

Please take 5 minutes to complete a brief survey before February 28.  All of your ideas will be reflected in the 2017 activities plan.  Thank you in advance!


On the agenda – Open Government at “Third Tuesday” in Ottawa.

Don Lenihan (at mike); IAP2 President Bruce Gilbert is at far left; Kent Aitken is in the middle

It was actually “First Wednesday”, but the gathering of federal politicians, civil servants and other interested parties called “Third Tuesday” met earlier this month for a meeting on the current and future state of Open Government. Bruce Gilbert spoke on behalf of IAP2 Canada.

Bruce was joined by Don Lenihan, Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement, at Canada 2020, and former principal advisor to the Ontario government’s Open Dialogue project, and Kent Aitken, 2016-2017 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum, studying and advising on governance in the digital age.

Comments and photos were collected on Twitter, and you can find them here.


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