What is IAP2 Canada?

IAP2 Canada is an association of professionals in the field of public participation (P2), who seek to promote and improve the practice in relation to individuals, governments, institutions and other entities that affect the public interest in Canada and around the world.

IAP2 Canada carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:

  • Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology;
  • Advocate for public participation throughout the world;
  • Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals, and;
  • Provide technical assistance to improve public participation.

Read more about the foundations of IAP2 in the IAP2 Code of Ethics, the IAP2 Core Values and the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation

Read the new IAP2 Canada Foundations of Public Participation flyer, and learn more about the fundamentals of IAP2 Canada here.

Read the 2015 IAP2 Canada Annual Report.

Apply NOW for the IAP2 Canada Board!

IAP2 Canada is looking for passionate people who want to make a positive difference for meaningful public participation in Canada. If you're one of those people, we encourage you to apply to serve a term on the IAP2 Canada Board. Nominations close at end of day, Tuesday, May 9. Find more information and application forms here.

Want to know more? Come to our special webinar, "Board Membership 101" on Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific. Click here to register.


IAP2 Canada members! Have you filled out the Membership Survey yet? We want to know what services you're taking advantage of, what you like and how we can improve.

The survey is open until 11:59 p.m. (PDT), May 2: complete the survey by then, and you'll be entered to win one of six Amazon gift cards. Click here, and help make your organization the best it can be!
for The 2017 IAP2 North American Conference

Denver CO, Sept. 6-8, 2017

More than 40 sessions, three pre-conference workshops and a new concept for generating discussions! The schedule is now set for the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference! Learn more and register here.

Don't miss out on the early-bird registration rates for the sixth annual IAP2 North American Conference! Until June 30, IAP2 members pay just US $550.00, and non-members get in for $700.00 As of July 1, those prices go up by $100 across the board.
Apply now for the 2017 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards!

Have you been working on a P2 project that exemplifies the IAP2 Core Values? Have you developed a new technique or found an innovative way of using tried-tested-and-true methods? Is your work a case study that other P2 practitioners could learn from?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of those questions, now is the time to apply for the next round of IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards. The awards will be handed out at a gala celebration at the North American Conference in Denver.

Applications are now being taken from now until May 10. Learn more about the awards and download the Applicant's Kit here.

Read here about the winners of the IAP2 Federation Core Values Awards for 2016.

The IAP2 Canada Communications Committee

Are you skilled in communications and/or marketing and have a passion for P2? Do you want to help share the word about the work IAP2 Canada does? Then we hope you'll consider applying for the IAP2 Canada Communications Committee.

This new committee will develop a three-year communications and marketing strategy and then oversee the first year of implementation. Read the Volunteer Job Description here, and download the Application Form here.
Nominations will open in April for the IAP2 Canada Board. If you're passionate about P2 and want to help promote IAP2 Canada as the preeminent authority on the practice in this country, please consider applying. New members will be unveiled at the Annual General Meeting in June (date TBA).

Watch this space and your email inbox for more information.

Meet the current Board members here.

THANK YOU to those who applied for the IAP2 Canada Certification Assessment Centre

The next Certification Assessment Centre will be held June 16-17, 2017. Those who have been accepted for this year's Assessment will be notified of the location soon. 

Professional Certification is the assurance that a Public Participation practitioner meets standards for the profession that are recognized around the world.

The IAP2 Federation is now accepting applications from those interested in becoming licensed to deliver the international training program, Foundations in Public Participation.

Find more information here.

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

Among the many benefits of membership in IAP2 Canada is access to research relevant to P2. An online library will be launched soon, and two White Papers have already been produced, on:
Two more White Papers are being commissioned for 2017, on Social Media in P2 and getting support or sponsorship for P2 from decision-makers.

Read more about the IAP2 Canada Research Committee here.

And join our Special Webinar, Tuesday, June 6, 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific) for an update on the Committee's work.

Register here.

