In our changing world, community groups are organizing and finding their voice against a rising backdrop of mistrust and hate. Individuals struggle to find meaningful ways to connect to and participate in the issues that affect them. Polarity on issues and divisions between communities are jeopardizing our ability to make good decisions together. How can we turn the tide of these dynamics and empower these groups and individuals to have meaningful conversations; to focus on the bigger picture of greater good in our communities; and to respectfully disagree while finding commonality and moving toward a united front?
The Intermountain Chapter has developed an agenda full of inspiring professionals and diverse topics to explore the Conference theme "Expanding the Boundaries of Public Participation." Check out the agenda here.
Don't miss out! The Early-Bird Deadline for discounted pricing is Monday, April 23, 2018!
Anne Harding is the Owner of Forum Relations, a Calgary based consulting company dedicated to helping organizations build meaningful relationships with communities through effective and authentic engagement. Anne is also employed as a Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations Senior Advisor at Suncor Energy and is the Past-President of the Canadian affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2 Canada).
She has worked with over 60 Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada since 2005. Her experience spans from consultation with Elders about traditional land use to the development of capacity building and education programs for youth and entrepreneurs to the creation and implementation of strategies to advance Indigenous economic and workforce development. Anne has a Master of Arts in Corporate-Aboriginal Relations and is an IAP2 Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3).
Penny Mabie has developed and implemented public participation programs to support community planning, siting, design and construction of infrastructure including wastewater, transportation and energy facilities. She has facilitated multi-party dialog on contentious issues surrounding flood control, endangered species, contaminated groundwater, transportation planning, conservation. Her passion is involving the public in decisions that affect their lives. Penny is known for her facilitation, management and implementation of short- and long-term processes with respect and a focus on achieving measurable and durable outcomes. Penny is a member and trainer for the International Association of Public Participation, president of the Puget Sound Chapter of IAP2 USA and a member of the American Public Works Association.
Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Engaging Indigenous People -
Kate Kopischke is an independent dialogue facilitator specializing in environmental and social issues. She works with companies, communities, non-governmental organizations and public-sector stakeholders to build consensus and find solutions to conflicts arising from impacts of large-scale development projects.
Kate has facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues and mediation processes covering a variety of issues, including oil, gas and mining; infrastructure development; agribusiness; and issues related to "Free, Prior and Informed Consent" (FPIC) of indigenous peoples and other communities.
She currently serves as a senior consultant to the United Nations Development Programme’s Stakeholder Response Mechanism, and as an Environmental and Social Safeguards Expert for the UN’s Green Climate Fund.
Idaho Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb
Placemaking and the Public Process -
Tim Sullivan is the principal of the Salt Lake City-based planning and urban design firm Township + Range. A transportation planner, urban designer, and writer, he has led transportation planning and urban design efforts throughout Utah, California, and the American West, often with major public outreach processes as their centerpiece. He is the author of two books, most recently Ways to the West: How Getting Out of Our Cars is Reclaiming America’s Frontier.
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