CHAPTER NEWS – NOV-DEC 2019

BC – YUKON

The BC & Yukon Chapter held its annual general meeting on November 21, with 28 people in attendance both in person and via webinar. In the membership update, 66 new members have joined since January 2019, and the AGM featured a presentation from Devi Goberdhan, Director of Engagement with the First Nations Health Authority of BC. Her presentation was very timely and relevant to the P2 practitioners. 

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Wild Rose Chapter News

March 2017

Calgary Coffee Klatch

COFFEE KLATSCHCommunications Board members Rebecca McElhoes and Sue Blanchard hosted a lively discussion on March 15. Clockwise from bottom left: Rebecca, CJ Nyeste, Sue, Erin Pote, Samantha Brown and Brenden Smith.

The topic: preparing internal teams for engagement and helping clients to identify elements of projects that are “open” to engagement.  They also shared stories about building trust with both clients and external stakeholders, and spoke about how the practice of engagement has evolved in the last decade.  Your WR Board encourages you to participate in Coffee Klatches in your neck of the woods as they’re a great opportunity to get to know your fellow practitioners, share a few war stories, and even learn a thing or two from others’ experiences.

IAP2 Wild Rose 2017 survey results

The IAP2 Wild Rose chapter recently conducted a membership survey and the results reveal how members (and non-members) feel about the chapter’s services.  Respondents noted how the chapter could help improve their skills, commented on which events they enjoyed and even told us what their strategic priorities are in public participation for the next 6 to 18 months.

Fast facts:

  • 66 people responded/86% were members
  • Most respondents work for the government (39%), work for themselves (30%), or work for a corporation (23%)
  • Most noted that public participation, community relations, or communications was their primary work focus, though a small number also identified employee engagement, negotiation and research were components of their work.
  • 61% of respondents stated planning for public participation that meets best practices was a priority while the next most popular responses were measuring return on investment and measuring reputation.
  • 92% of respondents stated that public participation would remain an equal or become a greater priority within their own or their organization’s practice over the next 2-3 years.
  • Key topics of interest to respondents included:
  • Interactive, online engagement tools
  • Measuring Public Participation success
  • Indigenous engagement

These results will be shared with various board committees to help focus our activities and services in the coming year.

We thank you for your open and honest responses and are thrilled to have had so many respondents identify their interest in volunteering with IAP2 Wild Rose.  Our various committees will be considering opportunities for engaging these eager resources.

We would also like to congratulate Sara Alaric, our lucky survey respondent who was randomly selected to win a $50 Starbucks card!

Chapter News – Oct. 2017

Great Lakes

Indigenous Peoples and P2 Practice 

How can the principles of P2 help us move towards reconciliation?

What actions can we take as an organization and as individuals?

IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter invites you to join us in a visit to the Woodland Cultural Centre to explore these and other important questions.  This event will include a traditional lunch sponsored by IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter, a tour of the museum and the residential school, and a workshop on First Nations Stereotypes and Racism.

The Woodland Cultural Centre is a non-profit organization which preserves and promotes the culture and heritage of the First Nations of the Eastern Woodland area. The Centre was established in 1972 under the direction of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.  The Mohawk Institute Residential School operated in Brantford, Ontario from 1828 to 1970 as a boarding school for First Nations children from Six Nations, as well as other communities throughout Ontario and Quebec.

The Centre includes an art gallery, library and museum.  The Museum is one of the largest facilities in Canada managed and administered by First Nations.  With over thirty-five thousand artifacts, the Woodland Museum has been established to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret a collection of archaeological material, historical material culture, arts, crafts, documents and archival photographs.  The collections are presented in a dramatic storyline beginning with our Iroquoian and Algonkian prehistoric past through to the 21st century.

Date: October 26th 2016

Time:  Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Woodland Cultural Centre 184 Mohawk St, Brantford http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca/

Event Cost: The total cost for the event is $16.00 payable on October 26 (Includes admission to the Woodland Cultural Centre and guided museum tour ($10); residential school tour ($3) and workshop ($3)).  Lunch is hosted by IAP2 Great Lakes.  Please join us!

RSVP your attendance by October 19, along with any dietary requirements and carpool requests/opportunities, to greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca  

Feel free to forward this to colleagues, and to bring a friend.

