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These board members were elected in online voting in March, 2015.

PRESIDENT -- Bruce Gilbert (1st year, Atlantic)

Bruce is currently Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of Public Engagement (OPE), Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL). The OPE supports GNL departments, as well as numerous external partners, to improve their overall citizen and stakeholder engagement practices. The OPE has been winning accolades within NL and beyond for its innovative work in deliberative dialogue, collaborative research and policy-innovation work. Bruce has held senior positions with varied NGOs within NL and overseas, working closely with grassroots practitioners, industry leaders, elected officials, activists, student organizers, and ordinary citizens of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, on many complex and pressing societal problems. Bruce has a PhD from Dalhousie University (Focus: public engagement, collaboration and sustainability) and a Master’s from St. Francis Xavier University (Focus: adult education and rural community mobilization). He has also conducted Postdoctoral Fellowship research at Memorial University (Focus: effectiveness in academic-community partnerships). Bruce lives in downtown St. John’s with his wife Camille Fouillard and their children Léo (13) and Esmée (18).

VICE-PRESIDENT -- Amanda Mitchell (2nd year, British Columbia)

Amanda is a Public Engagement Specialist at the City of Vancouver where she acts as a best practice advisor on public engagement to staff throughout the City. She has a background in sustainability and a keen interest in the use of social media, digital tools, and creative engagement strategies to enhance community participation in policy creation. Amanda joined the City in 2010 to manage the online engagement process to develop the Greenest City Action Plan. Amanda is one of the founding directors of the Vancouver Public Space Network and a co-founder of Re:place Magazine (now Spacing Vancouver). Amanda holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture from UBC.

SECRETARY and Federation Representative -- Jan Bloomfield (2nd year of 2nd term, Wild Rose)

Jan started her Edmonton-based company Strategy Plus in 1997 after over 24 years of public sector experience in parks, environment, tourism, and economic and community development. She continues to provide expertise in stakeholder consultation, and strategic and business planning to public and private sector clients. Jan has been a licensed trainer for the IAP2 Certificate Program since 2005, is a founding member of the Canadian Trainers Collective (CTC), and has been active on IAP2 Canada and Wild Rose boards since 2002. Jan has an Hon BA in Geography from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Geography from the University of Ottawa. Term of appointment: May 2014 - May 2016.

TREASURER -- Ashleigh Weeden (1st year, Great Lakes)

Ashleigh is an enthusiastic and open public servant, an award-winning community engagement practitioner, and a friend to all rebels-with-a-cause. As a writer, facilitator and community developer, she has spent the last five years working with progressive public servants and engaged citizens to take the lid off local government so everyone can play inside City Hall.

An alumna of the AMCTO's (Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario) Ontario Municipal Management Internship with the City of London, Ashleigh holds a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Victoria, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development (Political Economy and Administrative Change) from the University of Guelph. She currently lives and works in Owen Sound, Ontario, where she is working on Grey County’s Connected County Initiative, building a collaborative community partnership to leverage broadband connectivity for sustainable economic and community development. Additionally, Ashleigh provides communications support for the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative. She is also a competitive bagpiper, novice skier and clumsy longboarder who feels lucky to get to live, work, and play in one of the prettiest parts of Ontario.

You can find Ashleigh on Twitter at @ashleighweeden, where she loves to connect with interesting people from all over the world, and at her virtual home at

www.ashleighweeden.com, where she writes about authenticity, leadership, and public service renewal.

PAST-PRESIDENT -- Anne Harding (Wild Rose)

Anne has worked as a community engagement practitioner since 2005 and is currently a Senior Advisor in Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations at Suncor Energy.  She is also the Owner of Forum Stakeholder Relations, a consulting firm focused on engaging communities in sustainable decision-making. Anne has worked on community engagement projects from school closures to Aboriginal economic development to the siting and construction of pipelines, conventional wells and wind farms. Anne received her MA in Corporate-Aboriginal Relations in 2012, focusing on collaborative initiatives between Aboriginal communities and resource companies as a means of building the social license to operate, community economic development, and trust-based relationships.

