Interested in getting more involved with the practice? If you’d like to support a fun thriving community of engagement professionals, review the 2019 Nomination Form below and submit a brief expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2019
Lauren Bartlette: President
Lauren is a senior planner at McElhanney with 19 years of consulting experience in municipal and land development policy, approvals, and process. As a practicing mediator, her focus on facilitation, public engagement and communication helps her to continually deliver successful and innovative public engagement processes for both municipal and land development clients. She is a practicing mediator and tends to be involved with complex projects that involve multiple stakeholder groups or that have the potential to become highly contentious. Lauren also mediates on the Alberta Provincial Court and the Community Mediation Calgary Society Roster. Lauren has completed the IAP2 certificate of training and received training in conflict resolution from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society. Lauren has served as a Director at Large on the IAP2 Wild Rose board since 2014 and played key roles on the membership and outreach committees as well as Chaired the 2015 Wild Rose Signature Event.
Shawn Bravender, Vice President
While growing in his career Shawn discovered his best experiences and success all circled around Public Participation. From Regional Planning to neighbourhood street design and from explosive open houses with over 1,500 “passionate” attendees to strategic interviews, Shawn has thrived in developing relationships while providing meaningful engagement.
Currently Shawn is the Director, Public Engagement for the City of Edmonton. With over 15 years of experience Shawn possesses valuable skills and knowledge and is grateful to be one of Canada’s trendsetting Certified Public Participation Professionals (CP3). Shawn looks forward to contributing to the membership of the Wild Rose Chapter as we continue to grow our organization to even better and stronger heights.as a passionate community engagement consultant. One of his favourite quotes is, “If you are not at the table, you are probably on the table!”
Gay Robinson, APR , Treasurer
Throughout her career Gay has been drawn to working with clients who realize the benefits of involving stakeholders in decision-making. Based in Alberta, Gay is an independent consultant, with over 30 years of experience in public consultation, community relations, and communications. After a successful career in government, not-for-profit, education and the private sector she began consulting. Gay has provided strategic council and designed and implemented engagement programs for a wide range of clients including municipal governments, regulators, corporations, and industry associations. A number of her projects have been cited as “raising the bar” for engagement practices. Gay is an active member of IAP2 – as a licensed trainer for IAP2 programs since 2005, and in various leadership roles. In addition to serving on the Executive of the IAP2 Wild Rose (Alberta) Chapter, she has served on the IAP2 Canada Board and as an assessor for the IAP2 Canada Certification program. You can reach Gay at 403.281.8849 or email@example.com
Annemarie Marshall, Director at Large
After completing the IAP2 certificate in Public Participation in 2014, Annemarie knew she had found her calling! Annemarie currently enjoys working as an Engagement Specialist at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). In her work, she acts as an advocate for the incorporation of public engagement best-practices in AER projects and initiatives. She is passionate about new forms of public participation, with a keen interest in technology-mediated engagement and building virtual connections. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marshallannemarie/
Christine Waland, Director at Large
With over seven years' experience working in the engagement and communications in the power industry in Alberta, Christine has come to deeply understand the importance of effective public participation. Currently working as a Communications Advisor at the Alberta Electric System Operator, she has come to see the importance of building mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders, and how effective engagement can lead to better project outcomes. With a passion for community building, public affairs and communications work, she is keen to grow her knowledge of the expanding P2 field.
Kathryn (Katie) McKinnon, Director at Large
Katie is a stakeholder engagement and communications specialist with over 15 years of experience. She has led and supported numerous public consultation and Aboriginal engagement initiatives acrosss western Canada in support of major development initiatives for oil and gas exploration, pipeline, power generation and municipal infrastructure companies. Katie's knowledge of conflict management processes, facilitation, and communication skills and experience with stakeholder groups and regulators has enabled her to produce exceptional results for clients. She has also provided communication and public relations services to corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. She is expert in making complex technical information easy to understand, and in developing and deploying content for in-person and online engagement tools, social media, blogs, newsletters, traditional media, and other communications platforms.In addition to her stakeholder engagement experience, Katie has expertise in policy development and regulatory reform at provincial, federal, and municipal levels. Katie graduated from the Schuilich School of Business, Master of Business Administration program with a specialization in Business Strategy and Change Management. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of King's College at Dallhousie University.Katie has served in various positions as a board member for non-profit organizations and has always brought her broad management and governance experience to these roles. She is passionate about the role of public and stakeholder engagement in strengthening projects and communities and looks forward to serve the community of P2 practitioners through her role on the IAP2 Wild Rose board.
