Member Spotlight

April Member Profile: Meet Kelly Rusk

Kelly Rusk has always had the ambition to lead. So when – in her mid-20s – the chance to become IABC Ottawa president emerged, she jumped at it. “The opportunity to lead an organization is not something you usually get so early on in your career,” says Rusk. “It was quite intimidating, and I felt… [Read more]

March Member Profile: Meet Eileen McKeever

Eileen McKeever knows it’s a cliché, but in her case it’s true: No two days are ever the same. That’s because, when you’re working in internal communications, you aren’t just working in one corner of an organization. You’re communicating with an entire company. “I love the interaction and collaboration with our internal clients in trying… [Read more]

February Member Profile: Meet Colleen Gareau

In a world where Snapchat, Facebook Live and Periscope dominate the discussion, it’s easy to get distracted by the latest communication fad. That’s why IABC Ottawa member Colleen Gareau is guided by one thing only: Impact. “There is always the new shiny thing that can seem appealing. We have to gauge how effective that new… [Read more]

January Member Profile: Meet Daniel Séguin

Daniel Séguin has wound his way through some of the biggest communications revolutions during his 30-plus year career. The rise of the personal computer. The invention of the internet. The flourishing of social media. But the Manager, Media and Public Affairs at Hydro Ottawa, has done more than survive. He’s thrived – thanks to his… [Read more]

December Member Profile: Meet Kayla FitzPatrick

  Finding a foothold for your career can be difficult for recent graduates. But following the example of Kayla FitzPatrick – an IABC Ottawa member who has helped build her career with a job she loves, a passion for reading and a commitment to volunteering – is a good place to start. FitzPatrick has gained… [Read more]

November Member Profile: Meet Jennifer Austin

Jennifer Austin is in uncharted territory. For the first time in her career, she holds a position that doesn’t have “communications” or “marketing” in the title. Not that she’s complaining. She now has her dream job: Executive Director-Operations of an international non-governmental organization. But by no means has she forgotten her roots. She says that… [Read more]

October Member Profile: Mathieu Larocque on the value of relationships


Mathieu Larocque believes relationships are at the heart of great communication. Find out how he builds these relationships and the resources he leverages to do so!

Member Profile: Meet Stacey Diffin-Lafleur

I’ve been involved in IABC dating back to (gulp… can I say it?) the early nineties. This was before the internet. Twitter was not even a twinkle in anyone’s eye. We were using email, but we were sending news releases out via over the ‘fax’.   IABC was the place to regularly meet with my… [Read more]

Student Spotlight: Mitch Vandenborn

Mitch Vanderborn Student Spotlight

What’s your background? I’m originally from a small town in southwestern Ontario called Chatham. I moved to Ottawa almost 6 years ago to attend university. What did you study? I studied journalism at Carleton University. The program covers all different aspects of the industry. In this four year program, you study how to write and… [Read more]

Member Profile: Meet Canadian Blood Services, IABC Ottawa’s Largest Corporate Member

Jean-Paul Bédard, VP, Public Affairs, Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services has been involved with IABC for many years. As the recipient of a Gold Quill Award – IABC’s globally recognized awards program for demonstrated excellence in the communications industry – Canadian Blood Services is fully engaged in the IABC and committed to building a strong affiliation with the association. “A lot of… [Read more]