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North American Conference: Update #10

2014 IAP2 North American Conference
Sept. 28-30, 2014 / Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Weeks to go


UPDATE #10 – week of Monday, August 25, 2014

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The IAP2 2014 North American Conference will feature presentations and activities, all designed by P2 professionals to educate, inspire and encourage other P2 practitioners. Each week until the start of the Conference, we’ll send you updates on what you can look forward to.


Have you booked yet? Last day for special Conference rate is August 27!

Time is running out to get the special Conference rate at the official venue and hotel, the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown. The Radisson is holding a block of rooms for IAP2 at the special rate of Cdn $139/night, but only untilclose of business day, Wednesday, August 27.

After that, you’re on your own to find accommodation — with other conferences happening in Winnipeg at that time, we’re told all other rooms are taken.

To make sure you get that special IAP2 rate, click on the link above (or the photo) and follow the instructions.


Remember to register for the Conference!

To make sure you don’t miss this annual opportunity to meet and share with others in the field — including the first-ever IAP2 Canada Core Values Awardsclick here. When you register, remember that some registration types — such as IAP2 members and non-members from outside Canada, or session presenters — require a special code. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to get that code.


Welcome to a new sponsor!

Our Conference is attracting support literally from all over the world! Socialpinpoint, an Australia-based online engagement provider, is our latest sponsor. To see the full list of organizations that are helping to make the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference happen, visit the Conference website. We’re grateful to all our sponsors, as well as to the organizations that have stepped up for our Sponsor-A-Citizen bursary program.


Special Training Opportunity!

How do you turn conflict into consensus? A special advanced training course can help you master that technique and the Prairies Chapter is offering it on Saturday, Sept. 27.  When Things Go Sideways: how to embrace emotion and outrage and change results (presented by Dialogue Partners) is a one-day program to give practitioners tools for dealing with highly-charged situations. What triggers emotional responses during a P2 process? How do you take that energy and channel it into a positive outcome?

It costs $325 for members and $360 for non-members. There is a limited number of seats, so don’t delay! Click here for more information and to register.


Session – Monday, 9/29 — Stories of Indigenous Engagement

The ability for public engagement practitioners and organizations to engage effectively with Indigenous communities is becoming increasingly important around the world. In this “10×10”  session, you’ll hear about the experiences of two different organizations that have been engaging with Indigenous communities for many years. Panellists Erin Meehan, President, ESS Support Services, Art Cunningham, senior Aboriginal/tribal policy advisor at TransCanada, Marina James,President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, and Emma Bedlington, Senior Consultant at Stratos, will each share stories of Indigenous engagement for 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of moderated discussion. A framework for evaluating an organization’s effectiveness in working with Indigenous communities – the Canadian Council for Aboriginal BusinessProgressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program – will also be discussed.


Session – Monday, 9/29 — Applying P2 Internally for more Meaningful Decision-Making

We know that P2 is vital for meaningful public engagement, but often we overlook the need to implement the core values when making internal decisions. Kate Moir, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Manitoba Rural Municipality of Brokenhead, will look at her own experience with organizations small and large and share how including internal stakeholders in decision-making can reap as much benefit as consulting external parties when making long-term decisions.

Kate has found that using P2 principles can facilitate a discussion with participants on ways we can all overcome internal challenges.    

For information on all the sessions and their presenters, read the Schedule-at-a-Glance and Meet the Presenters on the North American Conference website.


Land of Muddy Waters

“Winnipeg” is the name of both our host city and a lake about 35 miles (55 kilometres) north of the city. The name is taken from a Cree word meaning “muddy waters” — possibly because the lake is very shallow (as well as very long — nearly 420 km or 250 miles). The lake is also particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change, and that affects a large portion of our continent. The Lake Winnipeg Basin stretches from Lake Superior west to the Rocky Mountains and south into South Dakota, so as Lake Winnipeg goes, so go about 7 million people and 17 million head of livestock.

The H2O Solution at The Manitoba Museum, located near the Radisson Hotel, looks at the importance of the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Visiting the Museum is one extra-curricular activity you can take in during your stay in Winnipeg, and learn some more about this vital part of our world. For information on special IAP2 tours, contact the Prairies Chapter — prairies@iap2canada.ca. You’ll also find displays of prehistoric finds, history both human and natural; there are also sacred artifacts from First Nations treaty negotiations more than 150 years ago, the HBC (Hudson’s Bay Company) Collection, which reflects the Canada’s roots in the fur trade, and if the world is not enough, the Planetarium takes you into the deepest reaches of the universe.
For more information on the Museum, visit www.manitobamuseum.ca.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS – a sneak preview
One of our featured sessions this week is on Aboriginal engagement, and that’s a topic very close to one of our keynote speakers. Our keynote speakers promise to give us a lot to think about at the Conference. On Tuesday, Sept, 30, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, will speak on the campaign to remove inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in education and opportunity and the ways IAP2 Core Values could and should be applied. To hear an interview with Cindy, click here.

Getting the public involved in the budgeting process is an idea that’s gaining traction in many different areas. Our keynote speaker on Monday, Sept. 29, will be Maria Hadden, project coordinator of the Participatory Budgeting Project, She’ll discuss how IAP2 Core Values play a significant role in this increasingly popular process. Click here to listen to an interview.


What’s on in to
wn? —  Lots of things are happening in and around Winnipeg during the Conference. Find some ideas fromTourism Winnipeg.

Remember: you can get Conference information any time by visiting the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference website.

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