In the News … 

The ADR Institute of Canada will be holding their annual conference in Toronto this year, October 13-15.  The theme of the conference is Reflections and Innovations.  Visit adric.ca for additional information.  Thank you to Bob W. for passing along this information.

Prairies

The Prairies Chapter, in conjunction with Dialogue Partners, is hosting training sessions in Winnipeg and Regina in the coming months. The Winnipeg sessions are November 16-18 (Planning – register here) and January 30-31 (Techniques – register here); in Regina, they’re happening November 29-December 1 (Planning – register here) and February 2-3 (Techniques – register here). The Winnipeg sessions are filling up, but there’s still plenty of room for the Regina classes.

Saint-Laurent

The St Lawrence Chapter is offering, for the first time, a course in Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation (EOP2). Dialogue Partners is providing the training November 3-4 in Montreal. Click here for more information and to register.

BC

International Association for Public Participation – BC Chapter
AGM, Wednesday
, November 16, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Join IAP2 BC at our AGM

Mark your calendar!

The IAP2 BC Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 in the RBC Meeting Room at the YWCA, 733 Beatty St., Vancouver.

This year, the AGM, as always, will feature an interesting speaker, a quick and efficient business meeting, followed by a fun social.

Seeking IAP2 BC Directors: If this is the year you have decided to give back to your profession then we would be pleased to welcome you as a director. Please contact Catherine Rockandel for more information on the process.

AGM Schedule
6-8pm, Wednesday November 16, 2016

  • Networking & Socializing (6:00 pm)
  • Call to Order, Chairs Remarks, Reports (6:30 pm)
  • Presentation (7:00 pm)
  • Networking and Socializing (7:30 pm)

Chapter News – September, 2016

GREAT LAKES

2016 AGM Highlights Engagement by Conversation

The IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter hosted its AGM on June 21 with members and friends of the Chapter hearing from accredited communications professional and author Mr. Eric Bergman.

Eric Bergman, author of the book ‘The Engaging Public Participation Presentation’, drew on his 30 years of industry experience to address the Chapter on how to make P2 presentations more memorable and engaging, simply by turning presentations into a relaxed, two-way conversation.

To achieve this Eric’s advocates that ‘Less is more’ and outlined his PAS strategy when dealing with questions from stakeholders. The PAS strategy involves:

  1. Pause, think about the question being asked and the best way to respond
  2. Answer the question being asked (and only the question being asked) and then,
  3. Stop talking and let the interviewer ask follow up questions if required.

By following the PAS strategy, organizations can turn stakeholder questions into a relaxed two-way conversation that can build trust and deepen relationships. When it comes to presentations, Eric suggests to never leave audience questions to the end but rather to allow questions and conversations to flow naturally throughout the presentation.

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The newest member of the IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter, Steph Hodsoll, and Chapter Secretary Kyal Butler discuss Eric Bergman’s book, The Engaging Public Participation Presentation.

Eric is pleased to have discovered IAP2 and felt at ‘home’ after many years of blending his communications expertise with P2 objectives.

Outgoing Chapter President, Karla Kolli, was thrilled to have had the chance for Eric to address the chapter stating that “One of our roles as a Chapter is to continually provide members with access to professional development opportunities and to have someone of Eric Bergman’s experience address our Chapter allows us all to become better practitioners in an industry that is constantly changing”.

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ATLANTIC

The Atlantic Chapter hosted Peter MacLeod of MassLBP at a Professional Development Breakfast on September 13.

peter-macleod-210x154Peter is the co-founder and principal of MASS, and one of Canada’s leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. Under his leadership, MASS has led some of Canada’s most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens in tackling tough policy options while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels on behalf of a wide array of clients.

Watch for photos and a write-up of Peter’s talk in the October newsletter.

 

CHAPTER NEWS – JULY 2016

BC

IAP2BC DrinlsOn Thursday, June 2nd IAP2 BC hosted another successful P2 Drinks at the Devils Elbow in Vancouver. Approximately two dozen practitioners and participants from the Delaney & Associates IAP2 Foundations training being conducted in Vancouver that week attended.

IAP2 BC Chapter President Catherine Rockandel welcomed guests and acknowledged Delaney & Associates for their sponsorship of P2 Drinks in association with their 20th Anniversary of working in and promoting public participation in Canada.