FEDERATION REPRESENTATIVE -- Noreen Rude (2nd year of 2nd term, Wild Rose)

Noreen is currently the Manager of Engagement & Communication Partner Services at The City of Calgary, where she has held leadership roles for over 30 years. She has a passion for inclusive and transparent public involvement, reflected in her strong facilitation skills and can-do attitude. Noreen applies her talent for collaborating with others to ‘get things done’ to the development and operation of a regional recreation facility in north central Calgary and as Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association of Calgary. Noreen is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, and a Local Government Management Certificate.

Term of appointment: May 2014 - May 2016

Hugo Mimee
(2nd year, St Lawrence/St-Laurent)

Hugo est conseiller en participation publique à Montréal avec une expérience de 18 ans dans le domaine. Son défi au quotidien : des projets socialement acceptables! Hugo est passionné par l’intégration de la participation citoyenne aux petites et grandes décisions de tous les jours. À titre de conseiller relations avec le milieu il a mené plusieurs consultations publiques dans différents types de projets (lignes de transport d’électricité, poste de transformation, réfection de centrales hydroélectriques). Il travaille présentement pour Hydro-Québec à titre de conseiller et formateur en participation publique. Membre de l’Ordre des urbanistes du Québec, il possède une maîtrise en aménagement du territoire et développement régional et un baccalauréat en urbanisme ce qui lui permet d’avoir une vision large du domaine de la participation publique. Hugo est président de la section Saint-Laurent de l’AIP2 Saint-Laurent et siège au conseil d’administration de l’AIP2 Canada depuis avril 2014.

Hugo is a public participation advisor based in Montréal with more than 18 years of experience in this field. His professional goal: socially acceptable projects! Hugo is passionate about meeting the challenges of fostering better citizen participation in the small and big decisions that are made every day. As a community relations advisor, he has led many consultations on planning and implementation of various types of projects (major power lines, electrical substations, refurbishing of hydro plants). He currently works at Hydro-Québec, as an advisor and trainer in public participation. A member of the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec, he holds a Master’s degree in planning and regional development and a Bachelor’s in urban planning, lending him a broad and applied perspective around the public participation table. Hugo is currently president of the IAP2 St. Lawrence Chapter and has been a member of the IAP2 Canada board of directors since April 2014.

Brenda Pichette (1st year of 2nd term, St Lawrence/Saint-Laurent)

Brenda owns her own consulting business, P2 Facilitators, that offers expertise in Public Participation planning, design and implementation. Brenda has been developing, designing and delivering engagement/outreach and training programs for over 20 years and is passionate about and committed to building the profession of public participation in Canada. Planning an effective engagement strategy is Brenda’s specialty.

Brenda has spent much of her volunteer time in the last 2 years serving as a member of the IAP2 USA Certification Task Force. She was the Senior Public Outreach Specialist at Health Canada’s Contaminated Sites Division where she led the Public Involvement Team for 9 years. Some of the outreach programs she managed for the Federal Government include Health Canada Programs for Contaminated Sites, Tobacco, Hepatitis C and Environmental Assessment Regulations.

Brenda was a valued member of the training team at the Contaminated Sites Division, developing and delivering training programs for P2 Practitioners serving 17 Federal Government Departments and Agencies. Prior to working at the Federal Government Brenda led the Canadian Red Cross national first aid services program for 8 years and was also involved in International development programs.

Brenda is an accomplished and entertaining facilitator with an extensive list of facilitation design and development skills.

Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University in Montreal.

Tracy Vaughan (1st year, BC)

Tracy is the City of Vancouver's Senior Public Engagement Advisor. She holds a Masters in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University and came to the City from the private sector as a sustainability planner with HB Lanarc Consultants. Tracy has worked closely with municipalities and senior governments in BC for the last eight years, helping engage the public in complex projects that require public understanding and support to succeed. Tracy brings a wealth of experience with an array of outreach tools and techniques, project and team management, strategic engagement design and implementation, and new media management.


Emily Buck

Emily is an Environment, Safety and Regulatory Analyst with Bellatrix Exploration. From writing internal policies with coworkers to attending Synergy Alberta meetings, Emily’s work allows her the opportunity to facilitate and participate in a wide range of engagement. Emily is a current protégé in IAP2 Canada’s mentorship program. She completed her IAP2 Foundations certification in 2014 and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University.

