Member Spotlight

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]

Member Profile: Export Development Canada’s team advantage

By: Rebecca Ford It’s simple, really. Becoming a member of IABC Ottawa makes perfect sense. Just ask Cressida Barnabe, Senior Advisor at Export Development Canada (EDC). A member since graduating from her Public Relations program at Algonquin College in 1997, Cressida has had the opportunity to take courses, connect and maintain valuable relationships with communicators… [Read more]

Member Profile: The Royal Canadian Mint and the benefits of corporate membership

By: Rebecca Ford For Christine Aquino, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Royal Canadian  Mint, the choice to enroll seven members of her team this fall in the IABC corporate membership program was an easy one. “There just seems to be a lot of opportunity to network within the organization and learn,” she… [Read more]

Member Profile: Kris Mausser

By Kina Leclair During the dot-com boom, Kris Mausser was one of the first to realize that not only is it necessary to create online content, but it is imperative that we make the content matter. During the last years of the 20th century, Kris saw opportunities where others did not. “It was a long… [Read more]

Member Profile: The Globe and Mail features IABC Ottawa’s very own Member Caroline Kealey on her Entrepreneurial Success

Caroline Kealey

“In January, 2001, Caroline Kealey got what she thought was a dream job. She was hired by Nortel Networks Corp. to work as a senior communications strategist. She doubled her previous job’s salary and, she says, she “was giddy with excitement” to work at the company.” Click here to read the full article

Member Profile: bv02′s CEO and lead strategist, Andrew Milne, shares why IABC sponsorship is important

By Kina Leclair Andrew Milne, CEO and lead strategist of bv02, may be one of the most dynamic and strategic people you come across. He is a connector. He has the ability to identify business problems and large solutions that combine creativity and technology. He’s also a believer in a strong team. “I have the… [Read more]