Brenda Pichette owns her own consulting business P2 Facilitators that offers expertise in Public Participation planning, design and implementation. Brenda is passionate about and committed to building the profession of P2 (public participation) in Canada. Planning an effective engagement strategy is Brenda’s specialty. Brenda is in her second term as a board member of the IAP2 Canada Board of Directors. Brenda spent much of her volunteer time in the last 2 years serving as a member of the IAP2 USA Certification Task Force. Brenda has been developing, designing and delivering engagement/outreach and training programs for over 20 years. Brenda was the Senior Public Outreach Specialist at Health Canada’s Contaminated Sites Division where she led the Public Involvement Team for 9 years. Some of the outreach programs Brenda managed for the Federal Government include Health Canada Programs for Contaminated Sites, Tobacco, Hepatitis C and Environmental Assessment Regulations. Brenda has developed and delivered training programs for Public Participation Practitioners serving 17 Federal Government Departments and Agencies. Brenda was a valued member of the training team at the Canada School of Public Service. Prior to working at the Federal Government Brenda lead the Canadian Red Cross national first aid services program for 8 years. and was involved in International development programs as well as here in Canada.
Brenda is an accomplished and entertaining facilitator with an extensive list of facilitation design and development skills.
Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University in Montreal.
Karim Mamdani is President and CEO of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), a public specialty hospital that provides specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness.
Mr. Mamdani's areas of focus include labour relations, employee engagement, financial and operational management, land and building development, collective bargaining, funding systems and strategy development and execution. His system contributions include leadership on a number of Boards and Committees, The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Board of Directors and Finance Committee, Chair of the Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) Board, and member of the RGP Toronto Board.
Mr. Mamdani holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a CPA Certified Management Accountant.
Allan has deep interest and considerable experience in heritage conservation issues, having been responsible for numerous projects within Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct. His professional work routinely involves highly regulated environments, such as National Historic Sites and properties protected by provincial heritage legislation.
He is currently the President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and has been involved in lobbying governments on issues related to the practice of architecture and its impact on quality of life. In 2015 he represented the RAIC as part of a coalition of civil society organizations opposed to the location of a commemoration to victims of communism in Ottawa; more recently, he facilitated the establishment of an RIAC Task Force consisting of Indigenous Canadian architects, whose mandate is to advocate for investing in cultural value and improved local agency in First Nations with respect to the built environment.
Lexa Hobenshield is Kinder Morgan Canada’s External Relations Manager, and has been with the company since 2007. Lexa leads the Stakeholder Engagement team for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project’s westernmost 150 kms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland region.
Responsible for developing and executing the Project’s engagement program with stakeholders in this region, her goal is to contribute to making better project decisions based on local interests.
As a Human Geography Major at Simon Fraser University, she has always been interested in what influences behaviors within communities. She has spent 25 years in the communications and community relations field helping organizations improve decision making and accountability by engaging stakeholders in dialogue.
She makes her home in Port Moody with her husband, two children and Mischief the dog; an avid runner, she loves to spend time on local trails in the area.
Andrea Marshall is a seasoned public relations professional with almost 15 years’ experience in both private and public sector industries. Currently, she is Director, Communications and Public Affairs at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), a public specialty hospital that provides specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness.
Ms. Marshall is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating corporate communications strategies and programs in areas such as stakeholder engagement, brand and reputation management, employee communications, media relations and creative services. She leads an award-winning team and was most recently awarded with an International Association of Business Communicators Good Quill Award of Excellence for the HOPE for Mental Health Awareness Campaign.
Prior to Ontario Shores, Andrea worked at Ontario Pharmacists Association and Edelman Public Relations.
Ms. Marshall is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Denise House, an organization in Durham Region that provides shelter and support for abused women and children.
Judy Pfeifer is Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Metrolinx.
Judy oversees all aspects of Metrolinx’s communications strategy, and is responsible for overseeing corporate reputation, communications planning, internal and external communications, media relations, as well as government, community and stakeholder engagement.
Most recently, Judy held the position of Vice-President and Practice Lead with Hill+Knowlton Canada, where she implemented integrated communications plans in support of business objectives for clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
In her previous positions with the Toronto Community Foundation, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and City of Toronto, Judy provided leadership in policy, communications and stakeholder management.
Judy currently serves on the board of WoodGreen Community Services. She has previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Liveability Committee as a member of the Policy & Advocacy Committee with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, was a board member with Environmental Defence and was a founding member of the Emerging Leaders Network (CivicAction).
She is also a sought-after speaker on communications and stakeholder relations.
Judy holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University and a graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.
Daniel Fusca is the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for the City of Toronto Planning Division, working out of the Office of the Chief Planner. He is currently managing the Division's Growing Conversations initiative to improve the planning process through better engagement. He is also the staff coordinator and Chair of the new Toronto Planning Review Panel. His other recent projects include the development of the Division's new Youth Engagement Strategy, and advising on the engagement process for TOcore, Toronto's Downtown Planning process. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Master of Science in Planning program.
