Chief Charles Bordeleau named 2015 Communicator of the Year by IABC Ottawa

Ottawa — Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau has been named Communicator of the Year, a prestigious award chosen by an expert panel from the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Ottawa Chapter.

Bordeleau, who has been a police officer in Ottawa since 1984, is being honoured for his remarkable accessibility and responsiveness to both the media and local citizens, especially during crisis situations.

“We believe Chief Charles Bordeleau is this year’s perfect candidate for the award. He is a credible source for Ottawa’s media professionals to provide information, opinion and insight on breaking news. He is accessible and responsive to citizens via social media and has shown communications leadership in his many charity and volunteer activities including United Way Ottawa and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa,” says Tara Lapointe, IABC Ottawa President.

“The Board agrees that Chief Bordeleau’s communications leadership was crucial in keeping Ottawa informed and calm during the Oct. 22 Parliament Hill shooting and the days that followed. He is a true leader.”

The Communicator of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of an Ottawa-based organizational leader who shows excellence in the field of communications. The recipient is a well-known figure in his/her community, a role model and trusted mentor to his/her peers.

After being sworn in as Chief of Police in March 2012, Bordeleau has maintained an impressive presence on Twitter, using his account to highlight important issues or events in the community while responding directly to residents’ questions. He also recognizes the importance of internal communications.

He sustains strong ties to the community through his volunteer and charity work and has recently been named Ambassador of the Year by United Way Ottawa.

“I’d like to thank IABC Ottawa for the recognition of Communicator of the Year,” said Bordeleau. “Being able to communicate with the people of this city is not only an honour but a privilege. A leader does not just hear but listens, and I hope residents continue to put their trust in me for that.”

Bordeleau is being recognized at the IABC Ottawa Season Closer and AGM on Thursday, June 25, the largest gathering of the year for Ottawa’s communications, marketing and creative design community.

The evening will also include honouring the other recipients of the IABC Ottawa Special awards and a keynote presentation by Joanne John, Director General (Communications) at Canada Border Services Agency, on the importance of mentoring in career development.


For more information, please contact:

Tara Lapointe
613.566.4414 x 4159


About IABC Ottawa

IABC Ottawa is the voice of Ottawa’s communications industry. Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communications and marketing professionals in over 80 countries. Established in 1976, the Ottawa chapter of IABC allows members to tap into a wealth of resources and opportunities that will help increase your value as a communicator.

IABC Ottawa brings communications, marketing and creative professionals together to grow in their career and succeed in their jobs.