IAP2 BC Bulletin Fall 2014
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Fall 2014 Member Bulletin

President's Message

As we move into fall I have been reflecting on my summer reading, which included works by Stephen Hawking, Arnold Mindell, and Carl Jung.

I have been spending some time reflecting on the question, “How do we bring the weakest of physical fields together with the strong?” This was actually in reference to a physics example about gravity, a weak force field in the universe and the electromagnetic field, one of the strongest physical forces.

It got me thinking that as P2 practitioners we are often in the centre of a field that brings forces of different strengths together. Each is trying to pull or push others in the field. It reminds me of magnets. When two poles are identical they push away from each other, while different poles pull towards each other. Imagine people as magnets, those with different perspectives are pulled towards each other resulting in increased energy in the field.

I am sure many of you know what that looks like.  As P2 practitioners, I wonder are we ensuring that those whose field is weaker have as much influence as those whose field is strong because of their rank or role? These are some of the interesting ideas that are being explored by fellow P2 practitioners.

As Jung said, “The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not in its solution, but in our working at it incessantly, that alone keeps us from petrification.” IAP2 BC has invited students from SFU’s Beedie School of Business to stimulate our thinking in a ‘Pecha Kucha’ style presentation on the role of public participation in organizational culture. IAP2 BC wants to help you avoid petrification, so join us on October 20 to learn new ideas and perspectives. Information will be posted on the website and in the e-bulletin. Also mark your calendars as Nov 20th is the AGM.

Is this the year that you volunteer some time to your chapter? I hope that you will lean in and reach out to learn more about how you can be a part of IAP2 BC.
With warm regards,
Catherine Rockandel
President, IAP2 BC Chapter


Notice of AGM

The AGM is an opportunity to come and network with your peers in public participation, to enjoy a bite to eat and a glass of wine or cold beer with your colleagues. 

Councillor Geoff Meggs will be speaking to us about regional transportation and the role of public participation on this important issue. Join us at Stantec's Vancouver offices at 111 Dunsmuir Street.

AGM Schedule (6-8pm, November 20, 2014)

  • Networking & Socializing (6:00 pm)
  • Call to Order, Chairs Remarks (6:30 pm)
    • Minutes of the 2013 AGM
    • Report of Executive Committee
    • Chapter Financials
    • Other Business:
      • Report of the Nominations Committee
      • Installation of new Executive
      • Thank you to outgoing Executive
    • Meeting Closes
  • Presentation by Councillor Geoff Meggs on Regional Transportation (7:00 pm)
  • Networking and Socializing (7:30 pm)

Get Involved!

The BC Chapter has an established membership, established policies, and is financially secure. 

The nominations committee is working hard to fill two vacant positions: Program Development Coordinator and a Director at Large. 

If you are interested in contributing to the chapter please email Emma Shea.


Member Spotlight

The IAP2 BC "Member Spotlight" is a way for our members to get to know each other. Contact us to showcase your practice!
With a strong track record in dozens of sustainability-focused projects across Western Canada over 
the last 10 years, Modus Planning Design & Engagement Inc. brings together 6 experienced colleagues to offer fresh approaches to the future for communities of all sizes. Policy and program development, project planning and implementation, and detailed site and neighbourhood design are the main services, almost always emphasizing “strong engagement” of stakeholders and the public. 
Clients are primarily local and regional governments facing many competing pressures including evolving legislation, changing demographics, a growing “infrastructure gap”, stagnant tax revenues, the impacts of climate change, and ever-increasing demand for services. Other clients include progressive developers, universities, non-profit agencies, unions and both provincial and federal ministries.
We have two IAP2 certified members, work at all points along the continuum of public participation in our projects, create tools and formats to support participation, and are now developing training units 
and formal engagement policies for and with several of our clients (Rocky View County, University of 
Victoria, City of Victoria, Alberta Municipal Association, Urban Sustainability Director’s Network, etc.). 
We have a specialty in digital engagement, teach our approaches at several universities, and speak widely on the value of high quality public participation.

Showcase your practice!

IAP2 BC publishes this Member Bulletin twice a year. Would you like to showcase your practice in the member spotlight? Please send Daniella Fergusson a 150-250 word description for the next bulletin.
Upcoming Events

Thursday 20 November

Come to our Annual General Meeting to network with your peers, enjoy appies and wine with colleagues, and hear updates about IAP2 BC.
  • WHEN: Thursday, November 20
  • TIME: 6 - 8pm
  • WHERE: Stantec Offices, 111 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC
  • COST: Free
  • RSVP: Optional
Eventbrite - IAP2 Annual General Meeting
Get Involved
We will be filling the following IAP2 BC Board positions at our AGM:
  • Program Development Coordinator
  • Director at Large
Are you interested in joining the IAP2 BC Chapter Board? Please contact Emma Shea for more information.

Job Postings
Administrative Specialist, Communica

Are you hiring? Contact us to help spread the word.

Training Opportunities

For more information and to register, visit:

IAP2 Training: November

Planning for Effective P2 
(3 day course)
Techniques for Effective P2 
(2 day course)
Stay in Touch!

We would love to hear from you!

Catherine Rockandel, President

Daniella Fergusson, Member Services Coordinator

Drew Ferrari, Secretary

Sarah McKinney, Treasurer

Deborah Jensen, Program Coordinator

Lisa Moilanen, Partnership Development Coordinator

Carolina Quintana-Kohut, Training Coordinator

Jackie Pichette, Youth Coordinator

Vince Verlaan, Director, Special Projects

Anthea Brown, Director, Special Projects

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