Joe Berridge is an urban planner and city builder who has had an integral role in the development of some of the largest and most complex urban planning and regeneration projects in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Asia. He has been strategic planner for the development of the city centres of Manchester, Belfast and Cardiff and heavily involved in the master planning for the waterfronts of Toronto, Singapore, Cork, London’s East Docklands, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Governors Island in New York City. He has prepared campus master plans for the University of Waterloo, Queen's and Western University. Joe played an important role in helping form the growth management and transportation plans for the Toronto region. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and a regular media commentator and writer on urban issues.
Karen is a stakeholder engagement, innovation, and communication consultant. She has more than 20 years experience in post-secondary education, journalism, and stakeholder engagement along with training in public participation. For 10 years, Karen led the journalism program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, through innovation and change as communication technologies and practices evolved. She specialized in citizen participation in the news and pioneered innovative uses of technology and collaborative partnerships with community organizations to increase student engagement in learning. Karen now uses her teaching background to create facilitative processes that engage stakeholders in mutual learning and collaboration. She is actively involved with IAP2 Canada as a webinar presenter. Karen wrote a white paper on evaluating public engagement (2016) for the organization. As a result of this work, she was invited to help the City of Edmonton Council Initiative on Public Engagement by creating evaluation standards.
Leslie Gash is currently Vice President, Development (Interim) in the Development Division at Toronto Community Housing, the largest social housing provider in Canada. She is currently responsible for oversight of TCHC’s real estate and development program with six revitalization projects underway including Regent Park, Lawrence Heights and Alexandra Park.
Leslie has over 25 years experience in the non-profit housing sector including planning, development, construction, property management, marketing, policy making and programming. She has previously worked at Dixon Hall, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and Lantana. Leslie graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Mary Lou Tanner is one of the strongest planning directors in Ontario. Mary Lou is currently the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Burlington, whose vision is to Grow Bold. Burlington is one of the first cities in the GTA to be growing solely through intensification, infill, and redevelopment. Mary Lou speaks passionately for city building: Build up, build smart, build beautiful.
Michelle Dwyer is an advocate for public engagement, believing that better decisions are made when municipalities collaborate with residents, businesses, and stakeholders. Michelle is currently the Corporate Public Engagement Lead for the City of Burlington. Michelle most recently was responsible for leading the 2015 – 2040 strategic plan exercise, where citizen involvement played a key role, in 2014 she lead a team to create the Engagement Charter Action Plan.
Matthew Whitehead is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN). His fluency in Cree and deep understanding of Indigenous Knowledge is derived from his traditional hunter-gatherer upbringing. His formal western education includes a Master’s degree in Environment and Management which gives him the unique ability to “walk” in both the western and Aboriginal worlds. His first job in the environmental field was as a National Park Warden in Wood Buffalo National Park in 1988. From 2008 - 2013, he worked as the Traditional Knowledge Coordinator for MCFN‘s Government and Industry Relations (GIR) department where he helped develop, conceptualize, and project manage numerous IK studies and projects including the implementation of MCFN’s Community Based Monitoring program. Additionally, he is a former co-chair of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) Traditional Knowledge Working Group.. His research stresses that the maintenance and preservation of Aboriginal identity, culture, lifestyle, and livelihood is predicated on a healthy environment. In May 2016, he was one of Seven Experts selected from approximately 50 potential candidates from across Canada to provide general guidance on the consideration and integration of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) for the federal environmental assessment (EA) process.
Mr. Thornley has designed and managed sophisticated online public engagements on major issues of public interest for organizations including Metrolinx, the Doctors of BC, and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.
Mr. Thornley was an early adopter of social media. He began blogging at ProPr.ca in 2005. He is co-host with Gini Dietrich and Martin Waxman of the Inside PR podcast, which, since its launch in March 2006, is now the second longest continuously running public relations podcast. In 2016, he started the Inside P2 podcast, which focuses on public participation in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
In recent years, he has focused this interest on online public participation. In 2008, he led the development of Corum to provide a platform for online discussion. In 2015, he led the development of a next-generation platform, 76Engage.
Mr. Thornley is a co-founder of the Third Tuesday speakers series which, since 2006, has brought people together to discuss the impact of social and digital media on society, organizations and citizens.
Mr. Thornley can be found on his favourite social media channels. He is thornley on Twitter, thornley on Instagram, thornley10 on YouTube, josephthornley on Facebook, and josephthornley on LinkedIn.
He is a past Chairman of the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms and a current Director of the St-Laurent Chapter of IAP2 Canada.
