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.
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..