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 4 December 2018
IAP2 International News



International Core Values Awards celebrate Excellence in Public Participation

24 October 2018 (Gold Coast, Australia) The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2018 International Core Values Awards honoring award winners from around the world at the IAP2 Core Values Awards Gala in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

IAP2 Federation International Chair, Ms. Kylie Cochrane congratulated the winners on behalf of the Board of Directors and national affiliates. “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic engagement and I’m proud to acknowledge the best of the best.”

These award winners represent best practice in our field and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate. Winners and finalists are recognized for their contributions to the field in the areas of indigenous engagement, community development, health, infrastructure, environment, disaster and emergency services as well as for their creativity, innovation and inclusion. This is a testament to the tremendous expansion, professionalism and impact of our field of expertise.

Finalists for the 'best of the best' international awards were gathered from entries submitted by national affiliates in Australasia, Canada and the United States.

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IAP2 International Project of the Year

NZ Transport Agency and Aurecon NZ Ltd. Northern Corridor Improvements Project – Design Consenting Phase - This nationally significant transport project in Auckland, New Zealand is truly transformative, with investment planned in the full range of travel choices across all modes - vehicles, buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

The award was presented to Donna Marshall (IAP2A Chair), Andrew Douglas (Aurecon NZ), (Aimee Brock, NZ Transport Agency), Carol Greensmith (Aurecon NZ) and Mandi Davidson (IAP2A Deputy Chair)

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IAP2 International Organisation of the Year

City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Charting a new course for public engagement, trust and relationship building and accountability at the City.

The award was presented to City Councillor, Ben Henderson, and Cory Segin, the Director of Public Engagement from the City of Edmonton.

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IAP2 participates in High-Level United Nations Political Forum in New York

July 2018 – IAP2 was represented by Ms. Leanne Hartill (Australasia) and Mr. Aldi Muhammad Alizar (Indonesia) at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) held in New York in July 2018. Over eight days, the 2,200 registered participants were focused on the theme of this year’s forum - “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” The objectives of IAP2 were to increase visibility of IAP2 across the global community, establish networks with UN stakeholders and lobby representatives of UN member states and other key stakeholders to endorse and support the global advocacy – call for international year of engagement (or participation) in 2020.

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Help make the International Year of Engagement Happen!

IAP2 is preparing a proposal to the UN calling for an International Year of Engagement and we are asking you to pledge your support! The proposal to dedicate a whole year as a focus on engagement will highlight the importance of hearing from all voices ensuring no-one is left behind.

It is incredibly easy and quick to lend your support. It is free. It shows your commitment to public participation. And anyone can pledge their support, whether you are an individual or an organisation.

Learn more | Pledge your support


IAP2 Welcomes New Trainer - Amanda Mitchell

The IAP2 International Board of Directors welcomes Amanda Mitchell to the IAP2 community of trainers and congratulates her on the successful completion of the Trainer Development Program for the Foundations in Public Participation international training program.

Amanda MitchellAmanda joins the community of dedicated and experienced IAP2 Trainers who deliver this broad-based understanding of how public participation works around the world.

More than 20,000 individuals working for or involved in P2 and community engagement for government (municipalities, state and provincial agencies), corporations, utilities, environmental agencies, community groups and universities have completed IAP2 training.

Based in Vancouver, BC Canada, Amanda has been involved with IAP2 Canada since 2014 and has served as a deputy board member, board member and Vice-President. She currently works at the City of Vancouver as a Public Engagement Specialist.

Please join us in congratulating Amanda!

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Professional Certification

A new professional designation is now available to IAP2 members. IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA have fully implemented the Professional Certification program authorized by IAP2 International in 2014. The programs offer two levels of certification, Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) and Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). The MCP3 is not currently available in Canada.

Professional Certification proves, through independent assessment, that you have demonstrated the basic knowledge and skills required to perform the role of public participation (P2) professional and requires a formal, in-person, independent assessment. All IAP2 members in good standing who have completed the 5-day IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation (formerly the Certificate course) are eligible to apply.