John M. Miller (BA, MA, CPF, CTF) Certified Professional Facilitator and ToP™ Methods Trainer Facilitator of Productive Successful Public Consultations John Miller is a well-informed, passionate, yet neutral third party presence in situations that are politicized or conflicted. He is familiar with the public sector through his 20 years experience as a consultant and his two degrees in Political Science. He has worked with all three levels of government in Canada, in both training and consulting capacities. Consultations have been both internal with staff and executives and external with stakeholders and the general public. His background in community development and consulting with a wide range of NGOs equips John to help participants address the larger and deeper issues in a trusting, constructive atmosphere.
Dave is an associate with ICA Associates Inc. He is a professional facilitator and engagement professional with over 10 years experience and complementary credentials in public participation, conflict resolution, project management and communications. He is based in Calgary, Alberta where he has worked on consultations for the Bow to Bluff Initiative, the City of Calgary’s Main Streets project, Thomson Family Park and Edmonton’s Council Initiative for Public Engagement and for the City Charters for Edmonton and Calgary.
Dave is also a skilled digital strategist with experience in customer research and human centred design. Prior to working on public sector projects, Dave served as senior user experience consultant for Thoughtworks, an international information technology consultancy. Dave was also a senior digital strategist for Critical Mass, a digital agency. He has facilitated development of digital strategies for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Planning and Development at the City of Calgary.
Geordie Adams has been a leading voice in the progression of online engagement and consultation in the public sector for well over a decade. As a founder of PubliVate Inc., Geordie has focused on learning, sharing, and advancing all aspects of online engagement. He is a sought after speaker who is passionate about what people can accomplish by working together when given the right structure.
Emily Reisman is a planner with a diverse background including civil engineering, transportation planning and provincial policy planning. She regularly takes on master planning, development approvals and policy development assignments for both public and private sector clients and has been involved in some of the most transformative projects in the GTA including advising the Province on the future of Ontario Place, preparing a new Official Plan for the City of Vaughan, leading a vision and master plan for the former Lakeview Generating Station lands in the City of Mississauga, crafting a new secondary plan for the University of Toronto St. George Campus and the Master Plan for Bridgepoint Health in Toronto. She is currently leading the Growing Up study for the City of Toronto, examining how new multi-unit housing in high-density communities can better accommodate the needs of households with children and youth. A skilled facilitator, Emily focuses on building relationships with stakeholders to enable creative solutions.
Based in Toronto, Sara is the Managing Director of both the Public Affairs and Agency practices at Maru/Matchbox. She leads a versatile team of 15+ consultants who are all passionate about utilizing technology and innovative research solutions to deliver impactful outcomes in each sector. With extensive consultative and research experience, Sara has built lasting client partnerships and thought leadership to establish Public Affairs and Agency as dynamic verticals leveraging the voice of the stakeholder to help clients build their brands.
Hugo is a public participation advisor based in Montréal with more than 18 years of experience in public participation. His professional goal: socially accepted projects! Hugo is passionate about meeting the challenges of fostering better citizen participation in the small and big decisions that are made every day. As a community relations advisor he has led many consultations on planning and implementation of various types of projects (major power lines, electrical substations, refurbishing of hydro plants). He currently works at Hydro-Québec, acting as a senior advisor and trainer in public participation for project managers and the community relations teams. A member of the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec, he holds a Master’s degree in planning and regional development from Laval University and a Bachelor’s in urban planning from UQAM, lending him a broad and applied perspective around the public participation table. Hugo has been an active member of the International Association for Public participation (IAP2) since 2013, and is currently vice-president of IAP2 Canada and president of the bilingual St.Lawrence chapter in Québec and Eastern Ontario.
Mark LaForme is a member of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation. While born and raised in Buffalo New York until the age of 14, Mark spent most of his time on the First Nation territory, a short distance from Buffalo. After high school in Hagersville, Ontario, Mark returned to the United States to enlist in the United States Marine Corps where he served a 3 year term of active duty and was Honorably Discharged with the enlisted rank of Corporal.
After completing his Business Management Studies at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Mark accepted the position of Band Administrator for the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation. This first opportunity to work for his community and deal with First Nations issues was the beginning of an unforeseen but, deeply personal and rewarding path. Mark went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, a Political Territorial Organization in London Ontario, representing 11 southern Ontario First Nations.
Mark then accepted position of Director of Self Government Negotiations with the Indian Commission of Ontario (ICO), based in Toronto. The ICO was established as a tripartite negotiation forum by Orders-in-Council by the governments of Canada and Ontario. The mandate of the ICO was to resolve issues of mutual concern to Canada, Ontario and the First Nations in Ontario.
One of the highlights of Mark’s service at the Indian Commission was the successful negotiation of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Agreement, an agreement establishing the largest First Nation Police Service in Canada. While employed at the ICO, Mark was provided the opportunity to attend Harvard University to become certified as a mediator.
Mark is currently the Director of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Department of Consultation and Accommodation, created in January 2015.