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"IAP2 Canada Prairies Chapter is the leader in our region advocating for the practice of public participation. We aspire to engage P2 practitioners and communications professionals throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario by supporting the delivery of professional training, networking events and learning opportunities."   

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Brave, Honest Conversations

November 28-29, 2019 

Saskatoon, SK

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What does it mean to be brave? 

This is a question you’ll be asked in Stephani Roy McCallum's 2-day Brave, Honest Conversations course taking place in Saskatoon on November 28 & 29. The diversity of answers she’s received is astounding: freedom and clarity, curiosity and anxiety, jumping in with both feet and being willing to "be with" anything that shows up even the mess. What does being brave mean to you?

 Register to explore how to bravely lead the conversations that matter most, so we can find solutions, together. IAP2 Chapter members are eligible for $125 off course registration.  Contact IAP2 Prairies for discount code.


Navigating Divisiveness with Stephani Roy McCallum

An Evening of Conversation 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Saskatoon, SK

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We are evolving into a society that promotes division and taking sides on contentious issues like race, politics and the environment. How can we name divisive behaviour, respectfully acknowledge our differences and find some common ground on the things we are most passionate about? Can we help to bridge the divide?

IAP2 Prairies Chapter invites you to join us for an evening of conversation with Stephani Roy McCallum as we learn about Navigating Divisiveness. Steph will facilitate the discussion and share some knowledge and skills you can use to manage these challenging situations.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Doors open 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m.  

The Village Bistro   110, 250 Hunter Road in Stonebridge, Saskatoon

Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks provided by IAP2 Prairies Chapter

IAP2 members and non-members welcome! Please register in advance.

About Steph: Stephani is Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project where she steps into the storm of high emotion and conflict, and rides it to clearer skies. She is an internationally-recognized trailblazer who has worked on five continents facilitating tough conversations on high stakes, high emotion issues. As a trained co-active leadership coach, she brings 25 years of public engagement experience in bringing people together to build new perspectives and collaboratively create brave solutions, growing their own leadership and capacity. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the challenges in our world, together.


The IAP2 Skills Symposium is coming to the Prairies!
May 4-8, 2020

Regina, SK

The IAP2 Prairies Chapter is thrilled to be hosting the IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium in Regina, SK on May 4 to 8, 2020!

Make plans to join us for an empowering five days of learning new tools and techniques in the company of like-minded public participation colleagues.   The symposium is taking place at the Double Tree in Regina; room rates are $148.00 per night (+ taxes). Symposium registration rates are $325/day for members and $375/day for non-members - please add $50/day for IAP2 Foundations courses and Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation.

The schedule is still in development: watch for the announcement this fall. So for now, Save the Date and make your plans to join us in Regina in May 2020!

Attention trainers: If you are interested in providing training at the 2020 Skills Symposium, please take a look at the Training Submission Form and the FAQs. Please download to fill in. Please send application back in a Word format. Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2019. Contact Amelia at info@iap2canada.ca with questions.


IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board Members

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Board of Directors. Thank Denisa Gavan-Koop (Winnipeg); Natalie Henault (Winnipeg); Brad Novecosky (Saskatoon);  and Roslyn Kozak (Regina) for their time and dedication to the Prairie Chapter and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.  

Samantha Mark (Saskatoon) - IAP2 Prairies Chapter President, Training Committee

Samantha is a Regional and Community Planning Consultant with Prairie Wild Consulting Co. Samantha graduated with an honours degree from the Regional and Urban Planning Program at the University of Saskatchewan and has also obtained a Certificate in Group Facilitation from the University at the Center for Continuing and Distance Education. Samantha leads and co-leads on a number of different projects across Saskatchewan including working with a number of municipalities, regions and First Nation communities and organizations. Samantha provides facilitation and community engagement, policy writing and project management to a number of working groups within the west central area, eastern, and south eastern parts of the Province. This includes leading the process of developing a number of Official Community Plans, District Plans, Zoning Bylaws, Strategic Plans, development review responses, community engagement processes, facilitation, and other related work.

Lindsay Thompson (Winnipeg) - IAP2 Prairies Chapter Vice-president

For the past seven years, as an Environmental Specialist for Manitoba Hydro, Lindsay has worked towards building strong collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities in Manitoba for transmission projects including the Bipole III Transmission Project, Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project and others. This  included working with communities to develop engagement plans and self-directed studies. She was also involved in the Aboriginal Engagement Advisory Group for IAP2. More recently,  Lindsay is  working on public engagement in the environmental assessment process. She holds a Masters of Natural Resources Management in 2009.

