2018 IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards Call for Entries

Silver Leaf is Canada’s premiere professional awards program celebrating excellence in business communication. It’s a chance for communicators working in all disciplines to receive national industry recognition for outstanding work in the field of communications.

The 2018 call for entries is now open for IABC Canada’s national awards program, Silver Leaf. Professional communicators from across the country are invited to submit the best of their work for evaluation and have the chance for national recognition through the prestigious Silver Leaf award.

“I know member of our community have accomplished leading edge work in our field. I encourage all IABC Ottawa members to craft their entries and realize the benefits of gaining national recognition for their work,” says Kaleigh Maclaren, Chapter President. “IABC Ottawa is known within Ottawa for its talented communicators. I invite all of you to showcase your work to the rest of Canada by earning Silver Leaf recognition.”

With 47 categories for entry that reflect all aspects of the work of professional communicators, the Silver Leaf awards are only available to Canadian members and are an excellent stepping stone to the next level of achievement, Gold Quill.

Don’t miss out on the reduced entry-free by entering before the early-bird deadline on June 15. The final deadline for all entries is on July 13.

More information and access to the online application system are available on the IABC Canada website.


Early bird deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018
Final deadline: Friday, July 13, 2018

View the call for entries for full information.


5 Tips for Young Professionals from IABC members

IABC Ottawa Young Professional SIG attendees share their advice for other young professionals!

About Special Interest Groups:
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are IABC-member only events that provide an informal opportunity to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers in an area of particular interest and relevance.SIGs are moderated by a subject matter expert, and are a great space to ask questions, or gain insights into a specific topic. Interested in suggesting a SIG topic or hosting one? Contact membership@ottawa.iabc.com.

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How to Execute a Stellar Government Relations Strategy: GR for Comms Pros

Communications professionals are often described as the “wearers of many hats.” Our expertise spans content creation, media relations, social media, and strategy to name just a few specialties. The plans and strategies we develop for our organizations often are multi-faceted and are designed to reach our key audiences, but few of us have formal training in how to reach one key audience – government stakeholders!

On June 12, we will bring together communications professionals in the National Capital Region to discuss how to build and execute stellar government relations strategies. This timely event will follow the Ontario election and look forward to the 2018 Municipal election and 2019 Federal election. Get your tickets now! 


Who should go:

  • Communication professionals who work on small teams or are sole communicators;
  • Communications and PR Consultants who work in the Government Relations world at the request of their clients;
  • Students who would like to branch out and develop their skillsets in Government Relations; and
  • Any communicator looking to bolster their current skillset!

When: Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30 PM
Where: Lowertown Brewery

  • Early-bird Member (until June 8): $25.00
  • Early-bird (until June 8): $30.00
  • Member: $35.00
  • Regular: $40.00
  • Student Member: $15.00
  • Student: $25.00

Get your tickets!



Special Interest Group for Small Communication Teams

Are you a sole-communicator, or on a team of five communicators or less? Our members are working in Ottawa’s many associations, non-profits and small organizations and face similar challenges in terms of resourcing with small communications teams.

This event is all about building connections and conversations over coffee. The discussion will be led by by Kaleigh Maclaren, Sr. Manager Communications at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and IABC Ottawa President, and will focus on the challenges that sole and small team communicators face within their organizations. This is your opporutnity to share your wealth of knowlege, learn and create connections with the IABC Ottawa member community.


Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Where: Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar (1073 Bank Street)

Please note Special Interest Groups are for IABC Members only.

Senior Communicator Series: Communications and the C-Suite

The IABC senior communicators series are events tailored for more seasoned members who have worked 10 or more years at a senior level. Events often focus on face-to-face meeting.


Facilitated discussion with 12-15 senior communicators. The guest speaker/facilitator is an expert on the topic who will give a 10-15 minute informal talk to set the direction, establish credibility and get ideas started for a discussion.

  • 7:00-7:30 arrive, get seated, coffee
  • 7:15-7:30 breakfast is served
  • 7:30-8:15 discussion


Amy Yee is the Chief Digital Officer at the Health Standards Organization (HSO), a not-for-profit that builds global health service standards and innovative assessment programs so people in their local jurisdictions can save and improve lives. In her role, Amy oversees a dynamic enterprise stack of teams that includes marketing, communications, digital platforms, IT services, infrastructure and a transformation portfolio that includes digital transformation of the stakeholder experience. In addition to healthcare, Amy brings experience leading digital transformation initiatives in multiple industries including banking, insurance and engineering. Earlier in her career, Amy obtained a degree in electrical engineering, and gained entrepreneurial perspective by working first in venture capital and then at various tech start-ups. Due to her love of travel, Amy considers herself lucky to be an in-demand speaker, and has spoken in cities around the world including recently Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Toronto and Las Vegas. Amy is also the co-host of The Weekly Stand-up, a show on Blockchain.Radio that examines the latest blockchain developments from a business perspective.


When: Friday, June 15 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Where: The Rideau Club (99 Bank Street)

Get your tickets here.