This was the first sponsorship of a P2 Drinks event. IAP2 BC recently developed a sponsorship policy, which includes:

  • ensuring that sponsorships align with IAP2 BC’s programs and services; and
  • providing guidelines to facilitate and support sponsorship opportunities.

The policy is available at: http://www.iap2bc.ca/

P2 Drinks throughout 2016 is asking questions that challenge our basic assumptions about P2, in particular:

  • Why should we care about P2?
  • Can we get more people to care?
  • What does “meaningful engagement” mean?

The input gathered from the networking series and through online engagement is being integrated into a presentation to reflect the BC Voice at the IAP2 Canadian Conference in Montreal, September 28-30, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there!

PRAIRIES

It has been an exciting past month for the IAP2 Prairies Chapter!

The IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board has been engaging members and non-members through a variety of events across the provinces:

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Kathryn Pollack at Regina

A Luncheon held in Regina with guest speaker Kathryn Pollack: Community Contributions to a Mega Project (June 15th). A discussion shared how the communities surrounding the Hamlet of Kronau contributed to the construction plans of a multi-billion-dollar potash mine project.

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Kronau, SK

Winnipeg Lunch and Learn with Tiffany Skomro, Office of Public Engagement, City of Winnipeg (May 26th), in which participants were invited to learn about the role of the Office of Public Engagement at the City of Winnipeg, and how public engagement is being integrated into City projects.

Winnipeg Patio Event was held on June 16th – an informal gathering to chat about public participation and more. 

The IAP2 Prairies Chapter is also in the midst of organizing IAP2 Foundations Training – watch for more information!

GREAT LAKES

The Great Lakes Chapter hosted Eric Bergman as guest speaker for its AGM on June 21st. Eric spoke on the blend between communications expertise and P2 objectives. In his most recent book The Engaging Public Participation Presentation, Eric takes readers through a step-by-step process to create conversational presentations that enhance engagement, understanding and support.  Written to support the values of IAP2, the book emphasizes the value of answering questions and engaging in conversation as keys to delivering messages effectively and meeting communication objectives.

Chapter News – May 2016

WILD ROSE

Collaborative Negotiation Skill Building and Learning session – April 15th, 2016, Edmonton

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Wild Rose AGM

IAP2 Wild Rose Director and planner with McElhaney Lauren Bartlette led a lively discussion with attendees from Edmonton, Calgary and a number of communities in-between.  Participants learned about the key building blocks for successful negotiations and even got to test their collaboration skills by working through a negotiation exercise with their fellow practitioners.  Approximately 30 people were in attendance at the session, held in conjunction with the Wild Rose AGM, and exit surveys indicated that they felt they were introduced to a valuable new tool in their engagement toolkit.

PRAIRIES

The Regina Branch of the Prairies Chapter held a networking event on May 4th open to IAP2 members and non-members.  The event started with a short presentation on who IAP2 is and what membership has to offer, as well as info on upcoming activities in Regina.  Using an open spaces design, participants were invited to mingle, enjoy some snacks and provide feedback on four different topics.  All 15 attendees were very engaged, provided some great feedback and most importantly had some great conversations with fellow public participation professionals.

GREAT LAKES

Great Lakes members can look forward to some new angles on communications and P2, at the Chapter’s upcoming AGM, June 21. Eric Bergman, accredited communications professional, will be the guest speaker at the event, to be held at the Hydro One Special Events Centre in Toronto. The coming year’s Board will be elected, and members interested in serving can get their applications in by June 20. Contact Tracey Ehl, Nominations Committee Chair: greatlakeschapter@iap2canada.ca.

SAINT-LAURENT

The St Lawrence Chapter / Section Saint-Laurent selected a new Board of Directors at its May 13 AGM. The 10-member Board consists of returnees Stéphane Bérubé, Janis Crawford, Guy Grenier, Hugo Mimee, Julie Reid-Forget and Sébastien Trottier, along with the newcomers Jean Paré, Joseph Thornley, Manel Djemel and The executive positions will be decided at their first face-to-face meeting on June 14.

Chapter News – April 2016

PRAIRIES

IAP2 Prairies Chapter has been busy hosting some exciting events and planning some for the near future.

