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IAP2 Canada Prairies Chapter 

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Email: prairies@iap2canada.ca

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.


2019 IAP2 Prairies Chapter AGM and Board Elections 

We are looking for self-motivated leaders from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario to lead the Board of Directors of the Prairies chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Directors are expected to:
•    attend monthly conference calls (typically held over a weekday lunch hour)
•    serve on at least one sub-committee:  events, membership & outreach, or training
•    support or lead local events and outreach initiatives
•    engage and connect with potential members in your geographic location

Roles require anywhere from 4-8 hours a month.

Elections Process
The upcoming Board of Directors selection process is:
•    Prepare and submit your self-nomination form: October 31 - November 28, 2018
•    Voting window:  December 3 - December 17, 2018
•    Applicants informed of the election results: December 19 – December 21, 2018
•    Adoption of 2019 Board at Annual General Meeting: Thursday, January 24,  2019

Board positions available: A maximum of six (6) board positions will be filled through the election process; seven (7) directors continue to serve under a two-year term. Prairies chapter bylaws allow for up to 13 board members, with one (1) board position held per province of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.

Upcoming Events and Training

Meet and network with other public participation (P2) Practitioners in the region.  IAP2 Canada Prairies chapter offers social and professional development events throughout the year as well as hosting IAP2 Canada courses.   

 Annual General Meeting: Thursday, January 24,  2019 

- Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg locations

IAP2 Prairies Chapter Board Members

Our organization is led by a dedicated group of P2 professionals serving on our volunteer board of directors. 

Roslyn Kozak - Roslyn is a multi-disciplinary engagement and communications professional with 15 years of experience. She is currently a Principal at MPATH Engagement, a Regina-based company that delivers creative and innovative audience engagement programs. She works with organizations to improve relationships with key audiences, implement meaningful consultation and manage risk around important decisions. Roslyn’s recent work includes leading public participation projects for the City of Regina’s Official Community Plan, the City of Saskatoon’s Website Redesign and the Government of Saskatchewan's Consultation on the Future of Liquor Retailing.

Samantha Mark - 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. 

Brad Novecosky – Brad has 15 years of consulting experience in Canada and is the Senior Consultant for Public and First Nations engagement and consultation programs at Golder Associates. Brad successfully led numerous First Nations and public engagement programs through the environmental assessment and regulatory process for a number large projects and small projects in Saskatchewan.  Brad is also a senior archaeologist at Golder Associates with experience in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories as well as in the US.  

Lara Ludwig
Lara has been a community relations professional for around 10 years. She's just begun working for SaskPower as a consultant for infrastructure communications with an aim to increase stakeholders' understanding of transmission and distribution projects. Prior to this Lara was the community relations lead for a multi-billion mining project in Saskatchewan. Here she communicated technical knowledge in a way that facilitated a community discussion about a potential potash solution mine while managing the corporate brand, advertising, sponsorship and events with measurable results.

Lawrence Baschak 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.

Denisa Gavan-Koop Denisa is an urban planner and an IAP2 practicing professional with experience in the federal, municipal and non-profit sector. Denisa holds a Master of Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) from York University and a Master of Arts (Political Science-Honours) from the Simon Fraser University. She had led community engagement initiatives throughout Manitoba, at the University of Manitoba, the University of British Columbia and the City of Toronto. Denisa is also one of the first board members of the IAP2 Prairies Chapter. She completed the IAP2 Foundations/ Certificate in Public Participation in 2012.

Natalie Henault Natalie is a Senior Consultant within MNP’s Winnipeg office. She has demonstrated experience designing and facilitating community engagement processes related to strategic and economic development planning plans, infrastructure projects, environmental assessments and land-based feasibility assessment projects. In her current role, she is actively involved in the Indigenous business community, and promotes the value of public participation in decision-making processes. 

Lindsay Thompson - For the past seven years, as an Environmental Specialist for Manitoba Hydro, I have 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. I was also involved in the Aboriginal Engagement Advisory Group for IAP2. More recently, I have been working on public engagement in the environmental assessment process. I graduated with a Masters of Natural Resources Management in 2009.

Brad MullerMy experience and expertise includes research, analysis, public engagement and stakeholder relations with a focus on community development and Indigenous planning. During my third year in undergrad I was elected to the University of Winnipeg Student Council as the Student Living Coordinator, tasked with advocating for the needs essential to the success of students. After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts with my major in International Development Studies I 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. (formerly First Person Strategies). 

Katie Suek - Katie is an Environmental Planner specializing in regulatory, public and Indigenous community engagement planning and facilitation. She has worked for Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) for over 11 years in the Saskatoon office gaining experience on a variety of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and U.S. based projects. Katie works primarily on municipal and provincial transportation projects but also has experience in the mining, water resources, oil and gas and renewable energy sectors as well.  Katie holds an Honors Degree with a major in anthropology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Environmental Management.  She is a co-founder of KM in the AM, a community of practice for knowledge mobilization specialists in Saskatoon.  She is also one of the founding committee members of the Rural Municipality of Vanscoy Rural Crime Watch program and is responsible for membership coordination, engagement and communications.

Colleen OpsethColleen is a champion of meaningful citizen engagement as the heart of how governments can meet citizen needs while working toward significant transformation in public services.  She is a currently a strategy advisor in Government of Saskatchewan’s digital program focusing on user engagement for better digital services, citizen engagement and public consultation, and advancing open data. Before joining the Government of Saskatchewan, Colleen worked for almost a decade in Crown corporations and the private sector in various marketing roles. With a Master of Science in Market Research as well as Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Saskatchewan, she has significant expertise in research methods, marketing and communications. She has also completed IAP2’s Foundations in Public Participation. Colleen currently represents Saskatchewan on the COGWG (Canadian Open Government Working Group) alongside her counterparts in with other jurisdictions for implementation of open government. She also recently participated on National Training Committee of IAP2 Canada in 2017.

Leanne Jarocki - Coming Soon.

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IAP2 Membership

IAP2 members are a diverse group of public participation practitioners. Your IAP2 membership is through IAP2 Canada, and you are automatically added to the Prairies Chapter. Membership in IAP2 Canada offers many benefits, but if you want an answer to the question, "Why should I join IAP2 -- what's in it for me?" IAP2 Canada members identified three key reasons for being part of the organization:

  • The credibility and recognition of belonging to IAP2 Canada
  • Discounts on professional development
  • Networking and connecting with other P2 practitioners in your region

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