News Release: IABC Ottawa Member Barb MacDonald awarded IABC Canada’s Master Communicator Award

Barb MacDonald

Barb MacDonald, ABC

Ottawa, Oct. 21, 2013– The International Association of Business Communicators Canada (IABC Canada) has honoured Barb MacDonald with the Master Communicator Award. This award—the organization’s highest honour—recognizes MacDonald for her dedication and success in the  field of communications.

For nearly 30 years, MacDonald has worked predominantly in a communications capacity, which began with a role at the Carleton Board of Education. She eventually pursued an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) designation with IABC, which lead her to become a consultant, providing communications advice for many diverse clients and organizations. Since 2010, MacDonald has held the title of Director of Corporate Communications for Skate Canada, the world’s largest figure skating governing body.

MacDonald’s international experience includes overseeing media operations for various sporting events around the world—particularly the Olympic Games. Her involvement with the Games has taken her to the United States, Italy, China and Great Britain. In 2006, she traveled to Doha, Qatar for the Asian Games, and Jamaica and Antigua for the Cricket World Cup in

A consummate communications professional, MacDonald is always eager to share her expert knowledge and advice with fellow communicators. She has given various presentations for IABC on topics such as professional development and case studies, and has worked with IABC members to help them earn their accreditation.

“Barb is a valuable member of the IABC Ottawa community,” says Kelly Rusk, past president of IABC Ottawa. “She demonstrates excellence in communications in many tangible ways, and is always willing to lend her expertise to our chapter and its members or help out in a volunteer capacity.”

“To be recognized by my peers in IABC is truly an honour. I am profoundly grateful to all of the members who supported me with encouragement and guidance as I began my career in communications,” says Barb MacDonald, ABC, MC. “The networking and professional development that IABC provided throughout my career has played an invaluable role in my growth as a communications professional. I hope to continue giving back to our profession through continued involvement in IABC Ottawa and beyond.”

The IABC Canada Master Communicator Award is a lifetime achievement award and is the highest honour IABC Canada can bestow on an individual member. The award recognizes outstanding Canadian communicators whose work has brought credit to IABC, the profession, their organization or clients, and whose contributions have raised the standards of organizational communication in Canada.. IABC Canada has recognized only 43 Master Communicators since the designation was established in 1980.


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