The application deadlines for the 2019 United States Assessment Centers have been released:

  • 1 February 2019 for the Spring Assessment Center, 31 May - 1 June 2019 Assessment Center in Denver, Colorado, USA
  • 31 May 2019 for the Fall Assessment Center 27-28 September 2019 in Portland, Oregon, USA

IAP2 International would like to congratulate the new and currently Certified Public Participation Professionals.



IAP2 Around the World

IAP2 Australasia Conference Recap

The sunny Gold Coast and stunning Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove set the scene and tone for this year’s IAP2 Australasia ‘Shake it Up’ Conference held 23 – 25 October. Almost 300 delegates and members spent three days of networking, attending workshops, masterclasses and keynote sessions where 50 presenters shared their knowledge and experiences.

IAP2 Australasia is looking to host the 2019 IAP2 Australasia Conference in New South Wales in late October. Watch for registrations to open in June.

2018 IAP2 North American Conference Recap

Nearly 400 participants from around the world participated in sessions, workshops and field trips to bring fresh insight to the notion of “Growing a Culture of P2”. For those that were there and for those that couldn’t make it, check out the post-conference resources. Are you a highly motivated person who would like to be involved in developing and implementing a successful IAP2 North American Conference? Here’s your chance!

SAVE THE DATES: The 2019 IAP2 North American Conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina September 4 - 6, 2019.

Foundations Training in Indonesia
Submitted by Barbara Chappell and Tanya Burdett

The Foundations in Public Participation program was delivered in July 2018 in Jakarta using the new Bahasa student manuals. Bahasa is the national language of Indonesia, and the bilingual Bahasa-English speaking participants appreciated having course materials in the Bahasa language. Preparations for the training began in late winter 2017, when the Federation Board approved a team of highly qualified IAP2 Indonesia members and supporters to translate the Foundations course materials. The team was led by IAP2 Indonesia Chair Aldi Muhammad Alizar who was ably assisted by fully qualified translators and members Ratih Damayanti, Anton Febian, and Dewi Arilaha. In addition to translating the student manuals, the team also translated the case studies and exercises that would be used in the training room.

Pelajari Lebih Lanjut

2019 Conferences and Symposia Dates

IAP2 USA Skills Symposium - Austin, TX, USA - 25 February – 1 March, 2019

IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium - Gatineau, QB, Canada - 18-25 March, 2019

2019 IAP2 North America Conference - Charlotte, NC, USA - 4-6 September 2019

IAP2 Australasia is looking to host the 2019 IAP2 Australasia Conference in New South Wales in late October.

International Training Calendar - 2018 - 2019

Click here to review the calendar online.


Melbourne, VIC – Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation
Sydney, NSW – Planning, Techniques, Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation


Calgary, AB – Planning, Techniques
Courtenay, BC – Planning, Techniques
Edmonton, AB – Planning, Techniques
Gatineau, QC – Planning, Techniques, Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation
Kelwona, BC – Planning, Techniques
Regina, SK – Planning, Techniques
Toronto, ON – Planning, Techniques
Vancouver, BC  – Planning, Techniques

United States

Arlington, VA – Planning, Techniques
Austin, TX – Planning, Techniques, Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation
Las Vegas, NV – Planning, Techniques
Orlando, FL – Planning, Techniques
Phoenix, AZ – Planning, Techniques
Seattle, WA – Planning, Techniques


IAP2 has been conducting outreach and introducing public participation to decision makers around the world. The half-day Public Participation for Decision Makers course can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization. Courses have recently been held in Malta, Italy, and South Africa.

Online Webinars Available 

Career Center Opportunities
Post or search career openings in the field of public participation in the IAP2 Career Center.

Current openings:

  • Associate - Portland, Oregon
  • Public Affairs Specialist - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Consultant to Develop Community Engagement Training of Trainers Manual and Support Supervision Tool - Beirut, Lebanon
  • Urban Community Connections Liaison - Portland, Oregon

Postings are moderated for positions within or closely related to public participation. Broaden your search and post your P2 positions starting today!

Search Openings


IAP2 has 501(3)(c) charity status in USA and is able to receive donations from within the USA.

International Association of Public Participation
PO Box 270723, Louisville, CO 80027 USA