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Foundations in Public Participation

Foundations in Public Participation was designed with the input of successful practitioners who work with diverse populations and divergent circumstances throughout the world. The course is divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation, planning and techniques. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

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Who should take this training?

Regardless of the arena in which you work, IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation can broaden your toolkit and bring greater creativity to your approach. This programme will give you a broad-based understanding of how public participation works across the world.

Foundations is right for anyone working for or involved in public participation and community engagement projects in:

  • Government—municipalities, state and provincial agencies
  • Corporations
  • Utilities
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Community Organisations
  • Universities

Planning for Effective Public Participation

A major reason that initiatives fail to reach their goals is inadequate preparation. Our planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges using the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

  • Evaluating the scope of a decision and identifying the processes needed.
  • Identifying the decision steps including timing and needed resources.
  • Establishing roles and responsibilities of the primary parties.
  • Developing a comprehensive, decision impact analysis to identify the stakeholder community, their concerns, and hopes.
  • Selecting the appropriate level of public participation.
  • Setting clear and achievable objectives.
  • Developing a detailed public participation plan.
  • Planning for communications initiatives that support the process.
  • Identifying appropriate evaluation tools to measure the effectiveness of the initiative.
  • This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.

Techniques for Effective Public Participation 

Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experientially with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project.

This module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tipsheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective communication during the process.

IAP2 Foundations Certificate in Public Participation

The Foundations Certificate in Public Participation program has been replaced by Foundations in Public Participation. Participants who completed the former 2-Day Planning course without completing Communications may register for the third day of Planning (1 Day) and the 2-Day Techniques course to complete the Foundations in Public Participation program. Please see the Training Calendar for dates and locations.

Calendar - Upcoming Foundations Training Sessions

Upcoming Foundations training sessions

    • 26 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Oct 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Online

    Taught by Delaney, this is part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

    Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


    • 16 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 19 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online

    Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

    Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


    • 17 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • 19 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • Online
    The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Techniques for Effective Public Participation. Techniques is the second of the two modules of the Foundations training program. The virtual training will be delivered over 3 days, November 17-19 with 2 sessions per day on the 17th & 18th and one on the 19th. For more information and how to register please see our website


    (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • 19 Nov 2020
    • (MST)
    • Online

    Taught by Kim Hyshka and Tannis Topolnisky, this two & one half-day online training is the Techniques module of the IAP2 Foundations course presented by Dialogue Partners and Topent.  If you are considering registration in this course, you have already completed the first module, planning of your IAP2 Foundations training.  In this next module, you will further enhance your public participation toolkit with practical tools and methodologies.  

    Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

    Find more information and register here.



    • 23 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • 26 Nov 2020
    • (PST)
    • Online

    Taught by Delaney, this is part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

    Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


    • 30 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • 03 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 17
    Register

    IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation: Planning for Effective Public Participation will let you hit the ground running armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working. Our planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges using the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

    This is part one of Foundations two modules. Please see our website for when the second module, Techniques, is being offered.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are a member of IAP2 Canada please log into the website (top right-hand corner) to register automatically at the member rate. International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

    Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in eight segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

    Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

    Participants will be given a small group to work in and given assignments that they need to complete throughout the week together. Participants will need to coordinate themselves and find time on their own to do this. There will also be individual readings/assignments - to be completed before or in-between virtual sessions.

    Cancellation policy

    Learning Objectives

    Participants who complete the Planning course will be able to:

    • Understand and apply the IAP2 Foundations for effective public participation.
    • Articulate and assess the benefits and risks of integrating public participation into decision- making.
    • Develop appropriate public participation objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process.
    • Identify stakeholders and their needs and expectations, and select ways to effectively engage them in a decision process.
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive and effective public participation plan.
    • Integrate communication strategies to reach and engage the public and support the public participation process.
    • Evaluate public participation processes being used and outcomes
    Course Overview
    • What is Public Participation?
    • Who is the Public?
      • The Orbits of Public Participation
      • Hard-to-Reach Stakeholders and Striving for Inclusive Participation
    • IAP2’s Foundations of Public Participation
      • Foundation 1: Values-Based What are Values? and why are they important in P2?
        —IAP2’s Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
        —IAP2's Code of Ethics
      • Foundation 2: Decision-Oriented
      • Foundation 3: Goal-Driven
        —IAP2s Public Participation Spectrum
    • IAP2’s Five Steps for Public Participation Planning
      • Planning Step 1: Gain Internal Commitment -- the decision maker; organization; and preliminary decision description, stakeholder list, spectrum level
      • Planning Step 2: Learn from the Public
      • Planning Step 3: Select the Level of Participation
      • Planning Step 4: Define the Decision Process and Identify the Public Participation and Communication Objectives
      • Planning Step 5: Write the P2 plan including selecting techniques, assessing needed and available resources and planning for evaluation
    • Digging Deeper
      • Public Participation Planning and Effective Communication
      • Learning Styles and Public Participation
      • Helping People Move from Positions to Interests
      • Engaging Indigenous, Marginalized and Other Excluded Groups or Missing Voices
      • Dealing with Emotions—Outrage, Fear and Anger—in Public Settings and the Importance of Empathy and Building Relationships
      • Closing the Loop with Stakeholders
      • Attitude is Everything
    • Wrap up & Closure

