“Communications is the single most important skill for C-suite leaders”

This message was loud and clear at IABC Ottawa’s revived Senior Communicator Series breakfast event on June 15. And while maybe you’d expect anyone to say that to a room full of communicators, it was obvious when it came from the mouth of guest speaker Amy Yee, Chief Digital Officer at Health Standards Organization, that she genuinely meant it. It was also obvious that she both excelled with and benefited from her own strong communications skills.

The lively discussion of 15 senior communicators revolved around the themes of leadership communication, digital transformation and the issue of how to elevate communicators to have a seat at the leadership table.

Amy spoke about her evolution from electrical engineering, to venture capitalist, to digital strategist and now C-Suite executive who is overseeing digital transformation, as well as IT & infrastructure, digital platforms and marketing & communications groups at Health Standards Organization.   

Successful digital transformation relies heavily on communication, both externally and internally.  Corporate intranets and the importance of communicating the value of your internal digital tools to your team is critical to facilitate and champion change in any size organization. The group agreed that communicators play a critical role in both planning and executing these types of tools as well as communicating the value and ensuring teams adopt them.

The hour and a half event flew by—there was no shortage of questions or comments for the speaker or the group—it’s clear that digital transformation and the communications connection to the C-suite is an important topic for senior communicators today.

Senior communicator events are small intimate gatherings with an expert guest facilitator. If you’re interested in attending a future event or have a topic/facilitator suggestion, please contact Kelly Rusk at krusk@banfield.agency

 

 

Join us at our Season Closer on June 26!

Celebrate IABC Ottawa’s Communicators at our End-of-Season Event!

Join us on June 26th for a night of celebrations as we bring our season to a close and celebrate Ottawa’s communications, marketing, and creative professionals!

Our annual season closer is a fun social event to thank volunteers and provide a networking opportunity for our community. During the awards ceremony we will recognize outstanding member, volunteer and community contributions and achievements!

Canapes, a photobooth, and a draw for some fantastic prizes are also in store!

When: June 26, 5:30-8:30 pm

Where: 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks Street

Agenda:

5:30 p.m. – Arrive & networking

6:00 p.m. – IABC AGM: Year in review, Voting and Awards

7:00 p.m. – Networking, Photos, Snacks & Draw for Prizes

Get your ticket to join us! 

 

Special Interest Group: Including Wellness in the Communications Practice

Physical and mental health play a significant role in our success. The pressures created by the speed of current information flow, the 24/7 “on” cycle with social media, smart phones, work email – we are accountable for the flow, for ensuring that issues are managed and crises averted. This is a lot to be responsible for. How do you manage your practice in a sustainable way respecting your own general wellness? Is there something you do to be well that others can learn from? Would you like to hear what others do that works well for them? This session is designed to discuss wellness specifically for the communications professional and to talk about the challenges we all face. The goal is to discuss solutions to problems that may be more common than you think. You will walk away knowing that you are not alone in this and that there are resources to help you thrive on the job.

When: Monday, 25 June 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) | 979 Bank Street | #400

This is a free member event! 

Save your spot now! 

About Special Interest Groups:
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are IABC-member only events that provide an informal opportunity to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers in an area of particular interest and relevance.SIGs are moderated by a subject matter expert, and are a great space to ask questions, or gain insights into a specific topic. Interested in suggesting a SIG topic or hosting one? Contact membership@ottawa.iabc.com.

How to Execute a Stellar Government Relations Strategy: GR for Comms Pros

Communications professionals are often described as the “wearers of many hats.” Our expertise spans content creation, media relations, social media, and strategy to name just a few specialties. The plans and strategies we develop for our organizations often are multi-faceted and are designed to reach our key audiences, but few of us have formal training in how to reach one key audience – government stakeholders!

On June 12, we will bring together communications professionals in the National Capital Region to discuss how to build and execute stellar government relations strategies. This timely event will follow the Ontario election and look forward to the 2018 Municipal election and 2019 Federal election. Get your tickets now! 

Panel:

Who should go:

  • Communication professionals who work on small teams or are sole communicators;
  • Communications and PR Consultants who work in the Government Relations world at the request of their clients;
  • Students who would like to branch out and develop their skillsets in Government Relations; and
  • Any communicator looking to bolster their current skillset!

DETAILS
When: Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 PM
Where: Lowertown Brewery
Tickets:

  • Early-bird Member (until June 8): $25.00
  • Early-bird (until June 8): $30.00
  • Member: $35.00
  • Regular: $40.00
  • Student Member: $15.00
  • Student: $25.00

Get your tickets!

 

 

Special Interest Group for Small Communication Teams

Are you a sole-communicator, or on a team of five communicators or less? Our members are working in Ottawa’s many associations, non-profits and small organizations and face similar challenges in terms of resourcing with small communications teams.

This event is all about building connections and conversations over coffee. The discussion will be led by by Kaleigh Maclaren, Sr. Manager Communications at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and IABC Ottawa President, and will focus on the challenges that sole and small team communicators face within their organizations. This is your opporutnity to share your wealth of knowlege, learn and create connections with the IABC Ottawa member community.

Details

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Where: Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar (1073 Bank Street)

Please note Special Interest Groups are for IABC Members only.