Board of Directors

2017 - 2019 Wild Rose Board Members

 

 

Lauren Bartlette: President

 

Lauren is a senior planner at McElhanney with 19 years of consulting experience in municipal and land development policy, approvals, and process.  As a practicing mediator, her focus on facilitation, public engagement and communication helps her to continually deliver successful and innovative public engagement processes for both municipal and land development clients.  She is a practicing mediator and tends to be involved with complex projects that involve multiple stakeholder groups or that have the potential to become highly contentious.  Lauren also mediates on the Alberta Provincial Court and the Community Mediation Calgary Society Roster.

 

Lauren has completed the IAP2 certificate of training and received training in conflict resolution from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.  Lauren has served as a Director at Large on the IAP2 Wild Rose board since 2014 and played key roles on the membership and outreach committees as well as Chaired the 2015 Wild Rose Signature Event.

 

Shawn Bravender, Vice President

Shawn is the Community Engagement Lead at ISL Engineering and Land Services in Edmonton.  With over 15 years of experience, Shawn possesses valuable skills and knowledge as a passionate community engagement consultant.  His experience includes municipal and provincial long-range planning, strategic planning, transportation planning, recreation and parks planning and project design.  Education and training (RPP, MCIP, CET) have equipped Shawn with a synergistic combination of creative and analytical thinking as well as the capacity to work with varying levels of understanding, conflicting perspectives, and multi disciplinary teams (often at the same time).  Shawn understands and embraces the role of teamwork by working collaboratively to develop successful outcomes.

 

Shawn has volunteered for, and held leadership positions in, several committees including the United Way (Chair), Alberta Professional Planners Institute Edmonton Events Committee (Chair), Edmonton Committee for Office Sustainability (Co-Founder and Chair), Alberta Professional Planners Institute Nomination Committee, and the Sustainability Committee.  By combining his experience, skills and passion to serve as the Vice President of IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter, Shawn can support and lead efforts to increase our association's presence, continue to build our value and reputation, and provide meaningful professional development opportunities to our members.  Shawn looks forward to contributing to the membership of the Wild Rose Chapter as we continue to grow our organization to even better and stronger heights.

 

Annemarie Marshal, Director at Large

 

Annemarie's interest in public participation stems from an early public service job experience where she was frequently faced with clients displaying emotion, outrage, and frustration at their lack of influence.  Feeling overwhelmed, unskilled, and empathetic, Annemarie set out in search of a way to facilitate conversations with people that would allow them to experience voice and choice in the decisions that affected them.  After completing the IAP2 certificate in Public Participation in 2014, Annemarie knew she had found her calling!

Annemarie currently works as an Engagement Specialist at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) with experience in strategic engagement planning, implementation, and facilitation.  In her current role, she acts as an advocate for the incorporation of public engagement best-practices in AER projects and initiatives.  She is passionate about new forms of public participation, with a keen interest in technology-mediated engagement and a fascination with facilitating powerful virtual connections.

Outside of work, Annmarie is a mediator in training who is always pursuing opportunities to develop her talent for hosting productive interest-based conversations.  Annmarie is proud to have been a 2016 IAP2 North America Conference presenter.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Calgary.

 

Christine Waland, Director at Large

 

With over six years' experience working in the engagement and communications fields, Christine has come to deeply understand the importance of effective public participation.  The majority of her experience comes from leading stakeholder engagement and communications strategies for large scale transmission and telecommunications projects for AltaLink where she gained valuable experience working in the power industry in Alberta.  Through her work at Communica, as a Senior Advisor in Stakeholder Engagement and Communications, Christine ensures that her client's consultation programs and communications material support their regulatory applications and align with their business objectives.  The majority of her time in this role is spent on growing the Renewable Electricity Program in Alberta by supporting proponents' renewable power participation programs - for a variety of wind, solar, and hydro projects.

 

Through her experience at Communica, AltaLink and her volunteer work, she has planned and executed numerous open houses, information sessions and community meetings where she worked towards building mutually beneficial partnerships with key stakeholders.  Christine has been lucky enough to be surrounded by exceptional professionals during her time at Communica and AltaLink, which has allowed her to experience how important effective stakeholder engagement is to the success or failure of a project.  Having successfully completed the IAP2 Foundations Course and the Emotion, Outrage, and Public Participation Course, she is keen to grown her knowledge of IAP2 principles and become more involved in the organization.  Christine's enthusiastic attitude, education, passion for community building and depth of experience working in stakeholder engagement and communications will maike her an asset to the IAP2 Wild Rose Board.

