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Drop The Sugar

By Matt Quin


How are your New Year's resolutions going?  Have you cut out all refined sugar?  Stopped binge watching Friends episodes on Netflix?  Are you feeling that your list is filled with things not to do? To give you some balance, I have a little something for you to do - sharing your news and announcements with IABC London.

In the last few months you may have noticed the fantastic profiles and announcements being shared through Facebook and Twitter, and on the IABC websiteOrganizations throughout London and the region are winning awards, securing prominent new contracts and adding renowned team members to their roster - we want to hear about it.We want to share this news and reinforce that London is a world-leader in the communications industry.

Just this week, local companies Digital Echidna and ResIM were announced as Fanshawe College's choice for a web rebuild and adHOME Creative Inc.was named as a finalist for the London Business Achievement awards

So, in-between bites of celery while learning to quilt, send your news and announcements to IABC London Communications team.



Member Celebration: December

IABC is recognized as the professional association of choice for communicators who aspire to excel in their chosen fields.  Our members represent a diverse range of professional experience, educational background and fields of expertise. 

Each member contributes to our community, offering support and working to elevate our profession. We sincerely appreciate your commitment to IABC!


Welcome to new members who joined IABC London:

Kathryn Burrill, Sarah Emms


Thank you to members who renewed their IABC membership:

Anne Baxter, Fred DeVries, Michele Martin, 

Mary-Ellen Willard


Congratulations to the following members with a recent membership anniversary*:

Elena Aggelopoulus - 19 years

Keith Brooks - 17 years

Fred DeVries - 12 years

Laura Dockstader - 17 years

Angela Foresi - 9 years

Michele Martin - 10 years

Andrew Tompsett - 4 years

*2+ years IABC membership




Stripped Down PR


When: January 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm


Where: Jim Bob Ray's


Tickets: $20 Students | $25 Members | $35 Non-members



RSVP is required by 3pm on Monday, January 19th.



What if you could ask the industry pros anything you wanted? What would it be? Now is your chance!


Join us at Jim Bob Ray's on January 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm for this one-of-a-kind event. A panel of seasoned marketing and communications experts will answer all of your burning questions.  Whether it's lessons learned, recommended skills or information about a day in the life of a PR professional, this "ask me anything" event is the perfect opportunity to ask the pros the questions you've always had on your mind!

You'll receive tips, tricks and honest advice from:


JoAnn Robinson

ON Communication

Marek Kubow

Communications Consultant, London Health Sciences Centre

Sonya Gilpin

Marketing Communications Specialist, 3M


We hope to see you there! Register online 



Influencing Behaviour and Achieving Results Through Strategic Communications


By Laura Tyrrell


For over ten years, Scott May has worked at Western University as Campus Communications Consultant.  He is a member of the Media Relations team, part of the External Department at Western.


A good deal of May's day-to-day efforts are directed towards strategic communications and dealing with the internal campus communities. For example, he recently supported Human Resources in communicating about a staff awards program and Information Technology Services in communicating wide changes in student email services.


"The exciting aspect of my role is that I also have the opportunity to serve as a member of our dynamic social media team and provide video support to highlight the exciting work done by world-class researchers at Western," says May.


May admittedly has a "soft spot" for working in large organizations, having worked in health care and then moving to Western. "I love both the complexities and potential power for change that come from large groups of people working together to achieve great things." 


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Connect is the monthly newsletter of IABC London.
Feedback and news ideas are always welcome. Please contact Jamie Gill (jamiegill4@gmail.com).

Editor: Mary-Ellen Willard, maryellen@adHOMEcreative.com

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IABC London is a chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. We are a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that fosters business communication excellence in southwestern Ontario by providing professional development, recognition, accreditation and networking opportunities through a local, national and international network of communications professionals.