May 2019
Your latest IABC News!
Turning 40 IS a laughing matter!
Healing humour in the spotlight at the Ruby Jubilee 

Comedy with a rejuvenating purpose.

For Susan Stewart, humour is a healing salve for those of us in the high-stress, demanding profession of communications and public relations.

“There are so many healing aspects of laugher. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually; the act of laughter is healing itself,” says the Toronto-based comedian. “The goal is to infuse the humour with messages that help people foster better health by seeing the lighter side of life.”

On June 6, 2019, Susan will share her witty philosophy about how to approach life during a keynote performance at the IABC London chapter’s Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating 40 years of Impact and Inspiration . Learn more.
Announcing the finalists for the 2019 Outstanding Communicator Award

IABC London is pleased to announce two qualified finalists for the 2019 Outstanding Communicator Award .

The IABC London Outstanding Communicator Award recognizes a leader who exemplifies excellence in communications and demonstrates strong commitment to the profession. Nominations are submitted to IABC London where a panel of senior communicators evaluates them against pre-established criteria, including the use of communications to achieve business results and demonstrated leadership inside or outside of the nominee’s organization. Learn more.  
The Marketing Department and why communication is the key to London’s greatness

What is it that makes London one of the most exciting cities in Ontario for business?

David Cliche says, as CEO and President of The Marketing Department, that communication is what has elevated London far beyond what one would expect for a city of this size in the world of business and communications.

“London is unique in that, you have a smaller overall community, but that community works and performs to such a high level. We play with the big boys, and we win.”
David and his company know what it means to be a part of London’s success in the business communications realm. The Marketing Department (TMD) is a strategic marketing and communications firm headquartered here in London. Focused on developing strong client relationships, TMD works with clients to identify and achieve business, marketing, and communications goals through passion, dedication, and creativity. Learn more .
Empowering London leaders to drive inclusion 
By Alicia Baertsoen

In our rapidly changing employment landscape, employee retention requires more than flexible work hours and additional vacation. At IABC’s latest event, Diversity and Inclusion: Journey Beyond Demographics – which took place on Tuesday, April 30 – workplace leaders across the city came together to learn how to create a culture of belonging.

The event was held at Goodwill Industries Headquarters in London, Ontario, and featured a panel of experts in diversity and inclusion. Immigration to London continues to rise. As the fifth-fastest growing city in the country, London’s population is not expected to plateau. Panelist Saleha Khan, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with the City of London, noted the country’s largest immigrant communities are from Syria, India and China. This wave of immigration brings cultural backgrounds that differ from European immigrant culture back in the 1920s. As communication leaders, there is an expectation to understand and best serve all cultural backgrounds. Learn more .
Are you ready? Let’s put London communicators on the national stage

The 2019 call for entries is now open for IABC Canada’s national awards program, Silver Leaf. Over the course of the next two months, professional communicators from across the country are invited to submit the best of their work for evaluation and have the chance for national recognition through the prestigious Silver Leaf awards.

“While IABC London is taking a purposeful pause on the Virtuoso Awards this year, I know our members have accomplished leading edge work in our field,” says Andrew Kaszowski, IABC London President. “IABC London is known for its talented communicators. I invite all of you to showcase your work to the rest of Canada by earning Silver Leaf recognition.” Learn more .
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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