Board Member Profiles

Current Board Members

Here is our current Board, and a little bit more about us.

Belinda Boyd, President
Kari O-Rourke, Vice-President
Megan Fitzgerald, Secretary
Monique Beaudry, Treasurer
Michael Meyer, Member Services Coordinator
Marci Hotsenpiller, Training Coordinator
Ahmed Lelamo, Youth Coordinator
Jason Lesage, Director at Large
Emily Jarvis, Director at Large
Kevin Shipalesky, Director at Large
Karen Estrin, Director at Large
Nanette van Doorn, Director at Large


Belinda Boyd, President

I became a member of IAP2 Canada 15 years ago and my decision to volunteer as a Board member was partly because I had enjoyed the benefits of membership for so long that I felt it was time to give back and partly because I was asked to join the Board but mostly because of the amazing people associated with IAP2 BC and Yukon and the chance to connect even more with many of them.  I am a public engagement practitioner with a primary focus on engagement for health care improvement. The tools I use are focused on engagement to impact the patient experience of care.  One of my valued resources is a white paper from the Beryl Institute “To Care is Human: The Factors Influencing Human Experience in Healthcare Today”

Kari O-Rourke, Vice-President

I am the Community Communications Manager and the City of Kelowna and have been an IAP2 groupie for over a decade watching incredible P2 professionals bring the standards of engagement to a whole new level. I was the developer of the City of Kelowna’s Engage Policy and supporting program in 2014. My work focuses on the advocacy and education of IAP2 practices for City-led initiatives and supporting a great team of communications professionals. I’m also excited to be a part of the IAP2 Canada’s Indigenous Engagement panel of practitioners as a mentee.  I have a number of my go-to resources which include IAP2 webinars and white papers, but I’m also a real fan of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s toolkits and National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation resources.

Monique Beaudry, Treasurer

I joined IAP2 two years ago when a significant discount on membership was offered in conjunction with a course on dealing with public outrage was being offered. As a Senior Transportation Planner for 30 years I have provided a significant amount of public engagement, stakeholder engagement, and handling of public inquiries. Transportation issues can be emotional issues and I have had to learn how to work with raging emotions from the start of my career. I joined IAP2 and have subsequently taking the Foundations course because I wanted to learn about the formal tools for delivering public engagement. I joined the board when I moved to BC from Saskatchewan as a means to contribute to an organization that teaches valuable techniques to better serve the public and to meet people at the same time. One of my favourite resources is the IAP2 Brochure because it nicely summarizes the main approach to public engagement that can be used as a quick reference when planning an engagement event.

Michael Meyer, Member Services Coordinator

I’m a planner and engagement specialist passionate about the health, vibrancy, and livability of Canadian communities. I work for MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement, where I work on engagement projects related to large and small scale community master plans, transportation and infrastructure projects, strategic planning, and a variety of other topics. I have worked on many high-profile, often controversial, planning related engagement projects, facilitating discussions with a broad range of participants, from elected officials and boards of directors, to residents and small business owners, to new immigrants, persons with disabilities and other seldom heard groups.

I have a particular interest in the evolving world of digital engagement and how digital tools can be used, alongside robust in-person techniques, to enhance participation in engagement processes.

I also have an interest in gamification, and how gameplay ideas and mechanisms can be applied to non-gameplay contexts to increase awareness, generate interest, and enliven participation in engagement processes.

Marci Hotsenpiller, Training Coordinator

I’m Principal and Founder of ZINC Strategies Inc. a communications consulting firm with offices in Victoria and Courtenay, on Vancouver Island. Over the past 12 years we’ve led engagements for multi-year infrastructure projects in BC and the Northwest Territories. I joined the IAP2 Board member two years ago, in part to help bring P2 training to parts of BC outside the major centres. And while engagement is different than public relations, in terms of resources I always look forward to the insights on public trust for government, NGOs and media that Edelman measures each year in their Trust Barometer survey. https://www.edelman.com/trustbarometer

Jason Lesage, Director at Large

I’ve just started a new position in stakeholder relations with the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium. I began my career working in corporate communications for various organizations in the public and private sectors, including stints with BCLC, Mitacs, LifeSciences BC, the provincial legislature and the Mayor’s Office at Vancouver City Hall. All of these positions incorporated some form of community relations work; however, I really honed my skills at BCLC where I led their community engagement program. After 15 years working in communications, I transitioned into fundraising, working with hospital foundations, including as Executive Director for the Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation. After a couple of years in this sector, I decided to get back into community engagement because my passion is building community. I’ve been President of my little neighbourhood group in New Westminster (Massey Victory Heights Residents’ Association) since 2013, and I’m currently enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement program. I also hold a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Victoria, a Certificate in Public Relations from Langara College and I completed the IAP2 Foundation in Public Participation program in 2016.

Emily Jarvis,  Director at Large

I live, work and play in Whitehorse: Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council land. My background is in social justice and peace studies/work, and my years have been full of beautiful opportunities to live and spend time in many different parts of the globe where public participation has been crucial to the dignity and self-determination of communities. For the past three years, I’ve been working as an internal organizational development consultant for the territorial government. Through this role,my interest and connections with the world of P2 have grown even more – leading to a connection between Yukon and our cousins to the south, and ultimately expanding this chapter!

Fav resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D43NP74U10 The Greater Good Studio‘s George Aye, talking with folks at the Tamarack Institute about how to assess and address power and privilege asymmetry in community change efforts.

Kevin Shipalesky, Director at Large

As the Community Engagement Coordinator with Water Services at Metro Vancouver, my role is to understand the ways in which construction of water infrastructure could impact surrounding communities, and work to reduce those impacts. I am always looking for new ways to engage the public early and often in my work. I joined the Board in 2018 because I’m passionate about creating opportunities for more inclusive public participation, and I’m excited to work with and learn from other Board members doing similar work in many different sectors. Events and other informal networking opportunities are some of my favourite resources for continued learning and professional development. I’m looking forward to meeting new members and getting better acquainted with established members at upcoming Chapter events in 2020.

Karen Estrin, Director at Large

I’m a Civic Engagement Specialist with the City of Vancouver, supporting teams across the organization in their public engagement efforts. I have a keen interest in authentic engagement and reducing barriers to participation. For the past five years I’ve worked as an engagement leader in public engagement in health care with the Patient Voices Network first at ImpactBC and then with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.  Before that I worked in grants and community initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation as well as in various museums, archives, and cultural centres in Alberta and BC. I have been a member of IAP2 Canada since 2015 and recently joined the board of the BC & Yukon chapter.

Nanette van Doorn, Director at Large

I currently work as part of a Public Involvement team supporting the Solid Waste department at Metro Vancouver. I attended the IAP2 North America Conference in Charlotte, NC last fall and found connecting with fellow members and learning about their projects, struggles and triumphs to be very rewarding. I decided to volunteer for IAP2 and followed through with the Board member nomination shortly after attending the conference. I see this volunteer position as a great opportunity to connect and share experiences and lessons learned with others who have been working in the engagement and public participation field.