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As this period of uncertainty continues, we’d like you to know that you are all on our minds at IAP2 Canada, hoping you and your families are staying safe and healthy! With public gatherings and in-person meetings currently on “pause”, the 2020 IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium in Regina has been cancelled.

But is that stopping us from offering learning opportunities? Not a chance! After an intense couple of weeks of hosting COVID-19 webinars and Coffee Chats to discuss online P2 issues, we are excited to launch the first ever IAP2 Virtual Skills Symposium!

From May 4th to May 15th, many of the courses that were going to be offered in Regina will be presented online. You’ll have the chance to learn from some of the top trainers in North America, in the comfort of your own home! See for yourself the power and potential for online training.

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    What to expect


    All online training will be held online using the application Zoom. If your employer does not allow you to download the app on your computer, you may join within your browser application. We recommend using Chrome. 

    Online training is very different from face-to-face. Online courses will be offered in two or three hour segments with multiple sessions. For example, a traditional one day Skills Symposium course will now be broken up into two 3-hour sessions or three 2-hour sessions, and in some cases over the two week period. Please check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance for more course details and availability.

    How will I join my online course(s)? All virtual training will be held in online "zoom rooms". Much like our original symposia, all courses will be live, and and interactive including small group work. 

    Do I need to be at the live sessions? We encourage all participants to attend all sessions just as you would at a face to face course. 

    When will my live sessions take place? Some courses run two-hour live sessions, others run three hours. Sessions will run as follows:

    • 3 hr sessions:
      • AM : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Saskatchewan/Mountain Time
      • PM : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Central Saskatchewan/Mountain Time
    • 2 hr sessions:
      • AM : 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Saskatchewan/Mountain Time
      • PM : 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Central Saskatchewan/Mountain Time
    For more information on course prices, session frequency and length, see our Virtual Skills Symposium Rates section!

    2020 Virtual Schedule-at-a-Glance

    Registration for Skills Symposium courses starting in week 1 closes on May 1st. Registration for courses only happening in week 2 happens on May 8th.

    2020 Virtual Skills Symposium Rates:

    For timing information, see "When will my live sessions take place?" above. You may also find more detailed information in the individual course listings. 

    Number of Sessions Session Duration
    Member Rate Non-Member
      IAP2 Flagship Courses
    IAP2's Foundations: Planning for Public Participation 9 2 hours     $840 $960
    Strategies for Dealing with Opposition & Outrage in P2 (Formerly EOP2) 2 3 hours
    $560 $640
      Other Courses
    Brave Honest Conversations - Bravely Leading Challenging Conversations 4 3 hours     $490 $560
    Social Media and P2: How to design and host effective digital public engagement 4 3 hours     $490 $560
    Indigenous Inclusion: Putting the TRC Calls into Action 3 2 hours     $245 $280
    When Things Go Sideways 2 3 hours     $245 $280
    Meaningful Tools, Powerful Outcomes 3 2 hours     $245 $280
    Deliberative Dialogue for Polarized Issues: Designing for Public Learning, Listening & Making Recommendations 2 3 hours     $245 $280
    The Nimble Facilitator: Off the Rails but still on Track 2 3 hours     $245 $280

    All cancellations and requests for refunds for the 2020 IAP2 Canada Virtual Skills Symposium must be made in writing as indicated below. Requests must be sent to IAP2 Canada at info@iap2canada.ca.

    Telephone requests will not be honored.

    Virtual courses require a minimum of 10 participants to proceed, so that we can ensure that the best possible learning experience is provided. If the minimum number of participants isn’t reached by April 27, 2020 a course can be cancelled. Registered participants can either receive a full refund, or can transfer their registration to another course.

    Full Refunds require written notice and must be submitted by April 27, 2020. Those cancelling will receive a full refund, minus an administrative fee of $50.00.

    No Refunds – There will be no refunds for cancellation requests received after April 27, 2020. However, a substitute may be named and that registration will be honoured. Please email your substitution information to info@iap2canada.ca prior to the start date of the Symposium.

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