Kevin Thorvaldson, Director at Large
Kevin is a two-term board member of both Canada and Wild Rose boards, and is experienced in leading stakeholder engagement projects in municipal government and the utilities sector. He strongly believes that early and frequent feedback from affected stakeholders, while projects are in still in the conceptual phase leads to better outcomes and long- term sustainable solutions. Kevin holds a B.A. in Political Science as well as a certificate in Aboriginal Relations Leadership, both from the University of Calgary. He looks forward to showcasing our province and the Wild Rose chapter to the global P2 community when the North American conference is held here in 2020. Please feel free to contact me to discuss Public Participation or just meet for coffee. https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kevinthorvaldson
Mike Coldwell, Director at Large
Mike brings his varied experience in land development consulting, municipal governments and architectural design to his specialization in land development processes. Mike is a Planner with Urban Systems, a professional consulting firm committed to supporting vibrant communities. He understands and appreciates the importance of open and honest communication and uses his understanding to manage complex, and often contentious projects. Creating inclusive and transparent engagement programs are key to Mike's success in his work. Mike was involved in the organization of the IAP2 Wild Rose Chapters 2015 Signature Event and has been a Director at Large for Outreach on the Board from 2015-2017. He is excited to continue to contribute to the success of the organization with another term on the board as Director at Large.
Lara Tierney, Director at Large
Lara is passionate about all things P2. She is a licensed IAP2 Foundations Trainer and a freelance consultant. She has been working in the field for 14 years with over 10 of those years being in a municipal setting. Her experience ranges from tactical and practical to high level strategic planning for corporate wide public and multi-stakeholder P2 processes. She has worked in many lines of business including parks, land use planning, transportation, law and bylaw, transmission lines, public art, fire, police, community development and affordable housing. Her favourite thing about P2 is the people. She has a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Positive Psychology. Lara is fascinated by human dynamics and does what she can to turn controversy into productive conversation. She also loves professional development events and would be happy to chat about any ideas you have for the chapter. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Mucignat, Youth Director
Megan is a community planner with McElhanney Consulting’s Calgary office. Prior to her current role, Megan worked as public engagement assistant with ISL Engineering and Land Services on The City of Calgary’s Crowchild Trail Study and Flooding Mitigation Impact Assessment projects. Other than her professional experience, Megan volunteers as the Director of Development on Calgary’s Bankview Community Association. As a student, she was sponsored by the Wild Rose Chapter of IAP2 to complete the foundations course. Megan graduated with a Master of Planning from EVDS at the University of Calgary in April 2016 and also has several years of experience working with people from all walks of life at Apple Retail. Megan brings a fresh perspective of someone who is relatively new to P2 and the planning + development industry. She identifies as a young professional that has recently been a student who wants to develop a greater connection to the network of professionals working in P2 and champion IAP2 values to those outside of the network. Megan has previous volunteer board experience and recently co-founded Calgary Urbanist Collective, a group for individuals interested in urban issues in Calgary.
Whitney McKenzie, Youth Director
Whitney has an infectious passion for community engagement and aboriginal rights. She started with Communica in 2017 as an Advisor for the Stakeholder/Aboriginal Engagement and Communication team after working as an Environmental and Regulatory Coordinator at a Calgary-based engineering, procurement and construction management company. Through this experience, she has gained exposure to governmental and regulatory frameworks, processes and environmental best practices in Alberta and British Columbia (BC). Whitney holds a master of arts in history from the University of Victoria focused on Indigenous history in the Western Canada context.In 2015, Whitney graduated from university, eager to begin her career and pursue her passion: aboriginal engagement. She quickly realized that, given the economic climate, this would be no easy feat. She pursued her current position for over a year before I was able to land her dream job! Being that she is quite new to the world of public participation, she understands how difficult it can be begin a career. Utilizing her own experiences, she would love the opportunity to support youth as they enter into our field, and would like to create learning opportunities designed to kick-start their careers. Whitney believes that she will bring a unique perspective to the Youth Director position and a can-do attitude!
IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter is an incorporated organization, and abides by a legal set of by-laws. In addition, the Chapter develops policies as needed, which are vetted and approved by its membership.
Below are the IAP2 Wild Rose By-laws, revised 2015, and the Communications Policy, revised 2013.