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Richard M. Delaney
Richard’s professional mission is to help people and organizations work effectively. He is driven to uncover conflict, opportunities for growth and inefficiencies, and then to create collaborative spaces where people can work together to solve problems and create excellence. He provides project oversight and technical guidance for all engagement projects and, with almost three decades of engagement experience, is the lead trainer for both International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and D+A engagement capacity-building workshops.
Richard is a life-long learner and career-long teacher. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and holds certificates in National Issues Forum Moderation, Post-Disaster Facilitation and Public Participation. He obtained his Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, in 1994, and a diploma in Forest Management from Sandford Fleming, in 1976. Richard is a licensed IAP2 trainer since 2007; IAP2 faculty member since 2012; Ontario Hospitals Association Governance Centre for Excellence faculty member since 2011. He also co-led the IAP2 Foundations redevelopment team from 2012 to 2014. He is IAP2’s most prolific trainer, providing more than 60% of all Canadian Foundations training.
What’s your favourite engagement tool and why? I like to work with representative processes – groups of people representing the entire stakeholder community who come together for collaboration. Our world is filled with complexity. Helping people to understand these complexities, and then working together to build the credibility of their brand, and to develop durable solutions, is very rewarding. Regardless of what you call them, task teams, advisory committees, panels and juries are made up of passionate, community-minded people who want the best for their constituents. It is truly inspirational to work with them.