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.
Brittany Shewchuk is Professional Planner working for WSP, focusing on land development, land-use policy, and community engagement for public and private sector clients. Brittany began her consulting career in Winnipeg, and has since lived and worked in Regina, and now Calgary. Throughout her time in consulting, Brittany has worked with small and large municipalities on a variety of land-use projects, which have included significant, and complex, community and stakeholder engagement programs, such as the development of Zoning Bylaws, Area Structure Plans, Outline Plans, etc., and has worked with Provincial Governments and Crown Corporations on large-scale engagement projects for infrastructure development and program implementation. Brittany has a Master of Planning from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba.
Germaine Conacher is a Consulting Partner at MNP, based in Calgary, specializing in the duty to consult/Indigenous consultation and land use studies. Drawing on fifteen years of experience, Germaine helps First Nations, Métis governments, natural resource development companies and provincial, territorial and federal governments with all aspects of Indigenous consultation. She has conducted more than a dozen land use studies with Indigenous groups in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Yukon and has coordinated the consultation processes for oil and gas, pipeline and transmission companies.
In 2002, Germaine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from the University of Alberta. She obtained her Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto in 2005. Prior to starting her consulting career Germaine worked in the cultural sector, engaging Indigenous peoples in museums. She has completed the IAP2 Foundations training and is excited to contribute to the profession and P2 community as a Wild Rose board member.
Amanda is the Indigenous Relations Lead for Prairies and the North at WSP. Based in amiskwaciwâskahikan, or Edmonton, she is an engagement professional with a passion for community development and environmental management. She is a member of IAP2 and is IAP2 trained and has over 12 years of experience working with Indigenous communities on land, resource, and infrastructure management. She has developed and delivered engagement and training programs for Indigenous communities across Canada with a focus in Western Canada.
In her role at WSP, she leads Indigenous engagement for Prairies and the North and actively supports relationship-development with Indigenous communities and businesses. She is part of the ENGAGE Team, conducting stakeholder, rights-holder, and community engagement on a variety of infrastructure, environment, and planning projects for the public and private sector, using in-person and virtual tools and platforms. In her previous experience in the non-profit sector, she worked for First Nation organizations in Alberta and across Canada. She is a firm believer in knowledge sharing to build a common understanding of issues and solutions and to build capacity for decision-making.
As a Registered Professional Planner (RPP, MCIP) and longtime land use planner in the public sector, Deanna leads a broad variety of projects in both current and long range planning including those related to statutory plans, land use bylaws, studies, programs, and policies. She has also managed complex subdivision and planning applications from consultation to endorsement. Having worked in both rural and urban settings, she is familiar with the differences and complexities of these unique environments. Deanna strives to meet the needs of the communities she works in through collaborative efforts between the public sector, private sector, stakeholder groups and the community as a whole. She believes that there is always a place for stakeholders to contribute through meaningful engagement that will ensure the best possible outcome.
Deanna currently lives and works in the Edmonton Area and looks forward to contributing to the Wild Rose Chapter.
Gay Robinson, APR, CP3, through engagement, communication, and facilitation, helps organizations include the
voices of stakeholders in decisions that impact their lives. Her passion lies in working collaboratively with communities and organizations at the grassroots level; preferring to keep discussions at the
kitchen table rather than the boardroom table.
Gay’s boutique consulting firm, Gay Robinson Consulting, serves clients ranging from energy companies, utilities and regulators to community groups, school boards and local governments. She
encourages her clients to raise the bar and establish best practices for stakeholder engagement.
Gay is an active member of IAP2 – as a licensed trainer since 2005 and in various leadership roles. She is an IAP2 Canada Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) and serves as an assessor for this
professional certification program. She has served on the Board for the IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter for over a decade.
Kelley holds an BA from the University of Alberta in Religious Studies and is currently working on a MA in Intercultural Communication at Royal Roads University and will graduate in 2024.
Kelley’s work experience is in middle management and as a management consultant in organizational culture, communication, and safety.
She has served on the board of the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society and currently sits on the board of the Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Angela is an experienced research sociologist and engagement specialist. Across her career, she has engaged diverse populations on health, social, and environmental issues via various roles with government, university, and industry.
She holds a BSc in Environmental Conservation Sciences and an MSc in Natural Resource Sociology from the University of Alberta, and is based in Cochrane, Alberta.
