Lauren is a senior Community Planner with over 20 years of planning consulting experience in municipal and land development policy, approvals, and process. Recently, Lauren co-founded Maven Strategy where her practice continues to grow. As an active mediator, collaboration and relationship building is foundational for all her work. Her focus on collaborative conflict resolution, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, and communication help her to continually deliver successful and innovative planning initiatives across Western Canada.
In addition to lecturing at the University of Calgary and a regular speaker at conferences, Lauren teaches with the Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) on such topics as ‘Municipal Partnership and Collaboration’, ‘Ethics’, and ‘Effective Strategy and Planning’. Lauren has mediated on the AB Court roster for 15 years, has a certificate in Strategy from Queens University, and a certificate in Change Management from Prosci.
You can reach Lauren at President@IAP2WildRose.ca
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!”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trevor has over ten years of stakeholder engagement experience and is excited to be supporting the Wild Rose Chapter. Trevor joined Maskwa Environmental Consulting Ltd. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he led numerous large-scale engagement processes for Manitoba Hydro and sat as President of IAP2 Canada’s Prairies chapter where he had been an executive member for five years. Over his career, he has focused on developing processes that integrate feedback from thousands of landowners for major electrical transmission development. Trevor strives to develop strategies that reflect the values of communities and stakeholders and ensuring that clear processes are in place for efficiently capturing valuable community input and bringing it forward to decision makers.
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Jana has been an active contributor to the field of public participation for nearly 20 years. Much of her experience has been in Alberta’s public sector, managing engagement and communications for major transportation infrastructure projects. She has also provided consultation services on transportation and transit planning, land use planning, and community development projects.
Jana`s educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Certificate in Public Participation from IAP2.
As an IAP2 board member in 2010/2011, Jana helped establish IAP2 Canada as a new organization. Her role was the lead of the Finance Committee and in this role, she helped establish the financial framework and bylaws that are place today. She was also involved in the planning of the 2013 and 2015 Signature Events for the Wild Rose Chapter of IAP2, and looks forward to further supporting the Wild Rose Chapter and promoting and strengthening Alberta’s role in the greater P2 community.
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Carole is a respected engagement specialist, facilitator and adult/community educator with hands-on practice in the fields of community planning, land and range management, conservation and energy development. She brings over 30 years of direct experience in designing, facilitating and reporting on public involvement processes, and delivering community-based educational programs. Carole holds a Master of Education in Adult, Community and Higher Education from the University of Calgary. In her current role as Senior Specialist, Stakeholder Engagement at the Alberta Energy Regulator, Carole works as an active public involvement professional and facilitator, and supports AER staff across the province to improve their engagement practice and access learning resources. Throughout her career, Carole has led many successful community and corporate engagement initiatives in municipalities, boardrooms and community halls across Alberta.
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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 email@example.com
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.
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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.
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Over the past six years Lindsey has learned about public participation during her business degree and through
her work in program and event management. She has coordinated and managed many community
initiatives, from the creation of a new marketing and engagement strategy for the Nronga Women’s Dairy Cooperative in Tanzania, to organizing a fifteen hundred-person industry trade show and conference with Landscape Alberta. Her time with Indigenous Services Canada had her working with a multidisciplinary team to create a successful new strategic marketing policy for the outreach and recruitment of Indigenous peoples.
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With over a decade of experience as a professional in both public and private sectors, Julie has a demonstrated history in many facets of business, including stakeholder engagement, project management, human resources management, improving organizational performance, and strategic planning. Collaboration is one of Julie’s core values. She is passionate about working with people and has a desire to see others succeed. She enjoys connecting and creating linkages between individuals and ideas, and facilitates connections between people and the tools they need to get the job done. Throughout her career, Julie has been fortunate to work with mentors who have instilled in her a desire to continually learn and improve, not only herself, but the organizations she works for and teams she works with as well. Julie joined IAP2 in 2016, completed the IAP2 Foundations Training shortly after, and has served as the Secretary for IAP2 Wild Rose since 2016 as well. Julie is currently pursuing a Master of Arts with a focus in Leadership.
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Alexandra is an emerging professional in the P2 and consulting industry as a Community Engagement Coordinator at ISL Engineering with over six years facilitating public programming in museums and art galleries. She come with extensive experience holding a position on non-profit boards, organizing public events and fundraisers, and volunteering in many communities. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, her experience includes designing, implementing, and facilitating all aspects of P2 with a focus on improving diversity and inclusion in the process. She has worked with a range of communities, from the farmers of western Canada to small francophone communities, from members of women activist groups to people with varying abilities. She is excited to lend her ability, experience, and time to the Board of Directors and IAP2.
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