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Featured Member: Laura Dockstader

Meet this month's featured Member Laura Dockstader.

Where do you work? What is your role, including responsibilities and projects? 

I am the Coordinator, Communication and Public Affairs, St. Joseph’s Health Care London. I manage a team of 10 staff at present, which supports the following services: corporate communication and public relations, conference services, clinical photography/videography/AV services.

How long have you been an IABC member? 

Since 1998, when I started as a Student Liaison to the Fanshawe program.

In your opinion, what are the benefits of being an IABC member? What resources offered by IABC have you taken advantage of? 

I attend professional development events with my local chapter that support the work I do each day. I participate in the Virtuoso Awards program as well, both as an entrant and a judge. I also participate in the LinkedIn group for IABC International and access webinars, for example, for professional development.

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Black Friday Special - Trends and Technologies in Communication with Carmi Levy

No Lines. No Crowds. No Waiting & Guaranteed Parking Spot - Spend Black Friday with IABC London and special guest presenter Carmi Levy! Carmi will present an interactive talk on current trends and technologies, how they will affect your communication work, and how you can stay ahead of the game in your career. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and even some demonstration of the latest tools. This talk will pack way more than any trip to the mall!

Carmi Levy is a London, Ontario-based independent technology analyst and journalist. He regularly writes for Yahoo! Canada Finance and the Toronto Star, and is often quoted on technology’s impact on business and culture. He contributes to a weekly segment, Clicked In, on CTV News Channel, and comments regularly for CTV (including the National News and Canada AM), Business News Network, CBC Radio and Television, the Canadian Press, and the Globe and Mail, among others. He also contributes to a growing list of radio stations, including Toronto’s Newstalk 1010, Montreal’s CJAD 800 and London’s CJBK 1290, as their in-house tech resource.

The doors open at 7:30 am, but the speaker’s presentation starts at 9. A light breakfast will be served.

Learn more at our events page here. Registration closes on Wednesday, November 23rd at 3 pm.

When: Friday November 25th, 2016
Where: Western Continuing Studies, Citi Plaza, 355 Wellington Street
Tickets: $35 for Non-Members, $20 for Members, $15 for Students

When PR Get Frightening: Crisis Communication - Event Highlights

By: Adina  Chirita

Our second event of the 2016-2017 professional development season took place on October 28 at the Aroma Restaurant in London. Named “When PR Gets Frightening: Crisis Communications”, the event featured a panel of three seasoned communications professionals and revealed how each of them is handling a PR crisis.

The first member of the panel was the London Police Service’s Media Relations Officer, Constable Sandasha Bough. As a police officer, she actively manages London Police’s relations with the media, has a very strong presence on social media and is constantly engaged with the local community.

The second member of the panel was the Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Mary Gillet. Out of her thirty-six -year career at LHSC, Mary has spent twenty years in Corporate Communications. Under her leadership, the Communications staff at LHSC have won over fifty-two Public Relations Awards.

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 Member News

Member-only Event: The Gift Of Communication

IABC London, along with the Public Relations and Corporate Communications class at Fanshawe College, are holding The Gift of Communication, which will take place on Thursday, December 1st.

The Gift of Communication is an exclusive IABC members-only event where we connect communication experts with non-profit organizations within the community of London, in an effort to help those organizations with limited resources achieve their communications goals.

If you decide to attend, you will be partnered with a representative from a local non-profit organization and work with them for approximately 1-1 ½ hours on a communication challenge their organization is facing.

This event is extremely valuable to participating organizations because it helps them further their goals in the challenging non-profit sector. For IABC-London’s Members, this is an opportunity to give back to the non-profit community.

The event will be held at Fanshawe College on Thursday, December 1st, in room Z2009 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Parking will be available free of charge. Refreshments and networking will take place prior to the main portion of the event, which will begin at 5:30 pm.

To confirm your participation in this event or if you have any questions, please email 

What:  IABC London Presents: The Gift of Communication
Where:  Fanshawe College, Room Z2009, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd., London, ON
When:  Thursday, December 1st, between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Have You Heard About Our Job Board?

If you're looking to reach a qualified group of communications professionals, consider posting a job on our Job Board. 

With an average click-through rate of 26%, our targeted e-blasts are the most effective way to get your posting into hundreds of inboxes. 

Being an IABC member has its perks! A discounted price of $130 will put your posting in front of the people you want. It also includes features on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. 

Here are our current job postings:

Sales and Promotions Coordinator – Ivey Publishing
Media Relations Officer – Western University

For more information on how to post a job with IABC London visit our website here or contact Cassie Caranci, IABC London Job Board Liaison, at
About Connect

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