SEPTEMBER 2016
Expand Your Mind
A Message from IABC London President Jo Ann Johnston

September is the new January. Or, at least, that’s how it feels to me.

In September, students head back to school, days get shorter and the weather starts to change. Most of us are back at work and summer vacation is already a distant memory.

September also marks the beginning for the 2016/17 IABC London board and kicks off our professional development events calendar. (In case the start of the new football season isn’t your thing.)

We’ve assembled a talented team of dedicated volunteers this year who will build upon:

  • Record membership growth
  • Strong student evolvement
  • A solid financial position
  • A history of community support
  • Our popular local awards program
  • Sold out PD events

This year, IABC London is committed to supporting the professional development of our members with a greater emphasis on member‐only events. Stay tuned.

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Are You IN? Professional Development Event Season Starts September 20

"Innovation is creativity and really stepping outside and being bold, about new ways... and being around incredible people who want to see innovation happen." ~ Michelle Baldwin

Whether we work in the corporate, education or fundraising worlds, innovation and collaboration are two words we hear quite frequently. With limited resources, how do we stay at the forefront with our career and personal aspirations? How can we be great leaders in our business, and our community?

IABC London is excited to kick off the 2016-2017 professional development season with an event that is all about innovation! Join us on Tuesday, September 20, at Innovation Works with special guest presenter Michelle Baldwin. She will share behind-the scenes insights into the centre’s successful launch, fundraising strategy, branding and marketing and what role it is playing in positioning London as a leader in innovation. Food will be catered by Winks Eatery, and a tour of the newly renovated building will also be provided.

Register now here

This is just the beginning of a season of events that aim to meet your interests in education, networking and celebration with your fellow members. Stay tuned for more information!

Best of Show Webinar Series

The Best of Show webinar series is a global virtual learning experience that takes some of the most highly rated sessions from the World Conference and brings them directly to communication professionals.

Each of these session aligns with IABC’s focus on life-long learning, and is matched to IABC’s Global Standard and career paths, giving participants the opportunity to map their learning and career.

Participants have a chance to preview the kind of high-quality learning they can expect at the 2017 World Conference in Washington, D.C.

You’ll have the chance to participate in five outstanding webinar sessions. The elite among IABC conference presenters are prepared to share their new ideas, best practices and innovative thinking with a global audience of thousands.

Click here for a list of speakers and more information.

Western Continuing Studies Networking Event GET+TOGETHER

When: Thursday, October 20 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: Citi Plaza 355 Wellington Street, Unit 240

Is your organization or company looking to hire a communications professional? Join Western University's soon-to-be PR and Marketing professionals for some breakfast networking! This event provides an opportunity for our students to get candid advice and guidance from accomplished professionals like yourself before engaging in their practicum interview process, internships, and future careers.

What's in it for you?

  • An opportunity to provide informal, on-the-spot mentoring for up-and-coming communications professionals;
  • A chance to evaluate soon-to-be graduates before formal practicum interviews, or for future hiring needs;
  • Opportunity to promote your organization to 20 young professionals;
  • It's free to attend!

If interested, please RSVP before October 14 online or by calling Chris Thompson at 519-661-3658. 

 Member News

We Want Your Input - Take Our Member Survey

The Board of Directors of IABC London greatly values the input of the Chapter’s members, so we’d like to ask you a few questions. Your insights will help us make the 2016-2017 season the best it can be - with professional development events tailored to your educational and connecting goals, engaging presenters who speak to your interests, and communication that reaches you when and how you need it.

Please take our short survey here and help shape the year ahead. 

Current Job Postings

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Why not check out the benefits of placing a job posting with IABC London?

You can reach hundreds of qualified communication professionals through our targeted email blast. In addition, your job posting will reach an even larger audience through our IABC website and social media channels. You’ll see your job featured on our LinkedIn Page, our Chapter’s Facebook Page and sent out to the Twitter followers of @iabclondon.

MEMBER PRICING: Only $130 per listing

Current Job Postings include:

Communications Associate – Lawson Health Research Institute

Operations Manager – Lashbrook Marketing & PR

Art Director – Lashbrook Marketing & PR

For more information on these positions and how to post a job, click here .

Did You Know?

October is Member Month at IABC!

It pays to be a member. New, renewing and referring members this month get big benefits. 

  • 10% Discount on international dues for new and renewing members
  • We’ll be giving away 4 x $500 Amazon Gift Cards, two for renewing members and two for new members
  • For every new or reinstating member that a member refers (who lists the member as their referral source), the referring member will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card.  There’s no limit – refer one member, get one gift card.  Refer ten members, get ten gift cards!

Click here to join or learn more.

We're On LinkedIn!

Please  follow us to learn what's new at IABC-London, to find information about our coming events and existing job opportunities in London and area.

Also, you are more than welcome to showcase your IABC-London Membership and/or volunteering experience by adding  IABC London to the "Organizations" and/or "Volunteer" sections of your personal LinkedIn profile.
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