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Message from IABC London President Katrina Fortner


Welcome to the 2015-2016­ year of IABC London!  It's hard to believe it's already time for a new season of connecting, sharing and learning.  With a diverse board of directors at the helm, I'm thrilled to see the depth and breadth of our local communicators' experience represented ­­ and even more, that dozens of you are willing to lend your time and talent to strengthen the communications industry in London region.
 
Our local chapter is only as strong as its members and supporters, and I'm grateful to each and every person who chooses to spend their time with IABC.  A very special thank ­you goes to Matt Quin, who led the chapter last year and whose expertise guided the team through a very busy season. There's a great year ahead with some exciting announcements on the horizon (stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for the latest news about IABC London!), but the best is yet to come when we have the chance to meet you. 
 
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Certification program kicks off, adds Toronto exam dates

Submitted by: Kris Dundas, ABC

The communications profession welcomed its first five Communication Management Professionals (CMPs) following the exam at the IABC World Conference in June. Among them were 3 Canadians Priya Bates, ABC, MC, CMP (IABC Toronto), Fraser Tingle, CMP (IABC Calgary) and Rachel Wong, CMP (IABC/BC).
 
Could you be next?

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) has announced 11 new exam locations around the world, including October 17, 2015 in Toronto and April 2016 in Toronto (exact date to be announced).
 
The Communications Management Professional is the first of four new professional designations to be rolled out through the Global Communication Certification Council. This council is comprised of professionals from around the world, representing many different professional communications organizations, including IABC.  
   
 
 Embracing the Mobile Revolution in Employee Communications

Millennials are representing more and more of today's workforce and with them comes new expectations of technology and communication in the workplace.  However, are our employee communications shifting along with them?

According to Jeff Corbin, CEO of KCSA and APPrise Mobile, the answer is no.  In the latest episode of CW Live, Natasha Nicholson talks with Corbin about the results of the  2015 Mobile Trends in the Workplace study and what they reveal about employee engagement and communication today.

A significant trend that the results show, Corbin shares, is the impact millennials are starting to have on employee communication. He says that there is somewhat of a disconnect happening right now in organizations: Millennials want instant, easy-to-access communication and content, but their employers are still predominately relying on older forms of communication. 

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Creating Culture Through Authentic Leadership

By Jacqueline Farrington, CW Magazine
 
Over the past few years, study after study has shown the value of "authenticity" and "authentic leadership" in achieving business goals. Greater authenticity correlates with a more positive culture and greater team satisfaction, which in turn correlates with business success.  It may seem like a simple equation, but putting it into practice is anything but.  Part of the role of the coach or communication consultant is to help our clients navigate the complexities of authenticity.
 
At the most basic level, authenticity is the ability to "be yourself."  Again, that seems simple, but the reality of crafting a consistent identity presents quite a few challenges.  Recent research shows that, depending on context, we make different decisions about what part of our "authentic self" to reveal. 
 
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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.