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VIRTUAL LITE OPTION

Our online option ("Virtual Lite") will allow you to access live streams of selected sessions straight from Banff. These hybrid sessions will also include simultaneous translation (French-English). Virtual Lite participants will also have access to our recorded conference sessions two weeks after the conference.

Thursday, September 15th - HYBRID Sessions

9 - 10:30 am   MOUNTAIN TIME - Opening Keynote

Discover our keynotes here.

11 am - noon   What Do Your Online Participants Really Want? Choice Architecture and Purposeful Design Provide the Foundation for Meaningful Input

Joseph Thornley, 76 engage

Elizabeth Thornley, 76 engage

Online engagement has the potential to extend the reach of our engagement initiatives to people who simply could not or would not participate in person. Yet, how many of us can say though that every online engagement was a success? Most of us have seen comments like, “You weren’t really listening,” or “You talked about what you wanted to talk about, but not what we wanted to talk about.”

This session will explore the behavioural science, design and choice architecture that underpins successful, meaningful online engagement. Examples will be provided to illustrate practical do’s and don’ts that participants can use when planning their next online engagement. And at the end, participants will be armed with a set of proven best practices.

1:30 - 3pm   MOUNTAIN TIME - (French-English live interpretation) - Les femmes ne participent pas. C’est parce qu’elles ne sont pas intéressées… Mais encore! // Women Do Not Participate. It's Because They're Not Interested... Wait, What?

Pierre Batelier, Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement - BAPE

Odile Rochon, Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement - BAPE

Le Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) présentera un portrait inédit de la prise de parole publique des femmes dans le cadre de ses travaux depuis sa création en 1978. Nous explorerons et questionnerons les déterminants de la prise de parole publique des femmes dans le cadre d’audiences publiques et comment, dans certains contextes, ces enseignements peuvent se transposer pour encourager la participation d'autres groupes sous-représentés. Dans le cadre de cet échange, nous partagerons les apprentissages et pistes d’action tirés de la littérature, d’expériences d’autres institutions mais aussi de nos propres démarches d’analyse qualitative sur la participation menées tant en interne qu’en partenariat avec des organisations qui partagent notre volonté d’accroître la diversité dans le domaine de la participation publique. 

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The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) is a reference body responsible for informing and consulting the population on projects and on other matters relating to the environment in Quebec. In this interactive session, we will present a never-before-seen portrait of women as public speakers in its consultations since 1978. Participants will then be led to explore and question the elements that may influence whether women will speak publicly during public hearings and how these learnings may be transposed to foster public participation of other underrepresented groups. As part of this discussion, we will share learnings and courses of action drawn from literature and from our own qualitative analysis carried out in partnership with organizations that share our desire to increase diversity in public participation.

3:30 - 4:30 pm   MOUNTAIN TIME - A Decolonized Approach to Community Engagement in a Municipal Planning Process

Ginger Gosnell-Myers

Susanna Haas Lyons

Monica Bennington

Centering Indigenous ways of knowing and being has profound impacts on civic engagement projects that contribute to reconciliation. However, Indigenous Nations and urban Indigenous community members are too often brought in towards the end of a project, with contributions limited to only the use of art and other design finishes. This presentation will share lessons learned from a municipal planning project that aimed to meaningfully embed local Indigenous ways of knowing into every aspect of the process in culturally respectful ways. Through interactive discussion and presentation, explore strategies to support government partners in their commitments to reconciliation, center Indigenous voices in decision-making processes, and create shared benefits for indigenous communities, municipalities and the public through Indigenous centered engagement.


Friday, September 16th - HYBRID sessions

 9 - 10 am   MOUNTAIN TIME - Playful Planning: How to Gamify Public Engagement

Tru Taylor, MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement

Kiera Vandeborne, MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement

What if planning was a little bit more fun? Research shows a strong link between having fun and feeling motivated. Through applied experience and research in partnership with UBC (University of British Columbia) and Mitacs, our firm (MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement) has learned that incorporating gameplay elements—from points and imposed choices to storytelling and puzzles—into planning processes can increase intrinsic motivation for players. It can also help people think collectively and build empathy. This work has been supported by Azlan Nur Saidy, a UBC student pursuing a Masters in Community and Regional Planning.

 2- 3 pm  MOUNTAIN TIME - When Equitable Engagement Gets Pushback

Dani Hess - Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Bozeman

Brenda Ritenour - Neighborhood Liaison, City of Boulder

Rose Toehe - Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives, City of Flagstaff

Moderator: Ryan Hanschen - Engagement Manager, City of Boulder

“But why are you spending so much time trying to reach such a small group? Won’t that take away from OUR voice?” If these are questions you or your colleagues have heard recently you’re not alone. This session addresses the dilemma that many organizations face when doing equitable engagement: How to respond when engagement efforts that center marginalized communities are met with hesitation, skepticism, or opposition from those who benefit from past and current engagement approaches. Join jurisdictions from across the U.S. as they share their experiences in shifting approaches and managing expectations as equity becomes a priority in community engagement.

 12:15-1:45 pm  MOUNTAIN TIME - Closing Keynote

Discover our keynotes here.

 2- 3 pm  MOUNTAIN TIME - When Equitable Engagement Gets Pushback

Dani Hess - Community Engagement Coordinator, City of Bozeman

Brenda Ritenour - Neighborhood Liaison, City of Boulder

Rose Toehe - Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives, City of Flagstaff

Moderator: Ryan Hanschen - Engagement Manager, City of Boulder

“But why are you spending so much time trying to reach such a small group? Won’t that take away from OUR voice?” If these are questions you or your colleagues have heard recently you’re not alone. This session addresses the dilemma that many organizations face when doing equitable engagement: How to respond when engagement efforts that center marginalized communities are met with hesitation, skepticism, or opposition from those who benefit from past and current engagement approaches. Join jurisdictions from across the U.S. as they share their experiences in shifting approaches and managing expectations as equity becomes a priority in community engagement.

 3:15 - 4:15 pm  MOUNTAIN TIME - Showing Up: A Behavioural Insights Approach 

Natasha Steinback

Lindsay Humber, CP3 

Kim Hyshka, CP3

Community perspectives and voices are a critical piece of the puzzle when designing, informing, and implementing good public policy decisions and solutions. But policy decisions and solutions are only as good as the perspectives and information used to inform their creation. As public policy failures mount, engagement practitioners are left to determine how we can nudge ourselves and others to show up in ways that can change the way decisions and solutions are made for the better. A behavioral insights approach might help us get there.


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