    Trainer: Amanda Mitchell 

    Amanda Mitchell is a public engagement coach, trainer and strategist with over thirteen years of experience designing processes that meaningfully involve the public in policy decisions. Amanda is known for her creativity, ability to brainstorm, and tendency to ask strategic questions during process design. She is passionate about cities and the bulk of her experience has been with local governments.

    As a trainer, she creates a learning environment that is safe, relevant, experiential and draws on the experience in the room. Amanda is committed to helping practitioners grow their skills and has established peer-to-peer learning networks for municipal public engagement practitioners in Canada and at the City of Vancouver.

    • 07 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • 10 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • Online

    The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Planning for Effective Public Participation. Planning is the first of the two modules of the Foundations training program. The virtual Planning course will be delivered over 4 days, December 7-10 with 2 sessions per day. For more information and how to register please see our website

    (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

    • 09 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 11 Dec 2020
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 19
    Register

    Once you’ve completed IAP2 Planning for Effective Public Participation, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experientially with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project.

    This module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tipsheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective communication during the process.

    This is part two of Foundations two modulesThe Planning Module is a prerequisite to Techniques.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are a member of IAP2 Canada please log into the website (top right-hand corner) to register automatically at the member rate. International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

    Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in five, three and two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

    Cancellation policy

    Learning Objectives

    Participants who have completed the Techniques course will be able to:

    • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies

    • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives

    • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances

    • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

      Course Overview
      • Review of Planning for Effective Public Participation
      • Inclusive design
      • Techniques to Share information
      • Techniques to Collect & Compile Input
      • Online Engagement
      • Techniques to Bring People Together
      • Open Public Forums
      • Specialized Processes
      • Representative Processes
      • Advisory Committees
      • Technique Selection Exercise
      Trainer: Amanda Mitchell

      Amanda Mitchell is a public engagement coach, trainer and strategist with over thirteen years of experience designing processes that meaningfully involve the public in policy decisions. Amanda is known for her creativity, ability to brainstorm, and tendency to ask strategic questions during process design. She is passionate about cities and the bulk of her experience has been with local governments.

      As a trainer, she creates a learning environment that is safe, relevant, experiential and draws on the experience in the room. Amanda is committed to helping practitioners grow their skills and has established peer-to-peer learning networks for municipal public engagement practitioners in Canada and at the City of Vancouver.

      • 12 Jan 2021
      • (EST)
      • 15 Jan 2021
      • (EST)
      • 7 sessions
      • Zoom
      • 20
      Register

      IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation: Planning for Effective Public Participation will let you hit the ground running armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working. Our planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges using the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

      This is part one of Foundations two modules. Please see our website for when the second module, Techniques, is being offered.

      PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

      Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in seven segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

      Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

      Participants will be given a small group to work in and given assignments that they need to complete throughout the week together. Participants will need to coordinate themselves and find time on their own to do this. There will also be individual readings/assignments - to be completed before or in-between virtual sessions.

      Cancellation policy

      Learning Objectives

      Participants who complete the Planning course will be able to:

      • Understand and apply the IAP2 Foundations for effective public participation.
      • Articulate and assess the benefits and risks of integrating public participation into decision- making.
      • Develop appropriate public participation objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process.
      • Identify stakeholders and their needs and expectations, and select ways to effectively engage them in a decision process.
      • Develop and implement a comprehensive and effective public participation plan.
      • Integrate communication strategies to reach and engage the public and support the public participation process.
      • Evaluate public participation processes being used and outcomes
      Course Overview
      • What is Public Participation?
      • Who is the Public?
        • The Orbits of Public Participation
        • Hard-to-Reach Stakeholders and Striving for Inclusive Participation
      • IAP2’s Foundations of Public Participation
        • Foundation 1: Values-Based What are Values? and why are they important in P2?
          —IAP2’s Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
          —IAP2's Code of Ethics
        • Foundation 2: Decision-Oriented
        • Foundation 3: Goal-Driven
          —IAP2s Public Participation Spectrum
      • IAP2’s Five Steps for Public Participation Planning
        • Planning Step 1: Gain Internal Commitment -- the decision maker; organization; and preliminary decision description, stakeholder list, spectrum level
        • Planning Step 2: Learn from the Public
        • Planning Step 3: Select the Level of Participation
        • Planning Step 4: Define the Decision Process and Identify the Public Participation and Communication Objectives
        • Planning Step 5: Write the P2 plan including selecting techniques, assessing needed and available resources and planning for evaluation
      • Digging Deeper
        • Public Participation Planning and Effective Communication
        • Learning Styles and Public Participation
        • Helping People Move from Positions to Interests
        • Engaging Indigenous, Marginalized and Other Excluded Groups or Missing Voices
        • Dealing with Emotions—Outrage, Fear and Anger—in Public Settings and the Importance of Empathy and Building Relationships
        • Closing the Loop with Stakeholders
        • Attitude is Everything
      • Wrap up & Closure

      Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky, CP3 

      Tannis has 18 years of public engagement experience and has been a licensed trainer of the IAP2 Foundations and IAP2 for Decision Makers courses since 2011. Her passion is in creating the space where people come together to make a difference in the individual, the organization, their relationships and beyond into programs, policies and decision making. She has experience in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common. She has worked with organizations and on projects that have received national and international recognition of excellence, including IAP2 Canada and IAP2 International Core Values Awards. She is an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners and an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.

      “What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” – Paulo Coelho

      • 19 Jan 2021
      • (EST)
      • 21 Jan 2021
      • (EST)
      • 5 sessions
      • Zoom
      • 19
      Register

      Once you’ve completed IAP2 Planning for Effective Public Participation, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experientially with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project.

      This module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tipsheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective communication during the process.

      This is part two of Foundations two modulesThe Planning Module is a prerequisite to Techniques.

      PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

      Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in five, three and two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

      Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

      Cancellation policy

      Learning Objectives

      Participants who have completed the Techniques course will be able to:

      • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies

      • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives

      • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances

      • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

        Course Overview
        • Review of Planning for Effective Public Participation
        • Inclusive design
        • Techniques to Share information
        • Techniques to Collect & Compile Input
        • Online Engagement
        • Techniques to Bring People Together
        • Open Public Forums
        • Specialized Processes
        • Representative Processes
        • Advisory Committees
        • Technique Selection Exercise
        Trainer: Tannis Topolnisky, CP3

        Tannis Topolnisky

        Tannis has 18 years of public engagement experience and has been a licensed trainer of the IAP2 Foundations and IAP2 for Decision Makers courses since 2011.  Her passion is in creating the space where people come together to make a difference in the individual, the organization, their relationships and beyond into programs, policies and decision making. She has experience in a wide diversity of projects where impacts on health, livelihood, relationships, well-being and community are most common.  She has worked with organizations and on projects that have received national and international recognition of excellence, including IAP2 Canada and IAP2 International Core Values Awards.  She is an IAP2 mentor for new practitioners and an assessor for new IAP2 Foundations candidate trainers.

         “What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” – Paulo Coelho

        • 26 Jan 2021
        • (MST)
        • 28 Jan 2021
        • (MST)
        • Online

        The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Techniques for Effective Public Participation. Techniques is the second of the two modules of the Foundations training program. The virtual training will be delivered over 2 and a half days, January 26-28 with 2 sessions each day on the 26th & 27th and one on the 28th. For more information and how to register please see our website

        Early-bird discount ends December 29, 2020.


        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 01 Feb 2021
        • (PST)
        • 11 Feb 2021
        • (PST)
        • Online

        Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

        Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


        • 22 Feb 2021
        • (MST)
        • 25 Feb 2021
        • (MST)
        • Online

        The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Planning for Effective Public Participation. Planning is the first of the two modules of the Foundations training program and we will be offering the second module, Techniques, online in April 2021. The virtual Planning course will be delivered over 4 days, February 22-25 with 2 sessions per day. For more information and how to register please see our website

        Early-bird discount ends January 25, 2021.

        (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

        • 02 Mar 2021
        • (EST)
        • 05 Mar 2021
        • (EST)
        • 7 sessions
        • Zoom
        • 20
        Register

        IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation: Planning for Effective Public Participation will let you hit the ground running armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective initiatives for any area in which you may be working. Our planning module provides you with a proven structure that will greatly increase your odds of a successful project. This hands-on course gives you the opportunity to delve into your own challenges using the essential elements of effective public participation planning.