On February 4th, we held our Annual General Meeting across the three cities – Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina. The evening consisted of two presentations:

  • Paul Jordan – Public Participation: What I have learned as CEO of the Forks Corp
  • Vicky Reaney – Actively engaging residents and stakeholders for Saskatoon’s Active Transportation Plan and Growth Plan to Half a Million 

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Winnipeg’s “The Forks” Historic Site

We had our largest turnout of members and were happy with the success of the cross province AGM! Following the presentations, guests were invited to stay and network.

We are pleased to announce our new executive committee:

  • President – Trevor Joyal
  • Vice President – Brock Feenstra
  • Treasurer – Myrna Broadfoot
  • Secretary – Samantha Mark

Other board members include: David Marsh, Denisa Gavan-Koop, Graham Dodds, Heather Kasprick, Lara Ludwig, Lawrence Baschak, Roslyn Kozak, and Sonia Busca Owczar.

As the Board, we are here to serve our members! We provide networking opportunities, a forum for P2 discussions, and are a community engagement resource for practitioners across the three provinces. On March 10th, we successfully hosted a lunch n’ learn (Building Relationships With Indigenous Peoples: A Parks Canada Perspective) in Winnipeg with 30 people in attendance. We are also looking forward to the “Hello May!” Regina Event being held on May 4th.

Please see our website for more details on upcoming events and updates!

BC

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Irene Guglielmi, a non-IAP2 member, discussed her work with the BC government with (clockwise) Kim van Bruggen, Kelsey Singbeil and Katrina Harrison

On April 5, 2016 IAP2 BC hosted its first P2 Drinks social in at Spinnakers Pub in Victoria. A small group gathered after work to talk about current local trends and challenges engagement practitioners are experiencing. Aside from some free-flowing general conversation around the table, Lisa Moilanen came armed with a set of table topics for discussion.

One of the discussions focused on the need to ensure that people are not over-engaged. Yes, it’s possible, according to Kim Van Bruggen: “engagement” or “consultation” can become like buzz-words, tossed into a policy statement and gradually losing their meaning. Others said that a local government that “takes it to the people” too many times can be accused of being unable to take a decision. Another point raised was that the engagement loop needs to be closed, so people know their feedback has been received and considered.

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Clockwise from left: Amelia Shaw, Gordon Hardwick, Irene Guglielmi, Kim van Bruggen, Lisa Moilanen

IAP2 professionals need to continue to share what engagement really is and to ensure it is done as transparently and authentically as possible. We don’t want engagement to just be The Thing To Do, a catch phrase or a box to check off. It is a balancing act, particularly between the practitioners, clients, public and politicians to ensure the right techniques and tools are used. It is also important all realize the levels of the IAP2 spectrum and to make clear where a project fits on it.

Thoughts were documented to then be input to reflect the BC Voice at this year’s IAP2 North American conference.  

 

CHAPTER NEWS – February/March 2016

ATLANTIC

ATLANTIC - FRENCH TRAININGA total of 18 people – plus one sock monkey – took part in IAP2 Atlantic’s first-ever French-language Foundations Course, taught by Mary Moreland (second from left) in Dieppe, NewBrunswick. The first portion – Planning for Effective Public Participation – was provided in November, and the last two days – Techniques – took place Feb 1-2. We’re expecting many of the attendees will join IAP2 Atlantic as a result. This event could not have been held without Paul Lang’s hard work coordinating the course, and the partnership and contributions of the Association of Municipal Administrators of NB, the City of Dieppe, the Kent Regional Service Commission and IPAC Moncton.

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IAP2 Atlantic member Victoria Etchegary was a panelist at a professional development event put on by the International Association of Business Communicators in January in St John’s NL. She helped promote IAP2 in the discussion on public engagement and communications.

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Want to stay in touch with what’s happening in IAP2 Canada’s easternmost Chapter? Atlantic now has a Facebook Page, bringing all the latest. Check it out here.

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St Lawrence / Saint-Laurent

st-laurent event 3L’évènement « Des consultations publiques qui ont du mordant ! Comment impliquer les citoyens dans la planification municipale » a été un succès retentissant le 8 mars dernier à Montréal. Témoignant de la pertinence du sujet, l’AIP2 Saint-Laurent a fait salle comble au Centre St-Pierre avec quelque 80 participants provenant d’une diversité de milieux : municipal et régional, public et privé, OBNL et communautaire, recherche et éducation.