Lara Ludwig (Regina) - Chapter Treasurer

Lara loves talking with people and exchanging ideas. She has over 12 years experience implementing public participation/reputation goals for organizations in the health care, oil and gas, mining and electrical utility sectors. Lara's currently leading the public engagement and stakeholder consultation team for SaskPower. It's an important time for the industry of public participation. For Lara, IAP2 is an opportunity to meet professionals in other sectors who have inspiring experiences and stories to share.

Leanne Jarocki (Regina) - Chapter Secretary,  Membership and Outreach Committee

Leanne brings to the IAP2 Board of Directors nearly 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing, public relations and stakeholder engagement. As a member of SaskPower’s Public Engagement and Stakeholder Consultation team, Leanne leads and contributes to engagement and consultation activities associated with electricity generation and infrastructure as well as other SaskPower business projects and programs across the province. Leanne is a passionate supporter of IAP2 core values and applying those values to corporate decision making. She completed IAP2 Fundamentals in 2012 and Outrage Management training in 2018. She has a Business Education certificate from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Regina.

Colleen Opseth (Regina) - Chapter Communications 

Colleen is a currently a public engagement advisor in Government of Saskatchewan’s providing support to all  ministry engagement projects. Before joining the Government of Saskatchewan, Colleen worked for almost a decade in Crown corporations and the private sector in various marketing and communications roles. She holds a Master of Science in Market Research, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Regina. She has also completed IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation. Colleen is also co-chair of the Public Engagement and Dialogue Working Group, a forum for federal, provincial, and territorial governments collaboration for public engagement.

Brad Muller (Winnipeg) - Chapter Liaison, Membership and Outreach Committee

Brad’s experience and expertise includes research, analysis, public engagement and stakeholder relations with a focus on community development and Indigenous planning. After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Development Studies he continued to the University of Manitoba where I am currently completing the thesis component of my Master’s Degree in City Planning. During my academic career, I have worked in the not-for-profit industry in evaluation and policy at Food Matters Manitoba, Community Economic Development at the Spence Neighbourhood Association; research, planning and public engagement at CentreVenture Development Corporation (including the MarketLands project in Winnipeg this past summer); and currently in research and public engagement Blueprint Inc.

Lawrence Baschak - (Regina) Board Member

As a career public servant for close to 30 years, Lawrence is currently with the Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. Areas of interest include corporate planning, reporting and performance as well as providing support to the Ministry in public service renewal, continuous business improvement and facilitation. His experience in public engagement and planning includes implementing public involvement policy and programs, facilitation of land use advisory committees in northern Saskatchewan and training in group facilitation.

Maggie Bratland - (Winnipeg) Board Member, Membership and Outreach Committee

With over 20 years experience in policy and environmental management, Maggie has worked for the past 7 years in her role as a Senior Environmental Specialists at Manitoba Hydro to integrate public, stakeholder and indigenous perspectives into planning and assessing the effects of transmission line developments. She manages engagement and communication along the full Project timeline – from early design to planning to construction and monitoring. She enjoys the diverse experiences and perspectives that IAP2 members bring to the table and the new ideas that spark from every conversation.

Sarah Collins (Regina) - Board Member


Crista Gladstone (Winnipeg) -  Board Member, Membership and Outreach Committee


Janna Sampson (Saskatoon) - Board Member, Events Committee

Janna holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Marketing) from the University of Saskatchewan and has 20 years of marketing, advertising and communications experience. She is currently the Director, Marketing & Communications with  Saskatoon Public Library. In her career, she has been able to experience first-hand the power of public participation and engagement and is energized by opportunities to build the Saskatoon community.

Paul Spasoff (Regina) - Board Member


Katie Suek (Saskatoon) - Board Member, Membership and Outreach Committee

Katie Suek is a Public Engagement Consultant with the City of Saskatoon. She has 12 years of combined  public and regulatory engagement experience in the municipal, community and consulting sectors and specializes in  environmental planning and Indigenous engagement. She holds a B.A. Hons  degree with a major in cultural anthropology and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Saskatchewan. Katie has been a member of IAP2 since 2011 and is currently completing the second year of her second term as a member of the Prairie Chapter board of directors.

Leah Goodwin (Regina) - Deputy Board Member, Training Committee

Leah is a Senior Communications Specialist, Engagement at the City of Regina. As a career-long public consultation practitioner, I continue to seek out ways to improve conversations with citizens and stakeholders.

Christine Markel (Regina) - Deputy Board Member


Shawn Silzer (Regina) - Deputy Board Member, Events Committee

Shawn’s career – which includes work in the public and private sectors in both Canada and the US – has seen him develop experience in customer experience and corporate strategy, business process management, marketing /communications, change management, project management, and stakeholder facilitation. Shawn has served on the Regina Board of the International Association of Business Communicators, is certified with the Customer Experience Professionals Association, has earned his Hammer business process mastery, and is a Prosci Change Management Professional.


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