 

Kathryn (Katie) McKinnon, Director at Large

 

Katie is a stakeholder engagement and communications specialist with over 15 years of experience.  She has led and supported numerous public consultation and Aboriginal engagement initiatives acrosss western Canada in support of major development initiatives for oil and gas exploration, pipeline, power generation and municipal infrastructure companies.  Katie's knowledge of conflict management processes, facilitation, and communication skills and experience with stakeholder groups and regulators has enabled her to produce exceptional results for clients.  She has also provided communication and public relations services to corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.  She is expert in making complex technical information easy to understand, and in developing and deploying content for in-person and online engagement tools, social media, blogs, newsletters, traditional media, and other communications platforms.

In addition to her stakeholder engagement experience, Katie has expertise in policy development and regulatory reform at provincial, federal, and municipal levels.  Katie graduated from the Schuilich School of Business, Master of Business Administration program with a specialization in Business Strategy and Change Management.  She also has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of King's College at Dallhousie University.

Katie has served in various positions as a board member for non-profit organizations and has always brought her broad management and governance experience to these roles.  She is passionate about the role of public and stakeholder engagement in strengthening projects and communities and looks forward to serve the community of P2 practitioners through her role on the IAP2 Wild Rose board.

 

Kevin Thorvaldson, Director at Large
Kevin is responsible for developing the strategic and operational direction of all City of Calgary engagement activities for all stakeholder audiences, internal and external. Collaborates with departmental communication leaders and leads engagement professionals in work across the City of Calgary from a managerial and leadership capacity. The City utilizes many of the tools and techniques identified in the Foundations program, and connects with citizens via organized public events, online Engage Portal, Focus and advisory groups, as well as live-streaming and pop-up destination engagement.

He has been a member of IAP2 Wild Rose since 2010, and on the Board of Directors for IAP2 Canada and/or Wild Rose since 2013.  Prior to coming to the City, Kevin worked with the regulated utility, Altalink, where the focus of engagement was with farmers and ranchers who would host new transmission utilities, which gave him a greater appreciation for the rural community and all of the challenges that come with making a living in the country.

Mike Coldwell, Director at Large
Mike brings his varied experience in land development consulting, municipal governments and architectural design to his specialization in land development processes. Mike is a Planner with Urban Systems, a professional consulting firm committed to supporting vibrant communities.  He understands and appreciates the importance of open and honest communication and uses his understanding to manage complex, and often contentious projects. Creating inclusive and transparent engagement programs are key to Mike's success in his work. Mike was involved in the organization of the IAP2 Wild Rose Chapters 2015 Signature Event and has been a Director at Large for Outreach on the Board from 2015-2017. He is excited to continue to contribute to the success of the organization with another term on the board as Director at Large.

Megan Mucignat, Youth Director
Megan is a community planner with McElhanney Consulting’s Calgary office. Prior to her current role, Megan worked as public engagement assistant with ISL Engineering and Land Services on The City of Calgary’s Crowchild Trail Study and Flooding Mitigation Impact Assessment projects. Other than her professional experience, Megan volunteers as the Director of Development on Calgary’s Bankview Community Association. As a student, she was sponsored by the Wild Rose Chapter of IAP2 to complete the foundations course. Megan graduated with a Master of Planning from EVDS at the University of Calgary in April 2016 and also has several years of experience working with people from all walks of life at Apple Retail.

Megan brings a fresh perspective of someone who is relatively new to P2 and the planning + development industry. She identifies as a young professional that has recently been a student who wants to develop a greater connection to the network of professionals working in P2 and champion IAP2 values to those outside of the network. Megan has previous volunteer board experience and recently co-founded Calgary Urbanist Collective, a group for individuals interested in urban issues in Calgary.

Whitney McKenzie, Youth Director
Whitney has an infectious passion for community engagement and aboriginal rights. She started with Communica in 2017 as an Advisor for the Stakeholder/Aboriginal Engagement and Communication team after working as an Environmental and Regulatory Coordinator at a Calgary-based engineering, procurement and construction management company. Through this experience, she has gained exposure to governmental and regulatory frameworks, processes and environmental best practices in Alberta and British Columbia (BC). Whitney holds a master of arts in history from the University of Victoria focused on Indigenous history in the Western Canada context.

In 2015, Whitney graduated from university, eager to begin her career and pursue her passion: aboriginal engagement. She quickly realized that, given the economic climate, this would be no easy feat. She pursued her current position for over a year before I was able to land her dream job! Being that she is quite new to the world of public participation, she understands how difficult it can be begin a career. Utilizing her own experiences, she would love the opportunity to support youth as they enter into our field, and would like to create learning opportunities designed to kick-start their careers. Whitney believes that she will bring a unique perspective to the Youth Director position and a can-do attitude!