En première partie, des représentants des villes de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, de Saint-Rémi et de l’arrondissement de Verdun de la Ville de Montréal ont partagé leurs bons coups et leçons apprises lors des consultations citoyennes menées sur l’avenir de leur municipalité. En deuxième partie un atelier-causerie a donné lieu à des discussions animées sur les bons coups et pièges en consultationst-laurent event 2 municipale.

Bon nombre de participants ont déjà commenté les réussites qui les ont inspirés et les réponses aux défis qui informeront leurs actions à venir. L’évènement a bénéficié du soutien de trois commanditaires, soit Hill + Knowlton stratégies, Morin relations publiques et Zone franche.

Devant l’enthousiasme exprimé par toutes les personnes impliquées l’AIP2 Saint-Laurent réfléchit déjà à d’autres activités qui permettront des échanges approfondis entre intervenants diversifiés sur les grands enjeux de la participation publique aujourd’hui. Restez à l’affût du prochain rendez-vous P2 !

 

IAP2 St. Lawrence held a successful event on March 8 in Montreal entitled “Public consultations with a bite! How to involve citizens in municipal planning”. The room at the Centre St-Pierre was filled to capacity, witnessing to the relevance of the topic. The 80 participants hailed from a variety of fields: municipal and regional, public and private, non-profit and community organizations, research and education.

The first part featured representatives of the City of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, the City of Saint-Rémi as well as the Borough of Verdun in the City of Montreal, sharing their successes and lessons learned during citizen consultations on the future of their municipalities.

The second part was devoted to a discussion workshop that led to animated conversations about benefits and pitfalls in municipal consultations. Many participants have already commented on the successes that have inspired them and the responses to challenges that will inform their upcoming initiatives. The event received support from three sponsors: Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Morin Relations Publiques and Zone Franche. The enthusiasm expressed by everyone involved already has IAP2 St. Lawrence thinking about the next events that will allow for in-depth discussions among a variety of players on the big questions around public participation today. Stay tuned for the next P2 rendez-vous!

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BC

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Over 30 people — a full house — turned out for the first “P2 Drinks” networking event in March.

On February 1, 2016 the BC Chapter Executive met for its annual planning dinner. The focus was to identify key directions that would inform the next three-year strategic plan 2017-2020 and to brainstorm the focus of the 2016 Program and Networking Series.
The Chapter provides the food and attendees buy their own drinks. At the event, members provide a brief talk on an interesting project they are working on or present a project challenge that would like to brainstorm with colleagues.

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The first “P2 Drinks” was held in Vancouver in early March, and will be followed up in April in Victoria.

The first “Deep Dive” session is set for late April in Kamloops. All events are in partnership with different professional organizations in the province.

Find out more on the IAP2 BC website.

 

 

 

CHAPTER NEWS – January 2016

BC

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More events like this one in Victoria are in the works for IAP2 BC in 2016.

On February 1st, the BC Chapter executive is conducting its annual planning dinner. This is where we come up with the event ideas our members enjoy such as last year’s popular Beyond the Open House series. We welcome ideas from our members. If there is something you think the Chapter should focus on in 2016, please send a quick email to us. All of the executive email links are on the IAP2BC website.

New for 2016 is the Donald Golob Award. If there is a deserving member you would like to nominate, please click here to learn about the process. This is a substantial financial award that can be used for training or attending the annual conference.

Speaking of training, the Chapter is supporting three P2 Foundations training events in Vancouver in March, May and September. If you have been thinking about investing in yourself, your knowledge base then these programs are the place to start.  For more information see the upcoming events on the front page of http://www.iap2bc.ca/

The BC chapter is only as strong as the input it gets from its members. This is the last year of our current strategic plan 2013-2016. We need your input to guide the direction of our next strategic plan IAP2 BC Towards 2020. Please let us know what you would like to see when the BC Chapter emails you a short survey in the coming month.


PRAIRIES

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The Goldeyes’ home will host the Prairies Chapter AGM

Exciting times for the Prairies Chapter as we are about to conclude the election for our 2016 Board of Directors. While we are excited to introduce our newly elected board at our Chapter AGM on February 4, 2016, we will also be sad to bid farewell to our departing directors, many of whom have made notable contributions to the success and advancement of our chapter over the last two years.

