Mayor Jim Watson named 2014 Communicator of the Year by IABC Ottawa

mayors_headshotMayor Jim Watson has been selected as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Communicator of the Year Award, awarded by the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Ottawa Chapter.

“The Communicator of the Year Award recognizes an individual who uses communications to effect change and achieve results,” said Jennifer Birch, president of IABC Ottawa. “Mayor Watson has demonstrated that candid communications with residents – both online and in-person – can build a stronger, more cohesive community.”

The Communicator of the Year (COTY) 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.

The IABC Ottawa board chose to honour Mayor Watson for his communication leadership and transparency as mayor of Ottawa. Mayor Watson is leading the municipal government during a time of tremendous change for the nation’s capital. His style and substance as a communicator has served the City of Ottawa very well as it undertakes major city-transforming projects like the Confederation Line LRT and Lansdowne Park. Mayor Watson is an open and accessible elected representative who genuinely enjoys engaging with residents and media on issues that matter to the community.

In February, Mayor Watson trended on Twitter with his forthright tweet in support of LGBT rights. Mayor Watson received thousands of replies and retweets on Twitter when he announced on the social network that the Pride flag would fly at Ottawa City Hall until the end of the Olympics, and that he wouldn’t want the vote of someone who didn’t supported human rights.

Mayor Watson is also recognized for his dedication to the traditional in-person communications. Mayor Watson attends more than 2,000 local events annually to support and engage with the community in their efforts to make the city a better place to live, visit, raise a family or start a business.

“I want to thank IABC Ottawa for this recognition, and for everything it does to provide resources and opportunities to its membership and our community,” said Mayor Watson. “I’m very fortunate to live in a city full of engaged citizens who want to interact with its elected representatives both online and offline.”

Mayor Watson will be recognized at the IABC Ottawa 2014 Excel Award Gala on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the National Arts Centre, the largest gathering of the year for Ottawa’s communications, marketing and creative design community.  The event will be hosted by the dynamic Angie Poirier, co-host of the MAJIC 100 morning show

Nearly 30 other awards will be awarded to recognize a wide range of work in categories such as media relations, crisis communications, interactive media, graphic design and social media. The event will also honour IABC Ottawa member Barb MacDonald, who was selected as IABC Canada’s Master Communicator. Additionally the chapter will celebrate its seven IABC chapter management awards including the very prestigious International Chapter of the Year.

Please join us in recognizing Mayor Jim Watson and the other award winners at the IABC Ottawa 2014 Excel Award Celebration on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Register now!

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Tara LapointeVP Marketing Communications, IABC Ottawa613 286-2152


Ryan KenneryPress SecretaryOffice of Mayor Jim Watson

City of Ottawa

613-580-2424, ext. 14299