        This is part one of Foundations two modules. Please see our website for when the second module, Techniques, is being offered.

        PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

        Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in seven segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

        Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

        Participants will be given a small group to work in and given assignments that they need to complete throughout the week together. Participants will need to coordinate themselves and find time on their own to do this. There will also be individual readings/assignments - to be completed before or in-between virtual sessions.

        Cancellation policy

        Learning Objectives

        Participants who complete the Planning course will be able to:

        • Understand and apply the IAP2 Foundations for effective public participation.
        • Articulate and assess the benefits and risks of integrating public participation into decision- making.
        • Develop appropriate public participation objectives that clarify the public’s role and are aligned with and support the decision process.
        • Identify stakeholders and their needs and expectations, and select ways to effectively engage them in a decision process.
        • Develop and implement a comprehensive and effective public participation plan.
        • Integrate communication strategies to reach and engage the public and support the public participation process.
        • Evaluate public participation processes being used and outcomes
        Course Overview
        • What is Public Participation?
        • Who is the Public?
          • The Orbits of Public Participation
          • Hard-to-Reach Stakeholders and Striving for Inclusive Participation
        • IAP2’s Foundations of Public Participation
          • Foundation 1: Values-Based What are Values? and why are they important in P2?
            —IAP2’s Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation
            —IAP2's Code of Ethics
          • Foundation 2: Decision-Oriented
          • Foundation 3: Goal-Driven
            —IAP2s Public Participation Spectrum
        • IAP2’s Five Steps for Public Participation Planning
          • Planning Step 1: Gain Internal Commitment -- the decision maker; organization; and preliminary decision description, stakeholder list, spectrum level
          • Planning Step 2: Learn from the Public
          • Planning Step 3: Select the Level of Participation
          • Planning Step 4: Define the Decision Process and Identify the Public Participation and Communication Objectives
          • Planning Step 5: Write the P2 plan including selecting techniques, assessing needed and available resources and planning for evaluation
        • Digging Deeper
          • Public Participation Planning and Effective Communication
          • Learning Styles and Public Participation
          • Helping People Move from Positions to Interests
          • Engaging Indigenous, Marginalized and Other Excluded Groups or Missing Voices
          • Dealing with Emotions—Outrage, Fear and Anger—in Public Settings and the Importance of Empathy and Building Relationships
          • Closing the Loop with Stakeholders
          • Attitude is Everything
        • Wrap up & Closure

        Trainer: Kim Hyshka, CP3 

        Kim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations. Better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

        Watch this short video to see Kim in action!


        • 09 Mar 2021
        • (EST)
        • 11 Mar 2021
        • (EST)
        • 5 sessions
        • Zoom
        • 20
        Register

        Once you’ve completed IAP2 Planning for Effective Public Participation, you are ready to add 50+ practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit. Working experientially with seasoned IAP2 trainers and your peers, you’ll now learn powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project.

        This module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tipsheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. You’ll also learn how to establish and maintain effective communication during the process.

        This is part two of Foundations two modulesThe Planning Module is a prerequisite to Techniques.

        PLEASE NOTE:International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

        Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face-to-face. This virtual course will be offered in five, three and two hour segments with multiple sessions over the week (both in morning and afternoon). Just like the face-to-face training, we expect all participants to attend all sessions listed in the event.

        Note that the session time is Eastern Time.

        Cancellation policy

        Learning Objectives

        Participants who have completed the Techniques course will be able to:

        • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies

        • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives

        • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances

        • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively

          Course Overview
          • Review of Planning for Effective Public Participation
          • Inclusive design
          • Techniques to Share information
          • Techniques to Collect & Compile Input
          • Online Engagement
          • Techniques to Bring People Together
          • Open Public Forums
          • Specialized Processes
          • Representative Processes
          • Advisory Committees
          • Technique Selection Exercise
          Trainer: Kim Hyshka, CP3

          Kim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations. Better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

          Watch this short video to see Kim in action!