Julie Reid Forget

Julie is Vice-president at Transfert Environment and Society with more than 15 years' experience in public participation, community relations, and collaborative decision-making processes. Julie seeks to establish effective dialogue between developers and host communities as early as possible to establish conditions of social acceptance and integrate to project design. She led participatory processes at all steps of a project cycle in Québec, Canada and abroad in particularly challenging social dynamics and in such diverse sectors as hydropower, mining, roads, railways and wind farms. Julie graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor's in International Studies and Master’s in economic development; she also earned a Bachelors’ degree in engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. Julie is also vice-president of the IAP2 Canada St Lawrence Chapter.
Julie est Vice-présidente chez Transfert Environnement et Société avec plus de 15 ans d’expérience en participation publique, relation auprès des communautés, et processus collaboratifs de prise de décision. Julie cherche à créer un dialogue constructif entre les développeurs industriels ou d’infrastructure et les communautés hôtes aussitôt que possible afin d’établir les conditions d’acceptabilité sociale et les intégrer à la conception de projet..  Elle a dirigé plusieurs processus participatifs, souvent dans des conditions et des dynamiques sociales posant des défis importants et dans des secteurs variés, tels que l'hydroélectricité, routes, voie ferrée et éolien.  Julie détient une maîtrise en économique du développement et un bacc. en études internationales de l’Université McGill ainsi qu’un bacc. en ingénierie de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Julie est également vice-présidente de la Section Saint-Laurent d'AIP2.

Chris Gurski

Chris is a public consultation and aboriginal engagement consultant with experience working with private and public sector clients at Golder Associates in Mississauga Ontario. He is passionate about public participation and the value it brings to decision-making for large and small projects alike. He has developed and implemented engagement programs under Ontario and Canadian regulatory requirements for public consultation and aboriginal engagement for environmental assessments, renewable energy approvals, long term waste planning, landfill reclamation, Site-Specific Standards applications and pipeline approvals through the National Energy Board.

Chris is an enthusiastic supporter of IAP2 at the local and national level and has an Hon BA in Geography from the University of Toronto.

Violetta Ilkiw

Violetta is a seasoned strategist and facilitator, leading organizational & systems change, with a focus on participatory decision-making processes in communities and organizations.  Her work focuses on bringing conflict resolution methodologies and empathy to help facilitate solutions with the various partners engaged in complex problem-solving.

For over 20 years, she has worked with communities, public and philanthropic sectors, drawing on designing thinking, social innovation and change management theories to increase effective participation of all stakeholders.  She experiments with emergence and ways to implement wide-scale social innovation. Violetta holds a Masters in Conflict Facilitation and Organizational Change.

Sarah Rivest

Sarah has worked in community engagement since 2005 and is current the Park Development and Native Programming coordinator at the Calgary Stampede, working to strengthen the relationship between First Nations communities and the Stampede. Sarah joined the Calgary Stampede in 2011, and is motivated by the passionate volunteers and opportunities to work with community leaders. Sarah's experience working for VANOC in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games inspired her to learn more about the field of community relations, and she completed the IAP2 certificate in 2014. Sarah holds a double degree from the University of Calgary in Communications and Canadian Studies.

David Turner

David is First Nations of Saulteaux (Pinaymootang First Nation, Manitoba) and African American descent, David is an independent consultant with a Diploma of Social Work (Honours) from Mount Royal College in Calgary. His experience includes initiatives in health, social services, management, policy development and community engagement. David has worked with both urban and First Nations social services programs.

David has 30 years experience facilitating complex government contracts and public relations/stakeholder relations with Aboriginal communities across Canada. His current consulting activities include meeting facilitation, team development, cross-cultural understanding between northern First Nations and Métis Settlements and the oil and gas industry and as the Aboriginal Engagement Advisor for Alberta Health Services.

For 6 years, David served as a Director on the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) Board. The AHF was responsible for distributing funding to First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities for residential school healing.

Staff support: Amelia Shaw, Leana Modonese & Drew Snider - info@iap2canada.ca -- Meet them here.

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