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.

APPLY NOW for IAP2 Canada Professional Certification!

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

The next Certification Assessment Centre will be held June 16-17, 2017 at a location still to be determined*. The deadline for applications is March 16, so don't delay!

Download the information kit and the application form.

At a special webinar on February 22, Brenda Pichette and Gay Robinson of the IAP2 Canada Certification Task Force explained how the Application process works. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

*The location will be the most convenient for the majority of applicants.
The 2017 IAP2 North American Conference
Denver CO, Sept. 6-8, 2017


IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada are seeking session proposals for the sixth annual IAP2 North American Conference, to be held September 6-8, 2017 in Denver, Colorado, USA. The Conference is the major global P2 event of the year and we welcome papers from around the world and expect a global audience in attendance. Find out more here.

Registration is now open for this year's Conference: don't miss out - sign up today!


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.
The application period has now closed for the Expressions of Interest to produce White Papers for the  IAP2 Canada Research Committee. Thank you to all who applied: the papers will be assigned by February 24. 

Read two previous White Papers from 2015-2016:

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:
Read more about the IAP2 Canada Research Committee here.
2017 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium,
Feb. 27 - March 3, San Diego, California

Emotion and Outrage! Designing for Diversity! Social Media! When Things go Sideways! Evaluation!

IAP2 members have been asking for learning opportunities on these topics, and these and many others will be on offer at the 2017 Skills Symposium in San Diego!

Find out more 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.




P2's "Best of the Best" from Canada and the USA were honoured at the 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards gala and dinner cruise (sponsored by Hydro-Québec), Sept. 29, 2016. Find out more here.

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

Read about the Core Values Awards winners from around the world in the 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards Showcase.

IAP2 2016 North American Conference

Many thanks to the volunteers, staff, presenters and attendees who made the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference the success it was!

Read president Bruce Gilbert's "ruminations" on the Conference here.

Conférence nord-américaine 2016 de l’AIP2

Nous souhaitons remercier chaleureusement les membres du comité organisateur, les nombreux bénévoles, les conférenciers et tout ceux qui sont venus à notre Conférence à Montréal en septembre!

Lisez ici, les pensées du président Bruce Gilbert après la Conférence.

Member P2 Resources

Membership has its benefits:

Upcoming Webinars

Core Values Award WInners -- "Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture": the IAP2 March Webinar

On Tuesday, March 14 -- 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific -- you'll have another opportunity to learn from two of the top P2 projects of 2016. EcoPlan International, the Village of Alert Bay, BC and the 'Namgis First Nation worked together to produce an Economic Development Plan for Cormorant Island (off northern Vancouver Island), where the two communities had lived "separately but together" for decades.

Watch their video here.

The Saint Paul Public School System earned its Core Values Award for engaging parents and students as well as staff and administrators in re-designing its facilities to meet 21st-Century needs.

Watch their video here.

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.

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.)

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!

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. 

Join us!

Membership in IAP2 Canada has its benefits – such as lifelong learning, career enhancement and 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.

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. Journal of Public Deliberation

IAP2 Canada is proud to be a partner with the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, publishers of the Journal of Public Deliberation. Read the current issue here.

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