          • 15 Mar 2021
          • (PDT)
          • 19 Mar 2021
          • (PDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 22 Mar 2021
          • (PDT)
          • 25 Mar 2021
          • (PDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 06 Apr 2021
          • (MDT)
          • 09 Apr 2021
          • (MDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Kim Hyshka and Tannis Topolnisky, this live and interactive online training will have you ready to apply IAP2's approach to public participation in your next project. Planning is the first of two modules of the Foundations training program.  Module 2, Techniques for Effective Public Participation is available for online delivery on April 26 - 27, 2021

          Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

          Find more information and register here



          • 12 Apr 2021
          • (PDT)
          • 22 Apr 2021
          • (PDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 13 Apr 2021
          • (MDT)
          • 15 Apr 2021
          • (MDT)
          • Online

          The Canadian Trainers Collective is pleased to offer the online version of Techniques for Effective Public Participation. Techniques is the second of the two modules of the Foundations training program. The virtual training will be delivered over 2 and a half days, April 13-15 with 2 sessions each day on the 13th & 14th and one on the 15th. For more information and how to register please see our website

          Early-bird discount ends March 16, 2021.


          (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

          • 19 Apr 2021
          • (EDT)
          • 21 Apr 2021
          • (EDT)
          • Toronto

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification. Part 2 of the program is scheduled for April 22 & 23 in Toronto.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 22 Apr 2021
          • (EDT)
          • 23 Apr 2021
          • (EDT)
          • Toronto

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification. 

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 23 Apr 2021
          • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
          • Zoom
          • 20
          Register
          IAP2’s Public Participation for Decision Makers helps decision makers get the best value from a public participation process.  The session looks at the Foundations from a decision maker’s point of view and offers a perspective on how public participation can be integrated into the overall project plan. It examines the costs and benefits of public participation, discusses when and why to not involve the public in an organizational decision, and emphasizes the importance of both the decision being made and the promise to the public about their involvement in that decision process. Finally, the session provides an overview of what the decision maker should know about the public participation practitioner’s role.


          PLEASE NOTE: If you are a member of IAP2 Canada please log into the website (top right-hand corner) to register automatically at the member rate. International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

          This online course will be offered in one, three hour session.

          Cancellation policy

          Learning Objectives

          • Understanding what public participation is and the benefits and risks of undergoing a public participation process
          • When public participation is appropriate and when it is not
          • Learn the critical components of public participation
          • The role of the decision maker in public participation

          Why Choose this course?

          • Your leaders need the basics and inspiration to build relationships & trust for the long-term
          • You are ready to understand what works –and what doesn’t –so you can choose to engage in ways that really work
          • You want to kick off a culture that begins from the inside out, where engagement becomes how you work together inside your organization and with your stakeholders too
          Trainer: Kim Hyshka, CP3

          Kim Hyshka, CP3 is a believer that just about anything is possible with a little dialogue. She’s on a mission, to chart a different course for public conversations. Better conversations that open possibility, cultivate collaboration and spark change through dialogue. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. You’ll find her in the midst of both large and small-scale projects, bringing experience facilitating community forums in large urban centers or walking pipelines with Elders in the remote wilderness.

          Watch this short video to see Kim in action!

          • 26 Apr 2021
          • (MDT)
          • 27 Apr 2021
          • (MDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Kim Hyshka and Tannis Topolnisky, this two & one half-day online training is the Techniques module of the IAP2 Foundations course presented by Dialogue Partners and Topent.  If you are considering registration in this course, you have already completed the first module, planning of your IAP2 Foundations training.  In this next module, you will further enhance your public participation toolkit with practical tools and methodologies.  

          Completion of Foundations is a pre-requisite for IAP2 Certification.

          For more information and register here



          • 10 May 2021
          • (PDT)
          • 20 May 2021
          • (PDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 07 Jun 2021
          • (PDT)
          • 10 Jun 2021
          • (PDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 1 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 14 Jun 2021
          • (MDT)
          • 16 Jun 2021
          • (MDT)
          • Online

          The Canadian Trainers' Collective is pleased to offer the 3-day Planning module in the IAP2 Canada Foundations course in Calgary, AB. The second module (Techniques) will take place in Calgary, June 17-18. The Foundations course is a prerequisite for IAP2 Certification. For more information and how to register please see our website

          Early-bird discount ends May 3, 2021.

          (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

          • 14 Jun 2021
          • (PDT)
          • 17 Jun 2021
          • (PDT)
          • Online

          Taught by Delaney, this is part 2 of the IAP2 Foundations program, which is a prerequisite for IAP2 Professional Certification.

          Find more information about the Foundations course and register here.


          • 17 Jun 2021
          • (MDT)
          • 18 Jun 2021
          • (MDT)
          • Online

          The Canadian Trainers' Collective is pleased the 2-day Techniques course, the second module of the IAP2 Foundations training program in Calgary, ABFor more information and how to register please see our website

          Early-bird discount ends May 3, 2021.

          (Canadian Trainers' Collective, l-r Gale Simpson, Lara Tierney, Gay Robinson, Jan Bloomfield)

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