IABC Ottawa 2017-18 Season Opener

Climb that Comms Ladder! A Special Ask-Me-Anything Discussion with CEO Caitlin Kealey

Early bird ends Sept. 4!

When: September 13, 5:30-8:00 PM
Where: Sidedoor, 18 York Street, Ottawa

Join us at IABC Ottawa as we kick off a new season with a night of networking, food, drinks – and also some important conversation!

Catch up with old friends (or meet new ones!), snap a selfie, and settle in as IABC Ottawa’s President, Samantha Rae Ayoub, hosts an Ask-Me-Anything Discussion with MediaStyle CEO Caitlin Kealey.

Caitlin Kealey has more than a decade of experience in communications, journalism and media relations, and online social networking. As one of Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40, MediaStyle’s first CEO, and a regular on Live 88.5’s Political Whirlpool, Caitlin will share her thoughts on climbing the ladder, being a woman at the top, balancing work and home life, and what it is like to be a professional communicator in today’s changing world.

Have a burning question for Caitlin? Get your ticket now and submit your question early!

Event Details:

5:30-6:15pm Registration, Networking & Photo Booth
6:15-6:20pm Welcoming Remarks by Samantha Rae Ayoub, President of IABC Ottawa
6:20-6:45pm Ask-Me-Anything Discussion with Caitlin Kealey, CEO Media Style
6:45-8:00pm Networking

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The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communications and marketing professionals in over 80 countries. As a member of IABC Ottawa, you can tap into a wealth of resources and opportunities that will help increase your value as a communicator.

Become a Member!

IABC membership is more than discounts to events, it’s also an opportunity to add value to your career by joining a community of professionals that can help grow your career. We offer exclusive opportunities to our members including access to the latest trends and best practices through a global lens. If you’d like to become a member, visit our website or contact membership@ottawa.iabc.com today!

“Communications is the single most important skill for C-suite leaders”

This message was loud and clear at IABC Ottawa’s revived Senior Communicator Series breakfast event on June 15. And while maybe you’d expect anyone to say that to a room full of communicators, it was obvious when it came from the mouth of guest speaker Amy Yee, Chief Digital Officer at Health Standards Organization, that she genuinely meant it. It was also obvious that she both excelled with and benefited from her own strong communications skills.

The lively discussion of 15 senior communicators revolved around the themes of leadership communication, digital transformation and the issue of how to elevate communicators to have a seat at the leadership table.

Amy spoke about her evolution from electrical engineering, to venture capitalist, to digital strategist and now C-Suite executive who is overseeing digital transformation, as well as IT & infrastructure, digital platforms and marketing & communications groups at Health Standards Organization.   

Successful digital transformation relies heavily on communication, both externally and internally.  Corporate intranets and the importance of communicating the value of your internal digital tools to your team is critical to facilitate and champion change in any size organization. The group agreed that communicators play a critical role in both planning and executing these types of tools as well as communicating the value and ensuring teams adopt them.

The hour and a half event flew by—there was no shortage of questions or comments for the speaker or the group—it’s clear that digital transformation and the communications connection to the C-suite is an important topic for senior communicators today.

Senior communicator events are small intimate gatherings with an expert guest facilitator. If you’re interested in attending a future event or have a topic/facilitator suggestion, please contact Kelly Rusk at krusk@banfield.agency



Join us at our Season Closer on June 26!

Celebrate IABC Ottawa’s Communicators at our End-of-Season Event!

Join us on June 26th for a night of celebrations as we bring our season to a close and celebrate Ottawa’s communications, marketing, and creative professionals!

Our annual season closer is a fun social event to thank volunteers and provide a networking opportunity for our community. During the awards ceremony we will recognize outstanding member, volunteer and community contributions and achievements!

Canapes, a photobooth, and a draw for some fantastic prizes are also in store!

When: June 26, 5:30-8:30 pm

Where: 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks Street


5:30 p.m. – Arrive & networking

6:00 p.m. – IABC AGM: Year in review, Voting and Awards

7:00 p.m. – Networking, Photos, Snacks & Draw for Prizes

Get your ticket to join us! 


Special Interest Group: Including Wellness in the Communications Practice

Physical and mental health play a significant role in our success. The pressures created by the speed of current information flow, the 24/7 “on” cycle with social media, smart phones, work email – we are accountable for the flow, for ensuring that issues are managed and crises averted. This is a lot to be responsible for. How do you manage your practice in a sustainable way respecting your own general wellness? Is there something you do to be well that others can learn from? Would you like to hear what others do that works well for them? This session is designed to discuss wellness specifically for the communications professional and to talk about the challenges we all face. The goal is to discuss solutions to problems that may be more common than you think. You will walk away knowing that you are not alone in this and that there are resources to help you thrive on the job.

When: Monday, 25 June 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) | 979 Bank Street | #400

This is a free member event! 

Save your spot now! 

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.

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!