IAP2 Canada's Mentorship Program is another Member Benefit. This program connects newcomers to the profession (protégé(e)s) with established practitioners (mentors) for the purpose of one-on-one sharing of ideas, expertise and support. While the program was initially conceived to help newcomers develop, participants in past years' sessions agree that the benefits flow both ways.

Thank you to all those who applied for the 2017 program.

Read some of the testimonials from participants in previous sessions here.iaap


Membership in IAP2 Canada means ...

  • lifelong learning,
  • career enhancement
  • networking with others in the P2 field.

Click here to become a new member or renew your current membership and if you have any questions about the process to renew your membership, please read the detailed guide.  

For information on adding additional members to your organization bundle, please review the tutorial.

Resources for IAP2 Members

IAP2 Canada is proud to be a partner with the Journal of Public Deliberation. Read the latest issue here.

Upcoming Webinars

Montreal Encore: "Duh, Make it Interesting!" -- the IAP2 May Webinar

How do you get program communications to stand out when stakeholders are fatigued with information and overloaded with traditional planning efforts?

Join us at our next webinar, Tuesday May 9 at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific, as Jamie Harvie and Sam Beresky, JLA Public Involvement, will reprise their presentation from the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference: showing us the importance of developing customized communication tools for a variety of community audiences. You'll see videos, community storytelling, social media campaigns and other creative outreach strategies that have helped communications get noticed ... and motivate people to get involved.

Register here for this webinar, and remember the two-stage process -- follow the URL in your Registration Confirmation email to get your login information.

IAP2 Webinars are free for members and only $50 for non-members.


Update from the IAP2 Canada Research Committee

Throughout 2016, the IAP2 Canada Research Committee held a country-wide survey of P2 practitioners on the State of P2 in Canada to get a better understanding of current public participation activities. The survey focused on identifying trends, common tools and techniques, areas of innovation, as well as evaluating gaps and opportunities for improvement.

This webinar will use results from the latest survey to highlight current trends and contrast observations from the 2013 survey.

Join us Tuesday, June 6 at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific to hear the latest. Click here for more information and to register.

Let's stay in touch!

Are you not (yet) a member of IAP2 Canada but would like to stay on top of its activities? Would you like to receive the information about upcoming learning webinars and other events? It will be great to stay connected and we promise not to clog your inbox! Click here and fill out the form.

Looking for an item from a past IAP2 Newsletter?

Look here.

Click here for a full calendar of events.

Important note on registration: to register for a training course or event, simply click on the event name. If online registration is available, click on the registration link. Otherwise, please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. (IAP2 Canada does not handle registrations for courses run by outside consultants: these are handled by the consultants themselves.)

Connect with an IAP2 Canada Chapter near you!

With six regional chapters, IAP2 Canada is truly a coast-to-coast organization! Each Chapter -- British Columbia, Wild Rose (Alberta), Prairies (Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario), Great Lakes (Southern Ontario), St Lawrence/Saint-Laurent (Eastern Ontario & Quebec) and Atlantic -- hosts its own events, activities and professional development opportunities.

Please visit the Chapters section to find out what's happening region-by-region, and if you are in the area, you're welcome to attend an event. Check out the Events section to find out what's coming next. 

Opportunities for Youth and P2!

If you are a student currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Canada (or have graduated within the past 12 months), you qualify for  the special Student Rate of just $50/year to be a member of IAP2 Canada! Enjoy the benefits of membership while making P2 part of your personal curriculum!

Are you a student who wants to get involved? Do you know one? Pass the link on to them, and encourage him or her to find out more by contacting us at info@iap2canada.ca!

Read what one student leader and a Past-President of IAP2 Canada have to say about youth/student involvement in IAP2 here and watch a webinar on student involvement here. Who is an IAP2 Canada member?

People connected with P2 come in all shapes and sizes, with all manner of backgrounds and interests. Meet the members on the IAP2 Canada Member Wall!

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