Thank you to:

  • Kate Moir
  • Bernie Bolen
  • Susan Freig
  • Katie Suek

The Chapter AGM will be held at the Clay Oven in Winnipeg’s Shaw Park; you don’t have to register, but an RSVP would be appreciated by Feb. 3, at prairies@iap2canada.ca.

2016 looks to be a promising year for our chapter’s 80+ members. The chapter hopes to explore the organization of a number of training, networking and/or educational events in major centers within the region (Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Kenora). In addition to hosting events, we also hope to advance our outreach efforts by making new connections and growing the membership.

The Prairies Chapter would like to thank our outstanding membership for a wonderful 2015, and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!


 

YUKON/NORTH

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Big plans for Whitehorse and the North mean big opportunities for P2

This growing segment of the IAP2 family is planning some new events and training for 2016, with more details to come in the February newsletter. 2015 proved to be a pivotal year for these members, with training courses offered in May and September and an introductory workshop, “Public Engagement 101”, led by Stephani Roy McCallum of Dialogue Partners. Regional lead John Glynn-Morris is hoping to connect with more practitioners who either live or work in Yukon, NWT or Nunavut.

February, John will be giving a three-hour workshop on public engagement at the Northern Planning Conference. His main message: IAP2 and the value it brings the planning profession, as well as the emerging Yukon/North Chapter.

For more information on this emerging Chapter, contact John at johnglynnmorris@gmail.com.

Chapter News – December 2015

Atlantic

Many of you may remember hearing Maria Hadden at the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference in Winnipeg, discussing Participatory Budgeting (PB) (you can listen to an interview we did with Maria prior to the Conference here.) Now, young people in New Brunswick are getting a chance to take part in a PB exercise in Dieppe. IAP2 member Luc Richard is cited in this CBC News item on the project.

LUC RICHARDLuc adds, “… such a project is possible because of our partnership with the Participatory Budgeting Project, an organization based in New York City.  In addition, our web voting component is made possible with the expertise and commitment of a very capable group called the Stanford Crowdsourced Democracy Team.

“Lastly, such a project is certainly not possible without first having members of City Council endorse the sharing of power with its citizens. They should be commended for their vision of authentic engagement. As well, the collaboration of an entire team of staff at Dieppe city hall and the engagement of a number of dedicated residents and volunteers is paramount to make it happen.” Voting wrapped up over the weekend, with results to be announced December 10th during a public gathering celebrating the process.

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Wild Rose

Socratic Circles Lunch & Learn

Wild Rose members in Edmonton had an opportunity this week to learn more about Socratic Circles. Okotoks-based consultant Erin Pote led a lunch-and-learn on this method of dealing with a highly controversial, deeply polarized or emotional situation, one where there are no easy answers. Socratic Circles can effectively embrace and address existing emotion and outrage and harness this energy to collectively gather and make space for group wisdom to emerge. This technique has potential to build capacity, deepen resiliency and create new understanding and compassion.

Socratic Circles have been shown to inspire, encourage and enable deep and powerful conversations on the burning questions facing the practice of P2. You can read more about it in our January, 2016, newsletter.

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BC

IAP2 BC 2015 AGM Executive Report

Respectfully submitted by Catherine Rockandel, President, IAP2 BC

I would first like to acknowledge the outstanding group of individuals that I have had the pleasure of serving with as your Executive over the past year: Drew Ferrari, Sarah McKinney, Daniella Ferguson, Lisa Moilanen, Carolina Quintana-Kohut, Anthea Brown, and Andrea Winkler.

The BC Chapter is in year three of its strategic plan 2012 -2016. At the annual January work planning dinner, the Executive agreed to focus on one specific objective:

  • Delivering membership value through an innovative networking and speaker series targeted at the professions that is developed and promoted in partnership with professional associations.

This was beyond the usual business of promoting training, member communications and governance, which includes activities such as participation in the IAP2 Canada monthly chapter teleconference to share information and best practices across Canada, and providing monthly updates for the IAP2 Canada newsletter.

Networking and Speaker Series for the Professions

In terms of the speaker series, the Chapter hosted four events in the Thinking Beyond the Open House: Public Participation is more than coffee and doughnuts series. Two on Vancouver Island and two in Metro Vancouver with the series audio recordings and slides available on the IAP2 BC website.

