Annual General Meeting

IAP2 Wild Rose - 2016 Board Members Announced!


On April 15th, approximately 30 IAP2 Wild Rose members from Calgary, Edmonton and beyond were in attendance at the annual AGM, held in Edmonton, to see a new slate of Board members announced. This new slate of Board members includes four new Directors at Large, a Youth Director, a Secretary and Treasurer. The new slate of Board members will work alongside current Board members who have one year remaining in their terms as President (Amanda Kaiser), Vice President (Kevin Thorvaldson), Directors at Large (Rebecca McElhoes, Jennifer Wells, Mike Coldwell and Liz Armitage) and Youth Director (Murial Higuerey).

Gay Robinson, licensed trainer for the IAP2 Certificate Program, and board Treasurer since 2010, will return as Board Treasurer in 2016. Lauren Bartlette, a senior planner with McElhanney and IAP2 Director at Large since 2014 will return as Director at large in 2016 and will continue to play a key role on the membership committee and support the 2017 Signature Event planning committee. 

Below, briefly, are your new Board members for 2016:

Secretary - Julie Carter - Currently a consulting manager at Adapt MC Ltd., Julie has vast experience working with project teams, stakeholders and decision-makers in the areas of youth education and natural resource policy.

Directors at Large

Susan L. Blanchard - With more than 15 years of communications and stakeholder engagement experience, Susan has taught business and communications at Mount Royal University and SAIT and has worked as a journalist. Susan is currently with Legacy Public Affairs.

Tom Schlodder - After graduating from the UofC in 2011, Tom has been working in the field of Urban Planning. He is an active volunteer and has been involved in implementing stakeholder engagement events and believes in the power of strong public participation. 

Anne Huizinga - Currently working (at Urban Systems Ltd.) with First Nations, local governments, and private developers to design community-wide land use plans, by-laws and neighborhood and site plans, Anne strives to foster respectful relationships while working in communities to develop policy and plans. 

Youth Director - Natali McGladrey - Presently completing a Masters Degree in Public Policy at the UofC, Natali intends to work in Community engagement to strengthen her skills in communications, event planning and developing engagement materials. 


Message from the President

I am so pleased to welcome the new members to the IAP2 Wild Rose 2016 Board and I am eager to see how their unique skills, focus and enthusiasm will support and enhance the work our board is doing to support public participation practitioners in the region.

These new board members have varying backgrounds, interests and experiences and I know that all of these things will serve them, our Board and our members well over the next two years of their term. in May, the Wild Rose Board will meet at our annual retreat and these new board members will join returning members to chart a course for our activities and initiatives in the coming year. 

I look forward to sharing details from our retreat and I am confident that the Wild Rose board will find new inspiration, focus and enthusiasm in their work to support our members and the public engagement discipline in this region.