Conference, Spring Mixer and New Board Members Wanted!

2017 IAP2 Signature Event

Please register now for this year's IAP2 WR Signature Event to be held at the Alfred Savage Centre in Edmonton on May 4th and 5th. This year's theme will be of great interest to many of our members who work in the area of Indigenous consultation and engagement. The theme will be, "Walking Together: Reconciliation and Public Participation". Your Board looks forward to seeing you there and is excited to host a special opening ceremony and reception on May 4th.

Call for new Board Members!

Are you an IAP2 Wild Rose member in good standing (or plan to be one)? Are you looking for an opportunity to network with P2 practitioners and professionals with 2 to 25 years of experience? Have you been wondering how to progress your career and broaden your skills?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, we may have JUST the opportunity you've been looking for. IAP2 WR is looking for new Board members to take on roles from those transitioning out of their current roles. Please visit the IAP2 WR website for more information on the roles available, time allocation required, and contact information for those interested in an exciting new career development opportunity: New members will be voted in at the 2017 IAP2 WR AGM in May.

March Events

Coffee Klatch - Calgary - Bow Valley Square

Communications Board members Rebecca McElhoes and Sue Blanchard hosted IAP2 WR members Samantha Brown, CJ Nyeste, Brenden Smith, and Erin Pote on March 15th, in a lively discussion about preparing internal teams for engagement and helping clients to identify elements of projects that are "open" to engagement. They also shared stories about building trust with both clients and external stakeholders, and spoke about how the practice of engagement has evolved in the last decade. Your WR Board encourages you to participate in Coffee Klatches in your neck of the woods as they're a great opportunity to get to know your fellow practitioners, share a few war stories, and even learn a thing or two from others' experiences.

TransCanada's Keystone Experience

On March 23rd, between 2pm and 4pm, former TransCanada Senior Vice President Dennis McConaghy will be speaking about his book Dysfunction - Canada after Keystone XL, where he seeks to answer the following questions: Does Canada still want to approve major hydrocarbon projects? Has the regulatory process become the means to achieve policy objectives? Can this be salvaged? Please contact TransCanada's Catie Underhill at to register, and for more information on the location of this event.

April Events

Coffee Klatch
Practitioners are encouraged to visit to register for the IAP2 WR April Coffee Klatch, to be held in Calgary on April 13th, where practitioners can celebrate spring and share stories of P2 challenges and successes.

Spring Mixer

On April 20th, IAP2 WR will also be hosting a Spring Mixer for members in Calgary.

When: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Where: Murrietta's Downtown

Address: 808 - 1 St SW, Calgary, AB

Map link 

Ticket Information:

IAP2 Members: $15

Non-members: $20


For event details and inquiries, please contact:

Tom Schlodder -


Laura Benkis -

IAP2 Wild Rose 2017 survey results

The IAP2 Wild Rose chapter recently conducted a membership survey and the results reveal how members (and non-members) feel about the chapter's services. Respondents noted how the chapter could help improve their skills, commented on which events they enjoyed and even told us what their strategic priorities are in public participation for the next 6 to 18 months.

Fast facts:

66 people responded/86% were members

Most respondents work for the government (39%), work for themselves (30%), or work for a corporation (23%)

Most noted that public participation, community relations, or communications was their primary work focus, though a small number also identified employee engagement, negotiation and research were components of their work.

61% of respondents stated planning for public participation that meets best practices was a priority while the next most popular responses were measuring return on investment and measuring reputation.

92% of respondents stated that public participation would remain an equal or become a greater priority within their own or their organization's practice over the next 2-3 years.

Key topics of interest to respondents included:

Interactive, online engagement tools
Measuring Public Participation success

Indigenous engagement

These results will be shared with various board committees to help focus our activities and services in the coming year.

We thank you for your open and honest responses and are thrilled to have had so many respondents identify their interest in volunteering with IAP2 Wild Rose. Our various committees will be considering opportunities for engaging these eager resources.

We would also like to congratulate Sara Alaric, our lucky survey respondent who was randomly selected to win a $50 Starbucks card!

IAP2 Wild Rose Profile - Julie Carter

IAP2 WR: How long have you been involved in the IAP2 board and why did you want to get involved?

J: I joined the IAP2 Wild Rose Board in April 2016. I wanted to participate at the board-level to have more hands-on experience and involvement with the Association. I am relatively new to the IAP2 community, and knew that by working with the Board I would have the opportunity to be directly involved with Wild Rose Chapter events and activities.

IAP2 WR: What is your "day job"?

J: Currently I am an independent management consultant working on a few private sector projects, and I am also in the process of establishing a health and wellness business with two business partners.

IAP2 WR: What interests you most about public participation?

J: I thoroughly enjoy working with people, and within the IAP2 context, I appreciate working towards truly engaging stakeholders and the public in decision-making as it impacts their lives and communities.