April 28           Beyond Coffee and Doughnuts: Community Engagement at the City of Victoria with new Mayor Lisa Helps in Victoria, BC.

May 5              Beyond Coffee and Doughnuts: Tools for planners working with emotion and outrage – a partnership with the Planning Institute of BC in Vancouver, BC

October 8        Beyond Coffee and Doughnuts: A Primer on Community Engagement for Architects and Engineers” promoted by APEG and AIBC in Vancouver, BC

November 13    Beyond the Hype: Perspectives on Public Engagement a partnership with Canadian Public Relations Society in Nanaimo, BC. This full day professional development conference focuses on how public relations professionals can work stakeholders, communities and citizens to achieve common goals

November 19 AGM in Vancouver BC – Panel discussion after the business meeting celebrates the role failure plays in moving organizations to change. The discussion is intended to inspire, inform and ultimately change the way P2 practitioners perceive failure in our sector.

Thank you to IAP2 Canada that provided $1,500 to help cover expenses associated with the delivery of events.

Training – Thank you again to outgoing director Carolina Quintana-Kohut who has served as training coordinator for the past several years. We wish Carolina all the best in Alberta.

The IAP2 BC Chapter co-hosted 3 series of training in 2015; Foundations for Public Participation was offered by Dialogue Partners in April in Victoria, and again by the Canadian Trainers Collective in November in Vancouver; Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation was offered by the Canadian Trainers Collective in May in Vancouver.

IAP2 BC promotes training offered by the Canadian Trainers Collective and Dialogue Partners in exchange for a small donation that supports the delivery of Chapter programs and events for members. All trainers are invited to participate in the program. We are very grateful for the support provided by CTC and Dialogue Partners.

Member Services: Twice a year E- Bulletin and the website. The E-Bulletin promotes training, events, profiles members, and shares practitioner resources.

IAP2 Conference: Attended IAP2 North American conference in Portland in September where three of our members/organizations received awards. Congratulations to the City of Victoria, who won Organization of the Year; Beringia Community Planning in North Vancouver won Project of the Year and the Award for Indigenous Engagement; and the City of Vancouver received Honorable Mention for its Engaged City project. It was definitely a BC moment when the staff at the City of Victoria announced they were going to champion the idea of hosting the 2018 IAP2 Conference in Victoria. Several weeks ago the City of Victoria Council supported the idea for putting in a bid to host the conference. Planning has already started for the 2016 Conference in Montreal.

Membership – 113 members as of November 1st. We are hoping the new membership system developed by IAP2 Canada will be more effective at encouraging member renewal. The chapter currently sends out welcome emails to new members and we send emails to expired members to encourage them to rejoin or to complete an exit interview so that we can understand the factors that have led them not to be a member.

Acknowledging the Contributions of Donald Golob

I am sad to share that Donald Golob died Saturday, October 24th at 1pm at the age of 60 in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. He was the Principal of Donald Golob Consulting, which he started in 1995 in North Vancouver to provide facilitation, public participation, and strategic planning services. Donald was past president and one of the founding members of IAP2 BC. He believed strongly in the values of public participation. It was with a great sense of humor that Donald worked and played, at times entertaining his colleagues with his bagpipes. He will be deeply missed by many.

To honor Donald’s memory IAP2 BC is pleased to announce the Donald Golob Award. The purpose is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing IAP2 Core Values, and has made valuable contributions to the IAP2 organization as a “voice of the membership” by advocating for strong governance and values-based processes either through their practice and/or through their service on the IAP2 BC Executive and/or in their own practice’s noteworthy actions to enhance the provincial, national and international profile of the IAP2 BC Chapter. The annual $500 Donald Golob Award is funded jointly by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 BC, and is to be used for registration for an IAP2 Conference or professional development. More information is on the IAP2 BC website.

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

This is the last year in our current strategic plan so the board will be looking at future directions. We welcome your suggestions. In addition with the new Societies Act coming into force in November 2016 as President I will be looking at the Chapter’s operating policies and bylaws to make recommendations for updates.

This will also be the last term (2 years) for myself as President, Secretary, Drew Ferrari and Treasurer, Sarah McKinney. The Chapter bylaws do not allow directors to serve for more than 3 terms or 6 years. We three must step down in November 2017 for one year from the Executive. I am announcing it now so that we can start to do transition planning and mentor directors over the next two years.