April 2019
Your latest IABC News!
Be in the room! Ruby Jubilee tickets now on sale

The time has finally arrived! Get your tickets now for the IABC London’s most anticipated event of the year – the Ruby Jubilee on Thursday, June 6, 2019 !

Celebrating 40 years of positive impact in the communications world and a future of inspiring young communicators at IABC London, this exciting event will bring London’s top communications professionals, community leaders and students together for an evening of laughter, networking and recognizing excellence.

The evening starts with a reception with enough appetizers to call it dinner, followed by the program featuring a special look back at the last 40 years with a video retrospective and some special guests who played a key role in the creation and development of IABC London. Learn more
Thank you for your feedback: Update on our ‘purposeful pause’ of the Virtuoso Awards

Over the past few months, IABC London engaged you - our valued stakeholders – in a conversation on awards programming as we take a ‘purposeful pause’ on our Virtuoso Awards.

The Virtuoso Awards Review Committee wants to thank each and every one of you who provided feedback through our digital survey, Think Tank event and one-on-one conversations. Through the input we’ve received, one thing is clear: There is no shortage of talented communicators in London and area who deserve to be recognized for their strategic and creative work.

In addition to stakeholder engagement and feedback, we conducted a peer review with a focus on awards programming offered by fellow IABC chapters in Canada and a historical analysis of our Virtuoso Awards program. With the help of you and our peers, we have gained valuable insight that will guide us as we work towards an awards program that meets your needs. Learn more .
It’s not too late to recognize an Outstanding Communicator

What makes an outstanding communicator?

Outstanding communicators elevate the profession by demonstrating excellence in communications themselves and by supporting the communications function in their organization. They inspire communicators at all levels and yield their skill to make a lasting impact in their community. They are people like David Bilson, CEO of rTraction and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Communicator Award.

"Last year I was grateful to receive the Outstanding Communicator Award from IABC London,” says Bilson. "In the day to day chaos that is the communication world, it's important to stop and reflect on the impact of our words. The award was an opportunity to be reminded of the importance how we use communication to build better teams and ultimately better communities." Learn more.
When media releases and tweets don’t do the trick
Think big “C” communications to build credit in your service’s goodwill account

Written by Roxanne Beaubien

I was at a party a while back and someone asked what I do. “I’m in corporate communications and media relations with the police service,” I responded. 

The reaction? “Oh, so you lie for the police.”

Well, ah, no. Most times, I quip back to that type of comment with, “I tell the truth in the most favourable light” with a laugh. But this time, it really got me thinking about how misunderstood the work of corporate communications professionals is and the value they add to policing service.

So what exactly is corporate communications? While it incorporates media relations and social media, it is so much more than press releases, talking to reporters and tweeting. If your organization is only focused on media relations and social media, you need to ask if you are missing the mark? Learn more .
IABC Students Reloaded: An Event Recap

Written by Stephanie Stimac

After having to reschedule it last month due to inclement weather, IABC London hosted IABC Hearts Students Reloaded – Connect and Learn about Video Best Practices on Tuesday, March 5, at Western Continuing Studies. At the event aimed at bringing together local students and communication professionals, attendees enjoyed an evening of networking and information, while snacking on sandwiches and refreshments.
From 6 pm to 7:30 pm, guest speakers Scott May, Communications Consultant with Western University and Melissa Cheater, Digital Strategist with the Communications & Public Affairs Department of Western University shared video best practices and industry trends. Learn more .
Don't wait to get your ticket!

There's still time to register for our next Professional Development event:  Diversity & Inclusion - Journey Beyond Demographics .

Join us on April 30, 2019 at Goodwill Industries to learn from our experts about what it means for an organization to be truly diverse. Go from best intentions to actualized practice and make you a shining example of best practice in your industry, with a competitive advantage that will be enviable.

For members: to access the member's ticket price, use your IABC member number as your promotional code.
March 2019 - A Real Member Month
March was truly a Member Month for IABC London, as we saw a whopping 23 per cent membership growth between the end of February and the beginning of April. According to a report by IABC International, at the end of March, IABC London was the medium-sized Chapter with the second highest growth rate in the world !

Welcome to our newest Professional Members!
  • Melissa Beilhartz
  • Michelle Paonessa
  • Peggy Van Mierlo-West
  • Shannon Wise
  • Rachelle Wood
  • Anna Tavener

Welcome to our newest Student Members!
  • Shubham Anand
  • Nicole Bigos
  • Alexandra Bolton
  • Kenzie Bonnett
  • Anish Chaudhary
  • Vanessa Culbert
  • Satija Deepshikha
  • Yasmine Didi
  • Mahak Dutta
  • Forem Gandhi
  • Maria Gondola
  • Jaycey-Lynn Graham
  • Colleen Gyori
  • Jayant Harjai
  • Thomas Herbert
  • Alyssa Hoekstra
  • Sayali Kamat
  • Sarah Keays
  • Sahil Khanna
  • Kelsey King
  • Jenna Laurin
  • Jessica Lin
  • Ashford Moraes
  • Veronika Navrotska
  • Prachi Pandya
  • Dhaval Parmar
  • Chantal Quagliara
  • Hritvik     Sathla
  • Akanksha Singh
  • Nipun Taneja

Thank you to the following Members who have recently renewed their Membership!
  • Andria Allen-Appeldoorn
  • Jane Antoniak
  • Olivia Griggs
  • Meredith Hogan
  • Teresa Hollingsworth
  • Jo Ann Johnston
  • Scott May
  • Anthea Rowe, SCMP
  • Laura Thorne

Congratulations to the following Members with a recent or upcoming Membership anniversary!
  • Angela Abdallah
  • Andria Allen-Appeldoorn
  • Jane Antoniak
  • Alicia Baertsoen
  • Victoria Bright
  • Adina Chirita
  • Sandra Coulson
  • Robert De Medeiros
  • Trevor DeHaan
  • Vanessa Dolishny
  • Laura Goncalves
  • Richard Hoffman
  • Meredith Hogan
  • Teresa Hollingsworth
  • Michael Janisse
  • Jo Ann Johnston
  • Andrew Kaszowski
  • Laurie Lashbrook
  • Jennifer MacRae
  • Krysta Markham
  • Keith Marnoch
  • Leanne McNaughton
  • Jordan Murray
  • Julia Quinton Oosterman
  • James Paul
  • Allison Pirani
  • Marian Redford
  • Sarah Robinson
  • Anthea Rowe, SCMP
  • Shannon Sasseville
  • Liisa Sheldrick
  • Andrea Stass
  • Jacqueline Sullivan
  • Rochelle Tenhaaf
  • Laura Thorne
  • Jay vanKlinken
  • Janis Wallace
  • Jackie Westelaken
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 iabclondonjobboard@gmail.com.
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