Angela is honoured to reside within the breathtaking landscape of Treaty 7 Territory, the traditional and ancestral territory of the Blood Tribe-Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation, Siksika Nation, Stoney Nakoda Nations, Tsuut’ina Nation, and Metis Nation of Alberta, District 4.
Katelyn Richards has worked on municipal engagement projects for more than a decade, first with the City of Chestermere for the Parks and Recreation Department, and now with ISL as a consultant for other municipalities and government entities on a variety of planning, development, transportation, and infrastructure projects. Katelyn brings a unique perspective to the Board, as she offers both a municipal and a private sector lens to engagement processes. She is passionate about ensuring that the public has a voice to inform projects that impact them and brings a positive energy to the things she does and would like to share that energy to support the IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter to connect, grow, and evolve.
Candace Denison joined the Rocky View County team as Communications & Marketing Manager in November 2021. Ms. Denison began her 20+ years in the charitable sector, supporting the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program and the Duke of Edinburgh in Canada prior to moving to public education and municipal government.
She is frequently called upon to share her toolkit and is widely known as a specialist in reputation, issues, and crisis management. Candace has been responsible for communications during many incidents; from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, fatalities, antitrust charges, threats of violence, kidnappings, world pandemics, and more…
Candace began her public participation experience with Foothills School Division in 2016 when the province of Alberta implemented new legislation mandating P2 in public education. As a firm believer in the practice, Ms. Denison became an early adopter within the sector and implemented new technology and strategies, leading effective communication & engagement campaigns in response to ever-evolving stakeholder expectations.
As a member of the IAP2 Wild Rose Board, Candace hopes her background and expertise in communication, event planning, and member services will benefit the membership by continuing to build upon past successes and supporting new initiatives.
Shawn's approach is through meaningful public engagement design and implementation, strategic communication, expert facilitation, and sound advice.
Shawn is an active member and volunteer for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), a professional planner (RPP, MCIP), and a certified engineering technologist (CET). With over 20 years of experience, Shawn has led the design and implementation of an extensive variety of multi-disciplinary projects ranging from regional planning to neighbourhood street design, and from explosive open houses with over 1,500 “passionate” attendees to strategic interviews. Shawn loves to help the public, Indigenous communities, and stakeholder groups face challenges, overcome obstacles, and ultimately grow!
Shawn is one of the first in Canada to complete the certification process and be designated as an IAP2 Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3). He leads the WSP ENGAGE Team across Western Canada and Co-leads the National WSP Public Engagement and Facilitation Centre of Excellence. Shawn is a skilled facilitator and an engaging public speaker. His well-rounded approach and ability combines communications, planning, and engineering with community engagement that instills confidence in clients and results in successful projects. Shawn believes the most effective facilitation of strong emotion and high passion starts long before the session commences, through the careful and comprehensive design of the process, approaches, and implementation.
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Stephanie is a Senior Municipal Consultant with 25 years experience working with diverse communities in western Canada through various roles as professional planner, engagement lead, and collaboration facilitator. Sustainable planning, governance and high-level strategy have been at the core of her practice from the beginning.
Stephanie's ideal project involves designing a collaborative process focused on understanding the parties, identifying risks and mitigation options, open communication and then facilitating appropriately. She has led teams of senior professionals in delivering intermunicipal negotiations, amalgamation, municipal strategy and reporting, finance and infrastructure investment packages, development designs, municipal policy, and all done along with community engagement.
A couple of key highlights includes her work on Alberta’s first voluntary amalgamation; an award winning intermunicipal development plan for eight municipalities focused on protecting a shared lake; and an award winning collaborative community sustainability plan based on a future search conference approach to engagement.
Stephanie is a believer in life-long learning and have augmented my engagement practice with certificates in Consensus Decision-making, Mediation, Arbitration, Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching, and Dynamic Facilitation, along with several sustainability certificates. She is also a past board member for the Community Mediation Calgary Society.
Amara is in the business of relationships and trust building. She is an award-winning professional communicator with a decade of experience in municipal government leading both public relations and public engagement initiatives at The City of Red Deer. She strives to reduce barriers to increase access to local government, resulting in better decisions and better results.
Amara is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) from the Canadian Public Relations Society and is proud to hold the CP3 designation from IAP2.