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Meet the Team

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Valoree McKay

Executive Director

Ms. McKay is a seasoned, bilingual, professional and Certified Association Executive (CAE) known for her transformational leadership in the not-for-profit sector, most recently with Certified Professional Bookkeepers of Canada (CPB Canada) where she successfully led a complete rebrand, development of new membership management system and website, and a revamp of its membership and certification structures. With over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at the national level, Ms. McKay brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to IAP2 along with a passion for taking organizations to the next level in reaching their goals and serving their members. A strategic thinker, her areas of expertise include change leadership, increasing innovation, quality improvement, government advocacy, association governance, and partnership development.

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Sarah Alvarado

Marketing & Communications Consultant

Sarah is a seasoned communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in copywriting, storytelling, marketing, branding and web design, social media design, graphic design, strategic planning and project management. She built her career in a diverse range of roles where she excelled at wearing many hats including web content creator, communications specialist, knowledge translation expert, marketing guru, strategic planner and program manager. Sarah is a strategic thinker, skilled at research and communications, and thrives in an environment where she gets to create and implement strategies that engage and inspire target audiences

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Johana Gonzalez

Training and Professional Development Coordinator

Johana brings an extensive and diverse background spanning over a decade in the field of training and administration. Throughout her dynamic career journey, she has assumed a variety of roles, including that of a trainer, instructional designer, pedagogical coordinator, and curriculum designer across a wide spectrum of subjects. Her expertise extends to the creation of training materials, the development of comprehensive training design plans, and the establishment of efficient processes. She has consistently collaborated with trainers and subject matter experts, seamlessly supported administrative functions, and played a key role in coordinating training programs, among other responsibilities.

Johana holds a Project Management Certificate from Algonquin College and a Master of Education. She speaks Spanish, English, and French which gives her a unique multicultural perspective that enriches her work. She is eager to be part of IAP2 Canada's mission and use her passion for training and learning processes to assist individuals in achieving their goals.

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Madeleine Gustavson

Member Experience and Administrative Coordinator

Madeleine is a fluently bilingual, experienced not-for-profit administrator with a most recent background in the arts and culture sector in volunteer management. Madeleine assists the IAP2 Canada team with membership experience, board and committee support, and general administration. With a passion for building community and fostering relationships, Madeleine looks forward to strengthening the IAP2 Canada network and membership program.

She is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Manitoba, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Certificate in International Affairs and Strategy from SciencesPo in France.

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Anne Harding

Indigenous Awareness Program Coordinator

Anne Harding is one of IAP2 Canada’s biggest fans, having been involved with the association as a member and volunteer for over a decade. Anne has a deep passion for Indigenous inclusion and reconciliation, which she lives out through her consulting practice at Forum Community Relations and her volunteer work in Community Engagement for the Indigenous Gathering Place Society of Calgary.

Anne has a Master of Arts in Corporate-Aboriginal Relations and holds a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) designation through IAP2 Canada. She is also the winner of a P2 for the Greater Good Core Values Award and volunteers as a Mentor and Core Values Award judge.

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Claudia Sighomnou

Manager, Training & Professional Development

Claudia is a passionate partnership manager and capacity builder with a record of collaborating across national and international organizations to achieve common goals and interests. She is fluently bilingual and comes to us with a wealth of experience in training and professional development programs, partnership management, and business development.

She has extensive experience leading strategic initiatives related to the development and delivery of professional development, licensed designation, and certificate programs and specializes in community building, research and analysis, project management, event planning, curriculum review and delivery, and designing and operationalizing pathways to licensed designation and certificate programs. Her past roles included leading international development programs, global health, and human rights initiatives where she represented their vision, interests, and engagement towards target communities & social actions.

Claudia brings her experience to the IAP2 team to represent the vision, interests, and engagement of our community and help advance the practice of public participation (P2).

Beside her love for gardening and diamond painting, photography and treasure hunting are among Claudia’s many hobbies.

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