Message from the President

I have been reflecting back over the past six years as I write my final President’s letter. In 2011 Donald Golob approached me to step into the Presidents role. It has been a humbling experience to grow the Chapter on the foundation that Donald built and work with a dedicated team of professionals. In that time we have grown from 85 members to almost 150.

We have developed and hosted many P2 Drinks networking events, and Deep Dive presentations on Engagement Evaluation, Indigenous Engagement, and other topics of interest to our members. We have updated the Chapter governance structure to transition to the IAP2 Federation model, developed a strategic plan, supported training on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver, launched the Donald Golob Award, and most recently announced the IAP2 North American Conference will be held in Victoria, Sept 5-7, 2018.

This year at the AGM on November 23, we are pleased to welcome Shauna Sylvester, Director and Professor at Simon Fraser University, Centre for Dialogue. Shauna will be sharing the results of the Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future hosted in September and October 2017.

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue was selected by Natural Resources Canada to independently design and implement five regional citizen dialogues as part of the Generation Energy public consultation. The Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future are an attempt to approach the energy conversation differently. This is a rare opportunity for citizen views to be delivered to decision-makers in government and other sectors. For more information about the dialogues go to:

Lisa Moilanen and I attended the 2017 IAP2 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, as co-chairs for the 2018 IAP2 National Conference in Victoria. It was a great opportunity to speak with members about what they would like to see at the 2018 conference. British Columbia was prominent at the Core Values Awards, with the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS) and Beringia Community Planning in North Vancouver winning the Indigenous Engagement Award, and my firm Rockandel & Associates with my client School District 38 (Richmond, BC) winning the Award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture. More information on these projects at:

The BC Chapter has done extensive transition planning and I am pleased to be leaving the Executive in good hands. I wish the new BC Chapter Executive much success in the year ahead.

Catherine Rockandel

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