March 2019
Your latest IABC News!
March is Member Month!
In today's fast changing world, professional communicators need to stay sharp. IABC has the insights to keep them current.

As an experienced communicator, you are expected to get results, even though your resources are often times limited. IABC has the tools to help you deliver.

As a communication student, IABC can help you find mentors and tap into a global network of peers for answers to pressing questions - both through The Hub, IABC International's closed professional online community, and your local chapter's events. Learn more
Help Us Recognize You: Share Your Opinions at the Virtuoso Awards Think Tank

Do you love strutting your stuff after winning a Virtuoso Award? Do you prefer to reach for the stars on the national stage? Do you have too much work and too little time to submit an entry? Do you wish you had five minutes with one of your past judges? We need to know!

IABC London needs your feedback to help us inform the future direction of our Virtuoso Awards. Join your fellow communicators, including past award winners and losers, in a no-holds barred facilitated think tank to guide your chapter on how to best serve your awards and recognition needs.

Virtuoso Awards Think Tank
Tuesday, March 19
Socialize with refreshments and snacks at 5 pm 
Think Tank starts at 5:30 pm  sharp  (until 7:30) 
Innovation Works, 201 King Street, London, ON
Street parking and paid lots are available

Communicators are never short of opinions and we want yours! In exchange for your unfiltered opinion, one attendee will win a ticket to IABC London’s Ruby Jubilee on June 6. Register now .
You know an Outstanding Communicator. Nominate them today!

The London and area community is home to many outstanding communicators. It’s for this reason that IABC London is proud to launch nominations for the Outstanding Communicator Award .

Now in its third year, the Outstanding Communicator Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies excellence in communications and demonstrates strong commitment to the profession. Whether involved in the private, public or not-for-profit sector, the recipient of this award will have made significant contributions to the field of business communications.  Learn more.
Post-event recap and reflection: How “Getting Things Done” helped me manage stress and changed my life
by Alicia Baertsoen, IABC Community Liaison and Andrew Kaszowski, IABC London Chapter President

At IABC London’s February event, Chapter President, Andrew Kaszowski, and Professional Development Director, Kerri Loudoun did just that. The event, held at Innovation Works on February 19, featured the duo sharing their own mental health journeys with attendees. The field of communications and public relations is often fast-paced and dead-line driven, making top ten lists for one of the most stressful professions. The event gave Londoners in the field an opportunity to gain valuable tools and insights into managing stress, anxieties, and self-advocacy.

IABC welcomed David Small from the Canadian Mental Health Association as the guest speaker. Small highlighted the importance of creating workplaces where employees can be comfortable opening-up about their mental health. Kaszowski could not agree more, and notes the progress he’s made by sharing his own story. Learn more .
London’s Gaurav Ghose Wins Bronze in Global Internal Communications Contest
Written by Leo Aul, Sponsorship Liaison

In November 2018, two organizations known as Contact Monkey and Changing The Terms created an essay case competition known as “The Gorilla Games” . This competition invited communicators from across the globe to think creatively and strategically to solve internal communications issues. Each contestant had the opportunity to submit their essay solutions to one or more of the scenarios given.

In January, the winners of the contest were announced with London’s own Gaurav Ghose winning bronze for his essay on how to improve workplace safety when there is increased employee absences due to the flu. As an IABC London member, Gaurav joined this competition because he saw the opportunity as a chance to “make a mark in this market”. He first discovered this opportunity through his connections and choice of followers on LinkedIn which included Mike Klein from Changing The Terms who shared the contest. Learn more.
Are you a communications-savvy Western student? We have an award for you!

Western University is home to many students who will go on to become leaders in the field of corporate communications and public relations. Are you one of those future leaders?

The IABC London Award recognizes a Western University student who demonstrates aptitude and interest in corporate communications and public relations. Presented annually, it is open to Western students registered in the Public Relations diploma program offered through Continuing Studies and those registered in communications-related courses in the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Information & Media Studies and Social Science; Continuing Studies; and Ivey Business School. Learn more .
Member Celebration - February - March 2019

Welcome to our newest Members!
  • Laura Duffy
  • Trevor McFadyen

Thank you to the following Members who have recently renewed their Membership!
  • Elena Aggelopoulos  
  • Victoria Bright 
  • Keith Brooks 
  • Adina Chirita
  • Kristine Dundas
  • Laura Goncalves
  • Andrew Kaszowski
  • Marek Kubow
  • Richelle Lowry
  • Julia Quinton Oosterman
  • Shannon Sasseville
  • Rochelle Tenhaaf

Congratulations to the following Members with a recent or upcoming Membership anniversary!
  • Laurie Lashbrook - 31 years
  • Angela Abdallah - 27 years
  • Teresa Hollingsworth - 26 years
  • Kristine Dundas - 22 years
  • Keith Marnoch - 20 years
  • Jo Ann Johnston - 16 years
  • Andrew Kaszowski - 14 years
  • Jennifer MacRae - 14 years
  • Anne Baxter - 13 years
  • Adina Chirita - 13 years
  • Liisa Sheldrick - 13 years
  • Sandra Coulson - 12 years
  • Jackie Westelaken - 12 years
  • Marek Kubow - 11 years
  • Laura Goncalves - 10 years
  • Richard Hoffman - 10 years
  • Sarah Robinson - 9 years
  • Shannon Sasseville - 9 years
  • Jane Antoniak - 6 years
  • Krysta Markham - 6 years
  • Marian Redford - 6 years
  • Adam Nyp - 5 years
  • Andrea Stass - 4 years
  • Greg Howard - 3 years
  • Leanne McNaughton - 3 years
  • Jay van Klinken - 3 years
  • Colleen Aguilar - 2 years
  • Lynn Marentette - 2 years
  • Jenna Ujiye - 1 year
  • Rochelle Tenhaaf - 1 year
  • Andria Allen-Appeldoorn - 1 year
  • Lauren Bus - 1 year
  • Michael Janisse - 1 year
  • Allison Pirani - 1 year
  • James Paul - 1 year
  • Robert De Medeiros - 1 year
Save the date!
Our next Professional Development event  Diversity & Inclusion - Journey Beyond Demographics , is taking place on April 30, 2019. We'll hear from a panel of experts about what D&I looks like in 2019, ways to develop an inclusion strategy and more.  The workforce isn't homogeneous, and your business can't be anymore either.   
Keep an eye on our socials and our website, for all the details including event time, ticket prices and location. 
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
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